Updates Incoming At launch, Nintendo is adding voice chat through a smartphone app. Voice chat was con-spicuously absent from the original game, and though I was unable to test it in Splatoon 2’s pre-release environment, it’s not a necessity for enjoy-ing the multiplayer. Just like with the first Splatoon, the sequel is set to add free content including new maps, modes, weapons, gear, and events. While we’ll have to wait and see how these updates improve Splatoon 2, the first entry saw vast improvements through similar post-release drops. survival mode, but the competitive multiplayer remains the main draw. The multiplayer suite remains largely unchanged, and the original Turf War mode is still my favorite. The chaotic struggle to cover the map with your ink while the opposing team does the same never ceases to entertain. I love the constant back and forth, and the short rounds make it an exciting quick-hit experience. Splatoon 2’s gameplay is fun and it has sufficient content, but it puts up some baffling barriers to accessing it. I’m annoyed I still can’t swap my character’s loadout without leaving the matchmaking lobby. In addition, join-ing your friends in matchmaking is still a hassle. Though some modes have traditional friend lobbies, Turf War requires you to find a friend who doesn’t have a full lobby and join their match. Even then, you aren’t guaranteed to be placed on the same team. I also wish the method of making the maps playable on a rotating basis was abandoned. I was always disappointed when I could only hop on for a small window and had no shot of playing my favorite maps. For a multiplayer-focused experience, these decisions are difficult to defend. The biggest addition is Salmon Run, an intense wave-based survival mode where you join three others to collect eggs. You encounter several outland-ish bosses, from a floating monster that launches airstrikes to a massive metal eel that drips ink as he serpen-tines after players. These monsters are the highlight of Salmon Run; with minions swarming you and bosses emerging at unexpected times, the frantic fight for survival collides with the need to scavenge eggs to deliver a heart-pounding experience. Unfortunately, Salmon Run isn’t always available to play through match-making. Much like the competitive maps, online Salmon Run rotates in and out of availability, meaning you need to rely on private matches if you want to jump into the new mode on demand. That’s a shame, because while I love Salmon Run, limiting such a substan-tial addition in this way is a baffling and frustrating decision. Despite being primarily a multiplayer shooter, Splatoon 2 carries on the series’ reviews legacy by including an awesome single-player campaign. While this mode fea-tures the same mix of shooting, plat-forming, and minor puzzle solving as the first, it presents them in myriad new and creative ways that make them feel refreshed. My favorite part of solo play is the stable of memorable boss battles. The David-versus-Goliath feel of each boss is a rush, and evading the enemy’s onslaught of attacks, finding a way to traverse to the tentacle weak-point, and blasting your ink all over it har-kens back to the unique boss battles from yesteryear.