Splatoon 3

released on Sep 09, 2022

Enter the Splatlands, a sun-scorched desert inhabited by battle-hardened Inklings and Octolings. Splatsville, the city of chaos, is the adrenaline-fueled heart of this dusty wasteland. Even in this desolate environment, Turf War reigns supreme and battles rage in new stages located in the surrounding wilds. Dynamic new moves help these fighters dodge attacks and cover more ground, along with a new bow-shaped weapon to sling ink.

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friendship ended with SPLATOON 2
now SPLATOON 3 is my best friend

i will be playing this game for years to come, but i just finished the hero mode, and i've tried everything in the game at least once, so i'm going to count it as completed.
this is, to me, about as perfect as a game gets. it's fun, accessible, has an amazing sense of community, monthly events that keep you wanting to come back, three or four modes to play that are all as deep and as polished as the main crux of the game, insane levels of customization, inspired worldbuilding and art direction, incredible music, and it is just pure, refined entertainment. plain and simple. if you hate this game then i hate you.

if the dlc for this game is even close to as good as octo expansion was this will probably be my favorite game ever. but for now I have to dock points because its not finished (and honestly, hasn't even started)
what makes splatoon so good, in my opinion, is how it evolves with time. new weapons, new gear, new stages, things are always changing. in particular, the weekly weapon drops of the first two games kept me coming back. with no sign of that at the moment, this game feels like it could be extremely easy to burn out on.
if all we get is one splatfest a month and a big run every once in a while in between 3 month intervals, I can see myself dropping the game faster than any other splatoon. but we aren't even a month in yet, so I'll remain optimistic. I'm hoping I'm proved wrong, and I keep finding reasons to come back to splatoon 3. it has the potential to be the best, but a lot of things aren't looking so good.

story mode is really really solid, the story itself is pretty thin but the finale in particular is fucking stellar. like, the final boss fight, but that whole last sector feels extremely elevated. these levels just Feel Better when they've got that sense of place to them. that secret level is absolutely devious though, jesus christ lol.
i tried really hard to get a feel for the multiplayer but im just actually bad at it and as fun as i think it can be when i get matched with people who are actually at my skill level it just does not happen. i think i have a 1:3 win/lose ratio right now, lmao. its pitiful. probably wouldn't bother me nearly as much if losing all the time didnt make leveling so slow, and if leveling wasnt tied to the clothes you have access to. nintendo just roll out a "put me in the remedial class" option. i just wanna play dress up!

Overall, this is a very good game. It doesn't feel as special as 2 did to me, but it's still a fun time in the charming world of Splatoon. The single player mode is much more enjoyable the second time around since I'm doing more of the challenges. The little card game is nice and Salmon Run is more fun than ever! While 2 remains my favorite of the three, this is still a solid entry with a beautiful visual upgrade and some nice little additions.

Tend to only review games that I can beat, which leaves me with a lot of single player games on my profile. While Splatoon 3 does have a wonderful story mode to beat, the online multiplayer is what has me rethinking whether I should leave reviews to exclusively single player campaigns.
If I had the time I'd write a proper review of everything I could about this game, but I am far too busy queuing up for another Anarchy Battle. All that really needs to be said is that this game is as amazing of an all-around package as one could hope for.