Preview Nintendo is trying a new genre and the result will inevitably appeal to players, the Splatoon 3 DLC is brilliant!
A year and a half after its release, Splatoon 3 is finally preparing to welcome its solo DLC announced for months. Entitled Tower of Order, this mode with rogue-lite mechanics makes the experience even more complete. A week before its release, I was able to play it in advance and I was completely won over by this refreshing proposition.
At the time of Splatoon 2, we remember that Nintendo offered a single-player DLC called Octo Expansion. If this extension took the form of additional levels with a narrative framework, Splatoon 3 also offers substantial additional content, but different in substance. With Tower of Order, Nintendo’s colorful shooter gets a rogue-lite mode, something quite unprecedented in a title from the Japanese manufacturer. And the least we can say is that we find all the codes that make the genre popular, all combined with the charm of Splatoon.
An expansion to discover Splatoon in a new light
To justify this new game mode, Agent Eight, our Inkling, finds himself in Chromapolis Square completely devoid of color after having dozed off on the train to get there. While the place is lifeless and monochrome, we meet Pearl, iconic character of the series, in the form of a drone, who will help us climb the tower in the center of the square. To progress within the tower, we are also accompanied by Eyte who gives us access to the elevator, as well as to the color chips which give us improvements. After a first run which corresponds to the end of the tutorial, this is where the adventure really begins. From now on, the goal is to defeat the danger at the top of the tower that threatens the integrity of the world of Splatoon.
Beyond this simple but effective storyline justification, Tour of Order is an opportunity to discover the world of Splatoon in a new light. Exit the flashy and colorful colors, everything is very monochrome here to convey the danger that this Tower represents. This gives a new tone and the most beautiful effect to this universe. In addition to these colors, this expansion brings an even more science fiction aesthetic, more glitchy than the base game, with a monochrome appearance reminiscent of NieR Automata. And then, we are treated to music at the crossroads of many genres for an urban style specific to the series which offers new pieces that are as successful as ever. In short, Tower of Order develops the Splatoon universe even more artistically in a very beautiful way.
A rogue-lite mode with an addictive gameplay loop
Much more than for its storyline, its aesthetics and its music, Tower of Order is a big new thing for Splatoon 3 because it’s a rogue-lite mode. By this I mean an experience where we progress from level to level obtaining upgrades that we all lose when we die, making us start from scratch. However, before each new game, it is possible to increase certain characteristics permanently using resources recovered during the previous run, in order to facilitate future climbs. With this gameplay loop, the goal is to climb the floors, defeat the bosses that you encounter on your way until reaching the top of the tower.
With Tower of Order, Splatoon 3 applies the codes of rogue-lite to the letter while shining with elements specific to the series. On each floor, you have the choice between three rooms which offer improvements, difficulties and above all different structures. Defense of a point, target to eliminate, object to move… the levels, enemies and objectives change each time so as not to bore the player. In addition, there are variations with additional difficulties or bonuses to add challenge. On average, you have two to three lives to reach the top of the tower… and you can’t refuse. Some floors are really not easy, just like some bosses who will ask you to be careful. To progress, we use the iconic weapons of the franchise which we rediscover in a new light thanks to certain improvements which compensate for their weaknesses, for example. You can even experiment with original combinations by modifying your special ability and your secondary weapon. And all of this put together is what makes this unique experience so special.
After this first handling, there is reason to be really enthusiastic about this Tour of the Order DLC. By applying rogue-lite codes to the Splatoon universe, the experience offers a particularly addictive gameplay loop. At the end of each run, we want to immediately restart a game to try to go further and further by trying different combinations. And the best thing about it is that the difficulty is there, which offers a real pleasant challenge. Thanks to this expansion, Splatoon 3 could well offer the most complete experience of the saga. But to be sure, you have to wait for the release of Tower of Order on February 22 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
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