Percentile Rank

Splatoon is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 80 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

77%

Critics Recommend

Based on 80 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Yes
Yes
May 28, 2015

Playing as squid kids that use water guns to make a giant mess is lots of fun.

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Nintendojo
B
B
Jun 2, 2015

Splatoon has arrived and very nearly delivered on every bit of the potential it showed at E3 2014. A bold mixture of classic Nintendo sensibilities and modern game design, Splatoon has planted its flag firmly in the ground both as an online multiplayer title and solo adventure game.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
May 28, 2015

[F]or now, it's clear that Nintendo has succeeded in crafting a new, idiosyncratic take on the modern shooter. The bright colors, peppy music, and short bursts of action make it fun and easy to keep coming back. It's the sort of no-brainer we should have been playing for a long time now, and just like getting those hard and soft taco shells in the same box, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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GameXplain
Loved
Loved
May 27, 2015
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TechnoBuffalo
Buy
Buy
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is a wonderful game with a premise that's genuinely incredible. It's simply short on content, though that will be remedied.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
May 26, 2015

Splatoon may not be everyone's favorite fish in the sea, but for those looking for a fun multiplayer game on Wii U, this is a great catch.

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Washington Post
Unscored
Unscored
May 27, 2015

Although it may sound like an oxymoron, "Splatoon" is a family shooter done right.

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Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Jun 2, 2015

It's those three minutes that really count, though, and it's there you'll find the genius and the joy of Splatoon. It's where you'll find a genre distilled, broken down and reassembled, with each piece snapping perfectly in place. It's where you'll find Nintendo charting new territory, and sharing with you the thrills of their own discovery. And it's where you'll find what happens when Mario's maker steps away from the comfort of the Mushroom Kingdom and tries something new: a true modern classic, and one of Nintendo's finest games in a generation.

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Scored Reviews

MMOGames
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2015

Great style, refreshing gameplay, and lots of small, frequent updates, even if Nintendo's still squashing communication and hasn't learned everything about options and standard practices that make other online games successful.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
May 26, 2015

In a sea of rock-solid single-player Nintendo experiences Splatoon is a standout as being an utterly sublime multiplayer endeavour. Everything is knitted beautifully and seamlessly together to create what is quite simply some of the most fun you can have online.

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DarkZero
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 1, 2015

Splatoon isn't perfect, but despite the faults it's a wonderful game, both online and offline. There's some fantastic ideas here that can be built upon, but as it stands right now, it's already superb. A little rough around the edges, but in the heat of the moment during a good multiplayer match, it's a whale of a time.

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Gamestyle
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 3, 2015

A game that could only be made by Nintendo.

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Paste Magazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is not trying to corral unearned cool points with obscenity. Splatoon does not push us to accept its weirdness. Splatoon merely opens its suction-cupped palms to the sky and says, "Here," and we graciously accept, parched by the years of dusty, war-torn, bone-dry purveyors of damage masquerading as games. Each waterfall was in fact an oasis. Instead, Splatoon showers us with a heavy goop that feels amniotic. We emerge, new and refreshed. We are all squids now.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2015

Splatoon is the best game on the Wii U.

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Metro GameCentral
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 27, 2015

The most original and enjoyable online shooter of the generation, and now with enough content to make the most of its superlative action.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

Sure, you won't find yourself blasting off headshots or shouting obscenities into headsets while playing Splatoon, but that's oddly refreshing and everything else is so rich and fun that you might not even notice.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jun 2, 2015

Splatoon is almost endlessly replayable, and it effortlessly my favourite Nintendo game so far this year.

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Daily Dot
May 29, 2015

Splatoon proves Nintendo has the chops for online shooters

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The Escapist
May 26, 2015

It shouldn't be as good as it is... but who am I to deny something this inkredible?

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 27, 2015

There are a few drawbacks and limitations, but Splatoon's frantic and addicting gameplay is a blast. This is Nintendo's best new IP in years.

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Slant Magazine
Jun 12, 2015

The virtue of shooters is a simple set of parameters creating interesting decisions, and the game's greatness is how it expands that matrix.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
May 27, 2015

Overall, I think Splatoon is a much needed shot in the arm or tentacle for a genre that could really use some new blood. With its fresh core mechanic, a solid campaign and an addicting and buttery online mode, Splatoon delivers a new and wonderful experience while adding Nintendo's trademark gameplay to the shooting formula. I give two thumbs — and nearly eight tentacles — up.

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Attack of the Fanboy
May 26, 2015

Splatoon is yet another great new IP from Nintendo. It's fresh take on the shooter genre should please longtime fans, while feeling accessible to new players. One of the best games on the Wii U, which is already stacked with excellent titles.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 31, 2015

Overall, Splatoon makes for an amazing online game, likely the most engaging online experience Nintendo has ever made. The multiplayer, regardless of its lack of voice chat or randomized parties, is sublime, successfully making a shooter that is easy to hop into but tough to master. The single-player might be short and linear, but it's a wonderful change of pace from the frenzy of online play.

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New Game Network
88 / 100
88 / 100
Jun 13, 2015

A new Nintendo classic. Splatoon is an artistic and competitive triumph that demands you play 'just one more round' again and again.

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Gamers FTW
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2015

Splatoon is without a doubt one of the best games out there for the Wii U. The games unique paint mechanics make for great frantic, fast paced matches that anyone can get some enjoyment out of. Unfortunately it's disappointing how little content there is at launch - with only two online modes and short hero mode it leaves you wanting more. Yet the quirky nature of the game makes it highly addictive and something that'll keep you entertained for hours on end.

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IGN
8.6 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2015

Nintendo's take on the third-person shooter is refreshingly original, with lots of impressive tools, skillful mobility, and creative maps to play with. Matches are consistently fun and tense, and the mechanics feel simple and fair enough that almost anyone can contribute positively. Not having voice chat is a bummer, but the great modes and maps feel polished and kept me claiming turf for hours.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.5 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Cooper D Barham
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2015

It's never been so fun being a squid! Grant that squid some ink-flinging artillery with a serving of friendly competition, and you'll find something rarely discovered on the video game scene: a paradigm-altering shooter where your main goal is not to kill, but to conquer. Splatoon is standing proof Nintendo still holds a deck of aces.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

In some ways, Splatoon's online component is disappointing, and the lack of so many features will likely push other shooter fans away. But most of those shortcomings can be forgiven in my mind because of how damn fun it is. As a shooter it's refreshing, and as a 3D platformer it's up there with some of Nintendo's greatest creations. You'll quickly forget about the fact that you're playing Turf War over and over as you squid down an alley, leap across a gap, and shoot enemies in the air as you fall. All Nintendo needs to do is keep supporting Splatoon, because the foundation is fantastic.

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NZGamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2015

Is it perfect? Not quite, but none of the flaws matter when you're 15 matches in and the promise of doing something productive with your night is all but forgotten.

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Rectify Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

All good fun. Nothing really to complain about. There are some downfalls with lack of levels. On the other hand, the variations in weapons along with new levels coming keep Splatoon with its fresh, new take.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 28, 2015

Splatoon has a huge amount of potential wrapped in an addictively bizarre visual style. That said both the solo and multiplayer aspects are relatively simple and have a lot of room to grow with DLC and updates. Hopefully Splatoon will get better with age but for now its inky competitive action should keep you busy for a month or two.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

If this is Nintendo's idea of what a multiplayer shooter should be, then I'm not about to argue with them.

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Polygon
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

Nevertheless, a month past its release, it's safe to say that Splatoon functions well enough, has an active community and continues to grow in the right directions, even if some obvious areas of improvement remain.

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GameTrailers
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

Splatoon is a great game that may be outstanding in a few months' time. If Nintendo delivers in a big way with the planned free updates, it could absolutely be a must-have for the system. As it stands, Splatoon is a mechanically solid shooter set in a delightful world, but just doesn't have enough to it to truly make it exceptional.

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GamesBeat
83 / 100
83 / 100
May 26, 2015

Splatoon is clever, creative, and fun. The multiplayer is a fun twist on the team-based shooter. However, the single-player campaign is surprisingly the best thing in the game. It offers the kind of quality level design you'd expect from a Mario title, but with a healthy dose of shooter mechanics.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

"Splatoon" is everything you could want out of a new Nintendo IP. It somehow manages to be both cute and cool. It freshens a well-traveled genre with a neat game mechanic. The only thing holding it back could be Nintendo: the Wii U Gamepad's battery life is weak, the online battle modes are presently limited by a rotation system that takes choice away from players and the overall amount of content is lacking outside of the weapons and gear customization. If the company supports "Splatoon" as they say they will, though, we could very well be talking about these Inklings for a long, long time.

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Kill Screen
82 / 100
82 / 100
May 26, 2015

Splatoon, then, makes me optimistic about what games can do not with pastiche or duplication-as-serialization, but with sampling. We don't have a genre convention to slot Splatoon into, and that's a rare and wonderful thing.

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Bit Cultures
81%
Bit Cultures
Brenna Verner
81%
Aug 10, 2015

All in all, Splatoon is extremely creative, inventive, and just plain fun.

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We Got This Covered
May 27, 2015

A few design decisions aside, Splatoon stands not only as an excellent addition to the Wii U library, but one of the best online experiences in recent memory.

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Digital Trends
May 26, 2015

Splatoon is a beautiful new twist on the shooting genre, but lacks team chat and other modern norms.

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IBTimes UK
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2015

Remarkably fun and boasting a bold, lively and completely mad style, Splatoon is an unbridled joy. Another gem for Nintendo's Wii U.

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Dealspwn
May 28, 2015

Splatoon blows third-person shooting wide open with its wildly unique mechanics and uninhibited sense of fun. Approachable for newcomers and enjoyable for old hands, it's an impressive Wii U exclusive, though we'll have to take Nintendo's promises of free DLC and updates on trust.

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Digital Spy
May 26, 2015

While Splatoon isn't quite the revelation some were hoping for, it's stupidly fun. The only concern is longevity, with the brief single-player and only two main modes to play online. Whether it retains an audience will depend on the success of post-release support from Nintendo. For now it's a colourful distraction from the grey and brown battlefields of more traditional shooters.

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USgamer
May 26, 2015

Nintendo takes a chance with this odd, risky rethink of the arena shooter. Splatoon moves away from guns and grit, offering a shooter anyone of any age can enjoy. The game's single-player is an absolutely amazing puzzle platformer that deserves some expansion. Multiplayer is a bit light on content at launch, but Nintendo is already promising more this summer.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 27, 2015

Nintendo have taken a risk with a new and original concept, particularly within a difficult market to crack. Effortlessly charming, compelling and a solid start to what may well become one of the company's regular franchises. There are niggles with the game's control and lack of offline content, but there is certainly plenty of potential for Splatoon going forward, particularly through download content. Whether a shooting fan or not, Splatoon offers a refreshing, intriguing multiplayer experience that deserves a go or two, or three, or four…

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 2, 2015

Splatoon is all about staying fresh, and despite its lack of content somehow manages to remain just as appealing after twenty hours as it was in its first. Its core gameplay is so unwaveringly solid that it's bound to only become better as more maps, weapons and modes are released in the months after launch, but even now Splatoon might just be Wii U's long-awaited killer app.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

Nintendo's newest cast of characters leaves their mark on the third-person shooter genre in Splatoon, one of the freshest and most exciting competitive multiplayer experiences so far this year. It's just a shame that we'll need to wait a few more months for some of the game's basic functions to be fully implemented.

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Guardian
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is a breath of fresh air – or more accurately "splodge of fresh ink" – for those who like to shoot stuff, but have grown tired of the endless bloody churn of gritty, realistic shooters. It is the coolest game on the market.

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Giant Bomb
May 31, 2015

It's squid kids and ink blasting abound in Nintendo's exceptionally fun new online shooter.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 29, 2015

Splatoon is different, inventive, and the most fun I've had with a Nintendo-developed game since the Wii U launched

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 27, 2015

In almost all respects, Splatoon is a satisfying game. It's an online game which is incredibly fun to play, and one which runs really smoothly despite tracking a lot of endlessly changing information. It's backed up by a really enjoyable single player portion, and from here you can see how people can pour countless hours into this game. It's all about covering the environment in coloured ink, and yet it's also so much more than that. It shows, if anything, that even a departure from their main cast can't stop the streak Nintendo are on right now when it comes to high-quality games.

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Examiner
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is the best online game to come from Nintendo. It's an innovative take on the third-person shooter genre, and a game that Wii U owners will have a blast with this summer. The multiplayer is pure fun, and the single-player is entertaining. It may be lacking in game modes and maps at launch, but new content will be coming soon. As it stands, there is a lot to love from this splatastic game and things can only get better. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some Splatoon to play.

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Fintendo
Jul 23, 2017

"Colourful and constantly updating shooter."

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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is vibrant, fun, and shaping up to be an enjoyable shooter the Wii U sorely need with all of its updates.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 29, 2015

Despite the lack of content at launch, the title is incredibly fun. Even if there are only two modes available so far, the gameplay is so unique that a purchase is worthwhile. I do believe it could have more potential if it included voice chat or an extra mode or two at launch, but past that, Splatoon has the kind of longevity that will keep me playing for a long time.

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GameSkinny
Jun 3, 2015

Splatoon offers little, and yet the melding of color, punk rock, and nostalgia create a winner.

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The Jimquisition
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

Splatoon may not offer much "content" out of the box, but it does offer enough reason to keep coming back to it, hungry for more. Despite a simple idea and a handful of maps, this eccentric shooter does – as the game's irritating in-universe TV hosts declare – "stay fresh."

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 1, 2015

Splatoon is surprising because it bucks trends that have held back shooters for years, opening the genre up to all comers, casual and hardcore alike.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2015

The title may not be perfect, but the core gameplay is exactly why I keep coming back for more.

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Telegraph
May 26, 2015

Nintendo's quirky online shooter is an ink-stant classic, spoiled slightly by a lack of options.

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TechRaptor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2015

Pure, joyous, unbridled fun. Nintendo's Splatoon is missing content, but what's here will keep you coming back again and again. "Just ONE more match!"

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Game Revolution
May 26, 2015

Overall, Splatoon isn't a perfect game, but it's fun. Really, really fun. It's the start of a promising IP for Nintendo, and it's something unique for Wii U as an action-packed shooter that's also still capable of retaining its family-friendly image. It's the '90s paintball craze meets Call of Duty and it's totally da bomb and funky fresh.

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PCMag
Aug 19, 2015

Splatoon is a unique new shooter from Nintendo that throws away any sense of violence and replaces it with colorful fun.

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Critical Hit
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is a vibrant, colourful and innovative competitive multiplayer shooter that's beautiful, addictive and undoubtedly fun - but a lack of maps and modes could hurts its lasting appeal.

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COGconnected
78 / 100
78 / 100
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is a game that isn't afraid to get messy, and in this case, messy is absolutely a good thing.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
May 29, 2015

An enjoyable experience, but it needs more content and some streamlined design

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

Many fans wanted Splatoon to be Nintendo's answer to Halo or Call of Duty, and I don't know if that is fair. If you are expecting that, Splatoon might not be the game for you. Splatoon is to shooters what Mario Kart was to racers: it emphasizes pick up and play fun. It's a fun and lighthearted game with some great mechanics and focus on elements of the shooting genre that have never been looked at the same way before. The world is alive with color and paint and is a treat for the eyes. While the initial amount of maps and modes may be deterring, the sheer fun of the game manages to outshine any strong negative feelings I had. It's not a perfect game, but it's fun: plain and simple.

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Cheat Code Central
3.6 / 5.0
3.6 / 5.0
May 29, 2015

I dove into Splatoon with high expectations and high hopes for the new Nintendo IP. But now, after playing over a hundred matches, I am torn between its pros and cons. For its merit, it has that simple, pure, fun factor that keeps me coming back, even after memorizing every nuance of each board. Yet with a sparse selection of maps, a single match type for each mode, and what feels like a dousing of turpentine on character customization and choice, in the end Splatoon feels like purchasing an expensive gallon of paint, only to crack open the lid and find just a quart of paint within. Nintendo promises to fill that can at no extra charge, but unfortunately that means day one purchasers will go home and start painting, only to feel like the job is half finished.

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Impulsegamer
3.6 / 5.0
3.6 / 5.0
Jun 7, 2015

I really like playing Splatoon online, and I'd love to give this game a higher score but I can't factor out the game's blemishes in its current form. You can't even perform basic actions like acquiring new weapons or outfits for your Inkling without being forced to go online, which is inconvenient if ever the servers are down. I really would have admired more modes for offline play, and I'm disappointed by a lack of content in the base game, but I am optimistic about future updates adding new content. But when Splatoon shines, it's a fantastic game. It's fun, it's competitive and above all, it's fresh.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 23, 2015

Fun and colourful shooter but needs more content

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TrustedReviews
Jun 8, 2015

Splatoon is a wonderful concept with fantastic core mechanics and Nintendo's usual genius when it comes to visuals, scene setting and presentation. It's incredibly close to becoming the Mario Kart of Shooters that some people seem to think it is. Yet without more maps, a less restrictive approach and more inventive game modes, it might not hold our interest for more than a few weeks. With this in mind, we're downgrading the score to 7 until Splatoon is more fully fleshed-out. More content should be on its way this summer, and we just hope that addresses our concerns.

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Game Rant
May 26, 2015

Nintendo's newest IP 'Splatoon' delivers a very unique take on the third-person shooter genre that's a ton of fun, but its primitive online may not be for everyone.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 26, 2015

A strong emphasis on its online mechanics means that most of Splatoon is to be experienced on a multiplayer basis, which would be at a higher level if all future options and contents were already available. Given the importance of cooperative online play and team work, it's also difficult to understand why there's no voice chat but despite this shortcoming, Splatoon has all conditions to become a must have classic, once all the contents are made available.

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GamesRadar+
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is a brilliant and unique shooter sorely lacking in maps and modes, and it desperately needs a refill.

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GBAtemp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2015

Splatoon is an example of a game that actually suffers from the fact that it doesnt have enough to offer. Quite frankly, I adore the game, and the only frustration I get aside from bad lobbies, is the fact that I don't have MORE of it to play! Splatoon was incredibly fun to play, but overall felt like an incomplete game from its launch date. I would love to see Nintendo remedy the situation more with future content, and I won't discourage anyone from buying it either. Maybe wait until the game has some more to offer, but don't miss out on it. I still think it's a really fun game overall.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2015

Splatoon is an inventive new IP, hampered by a lack of content and almost desperate need to appeal to kids despite having enough depth for all but the most hardened players.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is a novel title that is a blast to play. My biggest concern is longevity. With certain modes and features locked behind players reaching a certain level, I wonder how long its legs truly are. I want it to catch on, but with the paltry Wii U user base, and a quirky new IP at the helm, my fears are that no one will care about Splatoon in a month's time.

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VideoGamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 26, 2015

By turns brilliant and frustrating, a Nintendo classic and a missed opportunity.

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Toronto Sun
May 27, 2015

Splatoon is a lively, vibrant, clever game that turns the shooter genre on its ear, and in the early going it's a blast to play. But unless Nintendo can quickly adapt to the fluid nature of these sorts of games and ensure it remains fun for all types of players, it might not find the long-term audience it deserves. Like a beautiful coat of paint on a wall that wasn't properly primed, the cracks are already beginning to show.

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