One Piece Odyssey - Review

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Dotesports has reviewed the J-RPG One Piece Odyssey:

One Piece Odyssey review: Not quite a bone run

Approaching it like a One Piece film won't cut it.

Whenever One Piece is brought up in a conversation, what is the first thing that pops into your head regarding the anime/manga series?

Several common answers would be the characters, the worldbuilding, or maybe even a general sense of adventure. One Piece Odyssey successfully nails two of those three elements while the Straw Hat crew explores the island of Waford, but the execution of the story, paired with dated RPG elements, does fall a bit flat where some fans hoped it would soar like a Coup de Burst.

A new adventure with familiar (and redundant) foundations
When it was revealed One Piece series creator Eiichiro Oda would be helming the story and many of the design elements for Odyssey, fans grew hopeful that the RPG's story would play out like one of the newer One Piece films and actually tell its own tale of adventure with the Straw Hats. Unfortunately, this isn't entirely the case.

About half--if not more--of the 30-plus hours of Odyssey's story is spent in Memoria, a dream world that one of the game's original characters Lim sends the Straw Hats to in order to experience past events from the One Piece story. This is all done because she doesn't like pirates at the start of the story, never talks to Luffy and the crew, and uses her special plot-device powers to remove all of their strength (which you had just gotten used to during the opening hour) resetting your character's levels from around level 40 to one.

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Verdict
Overall, One Piece Odyssey is a fun experience for anyone just looking for a relatively easy RPG that has a great cast of characters, an interesting enough story, and plays well within its limits. But those limitations are fairly strict and you could very easily end up losing interest if the battle system or story doesn't grab you enough early on.

For One Piece fans, I can recommend this game solely on the fact you get more One Piece content done in a way that will feel both familiar and unique. Just try to ignore how boring the Memoria sections are.

Score: 7/10
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