The Splatoon series is to me what Mario Kart and Smash Bros is to a majority of Nintendo’s fans. I’m always keen to jump in, play a couple more rounds in any spare moment and test my skill. I’m over both Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros – the new iterations of these long lasting series just don’t do anything for me. Just more of the same, which is ironic considering Splatoon 2 is one of the least changed sequels from Nintendo. But regardless of it lacking a plethora of new mechanics or new content, within moments of starting up the Testfire beta, Splatoon 2 already had its addictive hooks into me.
If you’re new to the series, having skipped on the Wii U generation or just not having jumped in yet, Splatoon is a third-person shooter series, developed and published by Nintendo. Although it isn’t your standard shooter.
The focus in multiplayer battles (and where a majority of the fun lies) is using the weapons at hand to cover as much territory with your ink as possible. It may sound simple, but it is insanely addictive. The ability to turn into squid form and move through your ink on the map at great speed, adds to what is an intense game of cat and mouse paintball.