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So let’s start this review with a confession: I have never ever watched a One Piece episode in my life nor did I play any of the previous One Piece games. Is this a bad thing? Well all you One Piece fans would probably say “YES” but, since Pirate Warriors 3 offers the full story from the start I’m going to disagree with you/them.

Gameplay

Pirate Warriors 3 is a collaboration between Toei Animation, Koei Tecmo games, Omega Force and Bandai Namco Entertainment and is part of the  Action Musou (Warriors) genre. It has quite a lot in common with the warriors series, there are literally thousands of enemies to defeat per chapter and while the combo system looks pretty dull in the beginning it actually goes pretty deep. Like with most Warriors games there are multiple chapters in which you can defend or attack certain regions of the map and during your mission you get updates and changes in victory and defeat conditions. While battling you have the standard warriors type of gameplay where you can perform simple combos by altering light and heavy attacks however, this time the Kizuna System,  “Kizuna Docking” and “Kizuna Rush”,  is added which once the meter is filled lets your teammate jump in for a finishing/extra attack which you can use on a constant base. As you repeatedly use this other character, a special attack bar grows and, when full, allows you to summon that character to fight by your side for a limited period of time. The Kizuna system isn’t the only cool feature there’s also an amazing devastating team-up super attack.

Story

One Piece: Pirate Warrior 3 follows the journey of Luffy starting in Fuschia village, where everything has started, to the kingdom of Dressrosa, a mysterious island dominated by the evil Donquixote.Doflamingo. As you start the game you’ll get a recap of Gold Roger the Pirate King, and how his death sparked the search for the great One Piece treasure, ushering in the Great Age of Pirates. Luffy eager to start his own band of Pirates mis-fits wants to recruit the almighty Zoro who uses the 3 blades technique, yeah he uses a third sword with his teeth, and so the game starts. The game follows some of the major events and some of the smaller ones, introducing pretty much every important character from the series and introduces you to the funny, hilarious and crazy world of One Piece and the Straw Hat Pirates.

There’s a total of 40 playable characters which you can unlock by completing the “Story” mode and “Dream” mode. The characters are all set to certain chapters, missions and episodes but, after you unlock them you can use them in “Free” Mode. If you have followed Luffy’s journey from the beginning and know the story all too well it’s probably better to start the “Dream” Mode which gives you all the joy of battle without the plot. The 40 unlockable characters are:

Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Tony Tony Chopper, Nico Robin, Franky, Brook, Trafalgar Law, Dracule Mihawk, Buggy, Crocodile, Enel, Bartholomew Kuma, Marshall D. Teach, Sabo, Donquixote Doflamingo, Jinbe, Fujitora, Smoker Tashigi, Rob Lucci, Gekko Moriah, Portgas D. Ace, Edward Newgate, Aokiji, Magellan, Emporio Ivankov, Caesar Clown, Akainu, Kizaru, Perona, Boa Hancock, Marco, Monkey D. Garp and lastly Shanks

good-bar

good Excellent for newcomers to the series
good Looks beautiful on the PS4
good Great amount of content

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bad Gameplay can be repetitive
bad Nothing new for fans of the series
bad Those eyes look creepy

 

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Kevin "Method" van Dongen

Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am the biggest half behind this website and love to write about my deep love for fighting games, (J)RPG's and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and absolutely love pizza.