ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 3
Omega Force/Bandai Namco
engineering has given us such, erm, incredible and indelible
motoring experiences as the Nissan Ute, the Holden Apollo and the
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
Why the car mentions? Well, OP:PW3 is a
different type of badge engineering. It’s essentially Koei’s
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,
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.
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
The best bit of badge engineering that we’ve yet
encountered, break the peace and get a piece of One Piece!