One Piece Odyssey
Enjoyable but limited tale based on popular manga series.
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One Piece Odyssey
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Piece Odyssey is a single-player role-playing game (RPG) for Windows PC, Xbox Series S/X, and PS4/PS5. This is the latest chapter in the One Piece franchise, which has spanned TV shows, movies, and books. The game contains a frequent amount of turn-based violence (though without blood and gore) and suggestive themes (scantily-clad and big-chested women in tight shirts, and camera angles that zoom in on buttocks). It also packs mild profanity (words like "bastard," "hell," and "damn"), and one character that smokes cigars (even two at a time). There are multiple versions of the game, and rumored DLC (or downloadable content) coming some time in the future.
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What’s It About?
ONE PIECE ODYSSEY follows the famed pirate, Monkey D. Luffy, and his motley crew, who set sail across the New World in search of the fabled treasure known as One Piece. But the gang are caught in a strange storm that shipwrecks them on a lush tropical island, and surrounded by natives who don't want them there. Your goal is to escape the island by performing many missions, fighting against enemies big and small, exploring ruins and dungeons, collecting items, and interacting with friendlies you encounter, too. When a battle takes place, gamers take control of various members of your party -- each with a different skill set, weapons, and special moves -- and must work together to defeat opponents. Along with punching and kicking, you'll rely on swords and guns, and all kinds of magic attacks to inflict damage.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun but flawed RPG (role-playing game). One Piece Odyssey will appeal to One Piece fans, who will eat up the many hours of dialog (in Japanese, with English subtitles) between the Straw Hat Crew, when they're not battling. It doesn't feel like it's an action-RPG awkwardly "shoe-horned" into the One Piece universe. It legit feels like a One Piece game with a heavy emphasis on fighting. Visually, it's probably the best-looking One Piece game to date, with imaginative monsters and attractive set pieces. On the audio front, the game boasts an impressive orchestral music, too.
While fighting, you'll quickly learn how to select attacks (based on what you're up against), plus you can freely switch out characters with someone else in your crew, and each has their own style and weapons. Leveling up happens often, and you can engage in random skirmishes to gain experience (or accept optional challenges, such as clearing out an area of enemies before a crewmate is knocked out). Battles are quite easy to win, especially when you grasp the rock-paper-scissors mechanic. Most characters are divided into Power, Speed, or Technique groups. Power trumps speed (and thus, deals more damage), Speed is stronger than Technique, and Technique usually bests enemies with Power. You can also collect memory fragments and various items to give you an edge in battles, too. Aside from simple battles, there are some evident balancing issues, which usually works in your favor (like performing too powerful of a hit based on what you're up against). The main missions and side quests also have you run around the same parts of the map often, which might grow tiring for some players. What One Piece Odyssey lacks in depth and difficulty, it makes up for in ease of play, and longevity. It's better than most other One Piece games, too -- perhaps with the exception of 2019's One Piece: World Seeker) -- but don't expect a JRPG masterpiece with this one.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how women are represented in One Piece Odyssey. Is this acceptable -- and maybe even applaudable -- since women can wear what they want and have the confidence to do so, or is this sexual exploitation of women, to appeal to the most young and male audience for this game? And how much of this is Japanese anime/manga culture, and completely normal?
Should there be more cultural diversity with the One Piece Odyssey gang of "Straw Hat" pirates? There doesn't seem to be many people of color in this game, so should the developers make a greater effort to be more racially inclusive?
- Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid ($59.99)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Bandai Namco
- Release date: January 12, 2023
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Friendship, Pirates
- ESRB rating: T for Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence
- Last updated: January 27, 2023
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