One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 review

Playstation.com describes this:

Sail again with the Straw Hat Crew in One Piece Pirate Warriors 2, exclusively for the PlayStation 3!

After two years of training and gaining new skills, the Straw Hat Crew is back and better than ever as Luffy continues his quest to become the Pirate King! Luffy and his crew will appear with their New World outfits and all new attacks to take down hordes of Pirates and Marines that will flood the screen. Immerse yourself by playing the “New World” with your favorite characters and their latest techniques and costumes.

  • Immerse yourself in the faithfully rendered One Piece universe created by Eiichiro Oda.
  • Discover new stages, like Skypiea and Eneru’s boss for the first time
  • Even more enemies will populate the screen as wonderful cinematics bring the “New World” to life
  • Feel the thrill of unique playable characters such as Luffy, Sanji and Zoo with their New World costumes and techniques
  • Play as Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and more with a friend online or offline in exciting cooperative missions.

Pirates Log Mode

  • See Luffy fight with the Marines instead of against them in dream battles and huge power clashes that can only be seen in this mode.

It’s the return of the One Piece version of Dynasty Warriors and this time it made some major improvements. This review will be almost similar to the first Pirate Warrior review.

Story:

Unlike the first PW game, the game creates their own original story that is not from the manga nor anime however it mimics the moments from the resource. Instead of being called Story Mode, the main story is called Dream Story. Considering that the first game already made players go through the story of One Piece in PW1, the game makers wanted to do an entirely different story. Here is the plot synopsis of the Dream story:

Taking place after two years and already in the New World, Luffy and his crew are attacked by the Marines and led by Smoker. While escaping, the Straw Hat crew comes across the Knocked Up Stream (the same stream where his crew went to Skypiea from the original series) and escaped to Skypiea and face the electric Logia user Eneru. Jumping on ahead of the story, Luffy and his crew leave Skypiea and heads to Punk Hazard to avoid the marines. Once they escaped, they come across a lab filled with dials. Unknowingly, the dials emits a black hazy smoke and causing the Straw Hat crew, excluding Luffy and Nami, to act violent and evil. Luffy and Nami escaped from their once faithful crew and realized that the Marine soldiers, who were also chasing them, are acting bizarre and betrays Smoker. They form a truce and escape from Punk Hazard.

I will stop here and avoid giving away too much of the story. As players go through the story, Luffy and his team will encounter other characters like Whitebeard’s crew or Captain Buggy. Some will the team and some may go against you. You will also that the game will try to imitate moments from the original series and add adjustments such as going to Skypiea or invading Enies Lobby to save your friends. One of the greatest change of this game is allowing to play with others in the story. Either offline or online, players can work together and tackle the story. During online, players can also jump right into the chapters if the game detects a player calling help.

Opinion:

Personally, the idea of having a “non-canon” story sounds like a fun idea because you can team up with your favorite characters and fight alongside with them. I did noticed that this Dream Story borrows moments from the original story and tries to be different; it can also complicate the One Piece universe. I can not explain why because I don’t want to spoil the story.

Characters:

There are total of 37 playable characters, this even includes the pre-timeskip verison of Straw Hat. The 13 originals from from the first game returns along with new additions like Blackbeard, Law, Akainu and much more. Characters like Vista, Ivankov, and Mr. 2 Bon Clay also partake on the action, however, they are not playable but act as assist characters. Just like the first game, depending on who you play as, the character’s strength and speed and handling differs that others. For example, Akainu relies on strong and wide attacks on groups of enemies combines with his lava abilities. Marco with his Phoenix powers allows him to quickly dispatched troops swiftly.

Opinion:

This is a major improvement to the roster. I enjoyed playing as both the pre-timeskip and the New World versions of the Straw Hat crew.  I also enjoyed playing as the Marine Admirals and the Seven Warlords. It is a shame that characters like Shanks, Rob Lucci, or Magellan are not playable until you get One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3.

Gameplay:

The gameplay has not changed much so there is not much to talk about. This game also features a new combat system that allows you to use Haki called “Style Action”. Players can fill up the bar to the max located next to their health and once it fills up, the player can unleash their Haki and depending on which character you use, you can either slow down time with Observation Haki or increase damage with Armament Haki. Characters like Luffy, Ace, or Whitebeard can also do the Conqueror Haki which can be used to stun the battlefield and allowing players to escape or fight with no interruptions. As an added perk, Logia characters who uses Style Action will also be immune to damage and the only way to harm them is with another character using Style Action. The Support character system also returns with enhance tweaks. Once player reaches the max, players can swap with the supporting characters and, also in their Style Action mode on, they can unleash their attacks on the enemy.

Opinion

I thought the Style Action command was a fun addition to the game. I enjoy spamming the Conqueror Haki and whenever I play as a logia user, I feel invincible when no one can touch me. The support character system was another improvement I enjoyed, it made the combat exciting and epic.

Content:

Besides Dream Log, there is another mode where players can do to unlock support characters from their episodes, a place where you must complete the missions and defeat them. Challenge mode returns as well but there is two missions and to unlock more, you have to buy separate missions from DLC. DLC is back again and not only they have missions but players can also buy costumes. Costumes include Film Z wardrobe for Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji and for the women are costumes from Samurai Warriors and Dyanasty Warriors.

Opinion:

I only bought the Film Z pack for Luffy, Zoro and Sanji. They were really cool and I wished they included more of Film Z costumes for the rest of the Straw Hat crew. Instead of that, we get costumes for the women of One Piece (Nami, Nico Robin, Boa Hancock, and Perona). I guess that is for the fan service and a way to support the company that helped them.

Final Thoughts:

“Second verse, same as the first”

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 makes a huge improvement compared to the first game. With new characters and combat system, the combat can be enjoyed once again. The idea of a new story different than the original story is interesting but it can also be confusing and not that exciting if they using the same materials over again. Overall, the gameplay and purpose of the game haven’t changed much. Considering that the story is made up for this game, if you really wanted to play the New Fishman Island Arc or Dressrosa, you will need to get PW3. Besides that, PW2 is fun and exciting for the PS3 and I recommend One Piece fans to play this game. If you have any questions about this game, comment below or tell me how what you thought about this game. Thank you for reading this review 🙂

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