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One Piece: Unlimited World Red – Deluxe Edition

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 27 - 2017

Everyone’s favorite stretchy pirate turns up on the PS4.

 
He’s gonna be king of the pirates. Monkey D. Luffy also happens to be the main star in the latest port to make its way onto a current generation console. It really does feel like developers and publishers are porting more games to this generation of consoles than any of the previous platforms, but we can’t really complain as more games are more games, and the majority of the ports are fairly competent. That being said, One Piece: Unlimited World Red would not have been a game I would expect to get the upgrade treatment and turn up on the PS4. The game has already been released on a few different platforms, with the last being the PS3 and Vita back in 2014. As a One Piece fan, it wasn’t expected, but it is certainly welcome.

 
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One Piece: Unlimited World Red – Deluxe Edition is what PS4 pirate fans get, which is basically the core game along with a nice current gen polish, along with all of the DLC that released for the game, which is quite a lot. Considering the core game is a reasonably lengthy action adventure game, players can at least be sure to get their money’s worth from Ganbarion’s port for PS4.

 
While those unfamiliar with the One Piece Anime and Manga series may feel a little intimidated by this zany collection of characters, prior knowledge of the Straw Hat Pirates is not really necessary to enjoy the game, or even the story told within. It is enough to know that the leader of the Straw Hat Pirates is Monkey D. Luffy, a boy with a special rubber ability. Luffy wants to become king of the pirates and so has gathered a crew around him of equally strange individuals. They go on adventures and face off against a massive cast of other zany pirates and characters, many of which make an appearance in this game. You don’t need much more than that to enjoy your time in Unlimited World Red.

 
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Of course, if you are a One Piece fan, there is so much fan service here that playing the game will feel like stepping into the show. A lot of effort has gone into making this action adventure as authentic as possible, which can be seen in little things like how the characters move and speak. While all of the porting has left the game looking a little dated when compared with other current gen games, if you don’t look too closely, it really could be mistaken for an episode of the show, and the polish that has been added for this version, which brings up the resolution and framerate, ensures that the game is not the worst looking in the PS4 library.

 
Still, however the game looks, it is the gameplay that will reel in the player. Containing a brand new story that exists outside of whatever story arc the show is currently on, players will find themselves in Trans Town and become involved with another pirate king wannabe called Redfield. The story is split into episodes, giving it an anime feel, and will take crew on an adventure that feels worthy of the Straw Hat Pirates. For the One Piece unaware, that means lots of fighting and lots of strange characters with even stranger abilities.

 
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Outside of the story, which is quite lengthy, players will find plenty to entertain themselves. There are all manner of side quests available, including some that have been dropped in from the included DLC. There is fishing, bug catching, and loads of different things to collect for various reasons. Trans Town serves as a hub of sorts for the player to work from, and the player is able to upgrade the town themselves to unlock new features such as businesses that offer upgrades or boosts. Then there is the Battle Coliseum, where player can indulge in some healthy combat without any of this story stuff getting in the way. Players can fight against other main characters from the series, or they can fight horde mode against loads of NPCs. Either way, they will rise through the ranks to become the best. It is a nice little distraction, but as Unlimited World Red doesn’t have the depth of a fully fledged fighting game, it really does only serve as a distraction from the main game.

 
As already mentioned, the combat in Unlimited World Red doesn’t have the depth of a fighting game, but it is perfectly enjoyable for an action adventure. Everything moves quickly, and the player switches between different members of the crew. A simple combo system offers different moves, many of which are suitably over-the-top. The number of moves for each character, each of which are quite different in combat, are limited. This means that players will quickly find that they are just pressing the same buttons over and over.However, this does mean less for the player to learn, and that the combat flows smoothly and can be enjoyed by players who are not necessarily fans of fighting games.

 
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There is a lot to like in Unlimited World Red – Deluxe Edition, both for fans and newcomers. The game is relatively light and easy going, and it looks nice on the PS4. Those who already have the game on one of the previous formats may be tempted by the additional DLC, even though the majority of the DLC consists of new outfits rather than anything substantial. The story is fun and well written, there is a variety of things to do in the game, and the combat is enjoyable. One Piece: Unlimited World Red – Deluxe Edition is a good port of a great game, and worth being part of anyone’s PS4 library.

 

 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 



 

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