Splatoon was conceptualised by Shintaro Sato who created a generic 4-v-4 paint-based territory control game. The barebones idea was quickly expanded and turned into Splatoon. The game quickly became one of the most original IPs in recent Nintendo history. There isn’t a ton of backstory in Splatoon which I definitely didn’t have an issue with. The single player campaign is based around players rescuing great Zapfish, which are Inkopolis’s source of power. Players control Inklings in either a boy or girl form. They can transform from human to squid form which adds possibility for future games.Visually, Splatoon is the most exciting game that i’ve played this year. The over-stylised world is alive with different objects that change depending on how covered in paint they are. The character design is exceptional. Everything feels like it belongs in the world of Inkopolis whilst still remaining fresh throughout the whole campaign.The music throughout the game is incredibly catchy and suits the frantic nature of the gameplay perfectly. The sound effects are equally as awesome. Everything from a ink-gun firing to your squid diving into ink is extremely well thought out and adds to the overall fun experience that is Splatoon.I’ll be honest in saying that I didn’t know a whole lot about Splatoon before I started playing it. I always had the misconception of it being an online only shooter that was cashing in on the recent trend of online only shooters. Upon booting up Splatoon, it’s clear that you’re going to be in for an absolute treat. The over-stylised nature of the game beginning with hosts of an apparent TV series if just the beginning of many whacky things to come.
At the forefront, Splatoon is a team-based third-person shooter that is played out in teams of four. You control an inkling who has the ability to change from human to squid on the fly. The main objective of the online components is to cover as much ground as possible with ink. As a human, you can shoot ink all over the map or take aim at other inklings to kill them. As a squid you’re able to quickly travel through your own ink. This allows you to not only hide from enemies, but replenish your ink ammo.
The beauty of Splatoon is the fact that it’s incredibly easy for anybody of any age to pick up and have a great time. Thankfully, there is a lot more to the game if you’d like to play competitively. To be successful in this game, use of the Gamepad is almost necessary. The gamepad shows you exactly how much ground you’ve covered and also allows you to jump to any other player on your team to assist them in covering as much ground as possible with your ink.