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Solid Dynasty Warrors game with a One Piece Twist
12 December 2012
I read a few other reviews before purchasing this game and I must say I agree with the overall feeling that while this is a quality mash up it is not the true One Piece game that I was expecting.
The graphics are truly amazing in how well the stick to the shows style and I hope that if they ever create a CGI One Piece film they will do it in the same vain. The combat system is highly enjoyable and a great extension of the standard Dynasty Warriors style with each character feeling distinct making you change the way you play particularly with Nico Robin and Ussop.
It would be nice if all of the story Ark's were covered I know everyone feels the loss of Thriller Bark and Skypia arks but I was more dissapointed at the lack of the opening sequence covering the recruitment of Zoro and the early bond between Cobi and Luffy.
Where I greatly differ in my opinion to the other reviews is with regards to the platforming levels. I think the levels where you're playing as Luffy and using his ingenious methods of getting around are pure fun and the puzzles while simple are enjoyable. There are certain parts that will take 2 or 3 attempts to get past but the game always puts you at the start of the sequence you failed at and so avoids frustration.
The main problem with this game is that in order to do One Piece jusctice it requires more of a world roaming RPG than a pure button basher. It is the idea of being a free spirit adventuring through the wonderfull world of One Piece that trully captures the imagination. I feel that any game that wanted to capture it would need free roaming world exploration with sailing mini-games thrown in to trully live up to the show. Perhaps such a game will be more likely when the series reaches its finall conclusion.
Anyway this game is a lot of fun and has a decent amount of content to justify the price. For fans it will set you reminissing about the the story and remind you of much that you will have forgotten. For those who don't know One Piece this game is still hugely enjoyable and probably the best Dynasty Warriors game that has been produced in years.