So, that Splatoon, hey? That’s a thing.
When it was released, it was met with acclaim from those who got stuck in.
When Nintendo announced the big update that was coming, the game was lambasted for “launching without all the content”. Perhaps people would have been happier being told the game as it was at launch was the game, and new content was going to be released as paid DLC? People are thick.
The point is, August has come and gone. Splatoon has now got proper party-based multiplayer, friend-only lobbies and a whole slew of extra maps, weapons, modes and outfits. I’ve finally managed to sit down and play a Splatfest, rather than missing them all for my stupid family and friends and job.
This is the true Splatoon, the Lord and Saviour, the almighty, inky one, the game we were all waiting for. This is Splatoon: 100% edition. This is the point at which the game, the real game, the whole game, can be reviewed and appreciated and critiqued and discussed.
It’s still bloody good.
I liked it when it released; the gameplay is unlike anything else and plays a treat.
I liked it whenever I got a new map to play.
I really liked it when I was able to play with a friend and chat as I played, using tactics and communication to properly kick butt.
I loved it when I played a Splatfest and saw the stages at night, with extra focus given to anything.
The fact is, Splatoon was always brilliant. Every new bit, every tweak and every revolution, has added to the experience but that core experience was what made Splatoon a cracker. Even now, I can sit down and play a game on the standard Turf War mode, with day-one weapons on one of the original maps, playing against complete strangers and have the best multiplayer fun of the year.
Since the last update of this review diary, there’s been a major update to Splatoon. Gears of War, Destiny 2.0 and Halo 5 have released and Battlefront and COD are on the horizon; real games for real men, about real wars with real guns. None of it matters.
Splatoon is Splatoon, and Splatoon is the best online shooter this year. It always was.