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  • Summary: Splatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer action game that drops players into a battle arena that two teams strive to claim as their own. Players of each team spray ink on the ground around them while blotting out the opposing team members in turf war competitions. Each character can turn intoSplatoon is a four-on-four multiplayer action game that drops players into a battle arena that two teams strive to claim as their own. Players of each team spray ink on the ground around them while blotting out the opposing team members in turf war competitions. Each character can turn into a squid-like character and swim through his or her own teams ink - gliding up and down walls and under floors - with ease. Using intuitive controls made possible with the Wii U GamePads gyro sensor makes it easy to look around and aim, and the on-screen map displays the entire arena at a glance, both of which feel great and redefine multiplayer action. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 88
  2. Negative: 0 out of 88
  1. Nov 10, 2015
    100
    There’s nothing else quite like it, nor the cathartic dopamine jolt to be had when you squid-skim up a paint-smeared quarter pipe, an Inkzooka at the ready, leap over the edge, take aim with your weapon, and reduce a startled opponent to goo.
  2. 90
    Overall, Splatoon makes for an amazing online game, likely the most engaging online experience Nintendo has ever made.
  3. Games Master UK
    Aug 5, 2015
    86
    The shooter transformed, but with enough initial problems to stop it short of classic status. [Aug 2015, p.60]
  4. May 27, 2015
    80
    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.
  5. Jun 10, 2015
    80
    Splatoon is a colorful and fun addition to the action genre, that managed to entertain both the hardcore and the casual gamer. The online solution may need some work, but in any other way this is one of the best game for the Wii U.
  6. Power Unlimited
    Jul 24, 2015
    78
    The core gameplay is refreshing and enjoyable but limited in weird ways. [Jul 2015, p.065]
  7. May 27, 2015
    60
    The lack of a chat feature just ends up making Splatoon a game that rewards smart teamwork but doesn’t give players tools to communicate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 394
  1. May 29, 2015
    10
    The game it's amazing I think that it's true when nintendo says that this game is the MarioKart of the Shooters.
    Some people is cheating
    The game it's amazing I think that it's true when nintendo says that this game is the MarioKart of the Shooters.
    Some people is cheating about the lack of content but the game is amazing and the updates will solve this.
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  2. Jun 1, 2015
    10
    I really love this game : from the refreshing graphics and gameplay dynamics, this game is one of Nintendo's best franchise. I just can't stopI really love this game : from the refreshing graphics and gameplay dynamics, this game is one of Nintendo's best franchise. I just can't stop playing. Please keep in mind that the game will improve with time (more maps, more modes, more gear). Expand
  3. May 29, 2015
    10
    Great idea and execution. I believe that small missing features will be added in August major update.
    The only real problem is the lack of
    Great idea and execution. I believe that small missing features will be added in August major update.
    The only real problem is the lack of voice chat. I hope that Nintendo go back on that decision and this feature is present in the update.
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  4. Aug 13, 2015
    9
    To say I was skeptical about this game at first would be an understatement, but after hearing so many good things about and all the freeTo say I was skeptical about this game at first would be an understatement, but after hearing so many good things about and all the free updates and DLC, I decided to give it a shot. I'm so glad that I did. Splatoon is a great shooter combined with nintendo's signature brand of creativity and fun gameplay. Multiplayer is incredibly fast-paced and addicting, while the campaign puts most other shooters single player modes to shame. The levels, enemies, and boss fights are very well done. Unlocking and upgrading gear gives you something to work towards at all times. While it does have a few flaws (namely only two maps being in rotation in multiplayer at a time and not being able to switch load-outs without exiting your session), splatoon is a masterclass in putting a fun twist on an otherwise homogenous genre of games. It's a must own for Wii u owners, Nintendo fans, and fans of shooters in general. Expand
  5. May 31, 2015
    9
    By GOD is this game good. It is so fun and unique. The story is one of the best single-player experiences I have had on the Wii U (althoughBy GOD is this game good. It is so fun and unique. The story is one of the best single-player experiences I have had on the Wii U (although not long) and the use of amiibo is pretty good as well! There is a lot of customization with what weapons you want to take on and what gear you where. The main game, the online, is pretty good. Lack of online chat doesn't bother me that much, as you already have a good idea of what to do from your team-mates actions and looking at the map on the GamePad. Lack of stages is a problem, as well as modes, but there will be more of both every week or two weeks, so no need to worry about that. It is a highly recommended game that can stand on its own tentacles alongside Smash Bros. and Mario Kart. Expand
  6. Jul 3, 2015
    9
    This is a game I really can recommend for everybody, especially if you're a fan of Team Fortress 2 kind of games! I love the splatoonfestThis is a game I really can recommend for everybody, especially if you're a fan of Team Fortress 2 kind of games! I love the splatoonfest idea, gives something to wait and compete for. Expand
  7. May 21, 2016
    0
    This game has clearly the worst online ever ! A real joke, this is unreal ! Lag, lag and lag due to a prehistoric peer to peer system whichThis game has clearly the worst online ever ! A real joke, this is unreal ! Lag, lag and lag due to a prehistoric peer to peer system which implies best connections (japanese) hosting ! I just can't play a single match without getting issues, though I have an excellent fiber connection...see -> my ping in Japan is around 329 ms ! (less than 10 ms in France where I live) Ah ah ah ! So funny Nintendo to make us play in such pathetic conditions !

    We got many updates for this game but Nintendo still kids with his customers : no build for a local or European room which would be the strict minimum (after one year) so as to correct this aberration.

    Best option would be real servers, but it will never happens, why ? Because Nintendo just doesn't care !!! 10 billions of cash flow and they are incapable of proposing servers. A quite stingy firm, isn't it ?

    So, on my side, next time I won't care about NX...(as a Nintendo fan).

    Anyway, the online of Splatoon is the stupidest and the most frustrating thing I have ever seen.

    Tendo must wake up asap !
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