Fire. Sand. Ice. Using these elements in epic battles is usually reserved for superheroes or gods--but in Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, these powers are given to pirates. It’s the tale of Monkey D. Luffy (who can stretch and bend his body like Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic) on a quest to become the world’s greatest pirate. Like its fellow manga--Bleach and Naruto come to mind--its video game adaptations have evolved from 1-on-1 fighters to mission-based action brawlers. But there’s more than fisticuffs in One Piece Unlimited World Red.
This is an side story from Oda-san himself--like anime filler, but in a good way. Original characters like the helpful raccoon Pato and the villainous Red Baron make their debut, but taking down the big boss requires more than just punches and kicks. You will do plenty of fighting though, as the missions play as action brawlers like Dynasty Warriors--battling a ton of troops on your way to the goal.
Along the way, you’ll pick up materials, which feed into the game’s hub world. In this town, your goal is to build the ultimate pirate hangout. You can build a pharmacy for healing, a theater for watching cinematics, a concert hall for listening to the game’s tracks--you name it. You can even catch bugs and fish to create museum displays. It’s almost a One Piece take on Animal Crossing. In fact, town building is your only goal after finishing the game--the game’s New Game Plus is meant solely for farming materials from missions.
The biggest addition to this stateside release (the game first hit 3DS in Japan) is the Battle Coliseum. This is where those classic 1-one-1 matches happen, along with other options like horde battles or replayable bosses--it’s a great place to blow off steam. Fans of the series will love the 20 playable characters, pulled from the manga’s recent archs.
It seems like One Piece Unlimited World Red is putting together all the right pieces--original content from the series’ actual author is key--and that is exciting. We’ll see how well these pirates can sail very soon.
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