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Splatoon Thread

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I found this game to be an interesting new IP from Nintendo at E3, so I figured I'd make a topic for it.

 

Splatoon is a third person shooter where players play as squid people who shoot ink (with super-soakers!) that damages enemies and paints the environment.  In the 4v4 E3 demo, the object of the game is simply to paint more of the environment with your team's color than your opponents.  Whoever owns the most territory when the timer runs out wins the match.

 

When standing on your own ink, you can transform into a squid and swim through the paint, allowing the player to move very quickly and traverse the environment in new ways.  I saw players swimming up walls, though fences, etc.  You can also tap a teammate on the touch-screen minimap to super-jump to a teammate.  Swimming into the opponent's ink slows you down.

 

Map design seems pretty cool, based on urban / skatepark / waterpark environments to go with the whole graffiti feel of painting the environment and water feel of being a squid.

 

There's some sort of special meter that fills up, eventually allowing players to use a power weapon such as paint grenades, paint-rollers, snipers, splash guns, etc.  It doesn't seem that weapons spawn on the map.  Players refill their super-soaker tanks by swimming in their ink and map movement is promoted by the need to paint over enemy territory.

 

The controls seem to be standard, with the added option of controlling fine-tuned movement with the WiiU touch-pad's gyroscope.  In the interview below, a developer said that it's a very precise control scheme and playing without gyroscope controls means "you probably won't win."

 

Unfortunately, it looks like there will be no voice chat online, although there are plans to add "other ways to communicate" alongside the touch-pad's intuitive map.  I'm assuming there will be pre-set commands like "Help me!" and "Let's attack!" at best.  That's a shame since this looks like a really fun teamwork-based shooter.

 

It's also worth mentioning that they want to make sure the game can be enjoyed by players who do not have an internet connection, and that different game-modes and customization options are being considered for hardcore players.

 

While I have no concrete plans to buy a WiiU, Nintendo's showing at E3 is making me seriously consider it, and Splatoon is definitely on my radar now.  The whole territory by paint idea is really interesting and looks like a lot of fresh fun.  Gameplay / developer interview below:

 

 

 

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Definitely one of the most interesting new games shown in the E3 conferences. It's just a shame it's limited to one console.

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the ssb tourney really hyped me up to buy a wiiu....i played ssbm, not much of ssbb soooo

unsure about it.

 

but splatoon looks pretty cool concept lol

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I was skeptical about it at first, but everyone I talked to that tried it said it was awesome.

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With this was an arcade game on the other systems. Would thrive.

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Needs a CTF or Race mode.

I'm certainly going to be keeping my eye on this game between now and launch.

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Hey guys, it's been a while.

 

I've been playing Splatoon competitively since August.  I teamed with Sitri for several months.  I've been streaming it for a while too, my twitch is Hitzelburger.  Recently I uploaded some tournament gameplay and I thought you guys might be interested:

 

 

Some context:  The weapon I'm using is considered to be one of the better support weapons in the game.  It comes with disruption grenades that restrict movement and ammo use and prevent stealth, an invincibility super that can be shared with teammates, and it paints the map relatively well (important for map control).  It is, however, pretty difficult to use, so it's not used too often ─ you have to stand up and charge the minigun and release it to fire your charged up shots, requiring different timings for different situations, and making yourself immobile and vulnerable if you charge for too long at the wrong time.

 

The gameplay is from a recent tournament where I believe we got 5th, losing only to the number 1 and 2 seeds.  This was from the match against the number 2 seed in winners bracket.  It was an awesome set!  Enjoy!

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