Written by Shaun Hatton
Recently, Nintendo held a series of global testfire play sessions for Splatoon 2. This hotly anticipated shooter promises to offer more ways to blast your foes with ink than its Wii U predecessor did, and if this weekend’s play sessions are any indication, people are going to love it. Read more in our Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Overview.
The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire event featured several pre-set match times over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Two maps were available to play in the game’s Turf War mode. The object of each 3-minute match is to cover as much of the playing field with your team’s ink colour as possible. To do this, you can equip yourself with one of four different loadouts, including the new dualies loadout, which gives you an ink pistol for each hand. I was bested many times by players using dualies, but not as much as I was rolled over by people using the formidable Splat Roller.
I wish I could continue playing Splatoon 2 but I’m going to have to wait with the rest of the world until the game’s released later this year. But for now, I did find that the following strategies served me well:
The online matches are fast and the only way you’re going to win is if you cover as much ground as possible. Whatever your weapon of choice may be, make sure you continue to move. This allows you to literally cover more ground while also making you harder to splat! Don’t forget to dodge when you find yourself facing off with an enemy, and always remember you move faster as a squid than as a kid!
The Turf War is won and lost based on ink coverage. If you’re running around and not firing, you’re doing it wrong. Even in areas where it looks like you’re winning, there’s probably a few places that haven’t been covered. Plus, when you cover enough ground and you’ll unlock special attacks.
WATCH YOUR INK LEVEL
There’s nothing worse than rounding a corner and seeing an enemy only to realize you’re almost out of ink. I found a good strategy was to switch back to a squid every few shots to recharge the ink level, then switch back and continue inking
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE SPLAT ROLLER
In my experience, the most devastating loadout during the Global Testfire was the Splat Roller. If you see an enemy rolling along on your screen, get somewhere safe, and fast, where you can snipe them. It does not take long for them to roll you over.
LEARN THE MAPS
The first few times you play a level things can be a little confusing. The more you play certain arenas, the better you’ll get at knowing which areas need the most attention and where you can get away with inking territory mostly unchallenged. Each arena has its hot spots where most of the action takes place, so it’s good to get familiar with the best routes toward and away from the action
LEARN THE LOADOUTS
Don’t just stick to one loadout. Try them all to find the one that’s best for you. This is also the best way to learn the weaknesses of each of the weapons. Inking like the enemy is the best way to defeat your enemy, after all.
In the debut video for the Nintendo Switch, Splatoon 2 was teased in a montage depicting it being played in a large esports arena. The four-on-four arena matchup, coupled with the fast, frenetic game play and the fact that match domination often swings from one team to the next certainly make it an amazing candidate for esports and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen at a future WorldGaming event.
Shaun is a freelance writer and musician who has a life-long love of playing and talking about videogames. He has contributed to magazines and websites and has appeared on national radio as well. Shaun is perhaps best known for his five-year stint on the TV shows EP Daily and Reviews on the Run.
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Nintendo, Nintendo switch, Splatoon