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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I decided to play this as my first splatoon game and it sucked. When you first play the game I got sent into games with sweats and after about 20 rounds I got the same level of players. So after a great introduction to something I never played I tried the campaign and the campaign is overated in my opinion. It's decent but not something I'd ever replay.
Like every Splatoon game, a wonderful campaign (maybe the best in the series honestly) and a very uneven multiplayer experience.
When everything is working the game is fucking great. But losing experience from a really good match because the netcode sucks even with good solid stable internet always leaves a very bad taste. It's also difficult to catchup if you fall behind the rest of the community. The connection issues feels worse than 2 but still not as bad as 1's.
At it's core, I love everything about Splatoon. I love it's match pacing, love the gunplay, love the very intricate movement systems, love it's almost kitschy punk aesthetic. I suck at the game, but man I really wish they could get this shit to just work consistently.
Salmon Run is fantastic though.
This game is still broke as hell half a year later, but don't let that take away from how fun this game is, easily the best multiplayer shooter I've played in recent memory, and the story-mode is some of the best the series has offered.
I love splatoon and always will but the matchmaking is doodoo and the server connection is buttcheeks. It's actually feels worse than splatoon 1 and 2 and I even with wired connection. There are other issues but I'm too sleepy and lazy to type rn.