One Piece: Unlimited Adventure Review
One Piece: Unlimited Adventure box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ganbarion 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Namco Bandai 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jan. 22, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In addition to the discovery elements of the game, there are also combat gameplay elements as well. As you run around the various environments you unlock, enemies of varying stature will attack you. Each character will have a standard attack to start off with, and the more you use them, their attack roster will grow in size and strength. Attacks are carried out via the A and C buttons, as well as short gestures with the Wii mote. You can level up your characters quite a bit, but it is quite possible to max out your characters fairly early on in the game, which is kind of a drag. Enemies are also a tad on the boring side, because depending on what enemy they are, their attack patterns are extremely similar, which leads to some really repetitive button mashing and Wii-mote waving. Boss battles are also quite repetitive and are not challenging unless you have completely neglected your characters' growth.

One Piece: Unlimited Adventure screenshot

Visually, this game starts out great. The opening cinema scene is one of the best that I have ever seen on the Wii. Characters are smooth and polished, and environments look remarkably lush. However, once you pass the opening scene, the graphics take a pretty steep downturn. The polished and lush graphics are replaced with blocky and textured visuals, and the whole thing becomes a real disappointment. There are also considerable framerate issues throughout the game, especially in areas where the scenery is quite varied. The framerate drops rather abruptly which results in noticeably shaky action during some intervals of the game.

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Sound is generally inoffensive, with some mediocre tunes accompanying the majority of the action. All of the American voice actors do an excellent job reprising their roles for the game, and the dialogue is deliver fairly well. The only real problem I have with the sound is the repetitive nature each character's battle noise. This is probably at its worst with the character Zoro, who yells "Oni-Giri" so many times it will drive you crazy.

One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is certainly not a bad game. But its formulaic story, repetitive combat, and poor graphics prevent it from achieving success as a great game based on the One Piece franchise. Perhaps if they take the basic formula of this game and rework it a little bit for an Unlimited Adventure follow-up we might finally get that one great One Piece game. But until then, we'll have to settle for the slightly-above-average One Piece: Unlimited Adventure. It may be the series' best offering to date, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is a completely worthwhile title.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.5
Graphics
Starts off extremely strong - YouTube the opening if you don't believe me. But they fall fast and hard.
3.9
Control
General hack n' slash works well with button mashing and short waves of the Wii-mote.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Fairly good, until you start fighting. Then the repetition of the character's 2-3 battle cries gets annoying.
3.0

Play Value
Once you play through various levels, it is difficult to revisit them, even if you need to gather items or do extra missions.

3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • For the first time in the U.S., the fans of the show can finally assume the roles of their beloved characters! Witness the beautifully rendered heroes and villains from the world of One Piece set in full motion right out of the TV show!
  • While controlling your favorite character of choice, encounter both newly introduced characters and familiar characters from the show as you uncover the mysterious plot that lies ahead in this exciting adventure!
  • Conquer the treasure island in Wii style: Shake, push, pull, wave, turn, and swing your Wii remote and Nunchuk controller to battle your enemies, catch valuable insects, fish, blend and modify obtained items, and much more!


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