With the release of Splatoon 2 on the inky horizon, here is a compiled list of the top ten tips to be the best in preparation for all this fantastic shooter has to offer. Without further ado:
Tip 1 – Find Your Weapon of Choice
This can be quite a difficult one in the early game because you’ll most likely be inking turf using a splattershot of some form, but will really help in the later stages of the online, competitive scene. Try to experiment with all the weapons available, whether that be a slosher, a roller or even a blaster. Always attempt to change something if it isn’t fitting your playstyle and don’t be afraid to try something completely different, but try to do this within the confines of turf war matches that don’t hinder your ranks. Within the new game mode Salmon Run, you will also be able to choose from a variety of weapon types so never be hesitant to try them out. If there’s a particular sub weapon (such as the splat bombs, toxic mist, point sensors) then find the weapon you like that also has them attached, as well as your special weapons. Try everything and find the weapon of your choice.
Tip 2 – Use Crusty Sean’s Meal Tickets
To those of you who aren’t familiar with the work of Crusty Sean in Splatoon 2, he is the lobster creature in the van from the original game. He essentially provides meal tickets to boost the experience points and currency earned in battle, which can prove to be especially helpful in the early stages of the game. This may require some work in the single player beforehand, but it’s more than worth the investment.
Tip 3 – Consider Motion Controls
This is something that may not be appreciated by everyone, that’s completely understandable. However, Splatoon 2’s primary controller option is the use of motion controls to aim your reticle to ink the turf, which has been proven to be ever so slightly more responsive and accurate than the standard analog sticks. That’s not to say that you couldn’t play absolutely happily and perfectly with analog sticks – some of the best players still do – but it can put you at a slight disadvantage so always keep your mind open to motion controls. Give it a go, see of it is the playstyle you prefer and progress from there. Always, always, always keep an open mind.
Tip 4 – Don’t Rush Into Battle
A fairly self explanatory tip, but a crucial one nonetheless. Many players enter the world of Inkopolis Square with the aim of winning matches, believing that the only way of doing such is to play an offensive strategy. This, however, can be counter intuitive. While it can push your opposition back into their safety zone, it can most certainly leave you open to any incoming attacks if you’re disconnected from your team’s efforts in battle. Don’t rush into a decision, try to scan your terrain and analyse the situation before committing to anything. The last thing you want is for your team to be handicapped because of your premature decisions.
Tip 5 – Always Ink Your Surroundings
This applies to all game modes available, but seems most fitting for the ranked matches. Whereas in Turf War, inking is an absolute priority, this is not the case in ranked matches necessarily. It is all about completing the objective – from riding a tower to a destination or covering a particular zone in your colour. This does not mean, however, that inking is unnecessary and doesn’t need to be thought of. If you ink your surroundings, you’re pushing your enemies further away and also making it particularly easy to access larger parts of the map. Make sure to ink when you have the spare time available.
Tip 6 – Don’t Blame Your Teammates for Your Loss
As something that regularly happened within the original game, it comes as no surprise that this will most likely be a feature of people’s temperment coming into the sequel. If you lose a match, it is a collective effort, just as if you won a match. It could be argued that there are stronger players that will dominate in particular matches, but that does not mean that one person carried the team. This shows that one person helped to lead, while the others helped to pave the way for that success. Even if you’re particularly competitive, don’t be a sore loser and blame the rest of your team for the failures you made as a collective group.
Tip 7 – Play Salmon Run Whenever Available
As a completely new mode, Salmon Run provides a horde mode experience similar to that of many other shooters. Where this differs is that you will get particular rewards, such as new items of exclusive clothing and Crusty Sean meal tickets, for playing and succeeding in this mode. This really gives a great incentive to join the Grizzco team and get splatting those Salmonid creatures. If you see it available to play, be sure to at least check it out.
Tip 8 – Predict Your Allies and Enemies
If you’re not playing alongside friends, voice chatting is not an option so being able to predict the movements and thoughts of your allies and enemies really is a professional skill in this game. Always be aware of the map (by pressing X), where the colour is changing and where your teammates are positioned on the map. It is absolutely crucial to understand the patterns of their playstyle in order to be able to implement your own style. As you progress further in the game and begin to invest time into the online scene, you will become more accustomed to this behaviour to a point that it will become somewhat second nature. If you can predict your enemies, you can always outsmart them in battle.
Tip 9 – Conserve Ink and Know When You’re Fighting a Losing Battle
This is possibly the most important. Try to keep your ink tank relatively high at all times and try to avoid it being completely used, otherwise you will be spending too much time waiting for a refill than actually doing your inking duties. If it helps your playstyle, equip clothing that has the ability of Ink Saver so that you can conserve your ink even more efficiently. In addition, always know when to retreat. You should know that some battles can’t be won and that no matter how much you try, it would only result in an equalising splat at best – a near pointless endeavour. Try to avoid these incidents unless you are confident that you have what it takes to initiate against your enemy. All this could culminate in a faster special weapon and even higher points.
Tip 10 – Have Fun!
I can’t stress this one enough. When playing this game, have fun! Don’t take it all too seriously. There are a plentitude of options to play casually – be that the single player campaign or the turf war online matches – so there should be very little time where you want to turn off the system or worse. Just relax, enjoy the experience and have fun with it.
Well, there are all ten top tips for those of you preparing for the release of Splatoon 2. Which one was your favourite? Until next time, I shall see you on the battlefields!