One Piece Unlimited World Red Review (Wii U)

One Piece Unlimited World Red Wii U Review

It’s finally here! One Piece: Unlimited World Red is the newest game in the One Piece series based on the One Piece anime and manga.  Rest assured that as long as you are caught up with the English subtitled anime that this game will not contain spoilers.  If you are watching the English dubbed however, this game takes place much farther than is available to you.  The game doesn’t do a very good job of introducing any of the characters, so if you’ve never seen the anime or read the manga you may be a little bit lost as to why they are all together or who they are.  There is also a brand new villain introduced that is exclusive to this game named Patrick Redfield who was designed by Oda himself, the creator of One Piece and a new “friend” named Pato.14597647352_e4c4a9ae6b_z

Even though this is an American and European release, One Piece Unlimited World Red contains no English voice acting, only Japanese voices with English subtitles.  That isn’t too big of a problem though because the voice acting in this game is on par with the anime. The animation quality, art style, and high quality voice acting make this a very solid game in that regard.

Monkey D. Luffy the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and his crew ends up in “Trans Town” a city in The New World. “Trans Town” can be upgraded with different shops that you need to use to make items like potions and get different quests.  Then you are thrown right into the action when you need to fight some thugs by the shore of the city.  Your friends are then kidnapped and you need to go and save them.  Shortly after that you are put right into your first mission where you are sent to find you friends.  Pretty early on in the mission you fight your first boss or mini boss, a giant red dragon.  You don’t have very much time to learn the mechanics of the game before this happens other
than a few encounters with small groups of thugs.

One-Piece-Unlimited-World-Red-Luffy-ZoroThe combat in One Piece Unlimited World Red isn’t very complex.  On the Wii U your attack buttons are “X” and “Y”, “Y” is your main combo move and you can mix “X” into it for different moves and hitting “B” will most of the time allow you to follow your enemy into the air to continue your combo, although I can’t always get it to work.  There are nine playable characters in the story mode, and 20 playable characters in the extra mode called Battle Colloseum which I will elaborate on later.  One of my main complaints about the enemies is that you cannot hit anyone on the ground,so if you finish your combo and the enemy does not die you need to wait 2-5 seconds for them to get back up so you can hit them again which is what makes the boss fights in this game so much more fun. Every single character has their own unique fighting style, Luffy is better for multiple enemies while Sanji is more useful to do damage to a single target and Usopp is more suited for single target ranged with his sniper mode.  There are also special moves you can use, and each character has their own unique special moves which you can unlock more of by leveling up.  They are all recognizable moves from the anime and manga, the characters even say the move’s name when they use it which is nice.  Another component to the battle system is strong words, every character has their own strong words and they all apply different effects.  Strong words are meant to be used to buff your character, there are also item strong words which have stronger effects but are on a longer cool down timer.

The story mode in this game consists of 9 episodes which are relatively fun, but become a bit repetitive and grindy after a while.  To upgrade some of your buildings you need to go back to previous levels to farm materials or sometimes it’s even to make a required item.  Even though it gets kind of grindy, these building upgrades are very useful and help you out a lot by either upgrading your existing equipment like your fishing rod or bug net to allow you to capture things easier, or letting you buy better potions.

one-piece-unlimited-world-red-screen-15Battle Colloseum is where this game really shines though.  There are a full 20 different character that you can play and unlock through different means.  In Battle Colloseum mode you can choose to do a scramble mission where a main character of your choice and one computer ally have to kill a certain number of guys in a fixed amount of time.  Or you can choose to do a duel where one character of your choosing faces off against another single character, which progressively get harder.  This mode should have been expanded upon more, because it lends itself so well to this games combat.  The story mode combat only pits you against 10 or so enemies at any given time which makes it sort of boring because you can dispatch them very easily.  In an easy colloseum scramble mission you’ll be facing at least 50 enemies.  This mode also allows you to experiment with different character combinations and figure out which one really suits you.

One Piece Unlimited World Red has great voice acting, a beautiful art style, and fun gameplay.  Even though it can be tedious at times, this game was not only crafted for One Piece fans but for anyone that enjoys a good action adventure beat ‘em up kind of game. If that isn’t enough, the Battle Colloseum mode really makes this game fun by breaking up the monotony of story missions and farming for different materials.  I give One Piece Unlimited World Red an 8/10.

One Piece Unlimited World Red Review (Wii U)
One Piece Unlimited World Red has great voice acting, a beautiful art style, and fun gameplay. Even though it can be tedious at times, this game was not only crafted for One Piece fans but for anyone that enjoys a good action adventure beat ‘em up kind of game. If that isn’t enough, the Battle Colloseum mode really makes this game fun by breaking up the monotony of story missions and farming for different materials. I give One Piece Unlimited World Red an 8/10.
Gameplay8
Sound & Music8
Story7
Replay Value8
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Controls8
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