Pro evo football on 3ds
This is one of the other games I got shortly after getting the 3ds. Being a football fan, this game was the obvious choice. It was released with the console back in March but disappointingly did not contain updated transfers from the January transfer window. It is also a game with a few less features then the console versions but this was to be expected due to the limited capacity of a handheld console. I picked it up for just less than £15 which seems a more reasonable price for the game now as the 2012 version is set to be released quite soon.
The game itself
The 3d aspect of the game I feel is not really great for the game play but it does look good especially in the sequences just before the match begins. Once you start playing though the 3d view is not great for actually picking out passes and seeing the bigger picture on the pitch. There is a radar on the bottom screen showing player positions but it is not really easy to flick between both screens easily when playing a game. The graphics in general are pretty good and you can see the real likeness and resemblance in some of the well known players especially.
The controls are generally alright but there are only one set of shoulder buttons unlike on the PS3 for example, so this reduces the scope in terms of different moves. There is also a touch screen element though as you use the touchpad and stylus for example to do substitutions and move players around with different formations.
PES 2011 on the 3Ds is narrower in scope than that of the full console versions. You can play a full Champions League campaign, or take part in a Master League campaign, involving a Europe-wide roster of clubs, and the game also allows you to play the transfer market. Most Pro Evo fans will know that a lot of teams are not licensed so you will have to put up with names like North London and London FC for Arsenal and Chelsea for example. This is something that has been the case for quite a while and has actually improved over the years for Pro Evo. You can do something to edit teams but there doesn't seem to be an edit function for editing the starting lineups which is a bit disappointing.
The online and multiplayer aspect is also generally quite disappointing with this game and is something that probably needs addressing for future versions.
This is a good game but there are aspects which could help to improve both its general presentation and overall gameplay. I would give it between 3 and 4 stars but will choose 3 due to it not being as up to date as it could have been and also due to the lack of extra gameplay modes as well as online features and greater ability to customise players and teams.