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More zany, crazy fun in Splatoon 2
July 20, 2017
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Load up those ink guns and get ready to splatter!
Splatoon is back with a sequel that tidies things up for veteran inkers and offers a richer experience for total newbies.
A surprise smash hit in 2015, Splatoon featured Inklings, customizable creatures that are a crazy cross between squids and human beings. Inklings engage in paint gun battles and can shapeshift into squid form to recharge themselves by swimming in and hiding in the ink that is all around them in their zany nautical world.
Splatoon is a third-person shooter with a single player campaign, four-versus-four online matches and local one-versus-one multiplayer matches, the most popular mode being the multiplayer matches. Those matches have been enhanced in Splatoon 2. There are a whole host of new weapons including Splat Dualies (dual handguns), a Flingza Roller shooting jets of ink, a Clash Blaster which is a high-speed gun and an Autobomb, a heat-seeking grenade of sorts. The real game-changer though is the inclusion of jet packs allowing players to hover around the maps.
Turf Wars returns for regular battles and ranked battles feature Splat Zones, Tower Control and Rainmaker modes. There are League Battles as well but my favourite mode is frantic and exhilarating Salmon Run, a four player co-op horde battle with crafty bosses.
The issue that remains with Splatoon is there is no built-in voice chat so players cannot co-ordinate their attacks or their strategies without the use of an outside, alternative solution. While I understand Nintendo’s reluctance to incorporate voice chat because of all the trash-talking that does and will go on, being able to communicate with your teammates is essential to any multiplayer strategy game. Without it, frustration and exasperation is the order of the day.
The campaign is a continuation of the story established in the original game. The Squid Sisters have drifted apart. When Callie and the Great Zapfish go missing, Marie rounds up the troops to take the fight to the evil Octarians and rescue her sister. The campaign is oftentimes challenging but not that difficult if you have mastered all that is new in Splatoon 2.
Splatoon 2 is a colourful, vibrant sequel that enhances an already amusing game offering an assortment of modes that will keep real-life Inklings busy throughout the summer and beyond.
Rating: 8 / 10
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