One of the things I like the most about the Joygame is that it has opened my eyes to many games that I would never even glanced at before. The fact that I can play anywhere and anytime has allowed me so much flexibility that I have given so many games a go, despite the fact that I may not have known much about the source material. The best example I have is One Piece Online – which is easily one of my favourite Joygame games and my experience with that title gives me confidence to try other things that I am unfamiliar with, such as games like this.
The game starts off on a very promising note, with a cutscene depicting an intense, highly kinetic fight between two mighty pirates. With stellar cel-shaded visuals and slick, stretchy animations, it looks like something straight out of the One Piece anime. It’s bombastic, exciting fights like these that have made One Piece one of the most beloved shonen series of our day. You may think you know where I’m going with this, but you’re only half right.
When Luffy and the gang return transforming tanuki Pato to Trans Town, the elastic explorer darts off to explore this exciting new area. However, after a brief battle with neighbourhood thugs, Luffy is informed his comrades have been abducted, and sets out to recover each of his allies from their mysterious captor. It's a wafer-thin plot set to justify exploring the island, but it works — for a lighthearted game such as One Piece Online, players don't need endless exposition to set up the adventure, and the this one knows to kick off the adventure as quickly as possible.
ONE PIECE Online is an action/adventure title in a third person perspective in which your aim is to become the Pirate King. The thing is, everyone wants to be the Pirate King and Luffy’s rival for the positing is the eponymous Redfield from the game’s title. With the aid of some misfits, he abducts your friends and your quest begins.
When it comes right down to it, One Piece Online is a rather good play. Could it have used a little bit of extra attention paid to it from its developers? Sure. However, what is there isn't worth too much criticism. The new Coliseum mode brings a new core gameplay element to the franchise, and enough of the gameplay elements mesh together nicely that the lackluster minigames can be partially overlooked.