One Piece: World Seeker Review
One Piece has had very little luck when it comes to the world of video games. Does One Piece: World Seeker change that, or should you wait for it to hit the bargain bin? Check out our review and find out what we thought.
One Piece World Seeker Review
One Piece: World Seeker starts off with the Straw Hat Pirates attempting to steal some treasure from a place called Sky Prison. While the crew does get in, it proves to be a trap, and the Warden was ready for Luffy and his friends. After a brief fight with the Warden, Luffy and the others jump down to the Island below to escape the trap. Down here, Luffy meets up with a woman named Jeanne who helps him escape the sea and brings him to Prison Island. She helps him find his crew so he can plan his next move. While searching for Chopper, Luffy finds out that the island has its fair share of problems, and decides to lend a hand while searching for the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates.
You quickly discover that there is a conflict brewing between the Anti-Navy supporters and the Pro-Navy supporters. This conflict has been escalating lately, and the villagers on the island are beginning to suffer from it. Being as the Navy is on the island, you have a run in with many of Luffy’s enemies such as Smoker and the Navy Admirals. Other familiar faces will make appearances as well, aside from all the Strawhats (minus Jinbe). While all of these people aren’t always directly attached to the conflict, most of them have side missions for you to complete. If you are a fan of One Piece, you will probably be more interested in their stories over the main story of the game.
The game itself is an open world action RPG. The open world is pretty small, but you won’t find a better place to play in the One Piece world. The biggest downside is that you can only play as Luffy; everyone else just makes appearances. Still, the game does an excellent job of making the characters feel like they do in the anime and manga. For instance, Zoro gets lost for a side mission, and you have to find him. Every direction you are told to go, Zoro ends up going in the opposite direction. Nami has treasure missions, Robin has archaeologist missions, Chopper has missions to help the Islanders with medicine, and Usopp and Franky have missions about building equipment.
Side quests from your crew mates are among some of the better missions in the game. Sadly, the same cannot be said for most of the random NPC Islander missions. These are often collection missions, or missions that involve you beating down some enemy pirates or Navy guys. It can get very repetitive very quickly. You are not forced to do these, but there is a Karma system in place for your allies. To improve Karma for the Anti-Navy or Pro-Navy groups, you will need to do some of these boring side missions. Other tasks include beating up X amount of Pirates or Navy guys, collecting X amount of items, or performing special moves on bosses.
The combat in the does do a good job of making you feel like Luffy, but it is still limited. You can use Armament Haki, Observation Haki, and Conqueror’s Presence Haki for battle. You can also use Red Hawk, Eagle Storm and Elephant Gatling Gun for special moves. Your basic attacks, however, are, well, basic. You do the same combos over and over again with your regular attacks. I found myself using the ranged attacks more often than the basic attacks just because it was quicker than basic fighting. The biggest issue I had with the combat is the lack of a lock-on system. Some of these enemies are fast, and you will have a hard time keeping up properly. There is a button that gets you back onto your target, but it is not a proper lock-on. Gear 4 is in the game, but the rest are absent.
The game itself is only about 15-20 hours long, depending on if you play the side missions or not. I didn’t run into any bugs or any crashes during my play through either. There is no English dub for the game, so you will have to rock the subtitles here. The game also is not fully voiced; only certain scenes and cutscenes are fully voiced. It’s personally not a big deal, but I know some people care about that stuff.
One Piece fans will be able to overlook World Seeker’s issues, but those not as big on the series won’t miss much by skipping this title.