I can honestly say that I never prepared myself for a game review as much as I have prepared for One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3. You see, I played the first game, and mildly touched on the second, but I felt disconnected from them. Sure, you could say it's just Dynasty Warriors with a One Piece skin, but I wasn't connected to the story or the characters, both of what One Piece is apparently very well known for, and known for doing extremely well.
I decided earlier this year to actually watch all available episodes. Thanks to Crunchyroll, which has all the episodes available, I had all the means to do so. Unfortunately, I never met my goal to watch all 700+ episodes, though I did finish just over 500 of them, way more than enough to get myself acquainted with the story and characters. I now knew all about Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, his beginnings with Shanks, his trials with various Warlords and his unbridled determination to become the Pirate King.
While it may seem excessive to watch that many episodes simply to get myself prepped for a review, I do admit that a part of me has always wanted to watch the show, and this was the perfect excuse. But how does the game actually hold up?
Chances are you've heard of Tecmo Koei's vastly popular Warriors series. Pirate Warriors 3 is essentially those games, but gone are the flamboyant Chinese Dynasty and Samurai characters, but replaced with the colorful cast of One Piece. It's Bandai's third take on the One Piece X Dynasty Warriors formula and it certainly seems the most refined.
Pirate Warriors 3 focuses on delivering the series' canon storyline, by focusing on major battles throughout the various arcs with dozens of wild characters to unlock with even wilder powers. That means you'll start off with the recruitment of your crew, starting with Zoro, and ultimately make your way to locations like Skypiea, Thriller Bark and even take part in the great Summit War.
Let's look at what works, what doesn't and what we think of Bandai's latest foray into the world of Pirates.
The Positives / The Negatives