Friday, February 24, 2023.
by Heather Webster

ONE PIECE ODYSSEY Box art Do you have what it takes to join Luffy and work together with the Straw Hat Crew to set sail once again? I don't think I do mainly because I've never seen this show before. Even though I'm not a fan of this super popular anime show that I've never been interested in, now that it's a turn-based 40 hour RPG I thought to myself "Sure, why not?". I did some research on the game, not so much on the show itself, and found that this game was one that has been highly desired and requested by fans. The developers have been working on this game for many years. I discovered that it took so long because the author of ONE PIECE, Eiichiro Oda, and the developers wanted to commemorate the brand’s 25th Anniversary. Because Eiichiro Oda contributed to this project you will find both new characters and monster designs as well as changes to the main plot.

The main storyline of the game is as follows; During their voyage along the Grand Line, Captain Monkey D.Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew are caught in a sudden storm at sea. When the storm subsides they find themselves stranded on a lush, but mysterious island called Waford. Now separated from each other they must find all the crew and set out on a new daring adventure filled with marvels of nature, powerful enemies and strange encounters with island locals. While exploring, they come across mysterious ruins and never-before-seen monsters. Other than the Main Episode, players will also find rich Side Episodes and Battles to get into with the Straw Hat Crew in a different ONE PIECE universe.

You get to play as the entire crew of Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky, and Brook! To me it seems like they are a gang of loud boaters who go on adventures and Luffy just always wants to eat. There are some crazy moves in the battles like Luffy’s Gum Gum Bullit, and Zoro’s ability to cut down barriers. I didn't know Luffy was basically a Japanese stretch Armstrong. The Scramble Area Battle is the basis of the turn-based fights where you will move around through multiple battle areas, combined with the Dramatic Scene system gives you the ability for the battle to further develop into unexpected and random situations.

The gameplay is very much your typical RPG style, similar to games like Elder Scrolls with the open world and the interaction with inhabitants and objects. You can choose to run manually or with auto run, and there is a handy auto battle mode for if you're feeling like the battle might take awhile or if you need to grab a quick snack or bathroom break. The dialogue is quite extensive and is in Japanese with subtitles. Some of the creatures in the game are pretty cool until they are trying to kill you, like giant lobsters, crabs, venus fly traps with legs and various bad guys, including a giant gator that is very hard to beat without lots of food and such for healing. I really enjoyed the ability to customize your battle turn order, especially when you get defeated only to realize you have a whole other team to use.

To level up your characters and make them stronger in battle you need to take time in your areas and find the special cube fragments that are specific to each character. You then open up the crew menu and enter the skills to make use of the cubes. You can upgrade your battle skills as well as the field skills, giving you the ability to smash things like crates and blockages easier. There is a stamp that gets completed as you level up, and a full stamp means max level.

The soundtrack was composed by Motoi Sakuraba, well known for his musical contributions to the Dark Souls and Tales of series. The soundtrack fit well with the scenarios that you encounter, but also felt impartial to the soundtrack. That doesn't mean it's not good, it's just not really my style. The visual aesthetics are quite appealing and the scenery is pleasant to look at, however most of the graphic details went into the characters themselves as they are quite detailed. I give this credit to the ONE PIECE author being so involved in creating the game.

While I did enjoy ONE PIECE ODYSSEY as an introduction to ONE PIECE, and the general gameplay was enjoyable, I did end up getting a little tired and bored of the general repetitive nature. That being said, that's probably just a 'me' thing. If you're a fan of the show you'll likely really enjoy it for its authenticity. I do think it's a solid enough rpg but I wouldn't say I'm in love with it quite yet.

**ONE PIECE ODYSSEY was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series S**

I think it would be cool if this game included local multiplayer.

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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