- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
- Developer: Ganbarion
- Release Date: March 15, 2019
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/one-piece-world-seeker
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
One Piece: World Seeker takes our main man Luffy and throws him into a side story of sorts. Luffy and his Straw Hat crew have been captured by the Marines and sent to Jail Island in the New World. Luckily, Luffy being the amazing pirate we love him for being, is able to escape and sets off to reunite with his pals. Don’t expect to play as any of the One Piece characters like Zoro, Nami, Chopper and or Nico. For the entirety of One Piece: Word Seeker, you’ll be controlling Luffy and while that should sound cool…it ends up being a rather repetitive slog.
The core of One Piece: World Seeker acts as an open world action/adventure title. You’ll run around Jail Island and Steel City—to name a few bigger areas of the game—completing quests for citizens and helping advance the plot of One Piece: World Seeker. Immediately though, you’ll notice that while various locations have some truly wonderful visuals and areas to explore, the exploration element feels bland and dull. You’ll pick up ingredients to make armors/equipment to enhance Luffy or as a means of completing fetch quests. Often, you’ll talk to locals to gain knowledge of what’s the current affairs of the world you’re in and learn the fate of Luffy’s gang and their whereabouts. Everything about this shouldn’t seem like a bad setup for a One Piece game, but we’ve seen other One Piece games do a better job with exploration and ultimately, One Piece: World Seeker feels very boring. Also, before we rage about it later, why does it take a solid 10-15 seconds to open up chests and doors in One Piece: World Seeker!?
Aside from the adventure elements to One Piece: World Seeker, you’ll also be fighting baddies and traversing various locations. Combat in One Piece: World Seeker feels…okay at best. While combat never divulges from hitting square for attacks and using the R2 as a ranged attack, One Piece: World Seeker works as an action title. Luffy being the Gum Gum user he is, can unleash a load of special attacks and abilities via two forms he has that give him speedier attacks or more hard-hitting attacks—his Busoshoku: Koka—for massive damage on enemies. Luffy can also rely on stealth attacks—don’t ask why—to insta-kill enemies who don’t see him. Combat gets meatier as you level up Luffy’s skills and unlock more iconic abilities but be prepared for repetitive motions for the first few hours. Traversing areas though never really changes as you progress through One Piece: World Seeker. You’ll run around, fly like Spider-Man and find various areas that contain treasures. Exploring One Piece: World Seeker’s world works just don’t expect much to do.
If there is one positive lining about One Piece: World Seeker, it would be the visuals. One Piece: World Seeker looks amazing with environments and character models looking as if they were ripped straight from the anime series. Voice actors/actresses reprise their roles as the One Piece roster, but don’t expect them to be talking for hours in game. One Piece: World Seeker has mostly mute conversations with only big cutscenes or moments being voiced. However, just having them in One Piece: World Seeker is appreciated as we love hearing our favorite heroes/villains yell and converse. Overall, One Piece: World Seeker sounds good and looks good which helps the presentation immensely.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent visuals that mirror the anime/manga for One Piece
- Slew of abilities to unlock for combat
- The One Piece vocal cast is here to reprise their roles
- Simple but effect combat overall
- Combat does at time feel stiff though
- The world itself is bland and dull with nothing to do but repetitive quests
- Stuck as Luffy for the entire game
- WHY DOES OPENING DOORS/CHESTS TAKE SO DANG LONG!?