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"Just one more game before bed... aaaand it's morning!"... Awesome experience.
Reviewed in Canada on August 5, 2017
Splatoon 2 is an awesome third person shooter for the Switch. The controls feel awesome and the maps have nice elements of verticality and 3d platforming.
If you know about Splatoon, you know what to expect. The online PvP, 4vs4 experience is awesome and will provide many hours of fun. Games last 3 minutes and you always want to play "one last game". Performance is flawless at 60 fps in either docked or handheld modes. The game’s textures look far superior to the Wii U’s if you look at them side by side.
Controls are a mix of dual analog and motion-based. You can disable motions control but I find a mix of the two schemes at the same time allows for quick movements with analogs and precise aiming with gyroscope. It's really awesome. I like it better than mouse and keyboard on PC shooters and I understand why pro players like it too.
A lot has been said about its limitations and I want to comment on that. Online with friends feels very constricted. Setting up a game and voice chat is a chore. There is no single console local multiplayer. To be honest, Splatoon 1's 1v1 mode on the big maps at 30 fps was not so good. The single player campaign is about 10 hours long. It is fun and the boss fights are really good. While it offers little narrative content, it does a good job teaching you the basics of the game and allows you to find food tickets to accelerate your leveling up and unlocking weapons in the PvP mode.
There is however, a great 10 consoles (8 players and 2 spectators) “hidden” lan mode (hold L+R+LS for 10 seconds in "the Shoal", similar to MK8’s and Arms' Lan mode). And Salmon Run (4 players co-op horde mode) is really fun.
People also complain about the inability to change loadout while in queue for the next game in a lobby. This is a design choice that Nintendo ought to do a better job explaining. Splatoon uses this system to match you with teammates that have varied loadouts and to expedite the waiting time. Also, when you set up your own lobby for league games with your own squad, you can in fact change your loadout without leaving the lobby.
Splatoon 2 on Switch met and exceeded all of my expectations. Loading times are quick and so is matchmaking. Every time I insert it in my Switch, I have a great time.