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Splatoon 3 | Review Thread

Draugoth

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Game Information:

Game Title: Splatoon 3

Platforms:
  • Nintendo Switch (Sep 9, 2022)
Trailers:

Publisher: Nintendo

Review Aggregator:

Opencritic 84/100 - 100% Recommended - 19 Reviews



Metacritic 84/100 - 24 Reviews







Critic Reviews

Console Creatures - Bobby Pashalidis - Recommended
Will you have what it takes to beat the Fuzzy Ooze and solve Alterna's puzzles? Remember, you have to know how to learn to swim before doing the Squid Roll!

Destructoid - Chris Carter - 9 / 10
Given that Splatoon 3 shores up nearly everything already present in the series and adds a few extras like Tableturf Battle, it's safe to say that the magic of the series is still alive.

Dexerto - Lloyd Coombes - 0 / 10
If you're looking for a multiplayer shooter to fill your days with color this winter, then Splatoon 3 will keep you octopied (sorry). Its changes are small and easy to miss, but there really is nothing like it at all.

A lot of the game's continued success will come down to Nintendo's own support of the game and its community, but after seeing the support for Super Smash Bros Ultimate and the recent Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC, Splatoon 3 is swimming in the right direction.

Digital Trends - Giovanni Colantonio - 4 / 5
Splatoon 3 delivers a breed of content-rich multiplayer fun that's refreshing to see in the age of shaky free-to-play promises.

Game Informer - Brian Shea - 8.5 / 10
Splatoon 3 doesn't reinvent the wheel, nor does it need to. Instead, it improves nearly every franchise element in sometimes small but meaningful ways. With an already-robust set of content available at launch and at least two years of free and premium content on the horizon, Splatoon 3 is simultaneously the series' best entry to date and its most promising.

GameSpot - Steve Watts - 7 / 10
Splatoon 3 isn't quite as novel the third time around, but a great campaign and tons of multiplayer options make it the most robust Splatoon yet.

Geeks & Com - Anthony Gravel - French - 8.5 / 10
Splatoon 3 delivers the best solo campaign of the series so far and it's a whole lot of fun. With a wide variety of challenges that make you use all of the many weapons of the game; you will want more and more. On the competitive side, it's unfortunate that Nintendo doesn't introduce new modes, but the variety of maps and weapons should satisfy the fans. On my end, I plan to spend a lot of time in the new and better Salmon Run which will now be active 24/7. Overall, Splatoon 3 still shines with its unique approach, but we expect Nintendo to deliver multiple free updates to keep us inked in.

God is a Geek - Adam Cook - 9 / 10
Splatoon 3 isn't the most exciting release on the calendar, but it is the best the game has been. As a standalone game it's a rip-roaring success, and perhaps the game that fans wanted all along.

Metro GameCentral - David Jenkins - 8 / 10
Technically this is the best Splatoon ever, but the complete lack of anything approaching a new idea is profoundly disappointing.

Nintendo Life - Alex Olney - 9 / 10
Splatoon 3 is more of the same, but refined to borderline mechanical perfection. It's the most fun we've had with an online shooter in years, and for series veterans it makes Splatoon 2 feel entirely redundant for all but its unique single-player content. It feels like the development team has solved every problem the Splatoon community was bleating on about, and then fixed some more that we didn't even realise were problems until they were fixed. There's nothing revolutionary about it compared to its predecessors, and it's perhaps missing a Big New Idea™ that you might expect after five years, but Splatoon 3 is the pinnacle of the series, and the pinnacle of shooters on Switch.

Polygon - Ana Diaz - Unscored
Splatoon 3 exudes polish, but lacks ambition

SECTOR.sk - Matúš Štrba - Slovak - 8 / 10
Splatoon is back with its colorful and fun action gameplay. In addition, it is now richer in content than ever before. The problem with the game is that it doesn't bring any real new mechanics or features.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia - 9 / 10
While I wouldn't call Splatoon 2 old and busted by any means, there's no denying that Splatoon 3 does feel like the new hotness.

Stevivor - Jay Ball - Unscored
Of what I've experienced so far, Splatoon 3 is really just Splatoon 2 with a fresh coat of paint. It's fun, it's silly and accessible, and still a great way to introduce younger gamers to online multiplayer in a relatively wholesome package. I just wish there could have been more meaningful content in this latest entry.

The Independent - Jasper Pickering - 9 / 10
Splatoon 3 is one of the most enjoyable and accessible multiplayer experiences currently available on the Switch. By sticking to its guns (or paint rollers), Nintendo has crafted a competitive shooter with near-universal appeal in both its presentation and simplistic take on team-based deathmatches. It's strong competitive offering is only improved by the addition of its capable single-player and cooperative game modes, which means there is a well-served rotation of different options to try out. Fans of previous Splatoon games will enjoy the continuity this third instalment serves and newcomers looking for an online game with a twist will find plenty to wrap their tentacles around.

TheGamer - George Foster - 4 / 5
Splatoon 3 won't change anyone's mind on the series, but several smart changes to the formula make it unarguably the best game in the trilogy.

Twinfinite - Rebecca Stone - 4 / 5
Splatoon 3 is the same reliable fun the franchise has always been, and it has the much-needed improvements that fans clamored for, but players should just be aware of how much new content there actually is before committing to purchasing.

WellPlayed - Kieron Verbrugge - Unscored
If you're in it purely for the single player content, you'll find a lot to love in Splatoon 3.
 
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Bragr

Member
It's gonna play very similar to 1 and 2, so it's not gonna hit anywhere near 90, but the first 2 games are still unique and fun to play, and this looks just as good.
 

Punished Miku

Gold Member
Seems like fair scores. It is very similar to the previous games. But I'm pumped, and will be playing this non-stop for at least 2 years.

Maybe they'll do a larger graphical jump on the next system. I'd also like some Splatoon spin-offs. This will keep me happy until then.

Can't wait for the campaign and Salmon Run all weekend.
 
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Should there be a deep dive as to whether Splatoon warranted releasing full-fledged sequels rather than just being a GaaS title? Each iteration doesn't appear to have added much to warrant a $60 price tag, IMO, but I'm also not steeped in content/mechanical additions.
 

Tg89

Member
The Nintendo review, brings nothing new to the game =8-9/10..

Nothing wrong with refinement. Not everything needs to be new. Never understood this take. Especially for Splatoon, which is one of the more unique experiences in the industry...been 5 years since we got anything like it.

And there's plenty of non-Nintendo made sequels that bring nothing new and manage to score in the 8-9s, many of which release on a faster cadence.
 
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Jooxed

Gold Member
Very much looking forward to this. All of the changes I noticed during the splat fest were great.
 

Sojiro

Member
Reviews are around what I expected, can't wait for more Splatoon and I plan on going pretty hard into ranked this go around. The testfire already sold me on the new weapon types and movement options, can't wait for Friday to start diving in.
 

Sojiro

Member
I skipped the campaign in Splatoon 2, but will definitely be checking this one out.

First few weeks I'll focus more on the multiplayer side of the game.
You really missed out, both Splatoon 1 and 2's campaign are really solid, and 2's Octo expansion campaign is really, really good, and actually quite challenging. Definitely don't sleep on these game's single player offerings!
 

jaysius

Member
Good reviews, 100% recommend so far. This thing is gonna sell like crazy in Japan.
Speaking of selling well in Japan, you can get a digital code from the Japan amazon and save a few dollars. All you have to do is change the region on your account.nintendo.com and apply the code, then blamo, done.
 
i loved Splatoon 1. I bought 2...and it never hooked me. I barely played it. Felt too much like playing the first one.

I really thought Splatoon would be Bigger by now. just in scope.
 

Bragr

Member
i loved Splatoon 1. I bought 2...and it never hooked me. I barely played it. Felt too much like playing the first one.

I really thought Splatoon would be Bigger by now. just in scope.
What? Splatoon 2 sold more than 13 million, it's a big deal.
 

Reallink

Member
First game was fun, but 2 just seemed like a DLC. Way too similar, wore thin very fast. Haven't looked into this at all for that reason, no interest in playing the same game again with a few new weapons and arenas.
 
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Flying Wasabi

Neo Member
I looked up "Splatoon 3 digital code" on there then I get this link here

Splatoon 3 JP AZ

There are 7 options, number 6 is the right one, it should say:
"Color: Download Version"

Under the 7th option, if it does then it's correct, also it should be "¥5,850"

Hope this helps!
How do you pay though? Amazon.jp didn’t take my US card to pay, just like the Japanese eshop won’t.
 

jaysius

Member
How do you pay though? Amazon.jp didn’t take my US card to pay, just like the Japanese eshop won’t.
Oh, my shitty Canadian BMO World Mastercard worked perfectly. BMO is the worst in Canada, so I figured most all places wouldn't have any issues.

Sorry to hear that your card didn't work.
 
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01011001

Member
the singleplay seems to be expanded compared to Splatoon 2, so I actually might get it eventually.

I still refuse to pay Nintendo money for their ridiculously shitty online service, so no Multiplayer for me
 

hemo memo

Member
Has there ever been a high profile Nintendo game that had downright sucked and bombed in reviews ?
Depends on your definition of sucked and bombed, below high profile games received bad-overwhelming critic reviews and bad user reviews:
-Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
-Star Fox Zero
-Metriod Other M
-Paper Mario: Sticker Star
-Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit-
-New Super Luigi U
 

Marvel14

Member
Seems like fair scores. It is very similar to the previous games. But I'm pumped, and will be playing this non-stop for at least 2 years.

Maybe they'll do a larger graphical jump on the next system. I'd also like some Splatoon spin-offs. This will keep me happy until then.

Can't wait for the campaign and Salmon Run all weekend.
Has anyone reviewed Salmon Run? I scoured the Eurogamer review and couldn't find a single mention.
 
Depends on your definition of sucked and bombed, below high profile games received bad-overwhelming critic reviews and bad user reviews:
-Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
-Star Fox Zero
-Metriod Other M
-Paper Mario: Sticker Star
-Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit-
-New Super Luigi U

Bottom 4 reviewed fine, but there’s been other missteps like federation force.

Has anyone reviewed Salmon Run? I scoured the Eurogamer review and couldn't find a single mention.

Yes. Nintendolife called it out as being improved in every way.
 

Ogbert

Member
Really enjoying it. Polished to the point of perfection.

Would have liked the single player to be a little more adventurous. On the third island and it’s more of the same. Thankfully, that ‘same’ is excellent.
 
DPD delivering mine but not until bloody 8pm which is a bit shit. Good thing Thor is up on Disney. That’ll do until they arrive. Glad to hear the games not a stinker!
 
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