Ink Or Be Inked – How to Survive In the World of Splatoon
Nintendo’s big third person shooter, Splatoon, has been out for a few weeks now, and many people have had the joy of being simultaneously a kid and a squid, splattering many people online. But what’s the best way to get the most out of this inkcredible game? Let Nintendude Sasha take you through the streets and back alleys of Inkopolis with some handy tips on how not to flounder around and to be the king prawn of Splatoon.
- Play Through Single Player!
While Splatoon‘s single player doesn’t have complete longevity and it’s story isn’t the most complex, it’s worthwhile to play through to 100% completion. The levels integrate multiple different ways to use your ink to your advantage in what eels like level design straight from the Super Mario Galaxy franchise. Worlds are as colourful as the ink you shoot, some of the dialogue clam bring out a chuckle or too, the Sunken Scrolls really paint an interesting universe, and the bosses, especially the final boss, are fun to defeat. Not to mention, beating the bosses unlocks weapons to purchase for multiplayer. While the single player may look like just an extended tutorial on how the game’s mechanics work, there’s much more to be haddock.
- Level Up Everything!
In Splatoon, the level you are equates to your freshness. If you aren’t fresh enough, you can’t buy certain weapons and better gear won’t be available to you. The only way to be incredibly fresh is to level up, and the only way to level up is to play as many multiplayer matches as possible. In Regular Battle, win or lose, you get experience, so there’s no excuse. Some fairly fun weapons aren’t available until the higher levels, and higher level gear have more abilities to be unlocked. Which, might I add, are unlocked through levelling the gear up as shell, also through playing multiplayer matches. Speaking of which…
- Ink ALL The Things!
At the end of the day, the winning team will have inked the most amount of ground. Unlike other shooters, kills aren’t really rewarded in Regular Battles. I’m not saying to avoid splatting that guy that’s on your tail, but don’t make it your primary objective. There’s a whole map out there waiting to be tagged, and you and your team are the right hybrid squid kids to do it. If you’re aiming to gun down as many hybrid squid kids as possible, and only gunning them down, you’re going to miss out on inking, and your team’s going to miss out on winning. Don’t not focus on inking. Just ink every single piece of ground you see! Although, Ranked Battles can be played a little differently…
- Wait A Bit Before Trying Out Ranked Battles
When you reach level 10, the multiplayer mode Ranked Battles become available. Unlike the unranked Turf War, Ranked Battle has Splat Zones, where certain areas of the map have to be captured with your ink, and held, which starts a timer counting down from 100. When it reaches zero, you win. Unlike Regular Battles, a more aggressive stance works well when defending the spat zone or zones, depending on the level. Also unlike Regular Battles experience is awarded to the winning team only. If you lose, you get nothing. In fact, you get less than knothing; each player in Ranked Battle has a rank, and if you lose you lose points towards your rank. To maximize your chances of victory, you should be armed with the weapon that you know inside and out, and to have the best gear on hand. Jumping straight into Ranked Battle, even when you reach level 10, may end up in tears. The more you play, the more money you earn, to which allows you to buy some of the better gear, which has many abilities waiting to be unlocked. If you go in with gear that doesn’t have too many abilities unlocked, you won’t be doing yourself or your team any favours. I’m not saying to not try Ranked Battle out, but maybe wait until you buy gear with three abilities fully unlocked before giving Ranked Battle your undivided attention. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, though, as you should also…
- Play With Friends!
For Regular Battles, Splatoon has the ability to place you in a queue when your friends are playing, to which you’ll join in to their match after the current match finishes, and another player leaves, with a handy little timer to say how long that match has until it finishes. It gives matches a little extra something when you sea your friend on your team as you take down your opponents together, or a bit more something when you and your friend are split between the two teams, and you find them and splatter them incessantly, as whale as your team getting the win. While Nintendo decided not to include voice chat, that’s why programs like Skype and TeamSpeak exist, for you and your friends to strategies, to trash talk, or to just have a fun time.
- Keep Playing!
Now that you’ve familiarised yourself with how the game works, the only thing is to keep playing. Every day, all the gear shops change their stock, and with every level increase, stores can bring in better gear, so keep on playing and eventually you’ll find the right gear that you just fall in love with.
New content is also on a fairly regularly schedule, with something new available every week or two. Next week, the 28th and the 29th to be Pacific, will see the arrival of Splatfests, a temporary game mode where players choose a side based on a question, with this Splatfest’s question being what kind of music do you prefer? Rock or Pop? Choose an answer, join a side, and fight for your right to party with your preferred music!
Since release, two maps and a multitude of extra weapons have been added to the game. A big update is also set for an August release with new game modes and the ability to play with friends in Ranked Battle as shell as being able to make games with custom rulesets for you and seven friends. Every so often, there’s something new to try out, so water you waiting for? Get into the thick of it!
Splatoon is available now, exclusively for the Wii U.