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One Piece: World Seeker
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that One Piece: World Seeker is an open-world action/adventure game available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. It's set in the universe of the One Piece manga/anime series, and players take on the role of Luffy and explore a new land, seeking out treasure, finding the rest of their crew, and helping out the people of the island. Combat is constant in the game, with players using melee attacks and special abilities to fight enemies armed with a variety of weapons and skills. Despite the violence, there's no blood or gore, with defeated enemies simply being knocked out and vanishing. There are a few suggestive lines, and some of the female characters are presented in a sexualized manner. Some characters are also seen smoking cigars or cigarettes.
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What's it about?
The misfit crew of the Thousand Sunny are back for more high-seas hijinks in ONE PIECE: WORLD SEEKER, a brand-new open-world adventure based on the hit One Piece manga/anime series. When a heist aboard a flying fortress goes awry, the Straw Hat Pirates end up being ambushed by the World Government and forced to make a quick escape. Now Luffy finds himself stranded on Jewel Island, a former paradise converted into a maximum security prison facility under the iron rule of Warden Isaac. Separated from his friends and hunted by Isaac and his naval troops, it's up to Luffy to explore every inch of this "Prison Island" to bring his crew back together, uncover what secrets the island hides, and free its people from Warden Isaac's brutal reign.
Is it any good?
If you ever wanted to be a pirate when you were a kid, or to have crazy superpowers (or to be a pirate WITH crazy superpowers), this is the perfect game for you. That's the general premise of the popular One Piece series, and the basic idea behind One Piece: World Seeker, an original open-world adventure set in that universe. While there have been plenty of One Piece games in the past, this is the first with open-world gameplay, which quickly makes it stand out from the rest. By giving you the freedom to explore the world to your heart's content, and with the wide range of Luffy's unique powers at your fingertips, it's hard not to feel like you're more than just a character in a story. By letting you play the game how you want, World Seeker quickly starts to feel like a more personal adventure.
It's not just the open world that makes World Seeker feel special -- it's the whole of the game's presentation. The animation is smooth and fluid, and the bright cel-shaded art style is faithful to the series to the point that it's almost as if you're actually playing an episode of the anime. The original story is a great draw for longtime fans but manages to present itself in a way that even someone who's never heard of One Piece before can easily follow. Admittedly, there's a bit of repetition, especially early on in the game, before players have explored the island or expanded Luffy's abilities beyond the basics. Eventually, though, you start zipping up and over, gliding and hovering all around the island, discovering vast treasures and hidden alcoves while walloping scores of enemy guards with your stretchy, oversized fists and feet. It's a grand pirate adventure that covers land, air, and (of course) sea, fulfilling those long forgotten childhood fantasies in a way that only the Straw Hat Pirates can.
Talk to your kids about ...
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How do your strong friendships influence your life? How important is it to build lasting friendships? How can these relationships help to create a familial environment?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bandai Namco
- Release date: March 15, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Pirates
- ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco
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