Nintendo brought their A-game to rAge this year, and by far the star of the show has to be the dedicated set-up for Splatoon, their upcoming third-person squad-based ink-em-up. I got the opportunity to play a couple of matches over the course of the first day, curious as to how well the Wii U’s controls might translate when dealing with the precision required for a competitive team shooter.
You play an Inkling, a weird child-like… thing which can transform between a human- and squid-form. This transformation allows you to hide and quickly traverse the map through the ink you lay down (mounting obstacles and walls that would otherwise be impossible), and generally be a sneaky little blighter. Die from a well-aimed ink-shot or bomb, and it’s back to the spawn point.