3 Up, 3 Down – Splitgate
Splitgate is in beta now on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and is set to release by the end of the month. I’ve played for around 15 hours now, and I absolutely adore the game. That doesn’t mean it is perfect, though. So here are three things I like and don’t like about Splitgate so far.
What I Love
1. Portals are Amazing
Splitgate has been described as Portal with guns, and yeah, that is pretty accurate. The portals are a fantastic addition to the arena shooter formula that makes knowing your environment and constantly checking your back important. They enhance mobility and make moving around the maps a joy. Nothing is more satisfying than placing a portal and shooting down people before they can turn around.
2. Time to Kill is Perfect
I’ll admit I’m pretty picky about time to kill. I enjoy games like Rainbow Six Siege because the time to kill is so low, so you aren’t completely unloading your gun to kill an opponent. I haven’t gotten into battle royales because the time to kill is often high and varies based on armor. I don’t like that. Splitgate hits that sweet spot where it doesn’t take long to kill someone, especially if you get headshots; without being too quick, you can’t respond. I know this is strange to list, but this is my list. I’ll list whatever I want.
3. Game Modes are Fun
For a free-to-play shooter, Splitgate does not lack content. It already has over 20 maps and 15 game modes. I enjoy all but one of these game modes that I’ll get to later, and I count that as an absolute win. Most game modes are 4v4 with a 3v3 thrown in there as well. I don’t have time to go over every game mode, but here are my favorites: Team SWAT is 4v4 with the three-round burst battle rifle where headshots are an instant kill. Oddball has teams of four trying to hold on to a ball for as long as possible. The one holding the ball can’t shoot, but it is an instant kill with melee. I also enjoy Team Fiesta, which takes two teams of four and sets them in a standard deathmatch, except you get a random loadout of weapons each time you die. It is chaotic and fun.
Overall, I absolutely love Splitgate. However, there are a few things I would love to see tweaked before a full release.