• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
Buy On
  1. Game Informer
    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. An extremely solid game that takes the series in a promising direction.
  5. Whether you're new to the series, thoroughly sick of it, or can't wait to get back to raising monsters, this game has the capability to surprise, amaze and enthrall you.
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    I can't stop playing the game. I'm hopelessly addicted. [Nov 2001, p.155]
  7. 79
    Delivers where it counts, with the deep breeding simulation that fans of the series have grown to love.
  8. The fact that it sticks so closely to the formula of its predecessors is both its greatest strength and biggest weakness.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  10. Any fan of Monster Rancher will be in absolute heaven with this new entry, and its more kid-friendly graphics are sure to attract more of the younger crowed to its decidedly simple, incredibly addictive gameplay.
  11. It's very beautiful and easy to control, but there's nothing much that's new or improved here.
  12. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that Pokemon manages to provide more depth and complexity than Monster Rancher 3.
  13. Next Generation Magazine
    Hews so closely to the now four-year-old formula, it’s disappointing. [Dec 2001, p.108]

Awards & Rankings

#61 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. CasS.
    Aug 6, 2003
    i fell for this game when i got it, its a great game.
  2. StephenD.
    Jul 14, 2003
    This game is so awesome!! I got so addicted to this game!!!
  3. vIPER
    May 30, 2003
    Addictive sh.t!!! time waster!!! this game is the reason why i dont get enough sleep.