One Piece is one of the most famous anime franchises of all time, spanning over 20 years to all possible media, including video games. The One Piece-themed games started in 2000, and this would be 39th video game adventure of Luffy and Strawhat Pirates. However, most of those games weren’t released outsides of Japan. Most of them are action platformers, but there are also fighting games, adventures, RPGs, and so on. The biggest problem with these games is that they usually require some pre-existing knowledge about the world and characters of One Piece. However, this game is different in that aspect.
Despite being really accommodating to new players, this game doesn’t pamper them so the veterans of this franchise can enjoy it without feeling belittled or condescended. At the beginning of this game our main character Monkey D Luffy finds himself in trouble. Namely, he got thrown from the floating prison ship into the ocean. Now he has a task to gather his missing crew, which is scattered around all over the Grand Blue. While doing that Luffy helps out random people along the way like a true chaotic good he is.
If we will have to put this game into one genre it would be action RPG adventure. There is an open world full of supremely weird characters, there is a crafting system, skill trees, and whole lotta sidequests. The combat system is quite straightforward, and it contains both close combat and ranged attacks. Although considering Luffy’s stretching ability, his melee attacks could be categorized as ranged too. Except for physical attacks, there is so-called Haki, a command ability with various effects, mostly boosting Luffy’s abilities by making him faster or stronger. In order to improve your fighting skills, you can use the skill tree, but it can also be used for exploration skills and other general skills at your disposal. By performing well you will unlock new abilities, or upgrade existing ones. Doesn’t sound so complicated, does it?
Another element of World Seeker that is not unnecessarily complicated is a story. The beginning finds Luffy stranded after he escaped from floating prison ship. Now he has to survive, considering he can’t swim, and to gather his crew again. For people already familiar with the story and settings of One Piece, this will represent a refreshing take on favorite characters and their adventures. Nevertheless, even newcomers will enjoy in fun and the open world this game offers, despite the occasional confusion and inability to put some sense in happenings on the screen. From a technical aspect, the game works flawlessly, so much that there are no loading screens or any lag, despite rapid movements all over the map.
The game deliberately lets you learn about it at your own pace, without any rush. Although sometimes it will happen that you get onto a point where the game gives you some pointers or a little tutorial. You have access to almost every Luffy’s ability right off the bat, and it’s your choice whether you will use them to follow the flow of the game or to make your own gameplay style. Thankfully, the user interface is quite intuitive and it’s easy to navigate through the menus. The biggest downside of this game is that it tends to be a bit heavy on side quests that require fetching of various objects scattered around the world. On the positive side, Luffy runs like lightning-powered Usain Bolt, so the grinding parts aren’t tedious.
To sum it up, this is the game that will be an interesting experience for both newcomers and veterans of One Piece franchise, and that is probably the best anyone could expect from it.