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  • Summary: The latest installment in the series lets players breed, train and fight with the monsters they control. New monsters are bred by pairing two existing ones or spawned from music CDs, movie DVDs or game discs. Players train and care for their monsters, much like a virtual pet. Later, they enroll their monsters into tournaments, where they battle for prizes and fame. [Tecmo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. Everything about this title makes the previous installments seem archaic in comparison. [Nov 2001, p.100]
  2. Monster Rancher 3 rocks. That’s all that needs to be said. However, just to clarify, this game has really satisfying gameplay that should please even the most jaded gamer.
  3. The strength of this game is in its replay value. You can lose hours upon hours of your life simply checking your CD/DVD collection for monsters to add to your encyclopedia.
  4. 79
    Delivers where it counts, with the deep breeding simulation that fans of the series have grown to love.
  5. The combat’s more fun and involving than anything in Pokemon Stadium. But the rest of the game hasn’t changed much. [Nov 2001, p.210]
  6. The fact that it sticks so closely to the formula of its predecessors is both its greatest strength and biggest weakness.
  7. Hews so closely to the now four-year-old formula, it’s disappointing. [Dec 2001, p.108]

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. CasS.
    Aug 6, 2003
    10
    i fell for this game when i got it, its a great game.
  2. MikeK.
    May 25, 2003
    10
    I just started, but i must say this is one cool game. nice graphics too. no more schools, but there are 5 worlds to train in. much more addictin than MR2. and what amuses me the most is putting all my dvds and games in to get monsters. well gotta admit its tough but you get used to it. cant wait till MR4 comes out. Expand
  3. ShafiqueZ.
    Dec 5, 2001
    10
    This game is the best I had ever played! There are many new monsters which can be unlocked and so many new features!
  4. StephenD.
    Jul 14, 2003
    10
    This game is so awesome!! I got so addicted to this game!!!
  5. MichaelL.
    Dec 22, 2001
    9
    I think this game is really awesome. I love the new monsters and all the different training places. The only complaint I have is that it's in anime but I got used to it. Expand
  6. vIPER
    May 30, 2003
    9
    Addictive sh.t!!! time waster!!! this game is the reason why i dont get enough sleep.
  7. TheAnalRetentiveGamer
    Aug 1, 2002
    5
    I Have Never Wasted 45$ On Such a DAMNED CUTE game! I liked the first Monster Rancher for playstation 1. Innovative and refreshing, it hosted the now infamous to the series CD-breeding system. Consequently this is the most addictive part of the game; rummaging through every CD or DVD you own to simply make a new monster. However, after putting in a Slipknot CD and getting a wonderfully cute three-bodied monster smiling me right in the face with $$$ written all over the telelvision screen, I decided to save it for when my neighbors come home from vacation so I can give it to thier daughter. Five-year old girls will love it, and probably Pokemon addicts. If you're anywhere in your teens...stay away. I need a shotgun to blow these little fu- Expand

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