A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Based on Japanese anime TV show (and manga graphic novels before it), this over-the-top fighting game doesn't have any messages in it. Goal is to defeat hordes of enemies, align with allies, take over territories. Tons of combat but it's implied you're fighting bad guys, so it's neither positive nor negative.
Positive Role Models
Along with main hero, Monkey D. Luffy, there are more than 40 playable characters (and about 10 available as downloadable content), but you don't know too much about them to tell whether they're positive or negative unless you're a fan of the TV show or manga. That said, some comments made by fighters are not appropriate or not indicative of good role models.
Ease of Play
Makes you feel super powerful, as you can destroy hundreds of enemies with a few slashes of your weapons, and bodies seem to fly in several directions. Game is fairly easy to control, with one analog stick devoted to movement and the other to the angle of your weapon attacks (melee or projectile), along with some buttons for attacking.
Violence & Scariness
This is very much an action-fighting game. As one of the 40+ characters, you'll fight through huge crowds of enemies, use various weapons to clear out each area. Weapons range from punches and kicks to cartoon-like melee weapons (e.g., large swords) and projectiles (e.g., oil, bombs, cannons, small tanks). Some cutscene sequences show characters getting impaled, but no blood's shown in the game.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many (but not all) female characters wear low-cut, revealing outfits that show large amounts of cleavage. Some dialogue is also sexually suggestive: "Now that I've won ... maybe you'd be so kind as to show me your panties." Another time, a female character can be heard saying "I can't believe I have to work together with a pervert like you."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
In-game dialogue has occasional moderate profanity, including the word "s--t."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Based on the anime TV series, which in turn is based on the manga graphic novels, but there's no cross-promotion between game and other One Piece properties. Game also supports optional paid DLC (downloadable content).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few characters can be seen smoking cigars. Another character is seen drinking sake (rice wine).
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is an action game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The gameplay has a strong focus on fighting brawls. You're challenged to clear levels by fighting hordes of enemies -- with several kinds of weapons and as various playable characters -- before eventually becoming the King of the Pirates. Fighting is the main gameplay mechanic, but there's no blood. Players will use martial arts and cartoony weapons to destroy all human and nonhuman enemies and bosses. Some female players wear low-cut tops that reveal large amounts of cleavage. Some sexual comments can be heard in the dialogue, too. There's some profanity, including the word "s--t," and some characters can be seen smoking cigars and drinking sake.
Is It Any Good?
While it's not a perfect 10, this game ranks better than the one that came before it by adding more variety and depth to the gameplay. But at the same time, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 didn't change so much that it feels out of place. It definitely fits the franchise and is a fun, over-the-top game for fans of the series. The first thing you'll notice is how easy it is to pick up and play. You'll feel super powerful as you defeat legions of fighters and begin to master your moves, chained combos, dashes, and special attacks. It's even more gratifying when you can throw baddies through a couple of buildings and witness the environmental destruction in real time. Boss battles can be even more intense, with tougher and larger enemies (such as one who turns into a giant dinosaur). On a related note, a new game mode called Titan mode, where enemies become much larger, forces you to adjust your tactics. Also new with this sequel is the combo system, which is a lot more intuitive and balances basic strikes with charge attacks and mid-combo moves. So you can pummel enemies on the ground, throw them into the air to continue the beating, and then trigger a super move to end them for good (it's best to wait until the enemy armor gauge is depleted to take them down easier).
Between the 40-plus characters, each with different play styles and weapons, several unique environments, and various modes (including four multiplayer options, a Free mode, and bonus Treasure Logs missions), One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 has a lot of content to sink your teeth into. The variety and deep character progression also break up the monotony found in its predecessor -- though there's some repetition in the mission styles and play cycle. The cel-shaded graphical style and fluidity of the animation is also better than in the game that came before it and truer to the anime/manga. Overall, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is a treat for fans of the franchise since it's faithful, frenetic, and fun.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.