Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. May 8, 2011
    85
    An ideal blend of sim and arcade. [June 2011, p.86]
  2. Mar 24, 2011
    85
    We're still torn whether to play top-to-bottom with 3D on or side-to-side with 3D off. Either way, this is the best PES on any format in ages.
  3. Apr 10, 2011
    84
    PES 2011 is a great game on the Nintendo 3DS. The graphics, the 3D effect, the gameplay and the stunning atmosphere are major advantages. Nevertheless, I'm missing some online features, more options for editing players and a tutorial.
  4. Jun 6, 2011
    80
    In the end, Pro Evolution Soccer 3D offers great controls on the 3DS with some good use of 3D graphics. There is definitely enough content in this game to keep even the most fussiest of soccer fans happy such as the Master League but when you attempt to explore more like online content and full license teams, these are unfortunately missing.
  5. May 23, 2011
    80
    It's a competent first pass 3D pocket football game, of that there's no question. It's fun to play and the 3D genuinely aids in comprehension of the proceedings.
  6. Apr 11, 2011
    80
    But in the meantime, it's the only game in town, and it's certainly not a bad one at all. While it might be lacking some options to give it longer replay value, PES 2011 plays a sophisticated and subtle game of football, and delivers a terrific-looking 3D soccer experience.
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    PES 2011 3D is both classic and innovative, trying to offer a new way of playing, making the most of the 3D vision, but also allowing the player to reject this and choose the classic gameplay of the last ten years.
  8. Mar 31, 2011
    80
    Considering the overall quality, both visually and gameplay wise, PES 2011 3D is undoubtedly the best football game available on 3DS. There's definitely room for improvement, but for the time being we can consider ourselves satisfied.
  9. Mar 27, 2011
    80
    Its look and feel when you actually play a match is more akin to what you would expect to find on the Xbox 360 or PS3. Which is mightily impressive – the only compromises that PES makes in order to fit onto the 3DS affect the least important aspects of the game.
  10. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    It's a couple of features short of being a classic, but its compelling game of football has found a comfortable home on the handheld. It suggests that greater things are to come from this relationship, but there's enough here to keep players going until then.
  11. Apr 4, 2011
    79
    At the end of the day I would say that PES 2011 is a great sports game and a good title overall to help kick off the 3DS launch with, as I know I am sold.
  12. Old flaws remain and no online play, but it's still compulsive and challenging. [Apr 2011, p.92]
  13. Apr 5, 2011
    77
    The exclusion of a few modes is a glaring issue, but one that can be excused considering this is a launch title. Thankfully, the action on the pitch is still up to par and there is enough content to keep soccer fans happy in the meantime.
  14. Apr 7, 2011
    76
    Forgetting the unplayable new cameras that should have made this PES a new beginning, what this 3DS edition offers is the same, familiar "PS2 version" gameplay that made the series so popular. Shame for the lack of any online multiplayer mode.
  15. Mar 29, 2011
    76
    If you are looking for a good soccer's game on 3DS, PES 2011 is your game.
  16. May 31, 2011
    75
    The presentation of the menu and in-game action is top-notch. Maybe it's only because it's a handheld and nothing like this has been seen on mobile devices yet, but it feels like a perfect experience, at least at first.
  17. 75
    A good soccer game. If you're a fan of the sport, it's worth picking up, especially if you're familiar with the series. It just disappoints me that Konami didn't put enough effort in to fix the issues that keep the game from being great.
  18. Mar 25, 2011
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  19. Mar 23, 2011
    75
    If you are looking for a title that you can play for hours, then this one is your game. It's definitely worth it if you just bought a 3DS.
  20. May 1, 2011
    70
    PES 2011 offers slick gameplay and striking 3D yet is let down by having no online mode and some sloppy, minor omissions. Still, for football fans, PES 3D offers a lot of mileage until the expected 2012 edition.
  21. Apr 20, 2011
    70
    PES 2011 3D is a great first attempt on the 3DS, with the slick controls carrying over swimmingly. For next year's inevitable release, we're hoping to see some online features, single-cart local play, some stat-tracking and a few extra modes that use the 3D capabilities to their fullest.
  22. Apr 20, 2011
    70
    PES 2011 3DS is already a good game with identity and reveals success in adapting to 3DS, a more powerful system.
  23. Apr 17, 2011
    70
    It's one of the better handheld soccer games and the Master League mode is impressive, but it lacks content and the AI is problematic.
  24. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    A good soccer game that makes an intelligent use of the 3D screen, but we miss the online and Become a Legend modes.
  25. Apr 12, 2011
    70
    It's a very good soccer game, but it could have been a great one with just a little more work on Konami's part.
  26. Apr 11, 2011
    70
    It's still PES at its portable best, a shame for the big lack of game modes and online multiplayer.
  27. Apr 6, 2011
    70
    Most handheld sports games (and launch ones, at that) have a hard time presenting gamers with a compelling feature set or satisfactory gameplay experience. Pro Evo 2011 for the 3DS goes some way toward alleviating that problem, but in the process comes up with new ones all its own.
  28. Mar 30, 2011
    70
    The 3D adds much more than you'd think to an already pleasingly deep version of the beautiful game, but it's a shame there's not enough content to back it up.
  29. Mar 30, 2011
    70
    A great benchmark for future footie games to beat. The full commentary, slick graphics and deep Master League make this a console quality game and by far the best handheld footie experience you can buy.
  30. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    A decent football game where the action and the balls feel just right. The camera should have been better, though.
  31. Mar 26, 2011
    70
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D plays a great game of football but feels bare when it comes to features and game modes.
  32. Mar 26, 2011
    70
    Football fans desperate for some 3DS sports action will find a game that plays as well as its big brothers, yet must be warned that this is definitely akin to a 'light' edition.
  33. Mar 24, 2011
    70
    While it occasionally feels lumbering, and is starting to show its age now – especially when set alongside the flexibility of PES and FIFA on home consoles – the thrill of netting a vital goal is as great as ever because you know you've earned it.
  34. Mar 24, 2011
    70
    The 3D looks pretty smart, but this is the same old PES I've played many, many times before. It's still a smart game of football, but as with a number of 3DS launch games, it's not making the most of the hardware and doesn't really offer anything new.
  35. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    Possibly the most impressive use of 3D amongst all the launch games, and despite some obvious gripes a good solid football sim to boot.
  36. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    PES 2011 3D is a typical launch title, that practically begs for a sequel. The base is strong, but on a lot of points, unrefined. From the very get go you'll be able to tell that more development time would have benefited this game in many ways, but for now, it's a nice taste of whatever awaits us in the future.
  37. May 12, 2011
    67
    It's slow. It's low scoring. And it's difficult to pick up. In that, it's likely a soccer fan's dream.
  38. May 8, 2011
    60
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D is a solid footballing experience lacking in ambition, flair and online multiplayer. Better luck next time, lads.
  39. Apr 7, 2011
    60
    Finally a portable football game that stands on it's own to feet. The 3D effect is excellent, and this game gives you hours of footballing fun on the 3DS.
  40. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    The core gameplay in Pro Evo 2011 3D is enjoyable, but it's constantly failed by the rest of the cart's fundamentals. Even with the game's limitations and shortsighted exclusions of some modes, the few options available to customize your experience makes for one of the best portable soccer games on the market. That may not be saying much, though.
  41. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D nails the on-pitch action but lets itself down with a limited feature set. If you absolutely have to play a 3D football game this is currently your only option, but be aware of all the missteps such a title carries with it.
  42. Mar 24, 2011
    60
    This PES on 3DS shows interesting things, but is undoubtedly thrown on the market a little bit early... The content here is quite small, and there is no online functions. The potential is there, but we already know that the "complete game" will be there next year! As usual...
  43. Apr 12, 2011
    50
    If you want to use the nicest looking 3D viewpoints you lose the defensive controls, making Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D practically impossible to play. But if you can live with the regular tv camera you at least get an average football game without a lot of content.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    8
    Its the best iteration of PES for sometime but it certainly has its faults. The default "player" view is extremely difficult to use - you'll have to rely on the radar for player locations as the view changes just far too quickly to be useful. The 3D is handled very well, the frame rate is pretty smooth and the sound (for a sports title) is pretty good.

    The commentary is a little sparse at times and the crowd is only 2d but what holds back this title from being a very solid game is the complete lack of options! PES doesn't have the license of FIFA but it really should make up for this with a better UI and tutorials - demos and scenarios.

    I miss the old days of International Superstar Soccer and the different scenarios it would put you in. What I do love about PES though is that it is much more realistic and its difficulty is finely balanced. For every errant pass you'll pay a hefty price but make some clear space with a few solid passes - a little shuffle past your man and slotting by the 'keeper....theres no better feeling than scoring a well earned goal.

    This is a good start for PES and I look forward to next seasons edition. 3DS sports is off to a good start - now for a beautiful 3D tennis game (what ever happened to Grand Slam Tennis?) and a Tiger Woods title......
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  2. Feb 18, 2014
    8
    I think I paid like 6 or 8 bucks for the game. For a 3DS soccer game, it hits the mark pretty dang well. Recommended for soccer fans who want a mobile game superior to touchscreen controls of a smartphone or tablet. Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2011
    6
    Not the best Football game I have ever played. It is still fun and graphics are ok, but it does not have online and lacks on features sometimes. There is not much to say about the game since I am not exactly stunned by it. Full Review »