What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D is a soccer simulation game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game features players and teams from around the world (some licensed, some approximated to avoid legal issues), but can be incredibly difficult for players to learn due to the lack of any sort of training mode and a default camera angle that makes it difficult to see the rest of the field. There are in-game billboards for several products, including Audi and Adidas, but the most worrying is the prominent placement of ads for bwin.com, an online betting service. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
What's it about?
PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 3D lets players hop into a quick match to play a single player game or multiplayer against friends in the same room. The Master League mode allows them to assemble a team by signing players and guiding their careers. While there is no online multiplayer mode, the game does support StreetPass, letting your Master League team play against unknown friends and rivals. Other modes from the console game have been left out of this version, however.
Is it any good?
Konami hasn't put out a Pro Evolution game for a Nintendo handheld for a few years and its developers seem to have gotten a bit rusty in that time. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D is a so-so title, at best, offering a decent game of soccer once people figure out the controls, but forcing players to choose between an impressive-but-restricting view or a functional-but-boring view. Players who want to experience the 3D functionality of the 3DS are likely to choose the former -- and will have a harder time playing because of it. The lack of the series' "Become a Legend" mode as well as online multiplayer is a bit baffling, as well. If you're a long-time fan of the series you'll be more likely to find something to enjoy than newcomers, but both sets will feel a bit disappointed.
Online interaction: StreetPass mode allows two players' teams to engage in matches automatically should their consoles come in close proximity with one another.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about sportsmanship and how it's important to respect other players, even when they're on other teams. How do you feel when you win? How do you feel when you lose?
Families can also discuss ways of getting fit in real life. Have you considered joining a soccer team?