Review: One Piece: Unlimited World – Red (3DS)
Luffy and his Straw Hat pirates are back for another video game incarnation of their comic book capers in One Piece: Unlimited World – Red. The 3DS RPG (also available on the above listed systems) looks to blend town building and stage exploration with crowd mowing melee battles and epically monstrous bosses, all the while revisiting memorable moments from the multi-million volume selling manga.
Setting sail upon the New World once more, Luffy and the Crew arrive on an island after rescuing a shipwrecked Raccoon, Pato, from the waves. As the team settle-in, Luffy explores the nearby Trans Town, which for all it’s community spirit seems mostly inhabited by people who have been castaway there.
Meanwhile, the crew go missing and it’s up to Luffy to track them down, with the mysterious Pato in toe. Elsewhere, the legendary Pirate Redfield emerges onto the scene after decades in exile, prompting questions about his transformative powers as well as his connection to the island, the Straw Hat pirates and Pato.
The game’s Main Story mode divides into two main elements; Town Building and Island Exploration. Starting with the former, the inn within the game’s hub world (Trans Town) is where you’ll navigate Luffy through a town planner role.
The inn keeper Yadoya will act as your guide and charge Luffy with expanding Trans Town with a factory, general store, pharmacy, restaurant, live music venue, bookstore and garden etc. These are unlocked after completing certain episodes and then talking to certain townsfolk.
One Piece: Unlimited World – Red is overall a fun and highly rewarding adventure. There’s plenty to get wrapped up in here, for both fans of the series or otherwise. Sublimely rendered cutscenes, original Japanese voice cast and the TV episode pacing of the action stages make it feel like an interactive anime.
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