Splatter enemies and claim the turf as the ink-spewing, squid-like characters called Inklings in Nintendo's third-person action shooter game. Challenge friends in chaotic four-on-four matches, in which the goal is to get ink on as many places as possible and claim a turf, all while strategically submerging oneself in individual team colours and blasting the enemies.
Splatoon turns the act of making a mess into fast-paced action and portions it out in energetic three-minute matches. With just one online mode, an offline mode and a brief single-player campaign, it’s a short but colourfully chaotic burst of fun. Splatoon’s cartoonish, squid-person-themed graphics look like kiddie fare at a glance, but there’s a mechanically deep, yet family-friendly third-person shooter hiding in the pools of ink.
Nintendo’s take on the third-person shooter is refreshingly original, with lots of impressive tools and skillful mobility.
VERDICT: Splatoon really needs extra modes and content while not having a voice chat is a bummer, but what is here feels polished and keeps one hooked, claiming turf for hours.