Game Review - Splatoon on Nintendo Wii U

Written by BroRocker on August 19, 2015 @ 3:29 pm

Splatoon is probably one of the most pleasant surprises for me in gaming in quite a while. I had read a lot of the positive reviews and hype, but I was not expecting what I found when I started playing. Nintendo has a real gem in this game.

I'll start by saying that the gameplay is very unique and a lot of fun. It's a third-person shooter that at times feels more like a classic Nintendo 3D platformer. As someone who has played a lot of shooters over the years, the focus in this game of "inking" the map more than getting kills was a breath of fresh air. It's such a simple concept to basically color the map more than your opponent, but it is so much fun doing it. Even in losing I usually find a lot of enjoyment in just the experience of playing.

Skill capping is a bonus of this game, as well. My wife, who has had little to no experience in "shooters" really enjoys this game and has found a lot of success despite her lack of experience in similar games. Novice players can jump right in and do well in Splatoon, and I think being beginner friendly is always a plus for a game in attracting new audiences.

Another thing this game gets right is the constant free DLC updates. I really like this trend in gaming where companies understand people are tired of paid DLC and are offering more updates and free additions. Since coming out in May Splatoon has offered a constant stream of new weapons, armor, stages, and even game types and it honestly looks like they will keep adding to the game for the foreseeable future.

The campaign mode is pretty fun and offers enough of a challenge to be worth playing for most gamers. It also serves as a very good tutorial. The final boss battle of the game was probably one of the more difficult aspects of a game I've seen in quite a long time. It took me quite a number of tries to finally beat the game; so, if you're looking for a real challenge I'd say try to go through the campaign and beat the final boss.

I've referenced Splatoon as a shooter several times, but honestly that may not be completely fair. It's actually hard to categorize this game because of its overall uniqueness. If you're a fan of casual shooters, enjoy platformers, or simply just like to have good, clean fun in a video game, I would highly recommend Splatoon for you.

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Game Information

Platform
Nintendo Wii U
Developer(s)
Nintendo
Publisher(s)
Nintendo
Genre(s)
Action, Third Person Shooter
NA Release Date
May 29, 2015
JP Release Date
May 28, 2015
EUR Release Date
May 29, 2015
AUS Release Date
May 30, 2015
ESRB Rating
E10+
PEGI Rating
7
CERO Rating
A
ACB Rating
PG
MVGL User Score
8.4
Composer
Toru Minegishi
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