One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Review

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Posted September 14, 2015 by Paul Linga in Nerdy Bits

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3  

Developer : Omega Force

Publisher: Namco Bandai

Release Dates: March 26, @015 (JP) August 25, 2015 (US) August 28, 2015 (Europe and Steam)

Platforms:  PS4, PS3, Vita, Microsoft Windows

 

The latest installment in Dynasty Warrior Clones is here.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 is the lastest installment of the Pirate Warriors games by Namco Bandai, and it brings much of the same as it’s predecessor as well as introducing a few new features and modes. It differs from the previous Pirate Warriors in one major way as it’s story stays true to the manga canon,  starting from the East Blue Arc all the way through to the current Dressrosa Arc in the series. Seeing as the manga is still being written the game has its own original ending that is not canon to the manga but still felt satisfying.

The gameplay while very much the same as the last installment (not a bad thing) differs or expands with the addition of the “Kizuna Drive” which allows up to four support characters to join you in battle and attack when certain combos are performed, and there is also the “Kizuna Rush”  attack which allows the player to summon their support characters to perform a massive screen-clearing attack once the rush meter is filled to max.

With these new gameplay features and 37 playable characters (of which a portion have pre and post timeskip versions of themselves) you really feel as if you are in control of each characters powers or abilities due to each one having their own moves and play-style that matches the anime and manga.

 

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There are four game modes in which the first is the “Legend Log” which follows the original story of Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate determined to become the next King of the Pirates by finding the famed treasure “One Piece”, with his newly gathered crew, the Straw Hat Pirates.

Next is the “Free Log” which allows the player to choose any episode from the story previously beaten that they wish to play again, this also allows you to play as any character you have available out of the 37 playable characters.

Third mode featured is the “Dream Log”. This places players into a massive randomly generated map and is needed to unlock a portion of the games playable roster, Definitely a grind but worth it for the characters unlocked.

Last mode is the Online mode which lets you play co-op with friends around the world, and if that’s not your thing it also allows for split screen co-op for when you have a friends over and you want a quick gaming session of hack ‘n slash fun.


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