A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
One Piece Odyssey may give mixed messages. While you are shipwrecked and protecting your group, your group are in fact pirates, and much of the game involves fighting against creatures using weapons and magic, and inflicting enough damage to destroy them.
Positive Role Models
The characters in your "party" of pirates -- who accompany the main protagonist Monkey. D. Luffy -- have a good bond and look out for one another, but they engage in several hundred battles against enemies, in order to progress through the game and find a way off the shipwrecked island.
The game's "Straw Hat" crew of pirates is made of young men and women, most of whom are are Caucasian or Asian, plus one is an enormous cyborg ("Franky") and another is a humanoid animal of some sort ("Chopper"). There's little diversity in this party of characters (or elsewhere in this game).
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Ease of Play
One Piece Odyssey is easy to pick up and play, and includes a mandatory tutorial to learn the mechanics of the game. Because the action is turn-based, players can also take their time deciding on offensive and defensive maneuvers. There are many "save game" locations throughout this single-player adventure.
Violence & Scariness
While not bloody or gory, much of this role-playing game is centered around turn-based combat. Players will choose attack moves from a menu, and the fighter will dramatically perform the maneuver. Thids could include punching and kicking, using weapons (guns, swords), and magic blasts. Some cut-scenes show violence, too.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's no nudity, but most of the women (and some of the men) show a lot of skin (women often have crop-tops or bikini tops, low-cut skirts, etc.). Many of the women have very large breasts and super tight tops. In more than one attack scene, the camera focuses on the female fighter's buttocks. Some suggestive includes lines like "Their long exposure to humans has given them a perverted response to naked women," and "The golden ration of exposed buttock."
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There's some mild profanity in the game, including "bastard," "hell," and "damn." Many characters will taunt enemies and call them "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
There are special (and pricier) editions of One Piece Odyssey -- including additional content (food, jewelry, outfits) and one with an expansion packs -- plus there's rumored DLC (downloadable content) coming, too. This is the latest chapter in the One Piece franchise, which has spanned books, TV shows, and movies.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's some smoking imagery (cigars) and dialog references to smoking and drinking.
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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.
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.
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