Test Chamber – Splatoon Online Multiplayer
Nintendo recently brought Splatoon by our offices, and we were able to take the ink-shooter online and try out the game's multiplayer.
Myself, Ben Reeves, Ben Hanson, and Corey Olcsvary from Nintendo's Treehouse (who would neither confirm or deny that the Nintendo Treehouse was an actual tree house) played a few the game's online modes and tried out three of the game's weapons. During the four versus four mode – Splatoon's main multiplayer destination – we tried out the splattershot, the splatroller, and the splatcharger. The splattershot functions like your average machine gun, but it fires ink. The splatroller is a giant paint roller you can use to coat the level, and run over enemies. Finally, the splatcharger works a bit like a sniper rifle that must be charged up.
After playing a few rounds there, we tried out the game's Ranked Battle mode, which actually won't be available the day Splatoon releases. Nintendo plans to withhold the mode for a few days in order to give players the opportunity to rank up to level 10. After the community gains a healthy population of level 10 players, Ranked Battle will activate. In the mode, we played Turf War, which functions similarly to King of the Hill, where teams must maintain paint-covered control over a specific area on the map.
Splatoon launches for Wii U on May 29. To check out some of Splatoon's single-player campaign, head here.
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