Squid Or Kid  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Squid Or Kid  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Game of the Year 2015 Intern's Pick: Splatoon https://www.gameskinny.com/8iy7w/game-of-the-year-2015-interns-pick-splatoon https://www.gameskinny.com/8iy7w/game-of-the-year-2015-interns-pick-splatoon Sat, 05 Dec 2015 04:35:42 -0500 David Fisher

Hey guys, David here! Some of you might know me better as RR-sama, that jerk that goes around ruining your childhood nostalgia, and stirring up controversial topics from the gaming world. As for today, I'm here to talk about my personal Game of the Year, Splatoon.

A mix of late 1990s and early 2000s style, paintball, and... kids that are also squids? Splatoon was a game that I was honestly skeptical about when I first heard about it. In fact, I was thinking about passing the title by completely at first. However, after spending almost $80 for a Canadian copy of the game (you lucky United States patrons, you..) I can honestly say that I don't regret it a bit.

So what's so great about this game RR-sama?

Let's first start with the aesthetics of the game, shall we?

Splatoon art style is a beautiful homage to the days of 1990s skate-punk and the early 2000s street art scene. Where a lot of modern shooters try to aim for realism, Splatoon goes in the complete opposite direction - and then some. From the vibrant colors to the comical designs of the Inklings themselves, Splatoon offers a one-of-a-kind experience that we could only expect from Nintendo.

The game also benefits from running at a constant 60 frames per second while at 1080p resolution. While it may not seem like a big thing at first, seeing everything running at a smooth framerate while simultaneously looking so darn beautiful makes this game extra enjoyable with friends or strangers online.

The music isn't half bad either...

Splatoon makes no secret of its heavy inspiration by the skate-punk scenes as the battle soundtracks are reminiscent of those one would expect from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater or SSX. Since Splatoon's Inkings don't speak any human language, the game's music uses garbled sounds that are supposedly the language of the Inklings. While one would expect this to ruin the soundtrack, it actually makes for an interesting mix of metal, punk, and pop tracks that are internationally enjoyable to the same degree.

What truly makes this music great, however, is that none of the tracks feel out of place. Nintendo has successfully managed to make music that suits an action packed environment, while simultaneously preventing it from sounding too serious. This, in conjunction with the Inkling lyrics, really helps to immerse players in the game world.

Okay, how about the game itself?

Gameplay in Splatoon is what really makes the game deserve the Game of the Year title -- at least in my eyes. While my fellow interns and GameSkinny journalists have vouched for various triple-A titles, Splatoon was a sleeper hit that presented gameplay that simply hasn't been seen before.

Sure, elements such as a "teleport" action, or third-person shooting aren't exactly 'new' per se. However, the concept of fighting for land instead of kills, as well as various other mechanics revolving around the use of ink instead of traditional projectiles makes Splatoon unique in the multiplayer shooter scene. The game also shares many similarities to MOBAs that help make this game feel like something new, as opposed to the newest version of what we already have seen before.

The game has truly come a long way since release. While other shooters like Star Wars: Battlefront offer Season Passes and other paid content after launching with a bare bones game, Nintendo has promised to keep releasing free content up until January of next year. With new maps, weapons, and battle modes, it's no wonder so many Wii U owners have flocked to this game as their go to multiplayer experience.

Anything else you'd like to add, RR-sama?

Not really. I think I've made my case clear enough to close it. Free content, beautiful art and music, and compelling gameplay. Seems like everything a Game of the Year needs. If you want something that's been done before, call on MGSV, Fallout 4, Bloodborne, or whatever fits your fancy. But if you want something that's truly unique, Splatoon is where it's at.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be getting back to preparing for the upcoming Splatfest. In the meantime, you can find the other Game of the Year picks by other GameSkinny interns by following this link. This is David Fisher - a.k.a. RR-sama, your Rewind Review master - signing off!

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My top 7 favorite Splatoon cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/7siis/my-top-7-favorite-splatoon-cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/7siis/my-top-7-favorite-splatoon-cosplays Sat, 19 Sep 2015 15:26:34 -0400 Destini Islands

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The Squid Sisters Callie and Marie pose for the camera!

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Maybe it's the sparkles, or maybe it's the smiles that seem so in-character and make this shot stand out. Whatever it is, it's brilliant and looks natural!

Both outfits were lovingly made by deviantArt user Mostflogged, who can be found here. The person posing as Marie can be found here.

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That's all for now! Did I miss your favorite? Want to complain about the lack of Inkling Boys? Want to complain that there's still not enough Inkling Girls? Let me know in the comments!

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Cap'n Cuttlefish from cosplayer Ramenpirate and photography by Oscar of New Age.

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With adorable Squid Kids and Squid Sisters, it's easy to forget about adorable Grandpas! This already-hilarious cosplay is spot-on, pose and all.

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For more amazing cosplay, check out Ramenpirate and New Age on Facebook.

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Spyke cosplay from Tumblr user Daydream-Theater at Otakuthon 2015.

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Who knew having spiked hair could look so adorable? This is what true dedication looks like—meticulously painted and coordinated purple.

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From the Tokyo Game Show itself, come two Green Inklings dressed up in the Hero costumes from Splatoon's single-player campaign mode.

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Would you look at those guns and that hair? While the two Squid Kids remain unknown for the time being, they'll forever remain one of my favorites with how awesome and cohesive they managed to get the tentacles with the hair.

Straight outta Inkopolis!

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From cosplayer Hyruleroyale comes Blue Inkling Girl, dressed up and mix-matched with all your favorite Splatoon gear come-to-life.

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Only a taste of what's to come, Hyruleroyale Cosplay is still winning with their light-up headgear and Squidkid hair. They even have an awesome Inkbrush to complete the attire.

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To see more of their costumes or other shots of this Inkling, check out their Facebook page!

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From deviantArt user EsaRawr comes a glittery display of character Marie of the Squid Sisters.

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This cosplay has a unique take on Marie's hair and eyes, and by unique I mean awesome. Make sure to check out their cosplay page on Facebook!

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From deviantArt user Niea-JPN comes Orange Inkling Girl, who showed up to stand out at the 2015 World Cosplay Summit.

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What really completes this cosplay is the fantastic photography and outstanding detail—from realistic fabric to the goggles and weapon. Good job! They have even more fantastic pictures with different poses posted up - go check them out!

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Are you a kid or a squid? Surely these words haunt even the toughest Splatters and annoy the unacquainted.

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Splatoon is Nintendo's unexpected shooter, full of squid puns as far as the eye can sea and a growing phenomena in Japan. Here, I show you the greatest catches I could find in the ocean of fans and cosplay enthusiasts.

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New Splatoon map arrives tonight! https://www.gameskinny.com/dy2gr/new-splatoon-map-arrives-tonight https://www.gameskinny.com/dy2gr/new-splatoon-map-arrives-tonight Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:39:13 -0400 David Fisher

Splatoon will be getting a new map tonight called Flounder Heights. This new content patch will bring the official map count to 11 stages, that's 5 maps more than the base game had when it was released in May. The map features an urban layout with multiple low-rise apartment buildings clumped together with a ground-level street connecting them.

 Players will be scaling the apartments in an attempt to get the upper hand on their opponents, as seen in the image above

The apartments seem completely ink-able, so players will have to be careful about not getting splattered by sneaky opponents who have coated their building and try to scale the walls. There are also a number of objects to hide behind, ranging from simple walls to air conditioning units.

 The apartments serve as the centerpiece of the map with a single alleyway dividing the two buildings

According to the Splatoon Tumblr page, Flounder Heights will have a central corridor that players can sneak through, presumably to get behind enemy lines. Once there, players can ambush their unsuspecting opponents, leaving nothing more than an inky mess to clean up... assuming they survive getting through that cramped area without getting splattered on the way.

With the release of Flounder Heights there is only one more map which has been data-mined that has not been released yet - Hammerhead Bridge. When the latter map comes out, Splatoon will have 12 maps on rotation, brining further diversity to this already stellar game.

So what about you, fellow Inklings? Are you ready to battle on the new Flounder Heights map? What do you think a good strategy will be for battling on Flounder Heights based on these images? Leave your ideas in the comments section below!

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The simple Dos and Don'ts of Splatoon ranked battles https://www.gameskinny.com/ury5w/the-simple-dos-and-donts-of-splatoon-ranked-battles https://www.gameskinny.com/ury5w/the-simple-dos-and-donts-of-splatoon-ranked-battles Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:42:32 -0400 David Fisher

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And that's all folks! With these simple dos and don'ts, you can expect to get yourself all the way to Splatoon's S-rank without much difficulty. Just remember, even if your team isn't the best, you being that much better can make a difference between losing horribly and barely scraping together a win.

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What about the readers? Are there any Ranked Battle tips that you'd like to share with your fellow inklings? Leave your ideas in the comments section below!

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Tower Control: Don't

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Unlike rollers, chargers can be useful for splatting enemies on the tower from a distance while still being reasonably ink-onomical. However, you should never stand on the tower itself while using a charger. Since chargers have to... well... charge, you are putting yourself in danger every second you spend on that little platform.

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Instead, use chargers to stand on ledges where you are either above or beside the oncoming tower. That way you can hit enemies even if they're hiding behind the central column.

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Tower Control: Do

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Take advantage of your secondary weapons. Splash Walls are useful for preventing enemy fire, and Ink Mines are equally useful for preventing enemies from jumping onto the platform. Weapons that have the Killer Wail special ability are also useful for clearing out narrow corridors, so take advantage of them whenever possible.

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Be warned... Inkstrikes and Sprinklers are just about useless on Tower Control maps, since the tower - and the enemy - is constantly moving. Don't use them unless you really have to.

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Tower Control: Don't

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While Nintendo's official screenshots show some inklings using rollers on a Tower Control map, don't do it. I'm serious. There is virtually no reason to use a roller on a Tower Control map unless you are never going to stand on the tower itself.

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The only practical use of the roller is to splash people with a wave of ink in order to free the tower for other players. However, the roller itself uses way too much ink for this to be effective, and using the roller means your team will have one less person to stand on the point. If you really want to take up the role of splashing players, use the bucket instead.

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Tower Control: Do

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Stand behind the crystal-like object on the platform. Doing so will stop most attacks from hitting you. While it may seem counter-intuitive since it means that you can't hit the enemy, your job isn't to kill the enemy. It's not your job to capture enemy territory as well. Your job is to stand on the point. That's all there is to it.

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Also, remember that while the tower does move faster with multiple people, it doesn't go that much faster once two people are already standing on it. As such, leave only one or two people standing on the tower at any given time. Unless you like getting team-wiped, then go right ahead.

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Splat Zones: Don't

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Don't go on a road trip. Unlike the Rainmaker mode, splat zones aren't about going into the enemy base. As such, every inkling that's not fighting in the splat zones is an inkling that is losing you the game. While you can't stop everyone from thinking this is Turf War mode, you can at least not be part of the problem yourself.

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Seriously... don't be that guy. You know who you are.

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Splat Zones: Do

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Remember that some maps have two splat zones instead of just one. If the map has multiple splat zones, try to find somewhere that you can rather watch both zones, or split up into two groups to ensure that at least one person is defending the zone closest to your base. While this seems like a boring job, I've lost many games where a member of the enemy team sneaked behind our front lines and captured the zone closest to us while we were away.

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Splat Zones: Don't

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Stand around behind or in the splat zone after you have captured it. Even though the splat zone is yours now, the enemy will do their best to steal it back. That means that you are in the crossfire once more! Also, if you're standing on the opposite side of the splat zone - like in the picture above - you're not helping keep the enemy away from the zone. This can lead to splat zone battles becoming a tug-o-war instead of a surefire victory, so get in there!

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Splat Zones: Do

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In Splat Zones your job is to capture the marked zone for as long as you can. However, you can't do that if you get splatted! Standing in the middle of a splat zone is a guaranteed death, so get out of there as fast as you can. Since everyone is trying to ink the splat zone, try your best to avoid using rollers as it will only put you in the crossfire.

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If rollers are your style try using one that has a sprinkler, bomb rush, or inkstrike ability. That way you can still help with inking the splat zone while you're out trying to keep the enemy from approaching. The best way to do this is to cut off their ink lines so that they will be forced to re-ink the area on their way back to the splat zone from spawn.

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Rainmaker mode: Don't

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Don't stand near the Rainmaker's shield if it's getting really big and is the enemy's color. That means that the Rainmaker's shield is about to burst, and when it does it will ink the entire area in the enemy's color. Being too close to the Rainmaker's shield is a guaranteed death unless your team has the upper hand.

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Also, remember that the Rainmaker bearer is your number one priority, regardless of what team currently has it. If your team does, protect them with your life. If the enemy does, STRIKE WITH GREAT VENGEANCE!

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Rainmaker Mode: Do

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Make a path for your Rainmaker bearer to follow. Even if you aren't there to help protect the Rainmaker bearer, ink the area leading toward the enemy base so that he or she will be able to get there that much faster. If possible, make the path outside of the main area, that way they can sneak behind the enemy lines and reach the goal!

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Remember, the Rainmaker is heavy, and so being submerged in ink is vital if the bearer is going to make it to the goal quickly.

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Rainmaker Mode: Don't

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Stand in the crossfire. As the Rainmaker bearer, your job is to escort the Rainmaker to the enemy base (don't make me count how many people have taken it to our base instead). You can't escort the Rainmaker if you're dead, so make sure that you aren't putting your life at risk unless you are making that final mad dash for the goal (as seen above).

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Rainmaker Mode: Do

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In Rainmaker Mode, always use the Rainmaker to your advantage. The Rainmaker is a lot like the Inkzooka special weapon in that its tornados travel over any objects in its way. This can make it very useful for hitting enemies over walls or behind objects, and since the Rainmaker doesn't use ink don't be afraid to spam it!

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Splatoon has been out for a couple of months now, and the splatting community is as vibrant as ever! While we've had some great guides published in the past, Splatoon has added a bunch of new weapons and ranked battle modes since then. Since it's been a while since the ink has settled after the rainmaker patch, let's look at some of the dos and don'ts of Splatoon!

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