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#49: Splatoon

Action/Shooter
2015

I had no idea what to expect with Splatoon when it came out earlier this year. To be honest, I wasn't completely sold on the game going in, as I'm not exactly crazy about shooter games. But I had time and money to spare so I bought it and gave it a whirl. What I got was something unexpected, an extraordinarily unique 3rd person shooter that really felt like it was made for me. The single player run was brilliant, resembling the FLUDD-less levels from Super Mario Sunshine in their creativity and design. Plus the final boss is one of the best boss fights I've played in recent memory. And when I got to competitive multiplayer, something that I don't usually flock to, I was once again blown away as to how it felt like it was perfectly catered to me. Months later I've spent more time on this game than any other shooter in the past ten years. And it's easy to see why. Splatoon offered something unique to a genre which felt burnt out. It really is one fresh game!