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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this game doesn't disappoint, although I still think that Octo Expansion is better than RoTM/Alterna, it's still incredibly fun to play through, and is better than all the other Hero Modes in the series. of course the music is banging as usual, but what really makes me stick with Splatoon so much is the story/lore, and it also did not disappoint in this regard, it only makes the story richer and adds so much context to end of humanity/era of the cephalopods

Can you tell I don't play much online

It's so hard to rate this as a whole. The updated salmon run is perhaps the best co-op experience I've ever had in my life. PvP is an annoying mess of terrible maps, frustrating matchmaking, and no effort at balance at all. The campaign plays it safe, but it's pretty enjoyable. Tableturf is a mode that exists in the game that they spent time making. Ultimately I think the movement and feel of the game is the best it's ever been, but in every other detail they're coasting on how Splatoon's core gameplay and aesthetics have always been incredible while messing up just about every detail it's possible to mess up and falling short of even modest expectations with every update. I'm still playing way too much of it.

Never finished the main campaign back when the game first came out so I thought I’d give it another shot in preparation for Side Order and it’s…fine? I don’t know, it kinda lands like a wet fart after Octo Expansion but that’s what happens when you set the bar too high. I ultimately enjoyed my time with it but half the levels felt like a slog to play through and after three games, the aesthetics are no longer interesting enough to carry it. Three game in and it already feels like Splatoon is running out of steam.

(This is purely a review of the single player campaign. I have no intention of diving into the multiplayer side of the game and therefore cannot judge it on that front)

I never played the second one. Apparently 3 doesn't add that much but I had fun with what I played. Really got hooked on Salmon Run.
The Idols in this one suck though.
Definitely lost interest and haven't played in months though.