- System: PS4, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
- Developer: Ganbarion
- Release Date: Aug 25, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action-Adventure
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://opuwr.channel.or.jp/ps4/index.html
Who it Caters to
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
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:
- 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
- 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: