Splatoon 3 Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

For our Splatoon 3 Review, we visited Splatsville, the city of chaos, the adrenaline-fueled heart of the dusty Splatlands. The folks who live here are a little rowdier than what you might find in far-away Inkopolis.

Splatoon 3 Review Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 5.4GB download size.
  • Import Splatoon 2 save (optional) to get Golden Sheldon tickets, early access to a game mode and settings, and online rankings.
  • A character creator for you and your little sidekick.
  • Opening tutorial section.
  • Full gyroscope controls (optional).
  • 3rd person shooter gameplay.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Exceptional soundtrack.
  • Familiar controls.
  • Splatsville is your hub town where you can freely roam the streets, enter and use the shops, do deals, read and write messages with others and do some online play.
  •  Controls can be inverted with sensitivity sliders. Handheld and big screen have seperate menus.
  • Amiibo support.
  • Color the floor with your ink color, transform into a squid and travel faster in the ink and replenish your ammo.
  • You can use the ink to climb walls, jump over obstacles and go through fences.
  • Multiplayer stages are cycled in and out with two being in rotation at a time.
  • Booting up the game will give you a brief rundown on any updates, events, and stages available from the studio team.
  • An online hub that is a seperate place where you can practice, choose game modes and buy new gear.
  • All gear has stat changes on them.
  • You are free to roam the online lobby whilst the game match makes.
  • Splashtags are player cards you can customize and show off in-game.
  • Earn EXP and level up to earn cash and new gear.
  • Lobby terminals allow you to view replays, Battle logs, replay codes, edit your splash tag, change nickname, change region, and get stuff.
  • Matches are automatically saved and can then be viewed and uploaded.
  • Fast travel between the shops and locations.
  • Photo mode.
  • Emotes can be used.
  • Level up gear and weapons by using them to make them better
  • Sheldon passes are needed to buy gear and come in Silver and Gold versions.
  • Test weapons before buying them.
  • Friend list avatars will appear in the online lobby and clicking on them will show up stats.
  • Medals are awarded in multiplayer for things like most splats covered the most ground etc.
  • Fast matchmaking.
  • In Single-player, you are collecting power eggs and using them to clear out the ooze in the hub areas which in turn opens up new stages and Collectibles.
  • You can replay levels.
  • Hidden Collectibles and rewards.
  • Slight puzzle elements.
  • The Crater area is basically the tutorial.
  • Alterna is the new hub world you explore.
  • Sardium is collected and used to unlock new upgrades.
  • Six sites within the single player, are basically six areas containing levels.
  • Splat enemies and fund collectibles to get upgrade points.
  • Stages are big with a lot in them.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • The catalog is where you earn catalog points as you play and rank up for rewards, you spend your points on unique gear.
  • The kicker is your personal space to buy and hang up rewards and items.
  • Weapons and gear unlock to buy as you level up.
  • The salmon run is back with optional tutorials. For the unknowing, this is a team-based Co-op event against Ai where you collect eggs, fight bosses, and deposit eggs into baskets.
  • The salmon run has its own set of maps in rotation like the multiplayer maps.
  • The salmon run has its own leveling system and rank rewards.
  • Salmon run rewards are – work suits, decorations, stickers, and banners.
  • Earn multiplayer rewards in the single player.
  • When the maps change whilst you are in the shops or world, it’s a pop-up whereas before it would do the whole cutscenes thing.
  • The Shoal is where you go to do local wireless play.
  • Shell out machine is a capsule mini-game with random rewards.
  • Food and drink need tickets to buy things but they grant exp boosts, cash boosts, etc.
  • You can view other players’ lockers.
  • Auto saves regularly.
  • Matchmaking can be done solo or by grouping up with friends, joining friends from your list, etc.
  • You can post messages/drawings you make with the in-game ink pad.
  • Earn upgrade points in the hubs by painting the walls and floors.
  • Stages have more to them now, puzzle elements, racing, unique usage of weapons, etc.
  • The Salmon run is available all the time whereas last time it was time sensitive.

Splatoon 3 Review Cons:

  • Shops are still locked behind a player-level rank even if you import your save.
  • Same formula as before.
  • No way to skip the opening studio intro.
  • The location rotation is still not ideal.
  • No increase to the player count.
  • Doesn’t offer any sort of bot match.
  • The gear always comes down to practicality over looks.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • The tutorial is very basic.
  • If you swap weapons between rounds, you cannot then quit out.
  • Had an Amiibo error popping up a lot at random times.
  • Can feel like the skill level-based matchmaking is a bit one-sided at times.
  • Online is the same as last year at least gameplay-wise.

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Splatoon 3:

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Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

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  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9.2/10

Summary

Splatoon is back and honestly, this is the best one yet! What I can’t believe is how good the campaign/story is, not the actual story but the gameplay of it all for now it’s an open hub world where you can explore and find secrets, choose levels and take on set pieces, scenarios and almost puzzle-like scenarios in bite-sized encounters. The boss battles are still a pain in the ass and don’t have huge variations but it is what it is. The campaign is so good that on many occasions I land up playing the campaign instead of online because I get my fix and unlock new items for my multiplayer character and it’s all very addictive. Talking of online it’s the same as always, two levels get rotated in and out, Salmon run (Co-op) is available all the time which is excellent, and the progress for online is all exp based. Unlock new weapons and items that affect stats by spending tickets on them, the best part is you can use tickets to buy higher-tier items if you feel ready, plus if you have a Splatoon 2 save you get a load of tickets straight away so you can just carry on. Gameplay-wise and it’s business as usual, the game plays the same as always and it runs really well. Would still like more game mode variations, bigger player numbers, etc but honestly, it’s good how it is and I should just stop moaning. Splatoon 3 splat splat motherbeeper!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!