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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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  1. Negative: 13 out of 261
  1. 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
  2. Jul 14, 2018
    10
    Really enjoyable game. Good graphics and a challenging story mode for all ages.
  3. Sep 17, 2017
    10
    This game is absolutely perfect. The amazing graphics next to the fun gameplay and perfect soundtrack. This is the BEST game sequel I’ve everThis game is absolutely perfect. The amazing graphics next to the fun gameplay and perfect soundtrack. This is the BEST game sequel I’ve ever played! The salmon run mode is insanely fun and the online mode is definitely improved. The single player mode is pretty similar to the first game but that's a good thing because the single player is great fun. There are so much more customization options and levels right out of the release. The only issue is that there is no local 2 player mode but that's such a tiny problem cause nobody ever played it in the first place. Probably my favorite game of 2017. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2017
    9
    Amazing. It's colorful, fun, there's plenty to do, and perfect if you don't have much time to play video games. You can sit down, play a fewAmazing. It's colorful, fun, there's plenty to do, and perfect if you don't have much time to play video games. You can sit down, play a few games, and get back up. The mobility of the switch supports this a lot. The story is better than the first one, nicer graphics, and great for all ages. Definitely recommend you pick this up. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2017
    9
    In 2015, Nintendo struck gold when it decided to put its quirky spin on the online shooter genre. The result was Splatoon, which is bound toIn 2015, Nintendo struck gold when it decided to put its quirky spin on the online shooter genre. The result was Splatoon, which is bound to go down in history as one of the company's main victories in the underappreciated Wii U console. A couple years later, we get a sequel on Switch that manages to one-up the original by pretty much every metric (one which, thankfully, isn't called Spla2n, no matter what kids these days think they want).

    Splatoon 2's real meat is in its online play. In a nutshell, players gather in teams of four to duke it out by shooting ink at each other, with the objective of covering most of the stage's ground in their gooey substance (well, mostly; there are additional modes geared at the more competitive players). Aside from shooting, characters are able to transform into squids and swim through ink of their color, aiding with quick movement and refilling the ink tank in one fell swoop. This is, for me, one of two genius ideas at the heart of the franchise, as it helps tie the whole gameplay together while offering opportunity for players to move up walls and through grates.

    The weapon selection is vast, and it's gradually unlocked as you gain levels. It includes traditional weapons like quick revolvers and gatling guns, but also stuff like rollers, brushes, and umbrellas, offering a wide array of playing styles. The fact that the main objective is covering the ground in ink is the second genius idea, as it means even players who aren't good at (or dislike) the precision of aiming at opponents can help by devising smart ways to cover large swaths of ground.

    New to Splatoon 2 is a horde mode, called Salmon Run. It can be an absolutely exhillarating experience, as you team up with three others to kill invaders and collect salmon eggs for a hungry bear. The one caveat is that you don't get to choose which weapons you wield, relying instead on a randomized selection. This can be pretty annoying, as sometimes you'll just dislike how a specific weapon plays (hey there, splat charger!).

    Like the first game, there is sadly no option for split-screen play, but this is where the Switch's portability is a godsend. I never went to the trouble of taking my entire Wii U (with a television to boot!) with me to play online modes together with a local friend, but I have already in many occasions taken my Switch with me for that purpose.

    The single-player mode was also extended and improved, thanks to the addition of weapon selection instead of the small gun-only approach of the original. Stages are insanely well-designed linear platforming-and-shooting romps, with the exception of one open-ended but self-contained stage in each of the game's five worlds.

    The one glaring omission from the first game is a minigame to distract yourself while waiting for enough players to join a match. The one available in the original Splatoon was just the kind of arcade fun I need to make the waiting, which is one of my biggest qualms with online multiplayer, more tolerable.

    TL;DR:
    Splatoon is the most important new Nintendo IP in many years, and this sequel improves over almost every aspect of the excellent original. Shooting your ink around is as fun as before, and the new horde mode makes things even more varied for online players. Offline has also got a big improvement, as the level design remains incredible while weapon selection was significantly increased. As such, Splatoon 2 is a more than worthy sequel, and one that thoroughly deserves to continue the series' success.

    Rating: 9.0
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  6. Apr 30, 2018
    8
    Splatoon 2 is a great shooter that brings a bit of fresh air to the genre. It improves considerably the original Splatoon, with more varietySplatoon 2 is a great shooter that brings a bit of fresh air to the genre. It improves considerably the original Splatoon, with more variety of weapons, a remarkable campaign, outstanding artistically, a good soundtrack but not perfect and playable exquisitely.
    If you liked the original, you will love it.
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  7. Sep 30, 2018
    0
    Bought this for my 11-year-old son. He hasn't been able to play a single game. The connection to the server doesn't go through. I've tried theBought this for my 11-year-old son. He hasn't been able to play a single game. The connection to the server doesn't go through. I've tried the following steps:

    -Change my ip-address to public (had to contact ISP)
    - Set a DMZ for the switch ip
    - Open all ports in my router for switch ip
    - Try the game from different internet connections

    The login to matches (or the whole switch's connection to different servers) has been designed so utterly terribly that none of these work. I'm still stuck with NAT type C and the game doesn't work.

    Worst of all, totally spineless nintendo shop doesn't give you returns that you could get your money back from useless products.

    It was a good lesson for an 11-year-old (and myself) that big corporations can be the biggest scammers.

    I advise to prepare for disappointment of you decide to buy this product.
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