|Dev: Tecmo Koei, Omega Force|
|Pub: NAMCO Bandai|
|Release: September 21, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
Even with all these game modes, will players find it worthwhile to return to the game after completing it? I think so. Not only do you get to experience the story from multiple perspectives, but there are also collectibles scattered about to find. Finding collectibles isn't just an activity for obsessed completionists either; discovering them can actually grant you special attacks. You'll definitely want to keep your eyes peeled and take your time to explore the less-traveled parts of the game.
One of the exciting things about Pirate Warriors in particular is that it's the first HD video game for the One Piece franchise. And it looks quite pretty, with a cel-shaded style designed to replicate the look and feel of the anime.
Ultimately, I'm not qualified to say whether or not the game captures the spirit of the anime, since I've actually never seen it. However, I am qualified to say that the gameplay bits I got to try out were tons of over-the-top fun that got me excited for the game's full release this fall. Even for series non-fans, like myself, there's a lot of fun to be had in the insanity of One Piece: Pirate Warriors. You'll be able to pick up your copy on September 21 in the States, or September 25 if you're in Europe.
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Date: July 24, 2012