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One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition Review

One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition

Release: 29/09/2017
Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
Developer: Ganbarion
Genre: Action, Adventure, Role-playing, Simulation, Switch Reviews
PEGI: T
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I’m not a fan of Anime. I’ve spoken about my dislike of Pokemon before but generally, I’m not a big fan of the manga/anime genre overall. And yet, I decided I wanted to review One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition  because I thought the gameplay looked interesting. Is One Piece a good game? Did a non-Anime fan like me enjoy it? Here is my review of One Piece: Unlimited Red Deluxe Edition for Nintendo Switch.

If you’re an Anime fan, you may enjoy One Piece’s story. Personally, I thought the story was ok but it didn’t really engage me. I did like that all of the game’s characters were unique and had their own personality, but I found myself wanting to skip through all the cutscenes and dialogue moments and get right to the gameplay. So how do I feel about One Piece’s gameplay? Did it really engage me more than the game’s story?

There are two gameplay modes in One Piece. The first is the Story mode and that is an action/adventure game with a hint of rpg and simulation style gameplay to it. The second mode is a Coliseum mode  where you can just fight various enemies. Its pretty straightforward but you can play with two-players if you want. I thought the Coliseum mode was neat, but for me, the best part of this game is the Story mode.

In Story mode, you will be fighting a lot of enemies, but in between the action, you’ll be collecting items to make the hub town bigger and you’ll be leveling up your characters and using special phrases to give the characters new powers to use. You will also be bug hunting, fishing, and exploring new areas. You won’t be bored thats for sure!

One Piece has a really good combat system too. The combat may seem straightforward on the surface but it does change depending on which character you are controling. Each of the One Piece characters have their own unique fighting style and you’ll want to try them all out. One Piece sounds like an excellent game right? Well, I like its a pretty good game, but there at few things I didn’t like about the game.

The rhythm style mini-games that came up for things like fishing seemed to be too complicated for a game that kept things relatively simple elsewhere. I think the straight forward Animal Crossing style controls for fishing and other things would have worked better.

I also think that the game’s combat camera could have been better. Sometimes, while in battle, the game’s camera will get too close and get in the way of combat. The game’s lock-on (to the enemy) option helps some, but the camera still isn’t perfect.

Finally, while I do really like the game’s controls, I did run into an issue where I’d be fighting some enemies and my character would suddenly stop attacking. To get back into the fight, I’d have to lock onto an enemy. This didn’t happen a lot but it was a little frustrating when it did happen. Overall, I thought One Piece’s controls were good though!

One Piece’s combat is pretty easy to control via the joycons. The analog stick and buttons work well for this game. Exploration of the hub town is pretty easy, thanks to the main characters stretchy arm! And exploring other places works pretty well too.

Unfortunately , there are no Switch specific controls such as touch screen use or motion control in this game. One Piece is a game that could’ve been on any system and its good that the Switch can handle games like this, but its a shame that One Piece doesn’t make use of any of the Switch’s specific controls. That said, the game plays pretty well on the Nintendo Switch and it looks great too!

I wasn’t sure I’d like the graphics in One Piece because of my feelings about Anime, however I think One Piece is a really good looking game. The opening animated cutscene is very good, though personally I prefer the gameplay graphics. One Piece is a very bright and colorful game. The game’s visuals look nice on TV and on the Switch’s handheld screen. This is a really detailed, nice looking game!

One Piece’s soundtrack is pretty good but nothing too special. The game has Japanese voice acting for those who want a pure Anime experiance. One Piece’s sound effects are good too.

In the end, I think One Piece is a pretty good game. I’m still not a fan of Anime but I was able to get past that and enjoy the heck out of One Piece!

One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is a really good game! I was suprised by how much I actually liked this game. There’s just so much to do and see in One Piece. And the game’s visuals make each area you visit a real treat.

I do wish One Piece was a more Nintendo Switch specific game, but its amazing that a third game this good looking and well designed could appear on a Nintendo platform. We really have entered a new age for Nintendo and third party games! If you like Anime, especially One Piece, you will probably love this game. Even if you are not a fan, I think you’ll find some things to like about One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition!

The publisher provided a copy of this game for review. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is currently available on the Nintendo Switch eshop and in retail stores!

 

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