Splatoon 2 or: How I Learned to Stop Splatting and Cover the Turf Review
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: July 21st 2017
Splatoon 2 being the sequel to 2015's WiiU exclusive Splatoon does not deviate much from the unique gameplay its predecessor setup. The main mode of the game revolves around covering turf with your color ink (My favorite color teams are purple and teal); kills or as they are called in the game "Splats" aren't useless though. I spent the better half of an afternoon playing the online turf war and surprisingly I wasn't awful. The gameplay falls somewhere between a twitch based shooter like Call of Duty and capture the flag from any of the Halo series. Now I said the splats weren't useless, but for turf war it only nets you points for leveling up...it doesn't help the team win specifically. This is were it's like capture the flag, you have to balance aggression with defense. When you start the game you have a standard bland blaster that isn't good but it isn't bad either; I had to unlearn charging down an enemy and focus on both maintaining an ink escape route and building a pushing path. If you charge to deep in enemy territory you will get splatted thus burning up precious time you could be inking the turf.
In addition to online gameplay there is a straight forward single player campaign. Now the campaign isn't groundbreaking, but it is fun and does teach you the basics of all the weapon classes. You start with a basic ink blaster then you'll acquire an ink roller, paint bucket, paint sniper rifle, dual ink pistols, and eventually a massive brush. That said it's not going to be the mode your playing for hours.
Overall if you was a fan of the original Splatoon you'll definitely enjoy Splatoon 2. With the added benefit of being able to get you ink on while travelling thus setting up a clear path for LAN parties! However if your on the fence I encourage you to watch videos of the gameplay or if you have your WiiU setup to go buy a used copy of the original. In that vein if you hated the original your going to want to skip this title as not enough has changed to warrant you spending $60.
Also I want to give credit where credit is due, I wasn't originally a fan of the game until I found myself watching 2DeadbeatKids stream Splatoon with their viewers. I haven't heard much from them in forever, but I still wanted to put credit where credit is due.