Nintendo Switch Review: Splatoon 2 – Octo Expansion

Sound of the Underground…

Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens without her memories on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling. You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore.

I was surprised to see a single player expansion for Splatoon 2, considering it’s more of a multiplayer-focused shooter. Still, I’m pleased as I enjoyed the original story mode and this is a great addition, but is it value for money?

The story is great and definitely carries you on till the end as you try and get out of the mysterious subway by completing missions. These can vary from taking out enemies, bosses or just reaching the end of a complex course within a time limit. It costs in-game currency to tackle a mission and you only get 3 lives before having to cough up more cash, which you very well may do as some are notoriously difficult.

For the price tag, there is a lot of content here and I cannot give Nintendo enough credit for that. It’s very generous and adds to the experience by giving you an Octoling in multiplayer if you complete it, which will be a good way of showing off your skills to the Splatoon community, which is much more a badge of honour than simply levelling up in my book.

Visually, the new expansion looks great and has some interesting design choices. The dark subway is creepy, yet still light-hearted enough for younger gamers to enjoy. The soundtrack is impressive and the game runs at a smooth and steady framerate throughout.

The Verdict

Octo Expansion is a great addition to Splatoon 2 and it’s a bargain for what’s on offer. It expands the game with a huge amount of content that will test your skills to the limit. Now this is how you do DLC everyone!

Score: 9.0