Kick off 3 was a great football game back in the days it was made. It was the first to give the player the possibility of kicking the ball in eight different directions. That feature allowed it to be called a real soccer game simulation. The amount of control over the ball and the unique view, were typical for this game and were so good, many clones used it.
The game may have a slight downside in the difficulty to control the ball. This may cause problems for the inexperienced players. There are other gameplay differences as well. First off you need to select the mode in which to play. You can work through the standard friendly or league matches, or take part in a championship where you play against 30 other teams (each of the 32 teams in the game has a distinct style), one by one, until you reach the Anco All Stars at the end of the game. There are certain players, which roles in the team are more important. These are usually Liberos and Wingers. Their performance can decide how that team plays in general. Of course different teams have different players.
If you want to, you can even take part in the World Cup tournament. I suggest you start by qualifying. You naturally also get to choose the game speed, decide on the tactics and stuff like that.
As you can clearly see from the screenshots, the game has a side view, which does represent a certain problem. It’s not easy to orientate. You can’t say how far you are from the goal, are you near an out and similar important information. It’s a flaw that has already been avoided in some other games, but they decided to use this view anyway. Still the graphics are very nice.
But all of that isn’t half as important as the gameplay. The game seems to be really slow. Also it’s very difficult, so I suggest you try out the practice mode first, to learn and control the ball. Apart for its appearance the game isn’t nearly as good as it should be. I tried to like it, but I just couldn’t
The game will still appeal to all the fans of the Kick Off series and people who like football (soccer – not that American stuff). IT does have a lot of good points after all.
This game only works with a joystick.