A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While story isn't fleshed out well, only positive message is your goal: to stop a friend from being assassinated. But because you're fighting violently to achieve this goal, no positive message overall.
Positive Role Models
You play as multiple pirates in One Piece universe, each with different abilities. But melee, range combat is name of this game.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn, lots of tutorials.
Violence & Scariness
This is a fighting game, so plenty of violence in all game modes. Along with swords, spears, players punch, kick, use magic abilities to stun, defeat enemies. Does show blood, slow-motion dramatic finishing moves, cut scene sequences that show characters bloodied, injured. Enemies cry out in pain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many female characters have very large breasts, low-cut shirts, crop tops, bikini tops. Dialogue sequences can also be sexual in nature, including comments such as, "Robin! Please show me your panties!"
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Products & Purchases
Based on popular One Piece anime, manga series. Along with graphic novels, series has become a Japanese animated TV series, video game franchise. Game will offer DLC (downloadable content) with new fighters, but no price has been announced yet.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters seen with cigars in their mouths.
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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.
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.
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