One Piece: Pirate Warriors Review

Game description:

Join Monkey D. Luffy on his quest to become the Pirate King. Use Luffy’s special rubber ability to defeat enemies by extending his arms or deflect cannonballs with rubber! Fight waves of surrounding pirates with the help of members of the Straw Hat crew including Zoro, Nami, and others in both exciting online and offline co-op missions. The world’s best selling manga comes to life in a fully rendered masterpiece exclusively on the PlayStation®3 system!

This game is digital only!

Made by the same team who worked on Dynasty Warriors, Eiichiro Oda’s manga series One Piece jumps into the first ever PS3 hack and slash mayhem game. This game was first made for Japan in March 1, 2012 until it later imported to Europe and North America in September. When I first heard that it was going to be released for the North America, I immediately spent most of my money on this game.

Story:

The story of this game actually starts with a prologue chapter of Luffy, in his New World look, in Sabaody Archipelago. The chapter will help the player learn the basics of fighting and special attacks. After going through the tutorial, the story of One Piece starts in the beginning of Luffy’s adventure from the East Blue to the beginning of the New World. The game starts from the beginning where Luffy faces against Buggy to the war at the Marineford. The episodes you play does not entirely cover the rest of Luffy’s adventures. For example, you don’t fight Ax-Hand Morgan, or Captain Kuro; Pirate Warriors 3 fixes this. Not only the player controls Luffy but other characters will also be playable in the story. There are a total of 13 playable: 9 Straw Hat members, Portgas D. Ace, Jimbei, Boa Hancock, and Whitebeard. Characters like Shanks and Alvida does not make an appearance but are mentioned.

My Thoughts:

I think this was great for players to reenact the epic moments of One Piece but I felt that it was incomplete. Like I mentioned about Morgan and Kuro, there some characters that could have been added to the story. However, I will let this slide consider that this the first Pirate Warriors game.

Gameplay:

The game utilizes the typical fast-weak and slow-range attacks requiring players to make combos to inflict damage to the enemy. The characters you play are different in style. For example, Luffy is recommend for basic players and with the power of the Gum-Gum Fruit, he can reach enemies from a distant and surroundings. Ace is a character that depends on charged attackes, you can charge your flame powers at the end of a combo to hit more people. The goal of the game is to fight a multitude of people, pirates or marine soldiers, and conquer territories. Some mission requires supporting your teammates or protecting certain areas.

Only for the story, the game forces you to traverse to different areas of the map as Luffy and make your way to the endpoint of the episode. You either fight your way or sometimes slingshot yourself to the end and go through a mini-game to avoid obstacles. When you face the boss, sometimes you have to learn the enemies attack patters or learn their weakness to defeat them. In most cases, the fight ends with player button smash the controller.

My Thoughts:

I though the gameplay was quite fun and different than I expected from a One Piece. I enjoyed the combat system and I really like how I had to fight everyone by myself. The only thing I did not like was the button smashing moments. I was afraid that I might break my controller when I was fighting Lucci.

Content:

After beating the game, players will have the opportunity to play as other characters and face the mission requirements. After which, you unlock them but only their episodes or missions, you can’t choose them in the story mode. Missions require players to either fight a swarm of enemies within a set amount of time or face multiple bosses. There is only one dlc in this game and gives players additional costumes (Kimono, Samurai, Strong World) and extra missions. Also completing the games, you can unlock New World versions of Luffy, Zoro and Sanji.

My Thoughts:

It was really fun playing as different characters and facing these challenges, I felt that it was worth the money. I was hoping for the dlc to have more costumes such as Strong World Luffy.

Conclusion:

One Piece: Pirate Warriors does an excellent job of making a popular series into “dynasty-like” game. There are some minor flaws in this game but  I will leave that as an exception considering that this is the first of the PW series. This first Pirate Warriors game has a pretty good beginning in which it leads on to PW2 and 3. The story is quite fun for fans and the graphics are amazing for the PS3. You have any questions, comment below or tell me about what you thought of the game.

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