Splatoon 2 (for Nintendo Switch) Review
Splatoon 2, released in July 2017 for the Nintendo Switch, is the sequel to the popular Wii U game Splatoon. This multiplayer third-person shooter has gained a substantial following due to its unique gameplay mechanics and art style. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at what makes Splatoon 2 an excellent addition to any Nintendo Switch library.
Graphics and Art Style
Splatoon 2 retains the bright, colorful, and dynamic visuals that made the first game so visually appealing. The game boasts beautifully designed levels with various themes and art styles. In addition, character design is top-notch, with customizable Inkling characters allowing players to express their personality through their appearance.
The core gameplay mechanics of Splatoon 2 involve utilizing ink-based weapons to cover as much territory as possible while battling against opponents doing the same. Players can transform into squids that can swim quickly through ink-covered surfaces, allowing for fast traversal and stealthy movement.
The game features several game modes, such as Turf War, which focuses on who can cover the most ground with their ink; Ranked Battles with three different modes (Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker); and a cooperative Salmon Run mode where players work in teams to defeat waves of AI-controlled enemies. These multiple modes ensure that there’s something for every type of player.
Splatoon 2’s controls are smooth and intuitive, whether you opt for motion controls or stick controls. Players can easily switch between weapons mid-game on-the-fly, making it simple to adapt your strategy during matches constantly. The Nintendo Switch’s portable nature also means that this game is easy to pick up and play anytime and anywhere.
Splatoon 2 has had continuous support from developers since its release with frequent updates adding new weapons, maps, gear, and game modes. Alongside these updates, the game has also had several Splatfest events that not only brought players together but also introduced new features. The Octo Expansion DLC adds an entire single-player campaign with challenging levels that allow players to unlock the option to play as an Octoling character.
Splatoon 2 boasts a vibrant and supportive community that continually shares fan art, in-game strategies, and even real-life cosplay. This strong community engagement helps bolster the longevity of the game.
Splatoon 2 is a worthy sequel to its predecessor, offering fresh gameplay mechanics, new content, and a fantastic community experience. Whether you’re a fan of the original or new to the series, this game should not be overlooked when considering what games to add to your Nintendo Switch library. The innovative gameplay, colorful art style, and numerous game modes make Splatoon 2 a must-play for anyone with a Nintendo Switch.