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Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PS2)
- New graphics engine
- Improved gameplay, control, ball physics, animation and AI
- New Shop mode--trade in points for hidden items
- Master League expanded to four divisions, with tons of new players
- For 1-4 players (multitap required for 3 or 4 players)
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Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PS2).
Pro Evolution Soccer has established itself as the football game of choice among discerning PS2 owners. With each new addition to the series, Konami makes major improvements to the gameplay and graphics. Pro Evolution Soccer 3 is no exception; it really is miles better than Pro Evolution Soccer 2.
The first thing you'll notice in this third instalment is how much more lifelike it is. Not only are the graphics much more detailed, but the player animation is now realistically fluent and the ball behaves as an actual Size 5 would. Squint and you really will think you're watching Sky Sports.
Pro Evolution Soccer 3's gameplay is perfectly balanced. Whatever your favoured way of playing the Beautiful Game (total football or long ball, it's up to you) Pro Evolution Soccer 3 accommodates that preference. Controls are sharp and responsive, and with the right combination of button presses it's possible to perform just about any manoeuvre or trick in Real Madrid's repertoire. That's how comprehensive this simulation is.
As a single-player experience, Pro Evolution Soccer 3 is a far sight more challenging than its predecessors were: the Master League mode is expanded still further and the artificial intelligence is a tough nut to crack. And, as was expected, this third game in the series takes multiplayer PlayStation 2 gaming to new heights. --Jonti DaviesSee all Product description
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- they haven't fixed the PES2 bug where perfectly legal sliding tackles are penalised, which is annoying.
- The lack of names is diabolical, even for PES: Alright, so they've now got the correct names for Brazil and all the major national sides (plus even some of the Italian club sides are FULLY licensed a la FIFA) but for everyone else the commentary name is "number _". Konami need to sort this out, because it's an insult to the intelligence of their customers.
That's about all i don't like. The second gripe isn't a disaster as you can still change all player names in edit mode. It will take a long time to change all the names, however.
There are too many good things about this game to list; all i can say is that Konami have clearly reviewed every aspect of PES2 and ironed out the little niggles that dogged that game. For example, you can no longer find 'sweet spots' where you can almost guarantee a goal if you shoot from a certain angle.
In fact, it's actually really hard to score in PES3 - you actually have to use your skill and judgement to pick holes in your opponent's defence, just as you would in real life. Even people who have played PES2 may be taken aback by how difficult it is at first. Needless to say, however, once you figure it out you soon realise how close to real football it is.
The controls feel far more sensitive. They take time to get accustomed to, but you soon find that they allow a greater range of control than ever before. Long passes are now a breeze so you can spread the ball all over the field; chipping seems more accurate, and Konami have reintroduced the x button feint from PES 1 which i love. You can also flick the ball over your player's head, which can aid in scoring some truly fantastic goals.
I always like real names for teams and players, but its so easy to change in Pro Evo' I didnt notice. You can also change the commentry names so that when they are said its correct. You make your own players up also so YOU play. Kits can be changed, as can the club badges.
In game, you can set the atmosphere in the ground and whether its for the home team or away, as well as the commentry stance its ACE.
Also in game there is easy strategies as well as button configuration. The game play is so real, player fall and actually handball in some situations. The players expressions are ace and Alan Shearer actually celebrates like real life.
GET IT AND GET IT NOW!!
The opponent AI is the greatest achievement this year- computer controlled players are more aggressive like human players and scoring goals is even more difficult, requiring fast passing moves followed by a 1st time shot to break down a tight defense.
I agree with other reviewers who say the game is too fast and frantic now, making it feel more arcadey than the previous game.
Animation is excellent and the general gameplay as pollished as any sports games. However too many gameplay niggles remain which can be very frustrating when they are punished with losing possession or conceding a ludicrous goal. Overall, great stand-alone game, but Id have missed this one out and bought the next one!
Now for the criticisms: 1) The lack of any real creative license in terms of setting your formation. There are only a certain number of players allowed in defence, midfield and attack. So if your 2-0 down with 10 minutes to go, you can't for instance have a 1-1-8 formation!! 2) In modify player mode you can't move players between clubs, which would have been so much easier. 3) The consistancy of the referees is sometimes laughable. Any sliding challenges, no matter if you cleanly win the ball, often result in yellow cards, and once I was sent off for blocking a goalbound shot with my legs!! But if a player is fouled when through on goal, or if the defender is the last man and gives away a penalty, the referee will often point to the spot but completely forget about the defender involved. This often leads to much teeth-grinding and abuse directed at the man in black. 4) The goalkeepers are also quite erratic. Highly realistic in terms of one-on-ones (they save 70% shots!!), their efforts on long range shots often leave me thinking "My grandma could have saved that". From barely extending their arms to meet the shot and dribbling on the edge of their own box with about 3 opposition players in close attendance, to even distinctly average keepers making unbelievably world class saves, it can get very frustrating.
All this aside, the difficulty levels are....difficult, with the computer often knocking the ball around like Brasil in 1970 on only 3 star difficulty, making this game a real challenge. The dribbling is quality with many different tricks to master, and two different types of sprinting speed. There are realistic ball physics involved, with the ability for players to put bend on shots, kill the pace of long balls, and the odd game of penalty box pinball for great entertainment. Shooting is often spectacular, and also a lottery. The unpredictable nature means that one time you could hit the post or bar and from exactly the same position another time, the ball will nestle in the top corner. Technique also plays a big part, with the likes of Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Henry and David Beckham all producing more power and "whip" on the ball. All these features mean that this game is the most realistic football simulation out there.
All in all, this is an awesome football game, with an infinite lifespan, and truly the market leader by some distance!! Bring on Pro Evolution Soccer 4!!
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off and train. play your mates.