First time ever playing a One Piece game & despite playing it on the smaller screen on my OLED PS Vita, it certainly does not disappoint in the slighest.
I am abit late to the party so to speak & have only just got round to watching the anime & reading the manga for it (blame Attack on Titan & Fairy Tail for being soo awesome & eating up my time) & from what I've seen from various anime/manga sites online, this game jumps in at the most recent arc (around Ep 530/ Manga 68 I think) following Luffy & Co's adventure on Punk Hazard. Whether or not it'll follow the anime from there exactly or just a few bits like locations, bosses etc remains to be seen as i'm only 10 or so hours in (around Ep 4 in) but even if this is your first step into the OP world, it's totally accessible for newcomers - I may have missed out on some of the banter between characters but other than that, wasn't lost or confused one bit & feeling pretty at home with it.
Story takes place on an island with Transtown serving as your hub. As first it's pretty much a ghost town, run down & everything but once you get a few episodes in & earning cash & items from defeating enemies, fishing, bug catching & more, & start expanding & upgrading the town buildings/facilities & taking on the locals side quests, its not long before it becomes bustling alive with peoples. It's of course not as big in scope as the hub world from Gravity Rush but it's fairly similar & just watching the npc's come & go, their interactions & conversations with you is just a joy to watch, especially with the art style/anime look which i must say is absolutely gorgeous! Imo, definitely up there with Gravity Rush & with the OLED screen, those colours sure look beautiful.
As for the gameplay, when you set out to explore new lands via accepting quests at the Tarvern/Inn, you'll encounter various mobs of bad guys & creatures to take care of & maybe a boss or two to kick butt. Battles are prety similar to the OP Pirate Warriors series (think dynasty warriors) with fighting being fast, frantic & downright awesome, with each character (of whom you can take up to three into each levels & switch between them freely) having their own moves & specials. You can't just spam the attack buttons though, as certain enemies are harder to take down than others so a lil strategy is required. Put enough foots & fists into them & eventually they'll crumble though. You can also dodge/counter-a lil batman arkham style here but it'll say on the screen 'O-counter' & pressing it at the right time will help you avoid taking damage, especially when taking on bosses. (which the animated scenes for are absolutely epic & very smooth!)
Outside of battles, you can explore the level freely for items, fish, bug catch & use character abilities to find hidden chests & other useful items to help expand Transtown or develope new equipment. Once the level/episode is done or you have returned to Transtown via a jumo pad at various points in each level (no penalty to use) you are free to come back to that same level anytime to hunt for more items or just switch up your team from before & gain some experience.
Finally the extra mode for the 3ds/Vita version is a battle tournament accessible from the main menu. Here, either solo or teaming up with another member of the Straw Hats, you'll take on bosses, hordes of enemies & even fellow Straw Hats one on one or two on two in order to rise through the ranks & become the N1 champion. It's a fun & challenging mode, one that you can just spend a few minutes doing or putting a few hours in one go & with various rewards/achievements & characters to unlock, there's plenty of incentive to go back to it.
Overall, a stunning & utterly beautiful game, with an engrossing story following a wonderful set of characters oozing with charm & humour, an expansive hub world to explore & more. For the price it's at, it's definitely a steal :)
Bought this as a surprise gift alongside a VITA for my husband and he is delighted with it. I keep hearing sounds of happiness as he is constantly screaming at the thing. He loves one piece so I thought this would be the best game for him, and I know there are fans who don't like it but I took a risk and it paid off. He recommends it highly. I don't see him much though now that he is into this game. I guess some wives may appreciate the alone time ;)
Amazing. Finally I've got an action game (with some GDR's elements) for this brand. I was tired of all this musou and this is what was expected from all the people that played the "Unlimited Cruise" saga on the Wii. Great graphics (considering that this is a "remastered" of the 3DS' version) that looks better than the Wii U and the PS3. Great sounds and music, with a lot of inspired songs. The gameplay is also good (maybe with a largest moveset for each character this would have been THE One Piece's game). Ah, and of course. I can finally play as Doflamingo. A+
Great game! Very different to the pirate warriors games however I enjoyed it. Although the main story is slightly short (about 7-8 hours long), there are about 80 side quests that range from item collecting to epic boss battles. There is also a whole Colosseum mode so plenty of content that lasts well over 30 hours. Visuals are amazing on the vita version and the game controls well.
It's been couple of years since I bought a One Piece game, my 3rd being Pirate Warriors being the 1st One Piece PS3 game released, when I 1st heard to they are releasing Unlimited World R in English alongside with 3DS, Wii U, PS3, & PS Vita, I was like OH YEAH, then stated which console do I buy it on, I was about to go for the Wii U version till I found out that PS3/PS Vita will get DLC exclusive on that system since I buy games for those exclusive features, except Xbox 360/Xbox One, overall I'm really satisfied with this game, 4/5 stars for me.