One Piece: Unlimited World Red
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Piece: Unlimited World Red is a role-playing game based on the anime TV series One Piece, yet it demonstrates a little more edgier content. Players take on the role of Luffy, the show's main character; as the game progresses, Luffy fights enemies and recruits other altruistic characters to help make the world a better place. Battles can become frenetic at times, but the combat is always toned down by bright bursts of color, unrealistic flourishes in character animations, and attacks that are very cartoonish in nature. There are several scantily clad female characters with exposed cleavage, and background characters are sometimes seen with cigars or cigarettes in their mouths. Within the game's extensive dialogue, there's a fair amount of mild swearing -- "ass," "bastard" -- along with some suggestive comments, including one about a male character who wants to peek at a girl's underwear.
What's it about?
ONE PIECE: UNLIMITED WORLD RED follows the story of a group of fearless young adventurers who embark on an arduous quest to rid the world of evildoers. Led by a character named Luffy, the group battles an unending onslaught of rough characters: bullies, henchmen, pirates, and notorious evil masterminds. Players will explore all kinds of towns and environments, with dozens of hours' worth of character interaction and side stories.
Is it any good?
One Piece: Unlimited World Red aims to appeal to fans of the related anime series, One Piece, and it really delivers. From the distinctive art style to the impressive list of playable characters, players will find themselves fully immersed in the game's universe. And players who are fans of role-playing games but have never seen the cartoon series can easily become attracted to this franchise and this game.
The battle system is well-designed, with enough complexity to make it engaging for seasoned players but without being so nuanced and intricate that casual gamers are left unfulfilled. Even the less exciting parts of the game -- where players simply navigate around sweeping towns and environments -- have interesting and quirky twists. For example, players can use a magic piece of bubble gum to swing around buildings and objects like they're Spider-Man. Unlimited World Red is a really good role-playing game in its own right, and those who know how well it fits into the One Piece universe will have even more to appreciate.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the violent content in One Piece: Unlimited World Red. Is violence OK when it's used in pursuit of noble goals, or is it not?
Did you notice any of the characters smoking cigars or cigarettes? Why do you think the developers felt the need to include this?
Talk about working on a team. How important is it to collaborate and work with teammates? Discuss the need to help teammates if they're struggling with tasks.
|Platforms:||Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita|
|Available online?||Not available online|
|Release date:||July 8, 2014|
|ESRB rating:||T for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco |