Splatoon 2

Last updated date: May 14, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 144 expert reviews, the Nintendo Splatoon 2 placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.4
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
1,137 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Players will be treated new weapons,stages and more games modes. The game has also been improved upon visually. Local and online multiplayer are available, too.
- BestReviews
Looks gorgeous both on Switch and TV screen.
- Trusted Reviews
March 2, 2018 | Full review
Single-player campaign provides a skill challenge that showcases Splatoon's unique mechanics.
- GameSpot
July 18, 2018 | Full review
It is creative and colorful design.
- Digital Trends
Flipping between squid form – which allows you to slide quickly around in your own paint – and human form is as slick as it should be, and the controls are precise. The special attacks are suitably over-the-top.
- Games Radar
July 18, 2017 | Full review
It has more local multiplayer options than the first Splatoon.
- PC Magazine
Additional weapons and a fresh new story are certainly highlights of Splatoon 2, but the title sticks firmly to what the IP has always done best: multiplayer. It’s done this through several different ways, but the biggest addition is undoubtedly a new mode called Salmon Run.
- Game Rant
Good singleplayer and great multiplayer also.
- WCCF Tech
July 18, 2017 | Full review
Salmon Run is Splatoon 2’s biggest addition. It’s a horde mode that teams you up with four other players to collect eggs. These are dropped as you damage and eventually finish off one of the eight types of Salmonid bosses. Return enough of these to the storage bin to move onto the next round.
- Tech Raptor
August 7, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Online multiplayer will eventually require a subscription, as with the rest of Nintendo's Switch catalogue.
- BestReviews
Doesn't feel like a full sequel.
- Trusted Reviews
March 2, 2018 | Full review
You're still unable to change your weapon and gear while in a lobby, which can lead to frustrating team composition.
- GameSpot
July 18, 2018 | Full review
Multiplayer matchmaking is still archaic.
- Digital Trends
Strange design choices in menus and matchmaking.
- Games Radar
July 18, 2017 | Full review
Online matches are still heavily curated. Doesn't change much from Splatoon.
- PC Magazine
Too many returning multiplayer maps.
- WCCF Tech
July 18, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Tech Raptor
August 7, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The squid kids called Inklings are back to splat more ink and claim more turf in this colorful and chaotic 4-on-4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch system, and use any of the console’s portable play styles for intense local multiplayer1 action. Even team up for new 4-player co-op fun in Salmon Run! Two years have passed since the original Splatoon game was released, and two years have also passed in Inkopolis! So expect a fresh wave of fashion, not to mention new weapons and gear. Dual wield the new Splat Dualies or stick to mainstays like chargers and rollers, which have been remixed with new strategic possibilities. As always, Turf War is the favored sport among Inklings, but they also dig ranked battles, taking down Octarians in a robust single-player campaign, and battling enemy Salmonids in one dangerous part-time job! No matter which way you play, splat at home or on-the-go with Nintendo Switch. Staying fresh never felt so good. Team up in fierce 4-on-4 multiplayer battles* to see which team can cover the most turf with ink. 2-4 players* can team up for co-op fun and defeat waves of enemy Salmonids. Dual wield the new Splat Dualies and avoid getting splatted with the new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics, and all special weapons are brand-new.. In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles*, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return.**

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