A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that One Piece: Burning Blood is a fighting game that lets players defeat enemies with punches and kicks, weapons (such as swords), and magic attacks. Characters and enemies can cry out in pain as well as drip blood, and finishing moves can appear through close-up camera angles with playback in slow motion. Many female characters have exaggerated, large breasts and wear small, tight shirts or bikini tops, and the dialogue references someone's panties. Some characters have cigars in their mouths. This game also is the latest installment for the franchise, which encompasses a wide amount of merchandise and will offer downloadable content to expand your play, but the price for this content is currently unknown.
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What's it about?
While the story is difficult to follow, ONE PIECE: BURNING BLOOD is a new Japanese fighting game for multiple platforms. Based on the One Piece franchise, which tells of a band of pirates who face off against evil, this over-the-top anime and manga brawler lets players choose from a huge cast of more than 40 playable pirates (and 60 supporting characters) and select from many solo, multiplayer, and online game modes. Variety is one of the hallmarks of this game. Fighting consists of melee attacks, such as punches and kicks, traditional weapons, such as spears and swords, and magic attacks including the ability to set enemies on fire or blast them with an ice blast. The game looks like an anime cartoon, but you don't have to be familiar with the animated One Piece television series, or cast of characters, to play this game.
Is it any good?
This fighting game is fun, but it's not appropriate for young kids due to its loads of mature content. If you forgive the convoluted story, the game has many interesting and well-balanced fighters to choose from, so a good chunk of your time will be going through trial and error with each to see what they're capable of during battles. The many tutorials and simplified controls means it's easy to pick up, even for novice gamers. The multiple game modes are worth calling out for the same story being told from different perspective in the Paramount War Mode, as well as the ability to rack up bounties in the Wanted (Versus) Mode, to fight against a sibling or friend beside you in Free Mode, or to log online to battle others in Online Mode. And it's not just for solo fighters, either, as you can join a pirate crew and battle for territory against other crews in Pirate Flag Battle Mode. New downloadable content (DLC) will add even more material to this game.
Along with a hard-to-follow story, the game's artificial intelligence (A.I.) isn't the best. Therefore you can often figure out what the fighters are going to do and easily defeat them in the single-player mode. But overall, fans of fighting games and anime/manga -- and especially those who like the One Piece franchise -- will enjoy working their way through the meaty One Piece: Burning Blood.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the violence in the game. Does the over-the-top, cartoonish nature of the fighting make the violence any less influential to your behavior?
Discuss the values of friendship and working as a team. How can people with diverse backgrounds and talents come together to form bonds of friendship and overcome obstacles?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99 to $59.99 (depending on platform)
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bandai Namco
- Release date: June 20, 2016
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Pirates
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence
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