One Piece: Unlimited World Red originally released back in 2014 in the West, and I reviewed it favourably back then too. As the story content is the same, I’m going to focus on the differences found in the Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition PS4 version and if it’s worth picking up for another playthrough.
Unlimited World Red features an original story that’ll keep you busy for a good ten hours or so, with a Battle Coliseum mode to keep you busy afterwards. Battle Coliseum is like Burning Blood-lite where you’ll battle other characters on a fully 3D stage, and it’s a lot of fun! You can play as a variety of characters and change their outfits, and it’s easy to while away a good few hours here challenging stronger foes. Nothing has changed in terms of mechanics which are as great as they were a few years ago, if not a little repetitive sometimes.
Its art style always benefited it in the way that it’s aesthetically gorgeous, even if it isn’t the most impressive game visually on any platform.
Wii U as a system always performed well, and so I can’t tell of any major performance differences between the PS4 and Wii U versions of Unlimited World Red. It’s very smooth with little to complain about, and it looks marginally better. Its art style always benefited it in the way that it’s aesthetically gorgeous, even if it isn’t the most impressive game visually on any platform.
There was very little work to be done to the game in all fairness, and the importance of bringing this to PS4 is that it allows people to play the game without having to revisit the previous generation of consoles — I imagine only the most hardcore One Piece fans gave this game a go, so hopefully more play it this time around. Sadly, no English dub has been added with this Deluxe edition. I mean, I didn’t expect one, but it’s nice to hope that one day we’ll get dubbed One Piece games!
If you haven’t played it before then this is the best version to pick up.
If you’ve played it before and feel like you had your fill the first time round, then there’s very little to draw you back in now, especially if you picked up the DLC (which are mostly just cosmetic items). If you haven’t played it before then this is the best version to pick up, especially as it’s releasing at less than standard RRP.
An entertaining, original story, solid gameplay mechanics and lovely art make for one of the more adventure-inspired One Piece games, which in turn makes for a nice change from the reigning musou Pirate Warriors games.
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