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Splatoon 2

62 critics
8.31
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Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
17
8.00 to 8.99
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6.00 to 7.99
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4.00 to 5.99
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David FisherJul 21, 2017
Splatoon 2 picks up what Splatoon on the Wii U founded, and builds upon it in a great way.
Kallie PlaggeJul 18, 2017
At first glance, Splatoon 2 seems very similar to the first game. But all the small changes, and even the bigger ones in single player and League Battles, make for a fresh take on the already unique shooter. If you played a lot of the original, the sequel has enough to keep you coming back, and if you're new to the game, it's a fantastic place to jump in.
Thomas CaswellJul 19, 2017
Splatoon 2 remains accessible to gamers of all ages whilst adding new features that will delight fans of the original game. The most unique shooter on the market.
Brittany VincentJul 21, 2017
Splatoon 2 is a measured dose of the same game you likely remember from the Wii U, a colorfully-inked tour-de-force of multiplayer action with a single-player afterthought. You'll want to clock hours and hours in-game for sure, but you'll be left scratching your head at some of the strange decisions Nintendo made this time around.
Dave AubreyJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 could’ve done more to differentiate itself from its predecessor, but ultimately what we’re left with is an upgrade over the original in almost every way. Sure, returning players might be underwhelmed with the familiarity, but anyone jumping into Splatoon for the first time will be blown away. Another Switch essential, especially for those multiplayer fans – let’s just hope Nintendo’s smartphone app works as elegantly…
Aaron PotterAug 01, 2017
Those hankering for a wildly robust and addictive competitive experience on Switch should absolutely take a dip into the neon-drenched waters of Splatoon 2. More so than Mario Kart 8, it offers a level of customisation, depth, and sheer fun that is rarely found anywhere else.
8.30
Brendan GraeberJul 25, 2017
There’s a lot to love in Nintendo’s second iteration of its quirky shooter, especially the way Splatoon 2 emphasizes splatting the ground just as much as it does inking your opponents.
Jim SterlingAug 02, 2017
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Heath Shusterman-ZimmermanJul 26, 2017
Nintendo made a game that is pure fun, whether you’re being splatted or doing the splatting. The ability to play this game anywhere makes it even better.
Mike MinottiJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 is just an easy game to like. It’s bright, cheery, and employs endless tricks in a constant quest to make you smile.
Kirstin SwalleyJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 recaptures every moment of enjoyment of the original while finding room to add even more. Whether it’s the challenging single player or the revitalized multiplayer, Splatoon 2 does a phenomenal job at making itself more than a minor upgrade.
Pramath ParijatJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 comes with all of the original game's strengths and weaknesses. It remains incredibly fun and addictive to play, and newcomers especially will fall in love with it. But if you're like me, you will mourn that Splatoon 2 failed to heed its predecessor's advice to stay fresh.
Sean EngemannJul 18, 2017
The original Splatoon drew a lot of criticism for being light on content when it first released. Nintendo made sure the sequel did not draw that same condemnation. After hours in the single-player campaign, the cooperative Salmon Run, and dozens of Turf Wars, I’m still looking forward to every free minute I have to tackle a solo mission with a different weapon or hop into a quick PvP match for a few more coins to buy new weapons and fill my wardrobe.
Mollie L PattersonJul 24, 2017
While Splatoon 2 wasn’t the go-all-out sequel I would have loved to have seen following the original Wii U game, simply getting it onto the Switch and giving it a selection of new content still makes a trip back to Inkopolis more than worthwhile. Previous fans should find enough new here to reignite their interest in the series, while new players will have a whole lot of fantastic gaming to sink their cephalopod teeth into.
ProJaredJul 27, 2017
7.50
Ken McKownJul 27, 2017
Even with these problems Splatoon 2 is still a fun online game. The single player feels much more fleshed out, and Salmon Run is a blast. There are just two many weird setbacks to how the game works. Rotating only two maps per mode, keeping Salmon Run online locked behind events, and of course the online app.
Michael ChowJul 18, 2017
Granted, it is hard to compare gritty AAA first-person shooters with Splatoon 2 but it’s equally hard to argue against the aesthetically pleasing visuals, smooth framerate, polished gameplay, and pure fun of the game. Overall, Splatoon 2 is that refreshingly fun, summer title that looks and plays equally well.
Alice BellJul 18, 2017
Despite imperfections, Splatoon 2 improves on the original, and is a colourful, joyous addition to the Switch.
Chris CarterJul 18, 2017
Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
Riley LittleJul 18, 2017
There’s a lot more in the tank with this sequel, but it really doesn’t do all that much new – and that’s okay. Splatoon 2 is instead a venture that perfects the formula first explored in the original Wii U title, making for an easy recommendation for newbies and seasoned squid aficionados alike on Nintendo Switch.
Ryan MeitzlerJul 24, 2017
Given that you’re greeted by the squid DJ duo Marina and Pearl each time you hope into the game — who are instantly lovable the moment you meet them — it’s easy to see why Splatoon made such a splash on the Wii U two years ago, and how Splatoon 2 might make a kid (or a squid) out of all of us on the Switch.
William MurphyJul 18, 2017
There are issues. The inability to leave an online queue while the match tries to find members can be annoying. You have to wait until the time runs down. Motion controls, while lauded by some, just don’t seem to work well in handheld mode. Thankfully, you can easily turn them on and off. Twin stick controls on the pro controller are brilliant though. And of course, the VOIP solution of a special smartphone app that’s coming out soon is a halfway measure at best.
Samuel HortiJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2’s formula no longer feels original, but it looks great, its controls are tight, and there’s enough variety to give you dozens of hours of multiplayer fun.
Caty McCarthyJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 doesn't add much to shake up the splat-paint-everywhere formula, but I wonder if it needs to at this point. Splatoon 2 is a much stronger game at launch than its original ever was through its whole lifespan, and for that, is easily one of the best games one can own on the Switch.
Kyle HansonJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2’s list of changes and additions from the last game might make it feel a little light, but the actual experience of the game is stronger than it first appears.
Neal RonaghanJul 18, 2017
Under the right circumstances, Splatoon 2 is absolutely amazing. As long as you’re online rocking Turf Wars and Ranked Battles, those circumstances are way right.
Will CravensAug 07, 2017
Splatoon 2 is a blast. It brings back everything the original offered and ups the ante with Salmon Run. Unfortunately, you may be waiting a while before you can play this awesome new mode. Nintendo’s ability to deliver amazing content year after year can not be understated. Limiting the new mode behind a quirky schedule ultimately holds Splatoon 2 back from elevating the bar above its predecessor.
Chelsea StarkJul 18, 2017
What the first Splatoon did well is still built into the sequel’s barnacle-encrusted DNA, and now it’s on a system that you can stuff in your bag or play on the couch.
Brian SheaJul 18, 2017
Through focusing the best elements of the original game and adding meaningful new content, Splatoon 2 is a good follow-up to Nintendo's popular shooter. With a great competitive multiplayer suite, a fun take on the wave-based survival formula, and an imaginative single-player mode, Splatoon 2 is an excellent evolution.
Sam BishopJul 21, 2017
Splatoon was good when it landed the first time around, and so is this sequel, it's just that we would have liked to have seen the boat pushed out a little further. Regardless, what is here is ink-redibly fun, even the short Hero Mode/tutorial, and the multiplayer is just as gripping, spiced up in part by new maps and weapons thrown in for good measure.
Alex OlneyJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 is just about everything you could ask for from a sequel. It builds on everything the original set up and then some; almost every single major issue people had with the first game has been resolved, showing that Nintendo is genuinely listening and wants to deliver the absolute best experience possible.
Paul MurphyJul 18, 2017
If you had to describe Splatoon 2 in a single word, it would simply be “fun”. Pure, unadulterated fun that will last you a significant amount of time. With competent single player mode, addictive multilayer modes and the promise of regular content it’s another top quality – and essential – Switch release. Just make the Salmon Run more frequent, Nintendo.
GameCentralJul 18, 2017
It barely classifies as a sequel, but even if you’ve played the original this is still one of the best online shooters ever made.
Glen FoxJul 24, 2017
Splatoon 2 provides more of the addictive and inventive fun of the original, but doesn't quite do enough to earn the 2.
8.00
Stefan LJul 18, 2017
A fairly straightforward sequel to one of the Wii U’s best games, Splatoon 2’s unique take on the online multiplayer shooter is as fresh as ever on Switch. Nintendo still have one foot in the past with online functionality, stubbornly sticking to their (paint) guns when they should be learning from others, but these flaws are easily covered up once you get into a game.
Adam CookJul 18, 2017
There’s no question about it: Splatoon 2 is better than the first game. But it could have been one of the best games of the year. Ignoring the justified complaints aimed at the first game has cost Splatoon 2 a chance at being one of the best multiplayer experiences available anywhere. At first, you’ll love it, and while the gameplay will always satisfy, the wrappings will slowly gnaw at you, and playing a map five times on the trot will make you take a break. I love Splatoon 2 and will be playing it for a long time, but it’s not the home run it could have been.
8.00
Tomas BarryJul 18, 2017
Overall, Splatoon 2 is a brilliant and refreshing competitive multiplayer experience, both online and offline, which really fills a void in that regard for the system. Although the changes are fairly minor, it's hard to see the existing fan-base not leaping on-board in hordes, since more than anything else, the quirky franchise needs a more sustainable home platform and Nintendo Switch has proved itself to be just that.
Elia PalesJul 18, 2017
Those that played the original Splatoon will find the sequel feeling familiar. The intuitive mechanics are still as addictive as the first time around, but a larger number of maps and the addition of Salmon Run cements Splatoon 2 as an excellent standalone value.
Toby BergerAug 08, 2017
Splatoon 2 doesn't reinvent the wheel, but its refinements and tweaks are all for the better. Besides some niggling – though hopefully fixable – issues, this sequel is something Switch owners should well and truly check out. It's a blast, no matter which mode you choose to play.
Kosta AndreadisJul 24, 2017
Speaking of look, Splatoon 2 is a joy to take in. The fun and colourful presentation of the simple in-game hub that serves as the gateway to experience all the different modes on offer and spend virtual currency at clothing stores has a vibe that we can only describe as very Jet Set Radio.
Jesús BellaJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 logra con éxito lo que todos esperábamos: una secuela que mejora notablemente a su predecesor.
Sergio C. GonzálezJul 18, 2017
Juego de notable acabado que disfrutaremos y recordaremos. Una buena compra, muy recomendable para amantes del género. Está bien cuidado a todos los niveles. Cómpralo.
David MartínezJul 18, 2017
El shooter de Nintendo es uno de los imprescindibles de Switch. El modo cooperativo Salmon Run, los nuevos niveles de Héroe y, sobre todo, las novedades en ell 4 vs 4 online, completan una secuela sobresaliente. Aunque ya no sea un planteamiento original, y se quede corto, Splatoon 2 profundiza en todos los aspectos que ya nos atraparon en Wii U.
Pep SànchezJul 20, 2017
Splatoon 2 es menos ambicioso de lo que se podía permitir, sin duda. Del anterior hereda varias limitaciones absurdas, frustrantes, pero también un carisma especial que acecha en cada esquina: la musiquita al pisar el último checkpoint de una pantalla gusta por encima de sus posibilidades y Adolfrito, que ha traspasado su tienda de calzado para montar un food truck, es ya como de la familia.
8.30
Juan RubioJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 es un gran juego, divertido y profundo a la vez que accesible, con novedades interesantes y completo, aunque a veces parezca más una expansión que una secuela.
Luis SánchezJul 19, 2017
Splatoon 2 es una curiosidad por parte de Nintendo porque, a lo largo de su colorida y emblemática historia como compañía, cada segunda parte de sus franquicias parece debutar con algún elemento novedoso y diferente; un gimmick. Esta entrega innova poco en relación con la original de 2015 y opta por mantener intacta la fórmula que encantó a los fanáticos del Wii U, pero con nuevos mapas, armas, subs, supers; nuevos modos de juego, personajes, opciones de personalización, música e historia y una gran lista.
9.10
AurelianoJul 18, 2017
Si eres de los que piensan que el Switch en 2017 solamente se trata de Mario y Link tengo que decirte que otro título que no puede faltar en tu biblioteca es Splatoon 2.
8.30
Juan GarciaJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 es un paso adelante respecto a la primera entrega a todos los niveles. Tiene más mapas, armas, modos, posibilidades y un acabado mucho más cuidado que el original. Y a pesar de eso, seguimos echando de menos una mayor variedad de opciones y algunos tropos que ya consideramos estándar en los juegos online competitivos, pero a los que Nintendo aún no se ha apuntado.
8.00
Robert HähnelJul 18, 2017
Eine Prise Neues und viel Bekanntes – das ist Splatoon 2 für die Nintendo Switch. Wahlweise könnte man dem Spiel und Nintendo vorwerfen, dass es nicht genug Neues gibt und Splatoon 2 sich die "2" im Namen nicht verdient hat, andererseits könnte man sich aber auch einfach damit abfinden, dass Splatoon 2 durch und durch eine Fortsetzung ist, die auf den Grundlagen des ersten Teils aufbaut.
Jan WöbbekingJul 19, 2017
Tolles Prinzip, seltsame Einschränkungen: Auch in Teil 2 dominiert der Spaß an herrlich dynamischen Farbschlachten, der allerdings von der altbackenen Online-Einbindung getrübt wird.
AnagundJul 22, 2017
Splatoon 2 s’inscrit dans la continuité et se place entre la suite et la simple version deluxe. Le principe est toujours aussi fun et ceux qui n’ont pas eu le jeu sur Wii U n’ont aucune raison de se priver alors que les vétérans n’y trouveront un intérêt que s’ilsn'étaient pas lassé par le premier opus et veulent continuer l'expérience.
Laurely BirbaJul 21, 2017
A l’inverse du premier Splatoon, l’accent n’est pas mis sur les mécaniques de gameplay mais sur les armes fournies par Cartouche. En effet, soucieux d’élaborer des armes à la pointe de la technologie, il nous demande de les essayer au fil des missions, ce qui lui permet de récupérer des données précieuses sur leur utilisation.
Thomas PillonJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 a tout de la suite efficace mais facile, qui préfère sublimer la formule initiale sans prendre de risque majeur. Aussi solide que le premier épisode, ce second volet propose un contenu conséquent qui lui permettra de briller sur la durée, grâce à une solide expérience en ligne et un netcode royal.
Nicolas VerletJul 24, 2017
Peut-être que son look enfantin et ses couleurs un peu schlass vous induisent en erreur, peut-être aussi que le tutoiement de rigueur risque de vous crisper dès l'intro. Quelles que soient les raisons objectives qui pourraient vous tenir à l’écart de son univers bariolé comme une fin de série Desigual, elles ne méritent pas que vous passiez à côté de Splatoon 2. Malgré les soucis d'ergonomie et l'absence de split-screen qui limitent l'expérience en multi, cette vraie-fausse suite se révèle toujours aussi fun à prendre en main, grâce à la limpidité du concept, son exécution impeccable et un rythme particulièrement soutenu quel que soit le mode de jeu.
Henrique PereiraJul 18, 2017
O excelente modo Salmon Run, a adição de multijogador local, o imenso conteúdo novo e a campanha melhorada, ainda que o final desiluda, acrescentam ainda mais à jogabilidade fantástica e viciante que caracteriza Splatoon. O que não se percebe são certas decisões e a falta de algumas funcionalidades em vários modos de jogo.
8.80
Aníbal GonçalvesAug 11, 2017
Splatoon 2 é um excelente acréscimo ao catálogo da Nintendo Switch, mais do que qualquer port do primeiro jogo podia ser. Não tem o elemento surpresa do primeiro jogo e faz-nos lamentar a perda do ecrã dividido e a ausência de algumas opções, mas é uma evolução clara da franquia, que apesar de continuar a viver e a depender de um multijogador com imenso potencial ainda por explorar, parece conhecer-se melhor e saber mais claramente para onde ir.
Matteo BussaniJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 è un’evoluzione coerente del primo capitolo, da cui non però non riesce a staccarsi a sufficienza per portare il giusto grado di innovazione che ci saremmo aspettati. La formula, infatti, si conferma vincente e, a parte qualche leziosità nel loadout e nel matchmaking, mostra una freschezza ancora invidiabile, pur rimanendo ancorata al passato sia nelle meccaniche, ma soprattutto nei contenuti.
9.00
Felice Di GiuseppeJul 18, 2017
Veloce, divertente e ragionato, Splatoon 2 conferma tutto il buono di uno dei più grandi e innovativi giochi della sfortunata era Wii U, raccogliendone e valorizzandone i pregi nella gloriosa e omogenea filosofia di gioco di Switch, ma anche rimanendo immerso nella sua antiquata e tediosa gestione dell’online.
Umberto MoioliJul 18, 2017
Si gioca benissimo sul divano ma anche in mobilità, è ricco di opzioni e ha tutto quello che serve per intrattenere da qui alla fine del ciclo vitale della console. A meno che non abbiate odiato l'originale oppure non vi piacciono le sfide online, quest'estate sapete cosa giocare...
8.00
Stefan StuursmaJul 18, 2017
Splatoon 2 is een vrolijke en uitgebreide shooter met voor ieder wat wils. De singleplayer is, ondanks de korte speeltijd, enorm gevarieerd en leuk om te doorkruisen. Geen enkel level voelt hetzelfde en vooral de eindbazen zijn zeer de moeite waard.
8.70
Calvin FoeJul 27, 2017
Splatoon 2 had in mijn ogen hoger kunnen scoren als er bepaalde dingen (zeker ten opzichte van het eerste deel) verbeterd waren. Ook de bizarre en beperkte online ervaring vind ik - vooral voor een gloednieuwe Nintendo Swtich-game - een minpunt. Toch kan ik er niet omheen: Splatoon 2 blijft zelfs na de zoveelste keer gevarieerd, uitdagend, origineel en verslavend. Ondanks al mijn frustraties blijf ik terugkeren naar deze kleurrijke Nintendo shooter. Dat zegt denk ik ook wel wat. Verplichte kost voor alles Switch-eigenaren dus.
Przemysław ZamęckiJul 18, 2017
Nintendo niedawno w końcu zrozumiało, że sieciowe rozgrywki mogą być fajne nawet w jego własnych grach. Splatoon 2 jest najlepszym przykładem tego, jak w milusi sposób rozsmarowywać przeciwników po ścianach obryzganych wszystkimi kolorami tęczy.