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.