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This weekend was big for Splatooners, with three live beta testing demos that occurred on Friday and Saturday. The demos allowed players to hop online and play a total of one hour online Turf War matches verses other people! So in total, 3 hours of test firing was allowed! This gave players a great chance to start to get to know and love Splatoon. How is the game looking, and will there be any competitive value to it?
The beta demo featured the following maps and weapons:
Maps: Saltspray Rig, Walleye Warehouse
Weapons: Splattershot Jr., Splattershot, Splat Charger, Splat Roller
Each weapon also had a sub ad special weapon equipped to it, such as a grenade or a shield. Based on which weapon set you chose, you could style your play very differently!
From the first demo, the Splat Roller was seen as the best weapon. It’s ease of use and ability to quickly lay down ink seemed unmatched and overpowered. By the time of the third demo however, the Splat Roller seemed outclassed by the Splattershot Jr., which counters the roller well, and also comes paired with one of the more superior special weapons: the bubbler. The bubbler is basically a shield that gives you temporary protection against enemy fire. This allows Inklings in tight situations to escape unharmed. It also lets plays play very offensively if they have their shield up.
The maps were very different, Saltspray Rig allowing for a larger and more strategic gameplay, while Walleye Warehouse was chaotic and based highly on maintaining the center of the map.
The demo allowed players to choose between boy or girl, as well as which eye color they wanted. The controls were also adjustable. You could either play with gyro motion controls on or off. Adjusting the camera sensitivity was also an option. The Gamepad was the only option for a controller, as the screen showed the map, and allowed players to super jump to their teammates.
Did you get a chance to play the testfire? What were your initial and final thoughts? Any weapon or map that you particularly liked?
You can check out tons of gameplay as well as commentary with other Splatoon fans in the video below!
I’m Rocket/Evan, playing at Walleye Warehouse and using the Splattershot Junior!
Splatoon comes out May 29th, exclusively for the Wii U!