Pro Evolution Soccer 3

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Pro Evolution Soccer 3
Pro Evolution Soccer 3.jpg
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher(s) Konami
Composer(s) Norikazu Miura
Series Pro Evolution Soccer
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows
Release PlayStation 2
Original version
  • JP: August 7, 2003
International
  • EU: October 17, 2003
  • NA: February 17, 2004
  • JP: February 19, 2004
Microsoft Windows
Original version
  • NA: October 17, 2003
  • EU: February 17, 2004
  • JP: February 19, 2004
International
  • EU: November 21, 2003
  • KOR: March 25, 2004[1]
  • NA: April 9, 2004
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (known as World Soccer: Winning Eleven 7 in Japan and World Soccer: Winning Eleven 7 International in North America) is a football video game developed and produced by Konami as part of the Pro Evolution Soccer series. It is also the first in the series which was released on Microsoft Windows.

The cover features the image and signature of iconic Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, who had previously officiated the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final. This was unusual, as football games had come to almost exclusively feature only players and managers on their covers; plus, referees only appear in cutscenes in this game (they would only be integrated to the playing field in the next entry of the series).

New features[edit]

  • New graphics engine.
  • Improved gameplay, control, ball physics, animation and AI.
  • New Shop mode, where points can be traded in for hidden items.
  • Master League expanded to four divisions, with tons of new players.
  • Support for 1–4 players (multitap required for 3 or 4 players).

Licenses[edit]

The game does not include any full leagues but 64 clubs from various European countries. 6 clubs are fully licensed, which are the five Italian Serie A clubs Milan, Roma, Juventus, Lazio and Parma, as well as Feyenoord from the Dutch Eredivisie. All other clubs have fictional team names, logos and jerseys. Also player names are fictional, but only if the player is part of an unlicensed national team. Noticeable cases are for example Dutch players (e.g. Von Mistelroum instead of Ruud van Nistelrooy) and German players (e.g. Kalm instead of Oliver Kahn).

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PCPS2
EdgeN/A9/10[2]
EGMN/A8.83/10[3]
Eurogamer8/10[4](EU) 10/10[5]
(JP) 9/10[6]
Game InformerN/A9.25/10[7]
GameProN/A5/5 stars[8]
GameSpot9.1/10[9]9.1/10[10]
GameSpyN/A4.5/5 stars[11]
GameZone9.4/10[12]9.4/10[13]
IGNN/A9.1/10[14]
OPM (US)N/A5/5 stars[15]
BBC Sport90%[16]90%[16]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings(US) 93%[17]
(EU) 89%[18]
(EU) 94%[19]
(US) 93%[20]
Metacritic(US) 92/100[21]
(EU) 86/100[22]
(US) 93/100[23]
(EU) 92/100[24]

The "International" version of World Soccer: Winning Eleven 7 received "universal acclaim" for both platforms in all regions except the European PC version, which received "favorable" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[21][22][23][24]

The PlayStation 2 version of Pro Evolution Soccer 3 received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[25] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International Release Data for PC". GameFAQs. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Edge staff (October 2003). "Winning Eleven 7 (PS2)". Edge (128). 
  3. ^ EGM staff (March 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 [International] (PS2)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (176): 118. Archived from the original on April 27, 2004. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Bramwell, Tom (November 21, 2003). "Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PC)". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Bramwell, Tom (October 15, 2003). "Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bramwell, Tom (March 25, 2004). "Winning Eleven 7 International (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Kato, Matthew (April 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 Int'l (PS2)". Game Informer (132): 101. Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Tokyo Drifter (March 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro: 82. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Goble, Gord (April 30, 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Calvert, Justin (February 20, 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 [International] Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Meston, Zach (March 8, 2004). "GameSpy: [World Soccer] Winning Eleven 7 [International] (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ Lafferty, Michael (July 21, 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 1, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ Lafferty, Michael (March 7, 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 [International] - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (February 10, 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ Hiranand, Ravi (March 2004). "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 [International]". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 101. Archived from the original on March 5, 2004. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Waters, Darren (October 17, 2003). "Pro Evo Soccer 3 nears perfection". BBC Sport. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  17. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Pro Evolution Soccer 3 for PC". GameRankings. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Pro Evolution Soccer 3 Reviews". GameRankings. Archived from the original on February 25, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (pc: 2003): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (ps2: 2003): Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. 
  26. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. 

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