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One Piece Online Review After Playing many Other OP Games
Since the year 2000, around 36 One Piece games have been released on a variety of home consoles and portable platforms. Of those, only nine have made it to North America, and like almost all titles based on big anime and manga properties, the quality has varied. The latest game, One Piece Online, is one of the better games to use the license, though there are a few things that prevent it from being the best of the series.
In an interesting twist, the game doesn't try to make any concessions for series newcomers. Despite it being the first One Piece entry on the browser, it doesn't fall into the trap of trying to recap the story from the beginning. There may be brief name cards attached to each character when they're first introduced, but you don't have to relive the story of how Luffy assembled his eclectic crew. The game assumes you're already familiar with the characters, their personalities, and their histories up to this point and moves forward from there. For those who are new to the series, the lack of setup can make things confusing, but the story is easy enough to follow, so you won't feel totally lost if you don't understand everything that's going on.
The game has a decently-sized hub/town in which you can explore - this is how you acquire sidequests, and the pub that’s unlocked pretty early into the game is where you will get most of the bonus quests, including future downloadable content quests and the boss quests - though this you unlock later on. I would also recommend upgrading the fishing rod and the insect nest pretty early on, as they prove to be quite useful in the game. There is also a garden in the city which you can use to grow components for making healing items; they even grow while you are out doing a mission or quest. You can also trade in fruits to get seeds as well as expand the garden from the inn.
The game has some very nice, varied environments when you're out doing the main missions or even the quests, though sadfully the graphics aren’t quite as good in some places. Plus, the enemies are very repetitive, featuring a lot of the same looks in a lot of the quests. But they do theme the mission areas you are in, and the boss fights are some of the best parts of the game, even if they can get frustrating later on. The game is very generous with checkpoints, however, so you won’t be repeating the same part to much even if you are struggling at all. The game also allows you to expand your town, adding the bar, restaurant, and other different facilities which are used to upgrade your gear or create items that will assist during missions.
Overall this game is a must have for fans of the series and newcomers will enjoy how easy it is to jump in and play. I would advise newcomers to keep up with the anime in order to get the full experience but since the game has an original story, it isn’t much of a requirement. Aside from the Coliseum Mode, this has to be one of the greatest One Piece games I’ve played yet.
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