One Piece Odyssey – ODA Luffy and his gang
I have been waiting for this One Piece Odyssey for months. During Paris Games Week, I got my hands on a demo that left me with mixed memories. The hour has come, let’s get on board!
I will not insult you by explaining One Piece 104 volumes and 1047 episodes of the TV series. Be aware that it is part of the holy trinity of 2000s Shonen (boys manga) manga with Naruto, Bleach and therefore One Piece.
Sunny will not shine soon
Simply put, Luffy is a hero who eats a devil fruit that makes him malleable, and he will set up a crew to find a treasure that will allow him to become king of the pirates. All the ingredients of a good Shōnen are there: self-transcendence, camaraderie, a code of honor, charismatic villains… that explains its worldwide success.
A turn-based JRPG with no detours, even if you survive rounds
On home console, One Piece games are basically Musos like Dynasty Warriors or Hyrule Warriors, where you have to destroy enemies in packs of 50 without much story depth. Here, we are entitled to the original story of author Eiichiro Oda, who posted it after 900 episodes.
When Korganor isn’t Top 1 in Fortnite
Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Chopper, Nami, Brook, Usopp, Franky, and Robin were sailing the Grand Line when they saw an island and found themselves blown up. Left in a pitiful condition on the island, their boat is almost destroyed. Therefore, they will travel to this island to uncover its secrets and repair their boat.
Zoro is a fan of giri giri, but he doesn’t make his enemies laugh
The game comes in the form of a classic JRPG, but with some nice little touches. The concept of our character’s attribute of speed, technique or strength, which allows us to tactically capture our combat enemies, of course, the enemies are more or less sensitive to this or that attribute of our heroes and the genius system. area. During the combat phase, enemies occupy not a single plane, but a “cluster” system, where each member of the battle formation must destroy those in their territory or use their skills to interact with a neighbor before going to the aid of their teammates. field. Well thought out!
2 characters created by Oda for this game: Adio & Lim
The JRPG aspect will put some things off, but it’s the best choice for this license, combining humor, combat, character relationships, and a script. Not at the beginning of the Final Fantasy saga with random battles for a role-playing game. Here, enemies appear on the screen to get as close to them as possible, for example, Grandia style.
Fan Service of the most beautiful effect that will bring back memories
The main scenario element of this game is the exploration of the island, but above all, the encounter with Adio and several characters from the island of Lim. The latter will make you lose all your powers and memories: an excuse to go through the main events of the series, with a few changes about Crocodile and Arabasta or even Don Flamingo and DressRosa, because our memories are rarely an accurate reflection of reality. A bit like a forty-year-old thinking about his first loves, idealizing them.
Chopper, don’t wake her up, you’ll get caught
The game is rich, beautiful, and respects Oda’s work despite the forced switch to 3D (in my opinion, more successful than 3D OAV, which accepts the bias of cel shading), long and important for any self-respecting One Piece fan.
Nami the cat thief
On the other hand, I would advise against it for anyone who wants to enter the universe in this way. The game is long and slow. While this may pass for insiders and fans, JRPG fans will be disappointed. Quests that intersect with other quests, Fedex adventures, an open world where exploration is clearly impossible. You step away from the guide and jump: a Cutscene that takes you back in the direction of your assigned quest. We get the impression of not moving forward, of always being at the mercy of what the game asks of us, of being held by the hand, and therefore never in control of our destiny. This is a shame.
We can organize banquets
I would add the music, which doesn’t really capture the epic spirit of the adventure, but goes all over the place. We have the impression of being on a good compilation of a Rondo Veneziano clone rather than Shiro Hamaguchi. But if you love One Piece and Mugiwara, this is a MUST HAVE. For others, it’s just a JRPG that has its qualities and flaws, but will not go down in the history of video games and even less piracy. And don’t forget… We are!
A whole character