Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Oct 18, 2013
    90
    The amount of content that Level-5 offers in this game is enormous and can last you for months.
  2. Oct 7, 2013
    80
    Skip buying your kid FIFA on 3DS this year, and give your offpsring Inazuma Eleven 3 instead. It's a novel light RPG experience, with all the compulsive collecting of a sticker album. There's also a decent football story at its core.
  3. Sep 24, 2013
    80
    If the Inazuma Eleven formula may have to change a little bit more in the next episodes, Inazuma Eleven 3 is still the best of the series, and it is definitely a must on the 3DS.
  4. Sep 28, 2013
    76
    There are just a few additions to the original NDS game, so it's aimed at those who missed it the first time. Still, it brings more Inazuma Eleven to its fans, who should be waiting for its proper return to 3DS.
  5. Sep 30, 2013
    75
    Almost a straight 3DS port of the DS Japanese counterpart. Fun and lengthy, but a bit redundant.
  6. Sep 27, 2013
    75
    Inazuma Eleven 3 follows the path of its predecessors, as it delivers a good JRPG experience mixed with some football elements. Though it lacks important changes to its gameplay mechanics, it's still a good, entertaining game.
  7. Nov 3, 2013
    70
    For those that have been with the series for a while, this game does very little to advance the series in any dramatic ways, and they should be warned to expect more of the same. If such fans simply cannot get enough of these games, however, Inazuma Eleven 3 will definitely hit the back of the net.
  8. Oct 22, 2013
    70
    Inazuma Eleven 3 represents a good football-RPG characterized by a well-designed gameplay and by a plot far more successful than the second episode.
  9. Oct 18, 2013
    70
    Inazuma Eleven 3 has its fair share of highs and lows. The game will punish you for making mistakes, but at the same time it motivates you to trying again.
  10. Oct 9, 2013
    70
    The first Inazuma Eleven on the 3DS doesn’t do anything to lift this entertaining franchise to greater heights. The soccer games are fun, but everything around it disappoints a little. Part three keeps its head above the water with its charming and fluent gameplay, but it could’ve been more.
  11. 70
    The new things are not exactly plentiful, even if we have more than 2000 players available. The mechanics of this peculiar JRPG, although well achieved, are still very close to the previous version.
  12. Inazuma Eleven, then, retains its charm, quirks and problems. There are a few new facets, to be sure, but this is fan service at its most serviceable.
  13. Sep 27, 2013
    70
    The 3DS version of Inazuma Eleven 3 is finally available in the European market. Despite of the good overall experience, the lack of new major gameplay features and the absence of the online multiplayer are enough to turn this Level 5 game into a “simply good” jrpg.
  14. Sep 24, 2013
    70
    Fans of the previous games or the anime will not be disappointed, whereas newcomers to the series may find the game a little confusing and slow-paced for the first few hours. However, persevere, and the pace quickly picks up and becomes much more enjoyable.
  15. Sep 23, 2013
    70
    It’s good value, nevertheless, and for those willing to invest a lot of hours this is still a charming, light-hearted, over-the-top adventure. It lacks the spark of its predecessors, however, and it’s time for the series to do more than apply the most meagre of superficial upgrades.
  16. Oct 20, 2013
    67
    A brill battle system vs a load of boring convos. It's only a slim victory for the former. [Dec 2013, p.69]
  17. Oct 7, 2013
    65
    Some people don’t like realistic football and for those persons there is the Inazuma Eleven franchise. You can play football with amazing powers and the controls are smooth and liable. The game world isn’t that good and it’s not a technical improvement when you compare it to the earlier games. You will have fun with Inazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast though.
  18. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    Inazuma Eleven 3 feels like a fitting end for this set of always absurd but highly entertaining footballing adventures. There still lots of fun, but it's a second case of more of the same without the same level of amusing craziness that the story of the second game compensated with, and it's hard to see where the series can build any further without some substantial overhaul.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 3, 2013
    6
    When I saw that this game is coming out in 3DS, i thought there would be a graphics would be better. but it looks EXACTLY like inazuma 3 Ogre's(Japanese pre launced nds rom) Translated Version.Now for those who haven't played japanese IE3 roms, THIS IS THE BEST GAME OF THE SERIES, but if you have,there is nothing much new.So obviously i was disappointing..... but at least it is English. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2013
    8
    this is very similar to previous inazuma eleven titles. with improved gameplay and tweaks to make the match play more enjoyable. story is as corny and good as ever ripping it from the show. I would of given it higher than 8 if it wasn't so similar to the earlier titles but all and all still holds up well.
    the 3D is not used to its full potential as it is rarely used due to most of the game is on the bottom non 3D screen except for when you shot and skill moves in matches which is a disappointment.
    if you like the last two inazuma eleven titles get it as it is much the same with some much needed tweaks and advances
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