You Should Play: Splatoon 2

You Should Play is a rarely posted column that aims to inform you, the loyal reader why you should play a given game. It’s not a review and shouldn’t be taken as such. It is however, likely to be factually incorrect, poorly worded and potentially damaging to both you the reader, and the author.


Vital Statistics

  • Name: Splatoon 2
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Competitive FPS
  • Price: Expensive (full priced retail)


The Pre-amble

Splatoon 2 is the rarest of rarities: A Nintendo game that’s almost entirely focused with competitive online shooting. You see, Nintendo is known to be somewhat adverse to the idea of anything being played online. They hate it. Always have, always will.

Splatoon 2 is therefore, something rather new for them. And whilst the 2 in its name indicates that it is indeed a sequel, the fact that no one owned a Wii U indicates to me that Splatoon 2 is likely playing for an entire new audience on the Switch.

Why Should You Play It?

Remember when you were growing up and all you wanted a video game to be was fun? Splatoon 2 is that. Times a hundred. With its neon coloured aesthetic and bombastic soundtrack to its teen-inspired characters and unique sense of style, it’s something truly unique in a genre that too often falls victim to its own stereotype.

The gameplay is simplistic, but that’s not to say it’s easy. You’ll spend hours trying to find the perfect load out; which shoes work best with which helmet, what abilities do I need in order to perfect the look I’m going for? Is Mayo better than Ketchup? These are the questions that Splatoon 2 asks of you.

That’s not it though. There’s Salmon Run which functions as the games hoard mode (I’m yet to try it), which can be played both locally and (at times) online. The game also features a story which, whilst rather bare bones features some very neat boss battles.

In conclusion

I wasn’t expecting to like Splatoon 2, but you know what? There’s an awful lot to enjoy about the game. It’s far from perfect, but the issues are small niggles that rarely get in the way of what’s truly enjoyable about Splatoon 2. If you’re in the market for an easily accessible shooter, this might just be that game.


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