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One Piece: Unlimited Adventure isn't a triple-A title, but it is far more enjoyable than most other anime games, and for that, it should be commended. If you're a One Piece fan, don't even hesitate to scoop it up; you'll be giddy with joy the entire way through the game. If you can't tell your Monkey D. Luffies from your Tony Tony Choppers, however, then you might want to watch a few episodes of the anime before investing in OP:UA. Odds are that you'll like what you see, but even without the One Piece license, OP:UA can stand on its own two feet, which is more than can be said for most anime-based games.
When it is all said and done, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is a title that will bring much joy to fans of the series, but honestly won't reach many gamers beyond that. If you have the itch to jump into the persona of Luffy and Co. then by all means pick this up for the Wii as it is a solid game, just too much of a game that is "for fans only".
If you're a One Piece fan then you'll definitely want to check out Unlimited Adventure. I applaud the developers for taking the series in a different route and creating a full-fledged adventure here. It feels like One Piece, it looks like One Piece, and it sounds like One Piece. Sure the gameplay can get a little tiresome what with all the backtracking and the controls don't feel "quite" right but these flaws aside this is still a solid rental for a weekend.
If you don't love One Piece, you won't like this game. If you love One Piece, you will. It's really that simple. For fans of the series, this is the best One Piece game yet. For others, it's decent, but nothing great.
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.
Unlimited Adventure is an impressive first try to bring the One Piece license to the Nintendo Wii and this is game fans of the series will actually enjoy. Yes, the battles lack finesse but when it comes to bringing the series to life this is one game that will not fail fans of the Straw Hat Pirates.
There's certainly a lot of game here. The adventure could take you 40 or more hours to complete, so if you're a fan of Luffy and company, you'll get your fair share of time to spend with them. Sure, there's a ton of repetition here, but the game's aesthetic is so charming and easygoing that it's hard to fault the gameplay for following suit. Most likely, you'll be able to overlook the game's faults and enjoy One Piece: Unlimited Adventure for what it is: a cute and fun way to join your favorite pirates on their latest escapade.
So it all begins again on Wii, as we take a look at One Piece: Unlimited Adventure. It's a new design, fresh take on the franchise, but also a bit of a thin overall product; at least in its first effort. Eight playable characters means tons of diversity, as you can level up and work with the character you like, and the new adventure style – while still a bit too empty overall – certainly increases the scope of the game. Gone are the days of chibi-fighters and Power Stone gameplay, but in turn we've got a more mature, rounded experience with Unlimited Adventure. Remove some of the needless fetch quests and bulk up the core of the game, and you'd have one of the best anime experiences on Wii to date. As it stands right now, One Piece will most certainly satisfy fans of the anime/manga, but won't reach too many players beyond that.
Contrary to its namesake, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is more of a spirited Easter egg hunt than anything else. If you can set your spyglass’ sights past the its simple, derivative nature, Unlimited Adventure isn’t such a bad game for fans. But if it’s a hearty adventure game worth the coin you’re after, you’d be best off saving your pieces of eight for bigger and brighter treasure.
Though you can finish Unlimited Adventure in roughly 30 hours, the game is much more enjoyable (and less frustrating) if you take the time to skill up your characters and collect items for upgrades. For those fanatic collect-a-thon types, we can easily see the game taking upwards of 60 hours to max out all characters and skills. And that's really what it comes down to. While fans of the series will love the dialogue and humor between the characters (as well as fighting against some of the series' most badass opponents -- Mihawk, anyone?), whether you enjoy the game comes down to how much tolerance you have for skill grinding, item gathering, and repetitive -- though admittedly cool-looking -- combat. Don't get us wrong -- there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this. After all, those are all parts of why MMOs are popular time-sinks. Unlimited Adventure isn't a quick journey by any means, but series fans will certainly find the ride that much smoother.
The game is on the verge of being something I could recommend to anyone looking for a solid action adventure, but instead it becomes just another of example of something that only fans of the series should look into. It isn’t as though there is one crippling flaw either, it is more that the game comes up too short in every respect: Unlimited Adventure looks and sounds fine, but it never really pushes the hardware; the game is built on an interesting premise, but it is bogged down by an excessive amount of backtracking and an obsession with the heroes’ past exploits; and, finally, the game includes a fighting game as a bit of an added bonus, but it ends up being too shallow to warrant much attention. Put simply, Unlimited Adventure had promise – it doesn’t make me want to start watching the anime or pick up the missed manga volumes, but it does give some hope in future video games in the series.
One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is not a bad game by any means; it is just not going to appeal to those who are not fans of the show. If you are a fair-weather fan of the show you might find enough here to warrant a purchase. It does have its share of problems, but if you can get past those mostly minor issues. You will be ready to try and track down that "One Piece" in no time!
Like most anime-based titles, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure is the case of the ifs. If you’re a One Piece fan through and through, and if you don’t mind the slow grind of finding items as long as the action is fast and furious, then this is booty in your video game treasure trove. But as much as there is enough swashbuckling to make you a badass pirate, there is just as much to make you a grubby landlubber.
Games like this always involve some collecting and backtracking. However, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure takes the scavenger hunt approach too far. You spend way more time chopping up shrubs in search of raw materials than you ever do fighting soldiers or following the story. While that lopsided emphasis on collecting doesn't totally ruin the game, it does hamstring it to the extent that only diehard One Piece zealots will have the stamina to finish this one.
Frame-rate issues, unimaginative combat and adventure gameplay, and multiplayer that sags leaves Unlimited Adventure in the position of not quite being able to compete with the One Piece games of the last generation. To be frank, there's no excuse for frame-rate issues for a game that looks like this on a PS2, let alone the Wii. Hopefully the rumored sequel will manage to either find its own way or ape Zelda more efficiently. In the interim, this is inoffensive pablum for younger One Piece fans.