Splatoon 3, the review

Round three for Nintendo’s fresh paint-based online shooter

Splatoon is a franchise that has seven years on its shoulders, yet it is the latest Nintendo saga introduced in decades of historical series. And after seven years, one episode on Wii U and one on Switch, Splatoon 3 comes to perfect a formula that always remains the “freshest” experience you can try in the genre of competitive online video games. Splatoondo not deceive the overly colorful aspect, it is one of the crudest battlegrounds that a gamer can experience against another, and this by virtue of an immediacy and a devilishly designed learning curve, and capable of being addictive. What It’s All About: The main mode is the Shell Scrum, in which two teams of four players online battle in scenarios that rotate every hour. Everyone can choose their weapon but they all have the same purpose: to color as much as possible in order to win by counting the final percentage of the splatterers of the winning color. To do this, any strategy is allowed and you can take out the opponents, who will re-enter the round after a short wait, until the timer runs out. In addition to secondary weapons, Splatoon 3 introduces special weapons that are activated when a bar is loaded. A welcome element that adds war chaos to the sound of paint-shooters.

A single player is added to this mode, which serves to introduce the story of the game and practice with the art of splat. We are talking about about seven hours of very varied gameplay, which go from platform to puzzle. The toughest matches will be ranked, or “anarchic,” as they are called in the game. These are challenges with the same concept of inking as much as possible, but which introduce mechanics that spice things up, such as a tower to defend or a kind of flag-stealing. The Salmon Run, or the cooperative mode, is also back. Squads of four heroes go to battle the Salmonoids to collect golden eggs and gain experience. In the end, Splatoon 3 introduces Splattanza, a deck-based minigame that reproduces the concept of coloring an area. Also in this sub-game you can rank up and get rewards to use in other modes. As in the last chapter, there are special events scheduled at a fixed frequency: the SplatFests, themed tournaments able to keep the interest in the game alive, together with a guaranteed two years of additional content in downloads such as new weapons, new arenas, new items.

It is rare for a game that is so complex in its mechanics and so rich in modes to actually be accessible even to those who do not chew video games even in their simplest forms. Splatoon 3 it is a game that captures immediately but at the same time it is deep and challenging. It is true that this episode, at first glance, may seem all too similar to the second. But it is also true that Splatoon 3 brilliantly solves gameplay balance problems present in the second episode, and more generally appears as an evolved version of its last incarnation. The visual impact of the game is exceptional, with a steady 60fps during online matches and mesmerizing splashes of color flying across the screen. A number of additions and the beauty of the scenery of the central hub, Splatville, are another point in favor of the game. All of this makes it Splatoon 3
not only the best of the trilogy, but also a paradigm for the genre of online competition.

Format: Switch publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo Vote: 10/10