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GameSpy (Sep 09, 2005)
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.
74 (Nov 06, 2005)
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.
IGN (Aug 31, 2005)
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.
GameZone (Sep 29, 2005)
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.
MAN!AC (Sep 30, 2005)
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 (Oct 05, 2005)
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.
Video Game Talk (Oct 05, 2005)
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.
GameSpot (Oct 28, 2005)
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.