P.N. 03

  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2003

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
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  1. 53
    A 3D action-shooter with a certain degree of style, sure. But it has no depth whatsoever. Worse, its control scheme, clunky and sluggish, perpetually clashes with the would-be fast-moving battles the game serves up continuously.
  2. As you guide her through one identical-looking corridor after another, shooting one identical-looking robot after another, you'll almost certainly be unimpressed with the repetitive and cumbersome action at the heart of this game.
  3. If you don't die of boredom playing the game, you'll run headlong into the most disappointing aspect of P.N.03: It can be completed in a measly four hours. [Sept 2003, p.111]
  4. The style Vanessa adds with her dance moves is one of the biggest draws, but poor controls and overpowered enemies bog this title down. Maybe the enemies seem harder because the controls are bad, but something needs fixing.
  5. A decent shooter and would have been great had the character been given enough speed to match her robotic peers.
  6. 70
    If you're partial to some good shooter action, then check out P.N.03 -- it's not the longest game ever made, but it's stylish and challenging nonetheless.
  7. Although P.N.03 is plainly flawed, with a little perseverance the gameplay still shines through as something relatively new and engaging.
  8. Edge Magazine
    You'll soon learn the groove: shoot, dodge, shoot, dodge. It should get tedious, but it doesn't. P.N.03 rewards skill above all else and mastery brings huge satisfaction. Grace under fire has rarely been done better. [June 2003, p.96]
  9. Its core gameplay is initially attractive and mildly addictive, but the missions and enemies offer little variety or depth. You might enjoy playing with the different suits and upgrades, but unlocking any of the good stuff requires hours and hours of playing through the bland trial missions.
  10. 50
    Loaded with style, what could have easily been a top-tier game suffers from sluggish controls, repetitive gameplay and a hopelessly generic storyline.
  11. Overall P.N.03 may not offer anything new, but the combination of old values, futuristic looks and game play has made this one of the most satisfying Gamecube releases of late. [Import]
  12. Another huge, glaring error on the controls in PN03 is that controlling Vanessa is like controlling an open jar of molasses through Omaha Beach.
  13. The game is mindless, shooting mayhem that is extremely evocative of sprite based shooting games of yesteryear.
  14. The sci-fi action found here is good while it lasts; it just never changes from the first level.
  15. 70
    P.N.03 may easily turn off some gamers, whether it's because of the high difficulty level or the hard to pick up controls; but once you get past those issues, you'll get a feeling of nostalgia that few games this generation will inspire.
  16. While P.N.03 does provide some solid shooting action, the incredibly repetitive levels and unintuitive controls significantly detract from the experience.
  17. 55
    Visually dull, painfully boring and completely short of Capcom's usual high standards.
  18. Those expecting an action adventure game will be severely disappointed, however if you are looking for a great old school shooter in the vain of "Space Invaders," "Ikaruga" or "Raystorm," then P.N.03 is well worth buying.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#30 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. May 28, 2012
    This game coulda been good but it felt incomplete. Combat was fun but repetitive.
  2. PaulR.
    Oct 29, 2003
    You either get it or you don't. If you're expecting something that handles and feels like all those generic 3rd person ps2 games You either get it or you don't. If you're expecting something that handles and feels like all those generic 3rd person ps2 games out there, you'll feel v constricted and agree with the 40 ratings. If you're up for timing & sequences of moves and totally unique handing, you'll love it like I did. Full Review »
  3. ThomasK.
    Oct 31, 2007
    Its pretty damn good, nice moves nice controls good looking too.