One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition (PC) Review

By Renan Fontes 24.01.2018

Review for One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition on PC

More than any other shonen series, One Piece's premise transitions rather smoothly to the videogame format. The series has been going strong for two decades now, never losing the wind in its sails and constantly fleshing out its impressively massive world. With each arc, new characters, concepts, and locales are introduced to make One Piece one of the most dynamic manga universes ever. With such rich lore to dive into, any game in the series can be a worthy addition to the franchise. Does One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition stand out as a smart use of the IP, or does it sink like many licensed games before it?

Most videogame adaptations of anime tend to either end up as fighters or RPGs. One Piece, always the one to forge its own path, instead opts for the action-adventure niche it's carved in for itself (albeit with RPG elements.) The fourth entry of the Unlimited sub-series, One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is an enhanced port that follows the Straw Hat Pirates through an original story.

Previously the series has adapted arcs from the manga proper for games, so the new story may come as a shock for anyone who has been following One Piece's videogame career. That said, the story is surprisingly decent for an original piece not written by series' creator, Eiichiro Oda. It doesn't particularly fit in well anywhere in the narrative, but its references to past arcs are charming enough without undermining the original plot. The stakes are never raised so overwhelmingly high where it clashes with the manga's actual storyline, but there is a nice gradual build to conflict.

Gameplay is what's to be expected from an action-adventure title with an anime skin. Characters rummage through stages, mowing down fodder enemies, exploring a little bit, and then fighting a meaty boss. All nine Straw Hats are playable in the story with their own (mostly) unique play styles, and they all level up. Most missions allow for complete customisation over the party, which is nice since the main game can get repetitive at times due to a lack of challenge and variation. There are mini-games, such as fishing, to spice up the content, but they are mostly a distraction from the core gameplay.

Screenshot for One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition on PC

Combat itself is rather simple, almost like a watered down Warriors title. Weak attacks and strong attacks can be chained into combos with the goal of non-stop attacking. Button prompts will occasionally show up in battle to incentivise a dodge or a counter, while certain characters have their own personalised prompts. Nami, for example, can steal from enemies who have been knocked down. The main story takes plenty of advantage of its gameplay with a 9-to-12 hour campaign, give or take, but there is an additional Coliseum mode that pits the Straw Hats against hordes of enemies.

It's in the Coliseum where the combat gets its most use, and the repetition comes out in full force. Fighting is fun in bursts, but trying to drudge through a huge chunk of the Coliseum at once will inevitably lead to exhaustion, especially for newcomers completely unattached to the main cast. The main story has the benefit of placing the Straw Hats in a variety of colourful environments, but the Coliseum feels unfortunately static in its presentation.

If nothing else, One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is a charming, if a bit tiresome, action-adventure title that takes the player on a tour of the One Piece world. Anyone, regardless of their familiarity with the series, can enjoy the great visuals, pleasant soundtrack, and genuinely creative design of the universe. With plenty of content to wade through, it's certain to entice pirates to come back for more. Just don't play it in long stretches.

Screenshot for One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition on PC

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is that rare licensed game with enough lasting power to please both fans and newcomers alike. Prior knowledge of the series certainly bolsters the experience, but the core mechanics are strong enough on their own where newcomers can hop in and enjoy themselves. The gameplay itself can feel repetitive during longer play sessions, but the mechanics aren't so simple to the point where they aren't at least somewhat engaging. At its core, One Piece: Unlimited World Red's MO is to be an easy to play adventure game set in the One Piece universe and, at that, it succeeds rather well.

Developer

Ganbarion

Publisher

Bandai Namco

Genre

Action Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

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