'Splatoon' Review Roundup: How Did Nintendo's New Take On Shooters Fare With Critics?

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated May 29, 2015 11:50 AM EDT
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Nintendo's Splatoon is a pretty unique title, combining basic shooter gameplay with its own quirky ink-blasting mechanics. Many didn't know what to make of it at first, but its release date has arrived and the reviews are in. Below are some excerpts from critics around the web:

Polygon, 8.5/10: "As of launch, though, Splatoon has enough going for it between the single-player and multiplayer to keep me happy. Nintendo has built two separate gameplay tracks that use the same mechanic yet feel discrete. They're both a ton of fun, and they both have some obvious areas ripe for improvement. I can't say whether Splatoonwill become the next big franchise for Nintendo, with sequels every generation and spin-offs and endless fanboy buzz. But after this strong debut, it certainly deserves some attention."

Destructoid, 8.5/10: "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."

Kotaku, No Score Given: "Splatoon offers something very valuable: it challenges our notion of what shooters have to look like, and how shooters have to work in order to be fun. In this way, Splatoon isn't in competition with the reigning titans of competitive video game shoot-outs. It's on an entirely different playing field."

IGN, Score Coming: "Nintendo's take on the third-person shooter is refreshingly original, with lots of impressive tools and skillful mobility. Matches are consistently fun and tense, and the mechanics feel simple enough that almost anyone can contribute positively. Splatoon really needs the extra modes and content Nintendo says is coming once a portion of the community levels up a bit, and not having voice chat is a bummer, but what is here feels polished and kept me claiming turf for hours."

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