Half a decade since the last part of Nintendo’s third-person shooter splatoon Series, turn 3 is almost here, bringing with it loads of colourful, fast-paced gameplay and lots of ink. Nintendo offered GamesHub a chance to get a hands-on preview of the upcoming game to test out the gameplay ahead of release and get a closer look at how turn 3 builds on the success of its predecessors.
The preview included three game modes: the single player campaign and the multiplayer Turf Wars and Salmon Run. Right from the start it’s clear that this game is aimed at fans of the series as well as complete newcomers. As a member of the latter category, there’s plenty of room to learn the basics, including the ability to use motion controls for more precision.
Single Player Mode: Return of the Mammals
Set in the world of Alterna, the single-player story mode called Return of the Mammalian lets your squid kid explore a series of levels with a variety of puzzles and challenges to overcome. This is definitely a game that requires thinking outside the box to advance in story mode, with your new companion Small Fry, who can be thrown to reach hard-to-reach loot or distract enemies.
The enemies in question are the Octarians, who in a rather disturbing turn of events have now grown hair from a substance found on Alterna. Overall, the story mode seems fairly similar to previous games, albeit with a facelift, although that’s not a bad thing given the success of the predecessor splatoon publications were.
While the single player mode is a great stepping stone for exploring the story and getting to grips with moves and abilities such as splatoon‘s fast-paced gameplay really takes the spotlight.
The 4v4 Turf War game mode is all about covering as much of the map as possible with your team’s ink while fighting with the opposing side while racing against the clock. It’s pretty easy to “splash” your opponents and lose sight of the real goal by making sure you have a higher percentage of ground cover than the other team. Our team managed to claim a single Turf War win, but the other two rounds were hard fought, with winners being separated by the smallest of percentages each time.
For a fairly light-hearted game, it got competitive pretty quickly, which speaks to the draw of the multiplayer gameplay and the dynamic nature of the mode. An additional version of Turf War that wasn’t shown during the preview is the three-team mode. Four players start in the center of the map while defending against two smaller teams of two attacking from each side. I expect it will be just as chaotic and energetic as the two-team version and will no doubt require some Herculean teamwork to pull through as a defender.
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Turf Wars is great for competitive gameplay, but for those who want to experience the multiplayer experience in a player versus enemy mode, Salmon Run is perfect for you.
Salmon Run is the four-player co-op game mode where your team fights waves of salmonids and larger bosses while working to collect enough eggs. turn 3 introduces some big changes to the game mode that players of the previous titles will love to see; The first is the ability to toss eggs either in or closer to the basket in a pinch, as well as the option to play the mode when needed. Previously, Salmon Run was tiered and not available at all times. Given the difficulty of getting a group of four people to play a game at once, this is certainly a welcome change.
Salmon Run has a sliding difficulty scale that can be adjusted based on skill, but our team played at 5%. Despite the low level of difficulty, it turned out to be very challenging. Defeating many enemies does not automatically mean success; Focus too much on combat and miss your egg quota and the whole mission will be failed.
New enemies keep things interesting for even the most seasoned splatoon Players, with bosses like Slammin’ Lid encouraging you to try new tactics and find weak points. Familiar faces like the Steelhead are also returning. Each enemy presents a new challenge to overcome, and learning how to tackle them with ever-changing weapons is exactly why Salmon Run works so well.
During the Salmon Run, all of your gear is fully randomized after each wave and is a great way to learn about all of the weapons at your disposal while being thrown in at the deep end.
There’s also a wide variety of weapons to choose from throughout the game, including the newly added Splatana Wiper, wielded like (you guessed it) a katana. There’s also the Tri-Stinger, a bow and arrow that fires three exploding paint shots at once. The Tri-Stinger excels at both short and long ranges, thanks to its ability to fire vertically while jumping and charge shots. Classic weapons like the well-tried Splattershot are also making a return.
On the game’s accessibility page turn 3 retains the option to lock your ink color for those color blind, which is a welcome addition in a game that focuses so heavily on color. The (admittedly difficult to master) motion control can also be switched off.
Nintendo has committed to providing two years’ worth of content after release, so players can expect new cosmetics and other additions to be introduced long after launch, on top of the already vast selection.
turn 3 is already turning into a lot of fun and chaos amidst all the eye-catching visuals and bold colors. For those who want to try the game ahead of its September 9, 2022 release, there is one Splatfest World Premiere begins August 28, 2022 at 10:00am AEST for all Switch players, giving players the chance to experience Turf Wars (including the three team Splatfests from 6:00pm to 10:00pm AEST) in all its mayhem .
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