Splatoon 3 is the most refined and robust Splatoon yet, offering fun and frantic multiplayer gameplay. A few critics were disappointed by the lack of content and new ideas, however.
Splatoon 3 is being praised for not only its multiplayer and co-op modes, but also its single player campaign. Running at roughly 8-10 hours it’s being commended for offering inventive levels, challenging gameplay and a good story. It’s also been praised for being able to jump to any of the levels from the start.
The online gameplay is also being applauded for its slick fluid gameplay mechanics, not so much a reinvention, but a refinement in most ways. It presents multiplayer and co-op modes that are frantic and fun. Many critics also noted that there are ways for new players to find their footing while still depth for returning players to test out their skills. The inclusion of the co-op salmon run being available at all times has also been well received. All online modes are working well, with emphasis being put on the lack of menus, easy navigation, and ability to test out weapons whilst matches are loading.
Its presentation has been well received, stating the game looks glossy and runs at a smooth 60fps while in matches, however some experienced performance dips in the city hub world. There has also been a lot of praise for the good variety of maps, old fan favourites are included and new inventive ones hold up just as well. The same has been said about the new weapons.
Some reviews have pointed out that its lack of new features or ideas make it feel like there’s not enough new content. A new mini game has been included and some critics have said it is well thought out, but others have called it inconsequential.
It's worth noting that, whilst online gameplay seems to be working well, some reviewers have stated they didn’t have enough time, or there weren't enough people in the pre-release copy to test it fully. As a result, some review scores are not final.