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I tried very hard, but Splatoon is not for me

Earlier this month, Splatoon 3, the latest game in the popular Nintendo franchise, was released. Developed by Nintendo EPD (the developers of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey), Splatoon 3 is a third-person shooter franchise with a focus on online play and competitive play.

And that’s my whole problem with the franchise.

First of all, I am a fan of single player games. I like to let myself be consumed by the game, discover its story, its game system, its world… and then move on.

But Splatoon 3 is not designed that way. This is a game for enthusiasts who will spend hundreds of hours with this game, trying to increase their average winnings by participating in Splatfests, defending their favorite option in the community (the first Splatfest asks us to choose what to bring to a desert island). : equipment, food or entertainment).

Splatoon 3 is a game for fanatics who will be willing to play dozens, even hundreds or thousands of hours to get new equipment for their character.

In short, this is not a game for me.

Single player mode that misses the mark

But if I knew all this, why did I decide to play Splatoon 3?

After all, I played Splatoon 2 and while I found the experience enjoyable, it didn’t really hook me. Why should it be different?

Because Nintendo in their Nintendo Direct paid a lot of attention to the story mode, which, it would seem, will be greatly improved compared to previous editions.

Finally a strong solo mode, I thought to myself! I believed it, especially since the Splatoon 2 DLC, Octo Expansion, offered just that and was well received.

So I opened Splatoon 3 with optimism. From the first pictures it seemed that my hopes were coming true. We find our character in some kind of post-apocalyptic desert. He seems to be alone there, abandoned, away from the noisy and colorful cities that we usually find in Splatoon.

I created my character wondering what kind of adventures they had in store for me, and…my character boarded the bus, finding a bustling and colorful city that can be found in all platoons.

Good.

Particularly long lesson

After all, despite a little more polish, Splatoon 3’s single-player mode essentially fills the same role as it did in Splatoon 2; This is a long tutorial that introduces us to the different weapons and mechanics that we may encounter while playing online.

Splatoon 3’s single-player mode does this very well. The missions are varied, often offer fun challenges and allow us to touch a wide range of mechanics. I tried to transfer my knowledge to the multiplayer mode, and although I still have a lot of food, I still feel that the single mode helped me understand the basics of the game.

But is this the compelling story the trailers promised? Not at all.

Usually we are given a certain weapon or power and asked to reach the end of the level using that weapon. There’s no more context than that. Here is the gun, here are the enemies, kill the enemies and reach the end of the level.

End.

Combine education and cinema

Of course, you could tell me that I’m wrong when I’m looking for a reliable single player mode in a multiplayer game. To this I will answer you in three words:

Call. Debt.

There’s no doubt that Call of Duty gamers buy their yearly copy to play online with their friends and strangers alike.

But those who venture into the single-player mode are usually served with an overall interesting story, with memorable characters, betrayals and ups and downs. And missions don’t just give us a goal to achieve, without context.

In Call of Duty, these missions, which are still intended to introduce us to the basics of the game, are wrapped in scenery and dialogue. They don’t just give us silent weapons; we are given this silent weapon in a mission where they have to infiltrate a spy.

They don’t just give us a machine gun because you have to learn how to use a machine gun; we are given it in a mission where the enemy forces are too numerous, and we are surrounded in enemy territory.

In short, it’s a bit more fun than the tutorial that Splatoon 3 offers us.

Of course, I don’t expect Splatoon to make me think about nuclear weapons or saving prisoners of war from torture. You must know your audience.

But could Splatoon hide his training in an adventure that will make us feel like we’re in a movie?

I think so.

Fans will be serviced

Yeah, okay, I’m being a little rough with Splatoon 3.

But don’t think it’s a bad game, like I said, it’s just not for me.

That being said, if you like online shooters, if you are competitive in nature, if you enjoy multiplayer games and playing online with friends, you will be catered for.

The weapons are plentiful and varied, the content is rich (and will grow in the coming years), and visually, Splatoon ink has never looked like… ink.

This is a beautiful game with exquisite gameplay. And if some report an unstable connection, I must say that for my part I had no problems in the few hours that I spent in the online game. No slowdown, no shutdown, nothing.

But for people like me who are looking for a memorable script, it’s best to skip it.

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