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It's everything that made the first Splatoon good, but now there's more of it, there's new modes, and need I remind you, it's portable. A top-notch entry in what's fast becoming a beloved franchise.
For players who enjoyed the first game, Splatoon 2 is not a reinvention, but it doesn't have to be. It adds here and there, retaining what was best about the cheerful original while giving it a graphical upgrade and portability. Splatoon 2, at its best, is still Nintendo with confidence and flair.
Splatoon 2's basic gameplay has clearly benefited from a full two years of patching and examination of the original title's uneven launch. This is all we've wanted from Nintendo for years: to come up with wild new ideas, then actually adjust and respond to player demands for a better experience.
Splatoon 2 is just about everything you could ask for from a sequel. It builds on everything the original set up and then some; almost every single major issue people had with the first game has been resolved, showing that Nintendo is genuinely listening and wants to deliver the absolute best experience possible. It maintains the freshness you'd expect and throws in countless big and small changes and additions, every one of them for the better. Anyone who says Nintendo can't do online should be eating their words right now; Splatoon 2 is simply inkredible and continues Nintendo's trailblazing first year of Switch stunners.
Aside from Mario Kart 8, Splatoon 2 is the best multiplayer available on Switch right now. There’s absolutely no reason not to own it if you own a Switch. And if you don’t, you’re seriously missing out.
The original Splatoon drew a lot of criticism for being light on content when it first released. Nintendo made sure the sequel did not draw that same condemnation. After hours in the single-player campaign, the cooperative Salmon Run, and dozens of Turf Wars, I'm still looking forward to every free minute I have to tackle a solo mission with a different weapon or hop into a quick PvP match for a few more coins to buy new weapons and fill my wardrobe. The closed off construction zones and empty alleyways have me intrigued as to what updates down the road will bring.
Splatoon 2 has all the elements needed for a great sequel. It repairs some of the flaws from Splatoon while bringing new contents. The new modes plus a great one player campaign will keep you playing for hours, besides, the online multiplayer works great. And yes, you can take the Squids on the go, which is just great.
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Giving players more of the same isn't always a bad thing, and Splatoon 2 gives Switch owners another fantastic game to add to their lineup. Taking the formula from the Wii U original and tweaking it here and there, the game might not surprise all that much, but it will deliver a fantastic and unique shooter experience from start to finish.
Minor improvements and additions run throughout the game though, along with bigger changes in the single-player and new Salmon Run mode, and Splatoon 2 is an easy recommendation for newbies and veterans alike.
Those that played the original Splatoon will find the sequel feeling familiar. The intuitive mechanics are still as addictive as the first time around, but a larger number of maps and the addition of Salmon Run cements Splatoon 2 as an excellent standalone value. Moreover, the addition of competitive features and promise of ongoing support will ensure players will stick with the game for a while. After all, it was hard enough for me to stop playing online long enough to recommend the game to you.
It's quite literally everything the first game was and more, which might not mean more revolutionary features but does mean a greater depth and variety of options for the new players it is sure to ensnare. With free updates promised for the best part of a year, the game will only improve, and this time it'll have the audience it deserves.
Splatoon 2 returns with all the charm and quirkiness of the original plus some new features that make it an even more polished experience. Difficulty for the story mode bosses leans a bit on the easier side and the online experience has some minor hiccups. An engaging campaign that harkens to old-school action games as well as full-fledged online multiplayer that now adds horde mode, however, makes Splatoon 2 avoid the dreaded sophomore slump by serving up an even fresher experience in the shooting genre.
Splatoon 2 is an incredible sequel that brings you new joy while still maintaining the fun and style that made it great. New weapons and Salmon Run make the sequel stand out even more, and this is a must buy for all Switch owners!
Splatoon 2 brings back everything fun about the original and adds an awesome new horde mode to top it all off.The only thing holding this game back is Nintendo's perplexing decision to hide new content away from players for weeks at a time.
If you were a fan of Splatoon on the Wii U, and you own a Switch then you should already know the excitement and fun you're in for. If you're new to Splatoon, and own a Switch then what are you waiting for? You need this game because it's going to be worth it for sure.
Let's face it, Nintendo hasn't made anything exclusive but masterpieces for Switch and Splatoon 2 continues this trend. The game is extremely fun, unbelievably gorgeous and so addictive that makes you forget all about other competitive shooters for quite some time.
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Splatoon 2 is the perfect shooter on the perfect console, and it’s an incredible amount of fun. If you’ve been looking for something competitive on the Switch then look no further. This is the splash of colour you need in your life.
Now, if you missed the original Splatoon, which most people did because not many really owned a Wii U, you owe it to yourself to pick up Splatoon 2. Not only is it better than its forebear in every way, it’s simply one of the best shooters released so far in 2017. It’s a must buy.
Summer is Splatoon 2‘s for the taking, Nintendo building on their refreshingly original idea to produce a sequel that makes improvements across the board. It won’t take long for the game’s tentacles to wrap around you, gleefully inking your turf for hours on end. With Li’l Judd lifting a flag to indicate the victor, Splatoon 2 presents a clear win for Nintendo.
Splatoon 2 feels more like a Deluxe version of the original game than proper sequel. But it doesn't matter at all, because it is still an unique and really fun game to play alone or with friends.
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It deepens in every aspect of Splatoon. The Addition of a coop mode, Salmon Run, the new levels in Hero mode and the original maps and weapons in online 4 v 4 battles complete a superb shooter. On the downside, we miss split screen multiplayer, more maps, and the voice chat system feels too complicated.
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Splatoon 2 may not reach the same heights of the previous game in terms of originality, however it's still a worthy sequel that does enhance the overall experience of this franchise.
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Splatoon 2 expands the original concept with a 5-hour brand new single-player campaign and lots of multiplayer modes - including the great Salmon Run - that allow users to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Definitely one of the best Switch exclusives so far, a game that you should not miss if you bought the new console from Nintendo.
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Splatoon 2 could've done more to differentiate itself from its predecessor, but ultimately what we're left with is an upgrade over the original in almost every way. Sure, returning players might be underwhelmed with the familiarity, but anyone jumping into Splatoon for the first time will be blown away. Another Switch essential, especially for those multiplayer fans – let's just hope Nintendo's smartphone app works as elegantly…
Rather than a full blown sequel, Splatoon 2 frankly feels more like an (impressive) extention of the original episode, especially if you've been splatting around since 2015. Players of the Wii U chapter will truly feel at home, with a sense of familiarity that will certainly replace the stunning surprise effect that made the franchise so unique, while the newcomers will have the pleasure to experience one of the best and most original shooters ever created (one the perfectly embodies the so called "Nintendo Difference"). That said, with more courage and better online options this sequel would have been even more impressive.
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If you're the type of person who tried Splatoon for a little while and gave up, Nintendo hasn't done a whole lot to change your mind outside of adding a horde mode. But with more concessions for higher-level play and a deeper meta, veterans will be jumping ship from Wii U to Switch in an instant. Here's hoping that Splatoon 2 gets even more long-term support and Salmon Run is free of the shackles of a "once in a while" event for those of you who don't have multiple Switches at your disposal.
The lack of split-screen is a big issue for me and I wish there was a little more to distinguish it from its predecessor. Nintendo will be supporting it with lots of new content over the next year, but you can't score a game based on what's to come. All of that said, I do like what's there right now.
While hard to compare gritty first-person shooters with Splatoon 2, it's equally hard to argue against the aesthetically pleasing visuals, smooth framerate, polished gameplay, and pure fun of the game.
Splatoon 2 manages to deliver an addictive and engaging online multiplayer experience with plenty of ways to keep you busy and layers of satisfying combat to keep you coming back. The lack of social features is a significant flaw, but it isn't a fatal one, and hopefully we'll see that aspect of the game improved in the near future.
Splatoon 2 is a considerable upgrade over the original with solid modes, better level design and good customization options for young online gamers. While Splatoon 2 needs to open up Salmon Run permanently, as it is one of the better modes in the game, the title still gives the Switch another worthy notch in its much needed belt of games.
The main mantra of Splatoon 2 seems to be 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', and this is fine. This new Switch offering is robust, full of content and fun. Go and feed your hungry home-handheld hybrid.
Splatoon 2 is fun in the very basic sense of the word. It's nothing fancy, but it's unique and easy enough to learn, but wonderfully complex once you get the hang of it. It may be vying for esports stardom but it doesn't need it. It's only a shame that Nintendo still hasn't brought the social features up to take advantage of their audience and cut single console local player.
Splatoon 2 remains accessible to gamers of all ages whilst adding new features that will delight fans of the original game. The most unique shooter on the market.
Splatoon 2 greatly improves on every aspect of its predecessor without sacrificing much on the new platform. It's bigger, it's better, it's still fresh, and that's quite the recommendation. If you're an early Switch adapter, be sure not to miss out on this one. Splatoon 2's here and it's here to stay - it was a pleasure to be one of the first on the squid train, now excuse me while I scuttle off, I've got some turf to ink!
Salmon Run is brilliant, but only being able to play it at specific times is downright awful, and the local form of it requires a wealth of systems and games to work optimally. Still, even with those woeful limitations, Splatoon 2 is the best online game on Switch and with more updates coming down the road, could stay that way for a very long time. This might not be quite as fresh as it was in 2015, but it is certainly, as Marina and Pearl say, “off the hook.
Usually calling something a ‘by the numbers’ sequel can be considered a detractor, but the numbers for the original Splatoon were exceptional, and Splatoon 2 has built on everything brilliantly. Combining a fresh way to play an existing genre with a new and exciting premise created an environment that is alluring to even the most jaded gamer
Splatoon 2 is superior to its predecessor in almost every capacity. More content out of the gate, novel, new concepts like the Salmon Run mode, better balancing, gorgeous visuals and portability courtesy of the Nintendo Switch; Nintendo has provided much more than just a fresh coat of paint to its latest, beloved IP.
There's a lot to love in Nintendo's second iteration of its quirky shooter, especially the way Splatoon 2 emphasizes splatting the ground just as much as it does inking your opponents.
The absence of the traditional gimmick that every Nintendo sequel usually features was actually the right call for Splatoon 2. In the end, Splatoon 2 is a compelling, quick and fun multiplayer game, suitable for new players -due to the simplicity of its mechanics- and veterans that will be seduced by the complex and tactical challenges in Ranked and League Battles.
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What the first Splatoon did well is still built into the sequel's barnacle-encrusted DNA, and now it's on a system that you can stuff in your bag or play on the couch. It's baffling that Splatoon 2's best feature is held back by a frustrating lack of proper online support, and in many ways, it's the same game with some new tricks. But there are still enough imaginative additions for anyone who played the first game to death, especially via its strange, captivating supporting cast. It may be much more of the same, but the same is still pretty fresh.
Splatoon 2 doesn't add much to shake up the splat-paint-everywhere formula, but I wonder if it needs to at this point. Splatoon 2 is a much stronger game at launch than its original ever was through its whole lifespan, and for that, is easily one of the best games one can own on the Switch.
Splatoon 2 is a measured dose of the same game you likely remember from the Wii U, a colorfully-inked tour-de-force of multiplayer action with a single-player afterthought. You'll want to clock hours and hours in-game for sure, but you'll be left scratching your head at some of the strange decisions Nintendo made this time around. Luckily, there's still plenty of fun to be had here, even if you can't decide if you're a kid or a squid.
A fairly straightforward sequel to one of the Wii U's best games, Splatoon 2's unique take on the online multiplayer shooter is as fresh as ever on Switch. Nintendo still have one foot in the past with online functionality, stubbornly sticking to their (paint) guns when they should be learning from others, but these flaws are easily covered up once you get into a game. At its heart, Splatoon 2 is a second helping of one of the most inventive shooters of the last decade.
There is so much to like about Splatoon 2. When it comes to the actual gameplay, I don't think there are many experiences that touch it right now. It's addictive and enjoyable. It's just a shame that history is repeating itself, and the stupid things surrounding the game let it down.
Splatoon 2 not just became bigger, better and more beautiful than original. It also more interesting and complex game now. A full-fledged single-player campaign with platformer elements, a diverse cooperative mode and dynamic multiplayer promise you many hours of fun. Sadly, game does not yet have a good variety of multiplayer maps, but the developers planning to release a lot of free content updates throughout the year, so you should not worry about the game's future.
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Splatoon 2 is probably the best online multiplayer game Nintendo ever has made. Sure, it may feel a bit familiar, but so does every new installment of Battlefield and Call of Duty. A no-brainer if you have a Switch.
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For those already fans of the series, it's more of the Splatoon you love. It could just as easily have been called 'Splatoon Deluxe', but there's more than enough here to keep anyone from getting bored. As the Switch's big release of the summer, owners of the console will find it difficult to resist Splatoon 2's charm. It's a great shooter alternative to Call of Duty for kids and still a heap of fun for adults.
Splatoon 2 keeps everything that worked in the first episode to deliver a strong but somehow light sequel. Fortunately, the Salmon Run mode seems new enough to bring back the fun, as this cooperative option took us by surprise. Fans will love, haters gonna hate, but Splatoon should benefit from the Switch phenomenal success to increase its fanbase.
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Splatoon 2 is a far more robust, polished game, with heaps more content than its debut ever had, but still sadly retains some of its biggest shortfalls. An absurdly addictive formula of gameplay that remains unique and inviting, but with an encompassing online infrastructure that's sometimes at odds with itself.
Splatoon 2 fully deserves to be a sequel to its original, as it builds up and improves on several elements that made the first game so memorable. The gameplay mechanics remain fun and unique, the Salmon Mode is outstanding, the improved audiovisual components work wonders and the local multiplayer increases its appeal, Splatoon 2 just needs to work on some of the elements of its online multiplayer component to reach an even higher threshold.
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While Splatoon 2 wasn't the go-all-out sequel I would have loved to have seen following the original Wii U game, simply getting it onto the Switch and giving it a selection of new content still makes a trip back to Inkopolis more than worthwhile. Previous fans should find enough new here to reignite their interest in the series, while new players will have a whole lot of fantastic gaming to sink their cephalopod teeth into.
Consider Splatoon 2 the definitive version of the original game and this is an excellent proposition. Its multiplayer action is still some of the best and most creative around, and for fans who ploughed plenty of hours into the original game, there's still plenty of fun to be had.
Splatoon 2 doesn't reinvent the wheel, but its refinements and tweaks are all for the better. Besides some niggling – though hopefully fixable – issues, this sequel is something Switch owners should well and truly check out. It's a blast, no matter which mode you choose to play.
Overall, Splatoon 2 is more of the same goodness that the original provides, with some graphical and gameplay improvements and additional game modes and maps. New players will find the game quite easy to adapt to without being out of their element, and experienced players will be able to dive straight in and get shooting.
Overall, Splatoon 2 is a brilliant and refreshing competitive multiplayer experience, both online and offline, which really fills a void in that regard for the system.
Nintendo has taken one of the few genuine highlights that it enjoyed with the Wii U and successfully brought it to the Switch and, one suspects, a new audience to do with the old.
Those hankering for a wildly robust and addictive competitive experience should absolutely take a dip into the neon-drenched waters of Splatoon 2. More so than Mario Kart 8, it offers a level of customisation, depth, and sheer fun that is rarely found anywhere else.
Splatoon 2 is a great game that could have been amazing. If you have a Nintendo Switch and some friends willing to deal with some headaches, then this is a must-buy especially if you didn't dive in to the series before. But the baffling way modes and maps are gated off feels antithetical to a game on a console that prides itself on letting you play however you want. It's one heck of a catch, I just wish it didn't get tangled in its own net so much.
Splatoon 2 presents itself as a classic sequel and misses the opportunity to add some changes to the gameplay and multiplayer that make an impact. The game is still a must-have for shooter fans on the Nintendo Switch, even when there's not enough new content for Splatoon Veterans.
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Splatoon 2 offers a stellar single-player, a robust and addictive multiplayer and in Salmon Run, a horde-like mode that provides a great alternative to standard online matches. Splatoon 2 is funky, fresh and most importantly, fun.
Nintendo managed to rebalance the game without having to make any changes to main weapons that would trip up veteran players of the first game. Stages are similarly tweaked, often a bit more close-quarters before. In service of one of my biggest letdowns from the first game, Splatoon 2‘s single-player mechanics even show up in some multiplayer maps.
Splatoon 2 is more Splatoon - which is not necessarily a bad thing as the sequel offers everything that made the first game great, and this time there's a meaty and really fun coop horde mode to accompany the PvP battles. It's just a shame that the online multiplayer suffers from a badly designed Nintendo Switch online system.
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Despite Nintendo splatting themselves in the foot yet again, the Splatoon franchise remains fresh. Splatoon 2 succeeds in making a number of improvements while keeping everything we know and love when it comes to these odd Squid Kids.
Given that you're greeted by the squid DJ duo Marina and Pearl each time you hope into the game — who are instantly lovable the moment you meet them — it's easy to see why Splatoon made such a splash on the Wii U two years ago, and how Splatoon 2 might make a kid (or a squid) out of all of us on the Switch.
"Splatoon 2" is entirely held together by its premise and gameplay. It's charming. It's different. It works and it's fun. But once a closer look is taken at the limitations of the different modes, an embarrassingly outdated set of online features and lack of onboard voice chat that those bright colors start to fade. "Splatoon 2" has the potential to be one of the best games of the year, but Nintendo needs to start taking notes on how modern game makers create an experience for a competitive scene.
Even though Splatoon 2 outdoes the first game in every technical sense, it still feels lesser simply because it's more of the same. What was captivatingly eccentric in 2015 feels safer now, its quirks predictable even though they're still impressive. Get lost in the speed and noise of one of its matches and it might not seem like any of these problems matter, but a slower, sober moment looking at Splatoon 2 as a whole makes it difficult to ignore.
Unlike its unique predecessor, you largely know what you're getting into with this third person ink shooter sequel, but that's not a bad thing. Shortcomings aside, Splatoon 2 still just might be the best multiplayer experience on the Nintendo Switch so far.
Given how novel and interesting Splatoon felt during the time of its release, I can't help but view Splatoon 2 as the least innovative sequel to one of the most unique games we've seen in years. There's still plenty of fun to be had here, but just don't go in expecting anything that drastically refines or improves upon the Splatoon formula.
Splatoon 2 comes with all of the original game's strengths and weaknesses. It remains incredibly fun and addictive to play, and newcomers especially will fall in love with it. But if you're like me, you will mourn that Splatoon 2 failed to heed its predecessor's advice to stay fresh.