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One Piece: Grand Battle

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
66
4.1
PlayStation 2
69
4.0

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Platform Votes Score
GameCube 3 4.1
PlayStation 2 3 4.0
Combined MobyScore 6 4.1


The Press Says

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100
GameCubeAceGamez
One Piece: Grand Battle is a title perfect for gamers of any age. It's safe for kids as there's only animated violence and it sports a simplified control scheme, yet it has enough content and challenge to keep experienced adult gamers entertained for quite some time. The amount of unlockable content is outstanding and allows you to experience every small aspect of the game, all the while getting rewarded for doing so. Bandai and Ganbarion have hit the nail on the head, making this title mimic the One Piece anime yet placing it into a genre that allows them to add their own flavour to the series. You owe it to yourself to check this game out - when it comes to no-holds-barred frantic fighting fun, it's a hard one to beat!
90
GameCubeGameSpy
Graphically, One Piece won't be considered a cutting-edge game, but this isn't the game for you if you're looking for a revolutionary fighter. To its credit, fans and anime enthusiasts will be pleased to see Eiichiro Oda's character designs have been faithfully re-created. Screenshots really don't do the game justice -- they're something you have to see for yourself to get the true feel. Sadly, like nearly all Gamecube titles - the game does lack an online mode, something that really made me disappointed seeing as it offers just about everything else under the sun. Regardless, there's enough content and replay value to keep you busy for hours -- even more if you hook up with friend. Factoring all the elements this title offers makes it a no-brainer for anyone who's wanted a fighter that's simple to play, entertaining, and offers long-term value.
90
PlayStation 2GameSpy
Graphically, One Piece won't be considered a cutting-edge game, but this isn't the game for you if you're looking for a revolutionary fighter. To its credit, fans and anime enthusiasts will be pleased to see Eiichiro Oda's character designs have been faithfully re-created. Screenshots really don't do the game justice -- they're something you have to see for yourself to get the true feel. Sadly the game does lack an online mode, something that really made me disappointed seeing as it offers just about everything else under the sun. Regardless, there's enough content and replay value to keep you busy for hours -- even more if you hook up with friend. Factoring all the elements this title offers makes it a no-brainer for anyone who's wanted a fighter that's simple to play, entertaining, and offers long-term value.
80
GameCubeNintendojo
The world of One Piece is colorful and lively, and Ganbarion has done a great job bringing it to life in this fighter. Evidence of their care is throughout the game in little details, such as one fighter’s totally different presentation when he fights a female character he has a crush on. For the duration of the battle his eyes are replaced with pink hearts and he begs for abuse while crying out in guilt for inflicting damage upon her. Goofy touches like this and the crazy fighting moves alone ensure gamers are sure to have a ball with Grand Battle. Many years have passed since a worthy entry of this flavor has been released in the fighter genre, and One Piece: Grand Battle does a fine job continuing that legacy. Fans of the show and gamers just looking for a personality-filled, arcade-styled game will be pleased.
75
GameCube1UP
It's a rarity for any fighting anime game to have any sort of substance, style and especially, playability. Bandai has done an exceptional job in capturing the show's trademark comedy and battles. Additionally, One Piece: Grand Battle excels in delivering a no-nonsense approach where anybody can pick up the game and instantly enjoy it. Even those who don't have the patience to study the intrinsic complexity of fighting games may actually enjoy playing its simplified fighting engine.
74
PlayStation 24Players.de
Grand Battle ist ein solider Genrevertreter, der aber leider nicht in den gleichen Spielspaßregionen wie ein Powerstone 2 oder Super Smash Bros. Melee mitmischt. Grund dafür ist neben dem Fehlen eines Vier-Spieler-Modus‘ vor allem das geringe Angebot an Schauplätzen, Moves und Power-Ups. Dazu gesellen sich Defizite bei der Defensiv-Steuerung, Präsentation, Lokalisierung und PAL-Anpassung. Trotzdem bekommt ihr zu zweit recht kurzweilige Prügel-Action geboten, die mit witzigen Animationen und Level-Interaktionen glänzt. Auch der günstige Preis und die stimmige Cartoon-Optik sorgen für Wohlwollen. Dennoch wäre einfach weit mehr drin gewesen. Wer weder Dreamcast, noch GameCube besitzt oder einfach auf Shonen Jumps Strohhut-Piraten abfährt, wird die knapp 30 Euro sicher nicht bereuen. Alle anderen sind mit den Genre-Klassikern von Capcom und Nintendo hingegen nach wie vor besser bedient.
70
GameCubeAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Shonen Jump’s One Piece Grand Battle is a great game for what it essentially is; a videogame port of a popular kids’ television show. Even being my age, I could see a lot of fun to be had playing it, and can only imagine that fans of the show will love it, and those new to the story but not the genre in that age group will find it a welcome addition to their gaming repertoire. It is easily accessible, and can be as deep as you want it to be, and when all else fails it is pretty to look at with its cel shaded look. It is limited in a few ways, namely in the number of characters (a total of 16 with unlocks) and the depth of the fighting system, but it is also something I can see as a great party game for groups of casual gamers of any age. This is, of course due mostly to the fun factor of the game, which in its own wacky way, can be quite high.
70
GameCubeIGN
In the end, One Piece: Grand Battle is a fun game marred by a lack of innovation. It looks good and sounds decent, but most of what you'll find in One Piece has been done before and done better. However, this fact doesn't make the game bad. One Piece offers a decent blend of action and humor in a nice looking packaging. Those looking for a party game along the lines of Power Stone should definitely check this one out, if only as a rental. Fans of the show will love the cel-shaded look and humor ripped straight from the TV show.
70
PlayStation 2IGN
In the end, One Piece: Grand Battle is a fun game marred by a lack of innovation. It looks good and sounds decent, but most of what you'll find in One Piece has been done before and done better. However, this fact doesn't make the game bad. One Piece offers a decent blend of action and humor in a nice looking packaging. Those looking for a party game along the lines of Power Stone should definitely check this one out, if only as a rental. Fans of the show will love the cel-shaded look and humor ripped straight from the TV show.
68
PlayStation 2GameZone
One Piece does feature a couple of different modes which does give the game some legs, and if you do stick with playing ultimately there is 16 combat characters and 32 support characters which does give those gamers out there that have to unlock everything a pretty decent challenge. It is rated T for teens, but clearly is aimed at the nine and ten year olds out there.
67
PlayStation 2MAN!AC
Konfus, kurios, kurzweilig! Dass sich "One Piece Grand Battle" dreist bei Mehrspieler-Spaßgranaten wie "Power Stone" oder "Super Smash Bros. Melee" bedient, ist offensichtlich - und es tut gut damit. Zwar bemäkeln Prügel-Profis den bei längerer Spielzeit mangelnden Tiefgang, eine zu träge Steuerung und die Unausgeglichenheit zwischen den Manga-Protagonisten. Für eine hektische Runde 'Grasbüschel-an-den-Kopf-werfen' oder 'Dem-Gegner-auf-dem-Wanst-rumhüpfen' ist "Grand Battle" aber immer wieder gut. Wer einen günstigen Genre-Vertreter mit sympathischen Helden sucht, riskiert einen Blick. Wer ohnehin schon glühender Fan der TV-Serie ist, sollte sich den hübsch anzusehenden Beat'em-Up-Ausflug seiner Lieblings-Seeräuber gönnen.
65
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
One Piece Grand Battle est un titre facile à prendre en main, que les fans du manga et de la série animée apprécieront surtout pour l'occasion qui leur est donnée de renouer avec les principaux personnages de l'univers de One Piece. Malgré tout, le massacre dû à la localisation américaine (la version PAL est identique à la version US) gâche considérablement le plaisir, et le manque de pertinence des challenges proposés n'incite pas à recommencer x fois les mêmes épreuves pour tout débloquer. Un bon jeu donc, mais dont on se lasse un peu trop rapidement.
60
PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
The action is fast and furious, the game wreaks of the One Piece anime and is very reminiscent of Power Stone. You’d think that all of those things combined would make a fabulous experience that wouldn’t be worth missing out on. Unfortunately things are a little too simplistic here and the game is strictly designed to appeal to fans of the anime. It’s not a bad distraction though and could do well for a rental if you are having some buddies and want a crazy party game to play.
60
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Aside from some unlockable character art, there's not a lot of content to enjoy in One Piece. You might have some fun swapping controllers among a few friends in grand tourney mode, but sustained play isn't really rewarded by One Piece's simple and unbalanced fighting system. Four-man bouts would have upped the fun factor quite a bit. As it is, the number of moves at your disposal wouldn't even be sufficient for a scrolling beat-'em-up, let alone a full-fledged fighting game. Fans of the series will love One Piece's visuals but will be disappointed with just about every other aspect of the game.
55
GameCubeGame Chronicles
One Piece is a passable fighting game, but has nothing to recommend it to people who are not fans of its namesake anime and manga series. If you’re looking for some good fighting action, you’re much better off picking up one of the tried and true Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, or Soul Calibur games for much cheaper.
50
GameCubeNintendoWorldReport
In all, One Piece: Grand Battle might be alright for two-player games, but the single-player experience is worn out in six hours or so, and I’m not sure how many people would want to jump into a tournament with this fighting system.
42
GameCubeThe Video Game Critic
The matches tend to be frantic, and it's pretty exciting when they come down to the wire. One Piece fans will relish the details of Grand Battle, but may be disappointed at the lack of a Japanese voice track. Anime fans can bump up the grade by a letter, but others might find the subject matter a little hard to grasp.
42
GameCubeGame Shark
All and all I certainly expected more from this game. It ended up with me feeling dirty, and it was certainly a waste of my time to play it. I advise you to stay away from it, because it is nowhere worth the price of admission. All and all Captain Gordon gives this game a C-.
42
GameCubeGaming Age
With a horribly simplistic combat system and the promise of more games that will only build on the admittedly solid foundation of One Piece: Grand Battle, I can only recommend that people hold out a couple of versions untili a more complete One Piece fighter comes out. The current game is lacking in one key place, and even diehard fans of the One Piece storyline won't find much enjoyment out of this mediocre offering.