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Splatter enemies and claim your turf as the ink-spewing, squid-like
characters called Inklings in Nintendo's new third-person action shooter
game for the Wii U console.

Compete in four-on-four matches, in which the goal is to get your ink on
as many places as possible and claim your turf, all while strategically
submerging yourself in your team's colors and blasting your enemies.
This is a colorful and chaotic online third-person action shooter –
exclusively on Wii U.


Fresh content

New weapons, modes, maps, gear, and more have been added to Splatoon,
with more rolling out through summer 2015. Plus, regularly scheduled
Splatfest events let you choose a side and battle your way to victory
with other players around the world!

Online* team matchmaking:

Create a squid squad with your friends in Squad Battle mode.

Join up to seven friends in Private Battles—you choose the map and the

Get teamed up with other players for 4 vs. 4 matches in Turf War or
Ranked Battle modes.

Ramp up the intensity with Ranked Battle modes which include three
rotating modes: Splat Zones, Tower Control, and Rainmaker

Play to win and boost your player ranking or level, or get in-game
currency to spend on gear upgrades.

Think while you ink

Strategy is everything. Defeat enemies to splatter them in an
explosion of ink, covering more turf for your team. But choose wisely:
Players who only go after the enemy might find their turf redecorated
in their enemies' colors.

Refill ink tanks, hide from opponents or move faster by turning into a
squid and diving intoink with the tap of a button.

Covering more territory with ink unlocks powered-up super weapons that
can be used to attack rivals or cover more turf.

More ways to play

Select between multiple control options on the Wii U GamePad
controller, including using gyroscopic controls to look around,
allowing for better aiming and control.

Hone your skills in Octo Valley, the single-player mode that will have
you inking, splatting, and squidding through platforming puzzles as
you take on the Octarian army.

Battle a friend one-on-one at home in a balloon-splatting contest in
Battle Dojo.

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Splatoon reviews and comments

Splatoon is such a great game with some flawed things, first of all, the presentation is outstanding, this game excels at design, art direction, and music, it feels like a real Japanese game (whatever that means mind you), the graffiti aesthetic with its punkish music truly make me feel myself as a teenager again, and speaking of teenagers, my favorite aspect of this game is the feeling of nostalgia, for me it took me back to those water balloon fights in the neighbor, it is truly fun and addictive. It also comes with a main campaign that is mostly a tutorial for many mechanics, although some of them seem missing from the online play which is the game's main core, the campaign is short but well crafted, it can be a little repetitive by the end but that's it, is more in the vein of good Mario Galaxy levels, merge it with killer music and you'll have a good time.

As I mentioned at first, sadly there are some drawbacks, as much addictive the online matches can get, at some time they become a little repetitive because of the maps, the mechanic goes as follows: every day you can fight randomly on 4 available maps, 2 for regular battles and other 2 for ranked battles (which you can get when you hit level 10), in regular battles you have to ink (paint) most of the map before the time goes out and as you fight the other team, on ranked battles the mechanic is more or less like capture the flag, but instead you have to take the flag to the enemy base, it needs more strategy but it is also really fun. The thing is that there are a limited amount of maps and playing them on extended sets of time becomes a little tiresome, I'm also not a big fan of the equipment system, every set of gear has 1 to 4 slots with random abilities that you'll unlock after getting experience points, the random part it feels more like a time trap to maintain you attached to the game, it seems unfair because that is more like a mechanic in a free to play game, and also the game is so much fun that it doesn't need those gimmicks to maintain you entertained so I hope in the next game, they fix this system. Another issue is the character customization, you can only change your character's tone skin and eye color, but no extra haircuts or anything, so your character will look pretty much the same if you don't spice things up with your clothing.

Aside from the things that I didn't like, playing Splatoon took me back to my childhood where basic things can be really fun with friends, speaking of friends, I couldn't play with anyone because none of my friends have a Wii U, also, the Splatfests which apparently were a big thing at the game's launch now were pretty dead, so I don't know how much they add to your experience. In some years the servers will go down, and the only thing that will be playable will be the main campaign, if you're someone from the future and you're in fact looking to play this game for its single-player mode I say go ahead if you find this game on the cheap, otherwise maybe you can stick with whatever numbered Splatoon is currently available.
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
Splatoon is a unique third person shooter that brings enough new to the table to stand out as it's own entity among the cavalcade of grey shooters that were pumped out around the time of its release. The story mode is great fun but the now hacker invaded online mode is now redundant because of the greatly fleshed out sequel.
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