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- New weapons - New dual-wielding Splat Dualies join the action, complete with a new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have also been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics and brand-new special weapons.
- Local and Online Multiplayer - In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return.
- New ways to play - Play using the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, both of which allow for gyro controls for better aiming and control.
- Smart Device Support - An upcoming smart-phone application for the Nintendo Switch system will enhance matchmaking and allow for voice chat options.
- Turf War - Iconic 4 vs. 4 Turf War battles return. The goal is to splat ink on as much territory as possible, while strategically submerging yourself in your team's colors and blasting your enemies.
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The squid kids called Inklings are back to splat more ink and claim more turf in this colorful and chaotic 4-on-4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch system, and use any of the console’s portable play styles for intense local multiplayer1 action. Even team up for new 4-player co-op fun in Salmon Run!
Two years have passed since the original Splatoon game was released, and two years have also passed in Inkopolis! So expect a fresh wave of fashion, not to mention new weapons and gear. Dual wield the new Splat Dualies or stick to mainstays like chargers and rollers, which have been remixed with new strategic possibilities. As always, Turf War is the favored sport among Inklings, but they also dig ranked battles, taking down Octarians in a robust single-player campaign, and battling enemy Salmonids in one dangerous part-time job! No matter which way you play, splat at home or on-the-go with Nintendo Switch. Staying fresh never felt so good.
Team up in fierce 4-on-4 multiplayer battles* to see which team can cover the most turf with ink.
2-4 players* can team up for co-op fun and defeat waves of enemy Salmonids.
Dual wield the new Splat Dualies and avoid getting splatted with the new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics, and all special weapons are brand-new.
Local and Online Multiplayer
In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles*, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return.**
New Ways to Play
Play with the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (sold separately), both of which support motion controls for better aiming.
Similar to the Splatoon game for the Wii U console, updates will roll out post-launch, adding new content and in-game events.
Compatible with all Splatoon series amiibo figures. By tapping these amiibo, the figure's character will appear in the game and befriend players. Befriend an amiibo character and they will remember favorited weapons, gear, outfits and option settings.
* Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.
** Online features will be free until the Nintendo Switch Online service launches in 2018. After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online. Currently, the free-trial period, the paid service, and online play (for applicable modes in compatible games) will be available for customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For the latest list of countries, please visit Customer Support.
Splatoon 2 - Nintendo Switch
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And as with the connection issues, I have not had any connetion issues. Servers have issues. I understand it can hinder the game experience but nothing is perfect. And to return a game because of that is a bit dramatic.
I also want to say if you're looking for a completely unbiased review I'm probably not the person whose review you want to read. I love Splatoon, heck I even bought a Wii U specifically because of the first game. I think this game is fantastic and is everything I wanted from the sequel. I've heard some say that this is just "more of the same" and to that I say but isn't that also true of most sequels? I mean the game adds new weapons, a new story mode, a new online/LAN co-op mode and most importantly of all, the DLC including new maps and future weapons if this is like its predecessor will all be free.
The gameplay is the same that I fell in love with in 2015, but at a higher resolution (albeit a dynamically scaling resolution). Turf war is still the same ink the most territory to win, the ranked modes are still challenging when matched between two great teams, and the story is still the same criminally under appreciated weapon trainer with fun lore expanding collectibles and a well thought out narrative. The new co-op mode is a lot of fun and can be especially challenging on the higher difficulties. The splatfests are still the same fun pick a side and fight fiercely for it in the hopes that your side wins. Marina is best girl!
So this brings me to the few minor complaints that I have. The co-op mode Salmon Run is such a crazy fun time that it's sad that time and date based. I get the idea is that salmon migrate at a certain certain dates and times but geez let us play it any time and just relegate the prizes to special dates and times. The voice chat is a nightmare (this isn't specifically Splatoon 2's fault and is a Nintendo problem). The experience of having to use a separate device to communicate with friends is just silly and is a classic instance of Nintendo not "getting it" and trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist. So I'm just going to pretend that it's Splatoon and that voice chat doesn't exist.
As stated before I love Splatoon, I think this sequel is everything I personally wanted and more. I think this is one of the best games you can currently get on Switch. Thanks for reading I hope you found it helpful.
however, it is too bad that you need more than one Nintendo Switch console to play this game in offline multi-player. the only disappointing thing is that most people do not realize this until they have already purchased the game.
1. This game has ongoing free updates like Splatoon (1) or Overwatch where you get the core game in the beginning, but the developers will update the game monthly with free new content. Nintendo stated their will be new weapons, gear, and stages down the line. They already announced the new splat brella, and bubble blower weapon. Also Nintendo promised 2 already planned years of Splatfest content
2. Playing online with others is free for now, but Nintendo stated they're going to charge an online play service like PS+ or Xbox Live by the end of the year 2017. Updates for single player are probably free, but once the service is live, you may have to pay to play online with others.
3. There are enough enhancements in the game that make This is a full fledged squeal and not a port of the original with extras and minor gameplay tweaks/gameplay balances like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Pokken Tourament deluxe, Ultra Street Fighter II, or Disgeaea 5 complete for example
Now onto the review:
1. What's new/general changes:
Map rotations are now every 2 hours instead of 4
Rank battles: separate rank for each game mode. More individual stats based, unlike Overwatch where you and your team rank up the same; if you perform well in a match you can rank up 2 ranks if you carry your team and dominate the opposition
League battles: ranked with friends
Splatnet 2: mobile app where you can keep track of your stats and see what map rotation is coming up. You can also use this for voice chat, but it has a horrible implementation where the screen has to be on at all times, and every time you use your smart phone to do other things, the audio auto-mutes. Best just to use 3+ way calling or skype in my opinion so you don't have to use an extra plug for your phone to keep it charged as having the screen on-all the time drains battery life (hope there's an update to this soon)
No miiverse seeing there's none of the Switch. There's an art submissions area where you can enter your drawing for a chance of it showing up in in-game battle arenas or main hub areas
No duel screen. You have to now hit a button instead to open the map screen, instead of quickly looking down like in the original. There are some UI changes to makes things easier, but not as fast as the old method. For example: there's a new special indicator on UI showing who has specials. This omission of a duel screen doesn't break the game, but I'll miss that it's gone
New maps. Aside from some returning ones with some tweaks to them, there are new maps in the game. As mentioned before, Nintendo promised more to come
LAN play. Easy to setup and connect with other Switches
Mini arcade: There's a DDR/Guitar Hero type rhythm game where you press the right button to the beat.
2. New customization, gear and characters
-In terms of character customization there are new hair styles, and leg wear
-Characters and shops:
Flow is in charge of the head wear shop
Jelfonzo, the shirt shop
Bisk, the shoe shop
Sheldon (returning character) weapon shop. This time you can fast skip his weapon explanations if you want
Crusty Sean: you can purchase food for temporary exp gains and/or money during matches
Murch: use sea snails to increase weapon slots for weapon abilities
New singing idols Marina and Pearl. Their songs are more mellow and lyric based (although they speak squid) than Callie and Marie in the first game. Still an awesome soundtrack
3. Single player. Better plot than the original, linking to the last splatfest in the first game. But the ending is predictable. Very good tutorial to the game in general and will help train you to the main modes in the game, multi-player. For the last boss, you spend most of time in big circular arena instead of constantly moving forward to different areas like in first game which is a bit disappointing, but the level designs for the rest of the single player campaign is better than the first in my opinion
-Here are the main weapon types each having advantages and disadvantages :
Standard shooter: all around shooter,
Rollers steam: use large paint roller to cover areas fast
Chargers: sniping guns, doesn't cover much area.
Splatting cannons: Gatling guns, covers areas fast, but needs to be recharged
Sloshers (bucket): covers a lot of area within a short range
Blasters: basically the shotgun in this game
-New function of weapons in splatoon 2
Chargers can keep charge while hiding and moving in ink
Clash baster: very short range, but high damage/fire rate, good for 1v1
Rollers can change orientation horizontal or vertical
Dualies (new standard shooter) lets you dodge roll
Autobomb: unlike seekers in first game, it's more accurate at following one enemy but is slower
Baller: puts up in a hamster ball and able to self destruct on an area/enemy
Bomb launcher: throws a lot of bombs constantly for a set time
Ink armor: fortify all allies with temporary armor that makes them invincible, good for special counters, especially the tenta missile and baller
Ink Jet: flies into air and shot enemies with high damage gun, this also makes you an easy target so watch out
Ink storm: basically summons a storm cloud that covers a set area for a set time
Sting ray: constant ink sniper weapon that can shoot through walls
Splash down: jump and ground pound from the air making a circular AOE attack
Tetna missile: auto lock onto enemies, and comes down from up top. Only escape once locked-on by enemy is to hide under buildings and bridges or countered by the ink armor special or baller. More for advance players as it takes time to master the lock on
New weapon abilities:
Drop roller: lets you dodge roll when after using launch ability
Thermal ink: once you shot an enemy, you can see them through walls
object shredder: high damage to non-player targets such as ink walls
quick re-spawn: noob friendly ability, if you keep getting splatted constantly you re-spawn faster. Also good for reckless players who rush in without thinking first
re-spawn punisher: increase re-spawn time of enemy once you splat them.
5. Game Modes:
Turf War: Main mode in the game, cover map with more ink than the enemy for a set time period
Rank battle Modes:
-Tower control: escort a moving tower to an enemy base by standing on it to make it move
-Splat Zone: cover a small area with ink and watch as a timer goes down. first team to have their counter reach 0 is the winner
-Rain maker: Basically capture the flag, but the flag can be used as a very slow charge firing weapon for self defense
-Salmon Run (new mode): basically horde mode with waves of enemies, but you collect enemy drops (power eggs) and place them in a set location for points. This mode is not available at all times, so best to keep an eye out on the scheduled timed when you can play. Guess they made it this way so players don't get fatigued by playing the same game mode every time.
Splatfest: monthly or bi-weekly events where you choose a side and battle in turf war. One with the most points and popularity gets prizes, there's also consolation prizes for the losers. Now you can play with your friends on the same team
You can save your load outs on a amiibo, and just tap and play those load outs without having to manually customize everytime. Good if you have multiple loadouts and multiple amiibo
You also get specific gear from the amiibo, but they are balanced with the set gear in-game and not OP
7. Graphics are way more improved than the original. Colors are more vibrant and fame rate is smooth througout
Overall best multiplayer game on the Nintendo Switch so far. Highly recommended. Stay Fresh!