Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt 3DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 7, 2013
    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.
  2. Oct 1, 2013
    Inazuma Eleven 3 is... derivative, to say the least. It's actually a pretty much cut'n'paste of the previous entries in the franchise with just a couple new features and a more grounded plot.
  3. Sep 28, 2013
    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.
  4. Games Master UK
    Oct 20, 2013
    A brill battle system vs a load of boring convos. It's only a slim victory for the former. [Dec 2013, p.69]
  5. Oct 22, 2013
    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.
  6. Sep 30, 2013
    Almost a straight 3DS port of the DS Japanese counterpart. Fun and lengthy, but a bit redundant.
  7. Oct 16, 2013
    The only time the game takes advantage of the 3DS features is in the social aspects: with a couple of SpotPass, StreetPass and 3DS link options available, the game slightly redeems its lazy porting.
  8. Sep 23, 2013
    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.
  9. Oct 9, 2013
    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.
  10. 65
    The biggest problems are found within the game's presentation, which looks dated and needed an update from its original release. Porting it to the Nintendo 3DS was almost pointless, but it’s saved by some clever uses of StreetPass, SpotPass and Local Play.
  11. Sep 27, 2013
    In terms of content you’ll get more Inazuma than ever before. But unfortunately it is also more of the same.
  12. Sep 25, 2013
    With its double football/JRPG nature, Inazuma Eleven 3 is another great title in the franchise, even with its story surplus and a non-cutting edge graphics.
  13. IE3's mantra seems to be 'more is less'. Less: work for devs, learning for fans and interest for the uninitiated. It works, but is it really what an exciting series needs?
  14. 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.
  15. Nov 3, 2013
    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.
  16. Oct 18, 2013
    The amount of content that Level-5 offers in this game is enormous and can last you for months.
  17. Oct 24, 2013
    Despite the adventure being needlessly padded out in between the core matches, the game remains an incredibly fun title for players of all ages.
  18. Oct 18, 2013
    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.
  19. Oct 21, 2013
    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

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    Super jeu de foot avec coups speciaux incroyables. L'histoire suit celle du dessin anime et les graphismes sont super beaux. Par contre unSuper jeu de foot avec coups speciaux incroyables. L'histoire suit celle du dessin anime et les graphismes sont super beaux. Par contre un peu dur niveau difficulte. Full Review »