One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition - PlayStation 4 Review

An all too familiar great adventure

Game Info:

  • System: PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
  • Developer: Ganbarion
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2017

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Now on the PS4—and Nintendo Switch—comes an updated version of One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition. Players can relive the adventure with the Straw Hat Pirates such as Luffy, Nami and Zoro. Like the original version, One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition offers an original story that was helmed by creator Eichiiro Oda. Fight various foes seen from the One Piece narrative and take control of some of your favorite pirates. With all of the 50 DLC items now unlocked, updated visuals and various gameplay tweaks One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition stands as the definitive version that One Piece fans—and newcomers—will want to play.

What to Expect

Just like the original, One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition offers an action-adventure story that has players using the Straw Hat Pirates to fight various enemies. There are tons of islands to explore—some hailing from the original series—and tons of enemies and bosses to defeat. Not only is One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition at a reduced price but it comes with all the DLC that was found in the previous alliteration. With over 10 hours of gameplay in the single player story and even more to do thanks to the arena mode and side quests to explore, One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition offers a lot of bang for its buck. Maybe you missed out on the original or want to see Luffy and his team in an even better light. Well now you can in One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition. Just be prepared for a long and exciting adventure.

Story

Luffy and his trust pirate team have found themselves on the Island of Promises meeting a very interesting young creature. Known as Pato, it seems this odd little tanuki is actually a pen that can transform and create any object he draws on a leaf. After this brief meeting, the Straw Hats decide to split up to resupply, but this is where things turn for the worse. After rescuing an innkeeper named Yadoya from a bunch of thugs, Luffy heads to the inn and falls asleep. Unbeknownst to Luffy, the Straw Hats meet doppelgangers of themselves and are kidnaped! Now Luffy must find his team and figure out what is going on. The Straw Hats are about to get involved in one of their most dangerous adventures yet in One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition!

Gameplay

First, it’s very important to mention that if you have played the original One Piece: Unlimited World Red title that released back in 2014, then One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition won’t be hard to describe. Though it’s on the PS4 One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is the exact same game as before just with some slightly fixed up gameplay mechanics and updated visuals. However, we do understand that maybe not all of you have played the original title. Thus with our review, we’re going to explain why fans of One Piece should highly think of picking up One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition and why maybe it can be a pass for those who played and or owned it in the past. Now then, let us set sail into our review of One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition, shall we?

One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition plays out as a simple action-adventure RPG title. Players will run around large—and very colorful—maps all while beating up baddies and taking side quests. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition doesn’t try to change up the action-adventure world with its gameplay, but it does an adequate job thanks to some simple controls and tons of cool characters to play as. Each character you control in One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition feels different but has the same gameplay mechanics to make it simple but interesting. There are problems with this style however, namely thanks to repetitive combat—seriously by the second or third hour you’ll only want to face bosses—but thanks to the level of detail in terms of graphics and how each character feels different with their own unique styles, it balances out and will allow you to make it through the whole 10+ hour main story.

Now just saying it’s an action-adventure RPG title won’t explain everything that is One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition so let us break it down. Typically you will be given control of up to three characters—which you can switch between all three on the fly—and you will engage in fights with regular enemies and bosses. Players will utilize light and strong attacks as well as dodging various foes with simple one button prompts. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition feels solid to control and doesn’t ever feel too button mashy thanks to some tough bosses. What’s really cool though is just the ability to take control of your favorite One Piece characters and lay waste to enemies both new and old. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is a game for fans more than anything else.

Earlier we mentioned the colorful maps and we weren’t lying about that. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition looks incredible—especially in comparison to the PS3 version—with beautiful islands and a great level of detail in every character. You can tell that developer Ganbarion really wanted to make sure to appease the die-hard One Piece fans and we were very happy about that. The same can be said of the solid voice acting and great music. Not only are the original Japanese One Piece voice actors here representing their roles but the music feels like tunes you would hear from the anime. Even though most cutscenes are still-based—meaning characters don’t move but are talking—it still looks incredible and will put a smile on all fans of the amazing One Piece story.

As always folks, let us end our review by mentioning the few issues we have with One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition. First, it is very hard to recommend One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition if you have the previous title from the PS3—or the various other systems—especially if you had actually bought all the DLC already. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is the same game folks; it might be prettier and play slightly better thanks to the 60FPS gameplay upgrade but that still makes it a hard sell for the price of $39.99. There are some new missions and quests but that doesn’t change the still repetitive gameplay and odd RPG word mechanics that feel unneeded. This essentially means that One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition won’t change your mind if you weren’t interested in it back in 2014. Newcomers will also be incredibly lost seeing as how One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition was clearly made for fans and offers little back story or introduction into Luffy’s very large world of lore.

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition might be the same game as the past PS3 title we saw back in 2014, but that isn’t a bad thing. If you never got the chance at experiencing one of the better One Piece games out there, then it’s easy for us to recommend One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition on the spot, especially for the price of admission. The problem lies with the fact that we know there are plenty of fans out there that did buy all the DLC in the original One Piece: Unlimited World Red and probably spend a considerable amount of cash doing so. Unless you really are a super hardcore fan of One Piece—because newcomers will be lost and have no real enjoyment here—then rebuying what is essentially the same game is probably not going to be a priority for you. Ultimately, One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition will be for those who want to experience a great action-adventure RPG title that never experienced the first version.

Honey's Pros:

  • Still a great story helmed by One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda
  • Beautiful Updated Visuals
  • Same fun action as before
  • Tons of references for One Piece fans
  • Solid Gameplay Mechanics
  • Tons of DLC and extra content

Honey's Cons:

  • Still a very repetitive action-adventure title
  • One Piece Newcomers will be lost
  • RPG elements still feel tacked on
  • Hard to recommend if you own all the DLC already

Honey's Final Verdict:

One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition isn’t immensely different than the PS3 version that released several years ago. However, with so much DLC and improved graphics/frame rate it is the best version you can get. Fans of One Piece will love to revisit this solid action-adventure title that despite some flaws, is still a fun game especially for the price of admission. Though if you already own all the DLC and own the original One Piece: Unlimited World Red title, then we find it hard to recommend picking up One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition just for some visuals upgrades and some minor gameplay tweaks. Though we here at Honey’s Anime are curious if you’re planning on still picking up One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition? Let us know by commenting down below and be sure to return to our great hive here at Honey’s Anime for more game reviews and articles soon to come.

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