Splatoon is a fun shooting game, where there is no violence, inspire the fact that it is a shooting game. It is not a shooting game like others, not for instance as Call of Duty, or GTA, or Battlefield ( or any other kind of a ‘’serious’’ shooting game). In this game characters use as their weapons pain rollers, and they ,,shoot’’ ink, instead of bullets. So there is no really harm to your opponents in the game, and that is why this video game is so fun to play, and why would I recommend this game for kids. (Or, perhaps, to older persons, if you just want to relax and enjoy carefree, this is the game for you). This Nintendo turn-based shooter game will definitely provide you with a feeling of joy while you are playing this game.
The sound and the soundtrack are also the reasons why this game make, in general, pleasant impression. The sound of characters and their voices are quite easy and fun to listen, and music that is in the background makes a relaxing and pleasant game-atmosphere.
But the feature of this game that contribute the most to this pleasant impression that this game make to players, is the colorful environment of this game. Every game-frame is full of different colors, and it is not at all disturbing for your eyes. The combination of yellow (or pink) and blue across the whole screen might seem unpleasant to you, but you just have to look at the some screenshot of this game, or just play this game for a second and you will probably agree that colors are perfectly in order, and that ‘’landscape’’ of the game is relaxing for your eyes.The location where the game is placed is the colorful city of Inkpolis. And, this city is run by the hybrid beings knows as Inklings.
The combats and matches are chaotic, which makes them fun, but they also have a serious shooting component, that is, this game requires a serious shooting mechanics and the ability of the player to control his character, and also to control the territory which he have occupied in the game.
Splatoon is, ultimately, a multiplayer game, though it have of course a single player mode which is quite rich. In a single player mode you will have to pass a camping of approximately 30 stages, and the final goal is to liberate the city of Inkpolis from the Octarians. Octarians are octopus-juman hybrids, and they have captured the Inkpolis’s source of power – the Great Zap Fish. So your goal throughout the campaign will be to combat against the Ocatarians and to surpass unique obstacles and challenges that will be putted against you, all in order to regain the possession of the Great Zap Fish to the Inklings.
In the single player mode, you will also have amusing boss fights, like you would have expected from a Nintendo game, similar to Super Mario game, but of course, here you fight against bosses in a shooting way. Also, the Octarian enemies you fight are both expressive and nicely detailed, so there are looking very lively, as you would expect from the game satisfying high Nintendo standards in this way. So, it is defiantly fun to play campaign I the single player mode. (Although, I do not how much will you want to play the campaign again, after you finished it once, but it is surely nice experience to go one time through this campaign.)
In a multiplayer mode, your goal will be to paint, with your paint roller, as much of the map with your team ink before the time runs out. And the timer is usually set to three minutes.In these combats you will have to face against the players from the other team, and to fight against them, knocking them out or spray they out of your way with ink, all in order to make your final team goal, that is to paint together with your teammates as much of the map territory as you can. Since painting of the territory is such a visual activity it is quite easy to know who is winning at the moment of the game, just quick look at the GamePad and you will see which team has painted more of the territory at that moment. Also, because ink color is on the floor, you will in this way easily know how to spot your enemies, they leave they trace around by leaving ink stains. This kind of combats, in multiplayer mode, are called Turf Wars.
But, when you during successful playing of Turf Wars, go to the level 10 (playing rate level) they you will be able to play a little different kind of combats then Turf Wars. These different kind of combats are called Splat Zones. In Splat Zones you main mission will be to control the small area at the center of the map. And whichever team controls that area, for a 100 seconds, and paint it with ink, is the winner of the combat, that is, of a match.
Regarding maps, there are only five maps in this game, and Splatoon lets you to play only three of them during the day. And that is probably because, it is more easier for matchmaking, that is, it is more easier to pair people to play on the same map in a multiplayer mode. The maps are , as I have said, enjoyable to play, swimming through ink and shooting and painting with paint rollers, is really fun on this maps, but it would have been even better if there are more maps that a player can select to play on.
Since online matches is ‘’the core’’ of this game, that is, the reason why this game is really made, it is a little frustrating that some regular ‘’multiplayer options’’ like voice chat, are missing here. That is also one ‘’minus’’ for this game. But, really if you would like this game, as you probably will, you should be able to overlook these ‘’minuses’’, at least for some period of time, for, as I have said, it would certainly be better if the multiplayer mode have even more contents and features.
The basic way to describe shooting is to say that Inklings shoot ink from their paint rollers, but in the game you will eventually have a choice between a lots of variety of weapons and other equipment. In every fight you will have you primary weapon, secondary weapon, and special weapon. Depending on the number of points that you will gain from the accomplished matches, you will then have an option of ‘’buying’’ a new equipment. This equipment you can buy in Inkpolis’s shops, and the selection of equipment also includes choice of headgear, footgear, guns and weapons, and shirts. New equipment comes in to your choice, as you ‘’unlocked’’ them, as you ‘’level’’ in the game increase during playing of the game. New unlocked equipment provide you them with better abilities, as you will be able to move quicker with you character and also to have more power,for instance, or better defense. The choice between weapons is also ridiculous to look at. There is a wide arsenal of weapons that you can by in Inkpolis’s shops, and that arsenal goes from ink-throwing buckets (with which you can drench your opponents) to the long-range weapons ( which you can use for a shooting from a larger distance) that looks like it was made from some kind of kitchen cleaning supplies.
In various game-review websites, Splatoons is usually commented as ‘’fun’’ game to play, a game that is both dynamical and also relaxing and ‘’funny’’ in the same time. They also rate multiplayer game of this game as ‘’interesting’’ to play, although some of commentators think that multiplayer mode can be better, and that in this mode can be added more features, like voice chat. But these opinions vary, as some other people think that, at least, for the kids, it is better and more interesting to play in a multiplayer mode, without voice chat, and other features that can be a little ‘’burdensome’’ for the game experience, in a sense that additional features will make this game to be more harder to play, so by the opinion of these people, Nintendo has done a good job of keeping the game in a nice balance between a ‘’relaxing’’ and ‘’fun’’ game, and a serious tactical and aiming shooting game.
In my personal opinion, this game is definitely worth playing, so I recommend you to try it. The game looks like a nice upgrade version of previous Nintendo games, with a dynamical gameplay. Shooting games are something that Nintendo have not done too much in the past, but the job that they did in this game is quite good. The game keeps you ‘’into the game’’, and it is quite ‘’playable’’, which the most important thing that you will want from any kind of video game.