The One Piece franchise never attained enough recognition in the West, making it one of the most underrated game series ever. Considering the number of the decent expansions to come out of the title, it is astonishing that it did not get the same recognition as similar Shounen games in the industry. However, thanks to the growth in anime fans, the future of the One Piece fan base is starting to look promising.
The series has numerous exhilarating titles under its belt, some better than others. Therefore, based on their rankings, we have selected what we consider the five best One Piece games of all time. Let's take a look at the best titles the series has in store for its growing fan base.
5. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
The Pirate Warriors title has consistently received the best attention from its developers, the Omega Force. This is evident as each coming expansion from this title keeps getting better along the way; the difference can be seen between the last and first releases. Being the latest entry, it's safe to place Pirate Warriors 4 among one of the best One Piece games.
In this case, developers opted to juggle a bit with the narrative and give it some additional twists, deviating from the traditional Wano arc. There are mobs of pitiful enemies that will be satisfying to take down; however, prepare to face some of the strongest bosses ever. A lot more effort is required in breaking an enemy's armor; this helps increase vulnerability. With an addition of nine more playable characters to its roster, the total comes down to 52. Each of them fit within one of these functional ability classes – Sky, Speed, Power and Technique. Besides, Pirate Warriors 4 features various more updates for One Piece fans to enjoy. The game is worth trying, especially with the four new multiplayer modes to test out.
4. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition
One special aspect of One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition is the added co-op option that expands the game's excitement. The game started exclusively on Nintendo for 3DS for almost four years before it was released to other platforms in other countries. The developer, Bandai Namco, went out of their way to ensure the game would at least meet the fans' expectations. For instance, they made some thorough improvements to the controls and visuals on the 3DS version.
Moreover, the introduction of portable versions of the game has contributed to its growing popularity among fans. The game is a must-play for those who are yet to experience it. As a matter of fact, the game suitably introduces its characters beforehand; therefore, it's easier to familiarize with even for first-timers.
3. One Piece: World Seeker
One Piece: World Seeker is another brawler action-adventure starring Luffy as the main character. The game takes place on a prison island which gives it the adventurous tropical sense. However, the game has a long way to go to reach the level of magical craftsmanship seen in most Western RPGs. What it has mastered though, is the combat diversity, well-detailed representation, and the vastness of the character lineup.
Players get to explore the open world and engage in battles against fierce adversaries. Also, the game features various fascinating techniques from the anime series. Combat strategies involve stealth movement as well as speedy reactions. Likewise, players face off against some familiar opponents; these are Luffy's past long-term enemies that have been featured throughout the One Piece franchise. World Seeker is an engaging game with many side missions players can appreciate.
2. One Piece (Game Boy Advance)
One Piece features some outstanding pixel art with sensational combat moves to go with it. In One Piece, it's Luffy against the world once again as he features as the only playable character against a chunk load of enemies. As the game begins, Luffy can only access his basic techniques, but his combat skills level up as the game progresses. These new unlocked techniques help players fight tougher enemies as well as explore more efficiently.
In addition to that, players can access multi-tier abilities that help boost Luffy's attacks; this power bar also recharges and fills up with every successful blow he lands on an enemy. The Stories mode contains various collectibles from the series that players can seek while on missions. Similarly, players can earn some of these items as rewards for completing certain game levels. However, some can only be earned through interactions with particular characters in the game. One Piece received positive reviews as Metacritic gave it a 72 out of 100, earning it the second spot on the list of best One Piece games of all time.
1. One Piece: Treasure Cruise
The ultimate game among the best One Piece games is One Piece: Treasure Cruise, a free-mobile game that has been a great hit since its release in 2015. It is also the highest-ranking entry from the One Piece series; this may be largely due to its accessibility. In this expansion, developers tried their best to honor the content on which the game is based, something that fans appreciate the most. The game features various islands, each with its unique story arc derived from the anime series. Similarly, all these islands contain various levels, each packed with its own set of enemies. The gameplay featured in Treasure Cruise involves the standard RPG turn-based mechanisms.
In this case, players can form a team of up to eight playable characters acquired through the levels as they progress. Also, they can evolve their characters and boost their levels whenever they relinquish a generic enemy. The oddity of a character determines the type of max level they can reach, with the highest reachable level being 99. Getting a level zero character to the highest level may take some time, not to mention the millions of XP required. For a mobile game, One Piece: Treasure Cruise certainly displays an incredible level of depth.
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