Splatoon 2’s announcement came as a surprise. After all, the original was just a little over a year old when Nintendo introduced the sequel. It would’ve been easier to just port the first game to the Switch but Splatoon 2 is more than just an improved version.
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Like the original, Splatoon 2 is easy to love; it’s colorful and quirky. As far as shooters go, its unique movement mechanics stand out. The multiplayer mode here isn’t perfect, but there are enough fresh changes here to set it apart from its predecessor.
Splatoon 2 stars human-squid hybrids called Inklings who use weapons that shoot or fling ink. You can instantly switch into your squid form and swim through ink puddles to reload. Swimming comes with a stealth element as it makes you faster, harder to see, and better equipped for surprise attacks on foes.
Splatoon 2 modes
The sequel comes with plenty of diversions, including the 4-on-4 multiplayer Turf War, the cooperative Salmon Run mode, ranked battles, and much more.
In Turf War, you’re tasked with inking of the map than your opponents, while splatting them to impede their progress. While multiplayer is the main reason to play Splatoon 2, make sure you try the improved single-player mode before playing against human foes.
Salmon Run is surprisingly challenging and requires far more strategy and finesse than Turf War. Even on lower difficulties, the Boss Royal team struggled against mini bosses that require specific strategies to defeat. They’re not as difficult as the single-player bosses but are tricky to beat en masse.
Successfully clearing the waves of enemies was utterly satisfying, knowing we had to have worked well as a team to survive.
Ranked mode feels similar yet different
Each ranked mode is similar to game types in other team shooters. Tower Control consists of escorting a tower to a goal; Rainmaker is like reverse Capture the Flag, and Splat Zones is a lot like Call of Duty’s domination mode. However, Splatoon 2’s ink mechanics make it feel different (it’s more fun) compared to other team shooters.
Splatoon 2 may look similar to the original, but all the small tweaks and major changes provide a fresh take on the unique shooter. If you’re new to the series, the sequel is the perfect place to start.
Splatoon 2 is available now for the Nintendo Switch.