Round Up: The Reviews Are In For Splatoon 3

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We’re back with another review roundup, and this week the focus is on Nintendo’s next release of its own. Splatoon 3.

Before we dive into it, we first want to take a moment to mention our own review here on Nintendo Life. We called it “excellent”, awarding the game 9 out of 10 stars and acknowledging it as the “highlight of the series”:

Right, with that out of the way, here’s what other outlets think:

The team of My Nintendo News also gave the third game a solid 9 out of 10, noting how “amazing” it is, even if it doesn’t do much to set it apart from its predecessors:

“At its core, Splatoon 3 carries the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra to the best of its ability, delivering an unforgettable experience that guarantees hundreds of hours of fresh, peppery fun for all ages.”

Nintendo insider information also awarded it 9 out of 10, stating that the series feels as fresh now as it did on Wii U:

“There’s no other game yet that delivers as refreshing a multiplayer experience as Splatoon effortlessly pulls off. It feels as fresh now as it did for the first time on Wii U and while more of the same isn’t necessarily a bad thing when the series’ remains consistently brilliant, new weapons, stages, and Boss Salmonid can only refresh and reinvigorate the game’s multiplayer modes thus far. However, what’s here has been tweaked and refined to near perfection. Inkling and Octoling stalwarts will tackle this third part with a renewed sense of purpose in wanting to prove that they are the freshest squid on the block, but it will be the content roadmap that will inevitably determine whether Splatsville is worth staying.”

Australian Nintendo website was even more impressed, awarding a perfect score of 5/5:

“Splatoon 3, while more of an evolution than a revolution, is the best the series has ever had. Between an absolutely fantastic story mode, some new weapon additions and tweaks to the tried and trusted formula you’ve come to know and love, Splatoon 3 is everything you’d hope it would be and more Some will say it’s “just more Splatoon”, and that’s true, but that’s far from a bad thing in a series that has been, and still is, so consistently strong”.

game informer he was a little less enthusiastic about the third game, but admitted that it was the “best entry” and the “most promising” with a score of 8.5 out of 10:

“Splatoon 3 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, nor does it need to. Instead, it enhances almost every element of the franchise in sometimes small but significant ways. With a strong 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.”

And finally, our friends from CVG gave the game 3 out of 5 stars. This is what they had to say:

“Though it’s strange to see Nintendo deliver such a sure-fire sequel, there’s no denying the continued draw of Splatoon’s tainted skirmishes. Seasoned trainees can dive right in; casual fans may find it a bit empty.”

Splatoon 3 opens on September 9. You can find out where to buy the game and amiibo in our pre-order guide:

Will you be adding Splatoon 3 to your Switch collection? What do you think of the reviews so far? Leave a comment below.

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