ONE PIECE: BURNING BLOOD
Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco
get enough of that wonderful Luff?
Fans of Eiichiro Oda’s
One Piece manga series will extract the most enjoyment from
Burning Blood. Which, we guess, is pretty bloody obvious.
If you’re not into Harry Potter, a game based around him won’t
suddenly make you worship everything Hogwarts.
we’re wondering why the fuck we picked JK Rowling’s wiz kid as
example-worthy. But we’re talking One Piece, so we’d best
get on with it...
A beat-’em-up not dissimilar to other
Bandai Namco releases such as
Dragon Ball Xenoverse
and Naruto Shippuden:
Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Burning Blood sees its
rubbery hero, wannabe King of Pirates Monkey D Luffy, taking on all
comers in fights to the, erm, winningness.
There are myriad
all comers, too, with some 40 playable characters from the One
Piece world. Then there are the 60-plus comrades able to be
called in to help if you’re feeling royally screwed. Or if you just
need a breather and want to watch Frank-n-Furter on steroids go the
biff – fishnets and all.
If you think that’s peculiar then
run away now, for it’s only a drop in the wondrously fertile bucket
of One Piece characters that launch onscreen here. It’s a
shame to knock the stuffing out of some of them...
fighting games take it easy on genre newcomers, despite a leisurely
control introduction Burning Blood isn’t for those who
think button mashing is the bee’s knees. All the good stuff requires
varying combos and much concentration. Those who adhere to these
requirements will be rewarded with some incredible special move
animations worthy of such a brilliant manga series.
may be bummed that Burning Blood’s biffgasmic story mode
only covers the Marineford arc involving Luffy’s brother. But the
myriad extra modes and challenges will help dull any blow.
Ore wa Luffy! Kaizoku-o ni naru otoko da!