One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 PS3 Review!

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Gomu Gomu no….RED HAWK!! It has been a quite a privilege to be able to review this game since I am a big fan of the One Piece manga and anime series. Of course don’t expect a biased review just because I admitted to that fact. Just like most games, this has its good parts and it has its bad parts. I’m going to start with the bad parts, because I feel it’s always good to end on a positive note.

If you’ve ever played any of the Dynasty Warriors games, One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 falls into that same hack-and-slash genre. When I started the game, I loved hearing the Japanese voices and seeing the subtitles. Personally, whether it be games or anime, I like to hear the Japanese voices in its original format; I despise English dubbing. In this game, I really wished that they’d pay attention to their audience because of this. A great example would be me smashing enemies left and right, while there was subtitled dialogue going on at the bottom of the screen that I am completely missing out on. The annoying part was that it could be mission changes or alerts that I’m completely unaware of. If the game FLASHED it in the middle of the screen in transparency or did a quick pause for attention (it kind of does this with cut-scenes), I think it would have worked out for everyone’s benefit.

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Another issue that I had with the game was the camera. Sometimes I wanted to strangle the imaginary camera man that kept re-aligning my point of view. I’d be focusing, left and the camera would sometimes like to float to another location. It’s probably not as terrible as I’m putting it, but when you’re playing the game on Hard difficulty, getting your ass handed to you by one of the Marine Generals because the camera decided to realign itself isn’t cool.

This last “negative” side of the game can be taken either way (I use the word negative loosely here). I stated earlier that I am a One Piece series fan. However in addition to that, I am also a fan of Dynasty Warriors along with Orochi Warriors, and Dynasty Warriors Gundam. If you’ve never played any of these games or are unfamiliar with the One Piece universe, this game might be mind numblingly repetitive. Like all Dynasty Warriors hack-and-slash style games, you start with enough ability to utilize for the characters, but you have to unlock the rest of them. This goes hand in hand with the coins that you equip for the characters that you unlock as well. It can be quite a grind for some gamers.

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Now in the opposite spectrum and a retort to the last statement, I actually do enjoy the grind. I do like building up the character combos and moves as I progress through the game. Yes, I know I’m one of “those” kind of gamers, but I really do enjoy this RPG style of combat. They give you enough of the character’s moves when you unlock them so that you can release their advanced combos if you dedicate yourself to their use (my personal favorite is Zoro). If you think about it, if the characters all had their moves released along with the coins, it would get boring very quickly.

The animation is also gorgeous in this game. It’s all cartoon cel shaded giving it that awesome anime vibe. The moment when you start the game and it shows Luffy and his team going up against the Marines and Eneru, I immediately started salivating. Most people probably wouldn’t even think twice about the art, but I think it’s one of the reasons why this game appealed to me. I love how they’ve captured the character expressions and reactions from the anime to the letter even in a 3D cel shaded environment.

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Hack-and-slash gameplay mechanics don’t tend to be too difficult, and One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 actually makes it really enjoyable. The equippable stat coins, along with the crazy outlandish moves that the characters do, makes this game seriously fun. The game does a great job of making you look like a badass when you start taking out enemies up to the triple digits. I remember taking out 107 goons with one of Zoro’s sword combination slashes.

One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 plays almost the same as the first version with minor tweaks here and there. Although, ultimately it’s still the same type of game (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?). If you thought the Dynasty Warriors game series was over the top, wait until you play this game. Gamers who are unfamiliar with One Piece should come in with an open mind to this game and just enjoy the wackiness of the characters and their style of combinations. If you want to do a comparison to American heroes, Luffy is basically Plastic Man or Mr. Fantastic on crack. Aokiji is Ice Man on overdrive, and Kizaru is the Living Lazer….okay maybe that was a terrible comparison. As a fan of One Piece I would give this game a solid B, but to the unknown, I would give it a C+.

Grade: B-

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Highly sociable and having been entrenched in Nerd\Geekdom since he was a kid, Alger has seen it all. During his spare time he loves to go out clubbing, sing karaoke, and attend parties. This Nerd is no wallflower. He'll always greet you with a warm smile and a drink in hand.

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