To Succeed In Splitgate, You Must Embrace The Silly
I’m not afraid to say I like silly stuff. For example, racing games usually don’t interest me. However, when you cast Koopa Shells, Loop Loops, and Waluigi? You got me. When I play Super Smash Bros., I want all items to be activated and played on the wackiest stages available. If you align more with the ‘Fox Only / No Items / Final Destination’ playstyle, I’m more impressed with how you manage to make an inherently silly game more boring than how many frames you can play. .
The same goes for shooters. Sure, I can enjoy standard multiplayer titles like Call of Duty or Halo, but they rarely interest me in the long run, especially if I don’t have friends to entertain me. “Do the same things you did in the countryside but less interesting and with real people behaving like gremlins?” No thanks. It takes something special / weird to keep me on board, which is why Splitgate recently tickled my imagination.
Splitgate is a free-to-play arena shooter reminiscent of Quake and Halo that also gives you a Portal gun. Yes, you can create portals that work identically to those found in Valve’s famous puzzle series. The difference is, you use them to find creative ways to shoot people in the face. You might remember when it launched in beta on PC in 2019. Since then, the game has been revamped and recently landed on consoles in a new open beta that has proven to be incredibly popular.
I finally joined the fun last week and as a Portal fan I was immediately on board. The portal mechanic works great and adds an entertaining and thoughtful layer of strategy to what would otherwise be a decent but not amazing arena shooter. It’s been great finding the busy places to create windows of death that I can walk through. I also take far too much pleasure in shooting portals under opponents’ feet and watching them fly somewhere out of a wall. I don’t care about anything around the edges like the mandatory Splitgate battle pass and cosmetic unlocks. Arming portals to thwart maneuvers and outwit other players is all I need to have fun.
Even as I get my kicks, it seems a lot of the players I’ve faced are still adjusting to the Splitgate learning curve (just) or falling into their shooter comfort zones. In at least half of the matches I’ve played, most players don’t bother using portals at all. Again, it’s like playing Smash Bros. with this overly competitive player. Whoever insists on maintaining the “purity” of the experience while I chat with them about why every player deserves hearty Smash Balls and Support Trophies.
The difference now, however, is that even though this straight Smash player Probably destroy me harder without having my toys to lean on, you are at a serious disadvantage by not using the splitgate portals. I would bet the best pure player would still have issues with someone mastering portal jumping because it really creates all kinds of goofy moments and strategies that you don’t see elsewhere. It’s kind of like playing Fortnite if you’re a good shooter but suck at the building mechanic. Speaking from experience, the pure shooter doesn’t get you far until you meet someone equally capable with a gun, but who can also erect the Taj Mahal in seconds to protect themselves and shoot you. above.
I’ve demolished portal-resistant players in a way that often feels unfair because I kissed idiots. Like, I seriously messed them up, and it’s weird to me because even though I’m an above average shooter, I would never consider myself near the top. Splitgate makes me feel like those scholars who maintain a permanent residence at the top of the rankings by rewarding my innate desire to play games as creative as possible. That’s an eloquent way of saying that it pretty much rewards being a chaos-loving idiot.
So if you are planning on playing Splitgate my advice: loosen your tie, mess up your hair, and remember that there is more than one way to skin a cat. You can also use a portal to send it off a cliff or something like that. So go wild and use this portal gun! It’s more fun, and I probably won’t finish you that often.
Splitgate is currently available in open beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The full launch is scheduled for this month.
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