The One Piece series is no stranger to the world of video games. Over the years, we’ve seen popular manga and anime series grow into multimedia giants, so gaming spin-offs have taken their place in his space. But we’ve never really seen it in the Japanese RPG genre to which it belongs. When I first saw One Piece Odyssey, being a big fan of the series and an RPG enthusiast, I felt it was a step in the right direction.
Is in line with the vision of I jumped into the demo and was delighted to find that the Straw Hat Pirates were rendered with the best 3D models ever. Each character has a cartoonish and extreme expression as if they jumped out of the manga. Producer Rei Hirata tells us that this is her one of the most important parts of developing the game for the tea. Never before in a One Piece game have such attention to detail for the characters.
In pursuit of the JRPG formula, there’s no better series than a manga that literally always feels like one. After checking out One Piece’s Odyssey and having a chance to chat with producer Rei Hirata, my guess turned out to be spot. Odyssey isn’t trying to be another cash-making anime spinoff from a JRPG. It wants to be an anime JRPG, and it wants to push the genre forward in the same way manga and anime did in their respective media.
As someone who loves characters like Nico Robin, this is nothing new, but I was more than always fascinated by the rest of the cast. Thanks to the cinematic nature of JRPGs, the action, scene structure and impact of One Piece’s battles have been fully translated into a game for the first time. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a rubber man get his blood hot and unleash a barrage of ferocious punches at a giant.
Trust that the adventures the series is known for come into full force here. I’ve encountered all sorts of unseen creatures from the One Piece universe Giant ice walruses, strange attacking monkeys and more. I was so immersed in the wonderful world of Eiichiro Oda that I didn’t want to leave even after the demo timed out.
- For fans of JRPGs, One Piece Odyssey appears to be a PS5, PS4, and must-have
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