Pro Evolution Soccer 3 screenshots
The Final Say!
Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 3 - reviewed by Anthony Luscombe
Review Date: November 2003
Review Score 8.5/10
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Here we go, here we go, here we go... I hear you singing, yet another soccer simulation. Yes that is true, but like fine Scotch Whiskey these games keep getting better and better as the years roll by. Pro Evolution Soccer 3, the latest from Konami is right up there with the best of them.
The game starts up with modern European dance club music being played to computer graphic soccer match sequences showing the joy and sorrow of the players and fans. The menu system once the game is through the preliminaries is laid out in a typical sports sim format and is simple enough to navigate around if you have ever played a sports simulation and is self explanatory with no need for a handbook or manual.
Highly recommended to start with is the training pitch to get the feel of the controls and what all the buttons are for such as shooting, short pass, long pass, diving tackle and sprint. Also you need to master the directional movement of the player so you can out shimmy, bluff and change direction to open up defences. An oddity that I noticed from the training pitch is the bird noises. I could be wrong but a lot of them sounded like native Australian birds. Also in the training mode are various drills that you can go through just like a real soccer squad would go through, like the old one-two move, one touch passing and good old dribbling around witches hats.
Once you are ready to step up and get out onto the paddock for a serious match, your choices are to play in an exhibition match, a league or a cup knockout. In all these competitions you need to set them up. As there is no English Premier League or World Cup, you have to set the parameters.
The choice of teams is pretty decent with all the big international teams there and even the woeful Socceroos, who surprisingly are quite strong. When it comes to club teams there are only a few recognisable names and is a bit disappointing.
A lot of this has to do with the fact that Konami does not have the licensing so they are excused from that. The club teams that are there are teams from Italy such as Milan, Juventus and Roma. If you are like the majority and want to play for the big English clubs, Konami has gotten around the licensing issue by calling Chelsea, West London Blues, Manchester United, Trad Brick Red, Celtic, Old Firm Green etc.. The stadiums also have aliases such as Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge being called Blue Bridge Stadium and Old Trafford called Trad Brick Stadium.
The game play is quite excellent and would have to be one of the best sports simulations for real-life player movements and ball control.