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  • Summary: Ink-splatting action is back and fresher than ever. Get hyped for the sequel to the game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer inInk-splatting action is back and fresher than ever. Get hyped for the sequel to the game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. You can also compete in frenetic online matches like before. Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon, and two years have also passed in the game world, leading to an evolution in fashion trends and new styles of weapons and gear. Staying fresh never looked so good. Features: New weapons New dual-wielding Splat Dualies join the action, complete with a new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have also been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics and brand-new special weapons. Local and Online Multiplayer In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return. New ways to play Play using the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, both of which allow for gyro controls for better aiming and control. New Trends Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon in real life, and two years have also passed in the game world. Some familiar characters return under different circumstances, and new characters are introduced as well. Fresh Updates - Similar to Splatoon for Wii U, updates will roll out post-launch, adding new content. Smart Device Support An upcoming smart-phone application for the Nintendo Switch system will enhance matchmaking and allow for voice chat options. Turf War Iconic 4 vs. 4 Turf War battles return. The goal is to splat ink on as much territory as possible, while strategically submerging yourself in your team's colors and blasting your enemies. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
  1. Jul 27, 2017
    100
    The improved single-player experience, the enhanced and multitude of online modes for all skill levels and Salmon Run which is just a ton of fun make Splatoon 2 the complete Switch game. The game’s style and charm are terrific and it runs at an amazing 1080p 60fps rock solid the entire time. With a year or more of updates promised and regular Splatfests planned, Splatoon 2 will among your most played games for a while to come.
  2. Jul 18, 2017
    90
    Splatoon 2 takes what was great of the original game and improves every aspect, every detail of the experience. It's a fun and compelling product, a true Nintendo game.
  3. 90
    Splatoon 2 has a lot of substance, and every bit of it is literally oozing with style. Keeping everything that made the original game great while expanding on modes, fashion, weapons and features, this is a powerfully addictive family-friendly shooter.
  4. Jul 18, 2017
    83
    A great evolution of Splatoon's original formula, but doesn't do enough to become a real contender on the competitive scene.
  5. Jul 31, 2017
    80
    Despite the wireless issues, weird schedules, and a bit of familiarity, Splatoon 2 comes out on top overall. The various modes, weapons, and gear offer a lot of strategic options to experiment with, but anyone can jump in, have fun, and feel like they’re contributing. It’s easy to get carried away for hours, splattering the world with ink, and we look forward to seeing how Splatoon 2 expands as Nintendo adds new elements over the coming months.
  6. Jul 19, 2017
    80
    Splatoon 2 is the equivalent to a beautiful, but moody girlfriend. Mostly you have a great time, but sometimes the inherited quirks are too much to bear. Having said that, the mechanics of this ink shooter still feel fresh, but some lack of content is still evident - as is the problem with time restrictions with certain modes (e.g. Salmon Run) and the finicky online app. (updated 07/21/17)
  7. Jul 18, 2017
    60
    When it comes down to it, there are too many things Nintendo could have cut from Splatoon 2 to turn it into a faster, more furious, and more focused game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 408
  1. Dec 3, 2018
    10
    I missed out on experiencing Splatoon for the Wii U, so my experience with Splatoon 2 on the Switch is untampered by some complaints I'veI missed out on experiencing Splatoon for the Wii U, so my experience with Splatoon 2 on the Switch is untampered by some complaints I've heard by people who did play it on the Wii U, namely the fact that they're calling it a sequel, though there's a sparsity of new features and overall it doesn't feel as though Nintendo heeded the feedback they received from the first game. If they had called it a "deluxe" edition, as they did with Mario Kart 8 on the Switch, rather than "Splatoon 2," I think the disappointment could have been avoided.

    But luckily, this is the first experience I've had with the game, so my impressions are overall very positive, if number of playtime hours displayed on my Switch's profile are any indication, which would be 70 hours within just a month getting the game, and I don't see myself taking a break from it any time soon. I'll make a list of pros and cons, starting with the cons:

    Cons:
    -there really should be more modes than there are. What is there is apparently fun enough to drain 70 hours of my life throughout the course of a single month, but with only four modes (five if you include Salmon Run, which is only available on specific days at specific times), it really does make you wish for more
    -the single player campaign is fine, but there really is a lot more potential for it, given that the core gameplay mechanics are so unique. And locating the actual levels in each of the five worlds is irritating
    -there are a lot of different loading screens in the community area, whether you walk into a shop, walk into the lobby, walk into the Salmon Run waiting area, or equip new gear. A loading screen pops up for everything
    -the game does not do a good job of acclimating new players to the different features, and things you can do. There are some things I just recently found out about (after playing for a month), such as all the different things Murch can do for you, like ordering specific gear items you like that you see players in the community area wearing, or scrubbing slots, or collecting ability chunks, etc. That's probably my fault for not going out of my way to talk to the NPCs, but I still wish there had been a more comprehensive tutorial available somewhere (maybe there is, I just have to go out of my way to find it, I have no idea. Most informative and useful things to know in this game you need to go out of your way to find out about, which is frustrating)
    -that freaking "talk show" that comes up EVERY time you turn the game back on, and is completely unskippable, wasting 45 second of my life on information that can me conveyed in three seconds, makes me want to rip my hair out. What the hell was Nintendo thinking when they made that unskippable, and why the hell has there not been an update allowing you to skip it after almost a year since the game was released?
    -there isn't an option to save replays of matches. The screenshot button allows you to record up to 30 seconds of footage, but there's no way I can know something awesome is going to happen before I start recording. Really wish they would include a replay feature.
    -I am not convinced it is conceivably possible to win a match if one of your team mates dips out last minute. One time I got stuck on a team of three and we made it within four percent of winning, but that is the closest I've ever seen it. Typically it's just a slaughter. It isn't as if their team has an edge over you, and you're simply fighting with the odds stacked against you. Nope. You're just done.
    -no split screen competition of coop. I'd love to play it with my wife, but we'd have to get a second Switch and a second copy of the game, which is a shame.

    All that being said, this is still some of the most straight up fun I've ever had with a game.

    Pros:
    -kids that are also squids
    -game mechanics are super unique
    -matches can be ridiculously tense
    -you play as kids, and squids
    -there may be a lack of modes, but the sheer amount of mileage you get out of such few modes is amazing
    -customization options are expansive, but it never feels as though other players have an unfair advantage over you because they have better gear
    -First I'm a kid, then I'm a squid, then I'm a kid, then I'm a squid
    -all of the control options feel good, whether I'm using joy cons, my pro controller, or handheld mode
    -no lootboxes, no paywalls, no "pay to win" features. You buy the game, you play the game, the end
    -so many colors
    -there are kids and there are squids and the kids are also squids

    Edit:
    I thought I might retroactively change my score, because I wrote this review back when I had only spent around 15 hours with this game and I original scored it with an 8. I now have spent over 300 hours playing this game, and I'd feel dishonest not giving any game that managed to steal 300 hours of my life away a perfect 10.
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  2. Mar 4, 2018
    10
    This game is amazing. It is an epic mix of single and multiplayer. The maps and modes are well made and the game play is soo smooth. This gameThis game is amazing. It is an epic mix of single and multiplayer. The maps and modes are well made and the game play is soo smooth. This game deserves more credit. When you log in, there is always something fun to do. Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2017
    10
    If you liked the first one, you´ll love this sequel. Better graphics, new modes and weapons, better single player experience, it´s just a niceIf you liked the first one, you´ll love this sequel. Better graphics, new modes and weapons, better single player experience, it´s just a nice fast and fun package that you just can´t get enough. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2020
    9
    Uma das IPS da Nintendo mais divertida para se jogar online com uma estabilidade excelente. O jogo segue a receita já vinda do Wiiu, com umaUma das IPS da Nintendo mais divertida para se jogar online com uma estabilidade excelente. O jogo segue a receita já vinda do Wiiu, com uma jogabilidade na medida certa com o que tem de melhor nos controles de movimento, músicas de qualidade, telas criativas, um arsenal de armas e itens de causar inveja ao seu antecessor, ponto negativo ainda continua a ser o modo campanha que se mantém curto de resto tá tudo ok. Expand
  5. Jul 21, 2017
    8
    If you loved the first game, then the chances are you're definitely going to love its sequel. Nintendo managed to make the fun found in itsIf you loved the first game, then the chances are you're definitely going to love its sequel. Nintendo managed to make the fun found in its predecessor a lot more fun than what you could completely expect for a game that relies within a world filled with lovable characters. Expand
  6. May 19, 2018
    8
    El solo online de este juego hace que merezca la compra rápido dinámico y muy adictivo, el apartado grafico es excelente y su jugabilidad esEl solo online de este juego hace que merezca la compra rápido dinámico y muy adictivo, el apartado grafico es excelente y su jugabilidad es profunda y estratégica, tiene un modo historia corto pero muy entretenido y da la opción de jugar en esos momentos en que no tendremos acceso a internet, la banda sonora es muy buena pero como punto negativo y el cual fue determinante para ponerle un ocho, es la falta de un multijugador en el cual dos personas jueguen en la misma consola. Expand
  7. Dec 24, 2019
    0
    Könnte man das Spiel zu 2 an einer Konsole spielen wäre es ein ganz witziges Spiel so ist es nur abzocke

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