I never played the original Splatoon. Actually, I never had a Wii U. My wife and I considered getting one a couple of years ago - before the announce of the Switch, of course. But for some reason we never did bite the bullet. We were going to make it our anniversary gift to each other at the time, and went to Target and played Mario Kart 8 on the little kiosk. But I don't know. I couldn't seem to find enough Wii U games to make me feel like the purchase was all that justified. And eventually we decided to just buy a gazebo as our anniversary gift.
When Splatoon 2 was announced for Switch, everyone was raving about it. I just assumed those were Wii U owners who loved the first, so it didn't really do much to my interest level. To be totally honest, it looked like a sort of shooter for kids in my book. I mean... it was a game about shooting ink. It really didn't grab my attention at all. I should point out that when Splatoon 2 was released I was pretty heavy into both Overwatch and Paladins - two other competitive team based shooters. So not only did I feel like I had enough of this sort of game in my life (and I still do), but it reinforced my feeling that Splatoon 2 was for kids.
But people still raved about Splatoon 2. It was inescapable. Here we are a year later and people are still talking about the damn game. It's just now received a huge expansion called the Octo Expansion which adds 80-something levels of a single player campaign. Plus, there are some very cute Amiibos related to this game. It felt like maybe I was missing out on something big. Maybe just maybe I was missing a game that I'd really enjoy.
Well it turns out that I should learn to just listen to my gut sometimes. Because I grabbed a copy of Splatoon 2 in time for my summer vacation this year and y'know what? It's not for me. I'm not saying that it is for kids... but still, it's not for me. When I first fired the game up I was thrown into the lobby and... I don't even know. It made no sense to me where I was even supposed to go. My wife and I played through the little tutorial thing and then some single player levels by passing the controller back and forth. She quickly become uninterested, and I guess I wasn't surprised as competitive shooters have never been her jam. I tried to play a bit on my own and realized that the motion controls were really fucking me up so I turned them off and it was a little better. But my interest just wasn't there. The single player stuff to me felt pretty boring.
Boring and frustrating. I should point out that in a game like this I HATE the third person perspective. Dicking around with the camera never feels good to me. And I just vastly prefer the feel of a first person shooter. That's (partly) why Overwatch and Paladins are far more appealing. But I spent some time doing battle with the camera and it just never felt very fun. I admit that the bright neon pink and green aesthetic was fun and cute. But I just wasn't having a good time.
Things only got worse when I took the game online. Maybe it's no surprise by getting tangled up in third person for me was even more of an issue when trying to deal with other players. And I should note that even though Fortnite is like the biggest game in the world right now I had the same exact complaints (and lack of fun) attempting to play that game - also in third person. But I have friends who adore this game so I promised I'd give Splatoon 2 more of a chance maybe I'm just missing something, right?
But y'know what occured to me? I don't owe Splatoon 2 anything. There are SO MANY other games that I'd rather be playing. I gave it a shot and it didn't click. Meanwhile I've been getting BACK into Paladins again - for the THIRD time! That's a game that does click. I don't see the point in forcing myself to play something that I'm not enjoying. So...