Who doesn’t know of One Piece? This cutesy pirate manga by Eiichiro Oda, now a global phenomenon, has spun off a veritable franchise from animes to video games. And indeed, Bandai Namco’s video game adaptations of the manga deserve two thumbs up, but sometimes, it feels as if they’re starting to get formulaic. Regardless, there are some gems on the roster that deserve special attention:
8. One Piece: Set Sail Pirate Crew (Tobidase Kaizokudan) – PlayStation 1
A One Piece game with some RPG flair, create three original characters and join Luffy’s misfit band of pirates in search of one thing and one thing only: booty. With complex turn-based battles to be had along the way, and a realistic depiction of resource depletion *we’re sorry for the interruption but Stockholm has just awarded the writer the Nobel Prize for Rhyming*, the game forces you to be prepared at every turn.
7. One Piece: Treasure Cruise – Android, iOS
This free-to-play game lets you create and customize your very own pirate! Use card packs you get as the story progresses to tinker around and upgrade your avatar. With a screen-tapping battle system like most mobile games, One Piece: Treasure Cruise does have some tricks up its sleeve that’ll keep you playing for hours on hand. Every character has a unique ability, making it necessary for you to not only mindlessly LeERoY jENkInS away but also think about tactics. Remember, it’s free-to-play, so if you’re not ready to sacrifice some moola, you ain’t gonna get the cool-a (stuff).
6. Fighting for One Piece – PlayStation 2
As you all know, One Piece games are generally associated with the fighting genre, but Fighting for One Piece isn’t like most, preferring to keep it old school with the accompanying mechanics. Even with the unique movesets though, 13 characters are not enough to make this game memorable. But, if you like old school fighting games and One Piece, start learning Japanese, as this game is exclusive to the Land of the Rising Sun.
5. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise – Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Another adventure game with just a hint of RPG, this is a direct adaptation of several storylines from the manga. With new combos to be discovered from every character, punch your way through the plot, OR, if you can’t be buggered to actually do that, just do VS mode. This game is also widely considered to be the prototype for Pirate Warriors.
4. One Piece: Super Grand Battle X – Nintendo 3DS
Of all the fighting games out there, One Piece Grand Battle is known far and wide to be one of the best franchises there is, and Super Grand Battle X its crown jewel. Like its previous iterations, this game has move lists a mile wide for its characters. What’s new though, is that it adapts elements from Super Smash Bros, namely super long arenas with random item drops and platforms. Controls are hella responsive, a definite improvement over previous installations, making la lucha thrilling at every turn.
3. One Piece: Pirate Warriors – PlayStation 3
Released four years after Unlimited Cruise, Pirate Warriors has striking similarities to the Dynasty Warriors franchise- mainly because it was developed by the same people itself! Incorporating features from the hack-n’-slashing franchise, Pirate Warriors is rife with missions, QTEs, and cut-scenes, making it a hell of a lot better than the two remaining games on this list (seriously, Namco, base capture is fun and all, but it wouldn’t hurt to change it up just a soupcon!)
2. One Piece: Burning Blood – PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One
With mechanics directly inspired by Bandai Namco fighting games (that means 3v3 / 9v9 if you’re feeling like burning the house down), Burning Blood earned a spot on this list because of its inclusion of Haki, faithfully retaining its rendition in the manga. With the Haki element present, every battle will have a little something extra added to it. Let’s say you possess a Logia devil fruit, making you invincible to other devil fruit possessors. But go up against a master of Haki? Ya dead.
1. One Piece: Unlimited World Red – PC, PSVita, PS3, PS4, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch
Just like Treasure Cruise, this adventure brawler mainly focuses on the boss fights, just like Pirate Warriors, and is pretty linear, although some cleverly-placed elements help disguise that fact from players. Some RPG elements like buying items before a quest (like Monster Hunter) are also in the game, making it a One Piece action-adventurer worthy of consideration.
[BONUS] One Piece: World Seeker – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Even though it doesn’t yet have a definitive release date, One Piece: World Seeker could very well be a game-changer for the One Piece franchise. Confirmed to have an epic open world for Luffy and the gang to explore, Bandai Namco’s take on One Piece, though not entirely faithful to the source material, still looks promising.
Well, that’s all, folks! Did we miss any One Piece gems and you’re thinking we’re a bit mental for doing so? Feel free to post your death threats in the comments below!