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POSTED 2/9/15


ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 3

Omega Force/Bandai Namco



Badge engineering has given us such, erm, incredible and indelible motoring experiences as the Nissan Ute, the Holden Apollo and the Toyota Lexcen.

Sorry, we can’t keep a straight face...

We also can’t keep a straight face while playing One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – but in a good way. This game’s an absolute riot!

Why the car mentions? Well, OP:PW3 is a different type of badge engineering. It’s essentially Koei’s Dynasty Warriors, but donning classic anime One Piece cosplay. For us the move from po-faced yet OTT historical battles to insane and OTT cartoonish violence is just what the format needed.

Impressively managing to smush the entire essential storyline of almost two decades of One Piece into a handful of chapters, this serves as a great introduction for those who’ve somehow missed One Piece over the years. Including, we shamefully admit, us.

The rather intense and rubbery limbed (literally) Luffy sets out to gather a pirate crew. This involves insane amounts of third-person button mashing – if you decide to go the Luddite route - or, if you’re a touch more refined, clever use of myriad combos which range from simple kicks to elaborate special move assaults. The good thing is that even if you plump for the former method, you’ll still have an absolute blast here, and be able to make headway on easier difficulty settings.

There are also funky Kizuna moves, which involve calling in teammates for collaborative assaults. Get four in sync with you and even the toughest adversaries will have absolutely NFI what hit them.

With all manner of levelling up, various modes and local multiplayer (plus online in the ‘Story’ mode) there’s heaps to keep you coming back for more madness, even if the crazily OTT combat can become a trifle repetitive.

The best bit of badge engineering that we’ve yet encountered, break the peace and get a piece of One Piece!

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