One Piece Odyssey is off to fairly the promising begin for followers of Eiichiro Oda’s authentic manga and the anime that has been sparked from it in consequence. Being an anime fan who additionally loves video video games could be fairly powerful as many anime initiatives turned video games have faltered indirectly or one other. There generally might be a hidden gem launched right here or there, however One Piece specifically has had a tough street to this point. Whereas there have been a couple of standouts such because the Pirate Warriors sequence, single participant adventures have actually had hassle mixing the sequence’ enjoyable with the gameplay itself.

However that is already trying prefer it’s altering with One Piece Odyssey. The workforce at Bandai Namco and developer ILCA have approached this latest title with the concept of providing a a lot totally different sort of expertise than followers of the franchise have ever gotten out of its video games. Not solely is it providing a full position taking part in expertise with a flip primarily based fight system, however options an authentic story that is taking the chance of the twenty fifth Anniversary of the sequence to discover some curious new sides of the franchise.

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What to Anticipate From One Piece Odyssey

Getting the possibility to play practically three hours of One Piece Odyssey at a particular preview occasion, there’s rather a lot that instantly jumps out for somebody like me who might need expertise taking part in by way of the entire different video games within the franchise to this point. Though it would not appear to be part of the official canon for the sequence, the game is ready someplace within the timeline earlier than Wano and probably Complete Cake Island in addition to the Straw Hats crash land on a mysterious new island referred to as Warford.

After coming throughout a mysterious younger lady, Luffy and the others lose the recollections of how every of their skills work and must journey all through the island and thru their recollections in an effort to construct their power again up and determine the actual thriller of the island. It is necessary to each reset every hero again to sq. one given how a lot Luffy and the others can do at this level, but additionally present a semblance of development for the game itself.

The workforce behind One Piece Odyssey made certain to emphasise how a lot they’re working in direction of making the taking part in expertise as speedy and fruitful as doable to gamers, and you may get that gist right from the soar. By way of simply the primary hour of the game alone (which is the preliminary Waford, earlier than I acquired to play a little bit of the Alabasta stage that takes place a couple of hours after), the Straw Hat celebration is stacked with every of the out there members, Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, and Franky. Brook’s sadly not out there at first, and sadly I could not gauge whether or not or not he can be playable in any respect. The identical goes for the most recent Straw Hat, Jimbei.

You are instantly given entry to every of the Straw Hats in each exploring the map (where every of Straw Hats has their very own manner of interacting with factors of curiosity within the over world) and the battles themselves. Battles are unfold throughout the “Scramble Battle Space” which takes your 4 chosen Straw Hats (of which you’ll be able to change out any time mid-battle) and separates them into totally different areas wherein they will tackle explicit enemies in these areas.

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There’s additionally an inherent weaknesses and strengths system inbuilt beneath. There are three various kinds of assaults that may strike straight at principal weak point of different forms of assaults, and talent factors to hold monitor of that gas particular assaults and way more. It will probably appear to be an advanced system at first, however as soon as the battles get rolling it is fairly enjoyable to swap out every of the Straw Hats to type not solely one of the best workforce to tackle explicit weaknesses, however the ones that may finish battles quickest.

There’s simply plenty of consideration put into the whole lot about One Piece Odyssey. It is being touted as a game that would take upwards of 60 hours to finish totally, and actually that mileage could differ. The battle system itself appears enjoyable, however it’ll be probably the most fascinating to followers of the franchise. It might be a draw to position taking part in game followers for its battle system, however it’s actual enchantment goes to come back from the presentation.


A ton of consideration has been put into making this as a lot of a spectacle as doable for One Piece’s twenty fifth Anniversary. Character fashions look nice, the extent up display screen (of which you see many occasions as characters fortunately stage up shortly) is enjoyable and colourful, and the story parts all through are fairly engaging. There is a lady who appears to have a capability that is teased to come back from one thing aside from a Satan Fruit, fan favourite characters coming back from the useless, and enjoyable character moments that made me smile fairly a bit as only a fan.

It stays to be seen whether or not One Piece Odyssey‘s full expertise will reside as much as this early promise when it releases on January 13 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Sequence X/S, and PC. However for now? The hook positively are in. However what are you hoping to see from One Piece Odyssey? Tell us all your ideas about it within the feedback! You may even attain out to me straight about all issues animated and different cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!