Reviews and Problems with One Piece : Romance Dawn
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One Piece: Romance Dawn (3DS)
5 May 2014
Excerpt: I have been a long time anime lover, but for some reason, I had not heard of One Piece before I started playing this game. I don't know why - maybe it's the settled question of ninjas being better than pirates, or perhaps my subconscious aversion to series' with episode counts totaling in the hundreds - but now that I have, I can very much see why this series is so popular. The action is fun, and the dialog is funny.
Pros: Interesting battle system; Decent crafting system; lots of content; follows the story of the anime pretty well; characters are easily lovable
Cons: Levels are boringly predictable; storyline is told through static comic-like scenes which go on for many minutes; plot details are hard to follow if you haven't seen the anime
Conclusion: One Piece: Romance Dawn is an attempt to fit a vast amount of story into a concise RPG, but the result is flimsy and underdeveloped. The turn-based battle is fun in a very average way, and the rest of the experience tempted me to put down my 3DS and just watch the One Piece anime instead. It’s not a complete disaster by any means, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to play a condensed version when the source material is readily available.
Excerpt: It takes a very unique fan to appreciate authentic Japanese Manga and all of its quirky nuances – and the One Piece series is about as quirky as it gets. In publication since 1997, One Piece follows the adventures of the young Monkey D. Luffy and his band of Straw Hat Pirates that set off to find One Piece – the world’s most sought-after treasure that was left by the former King of Pirates, Gol D. Roger, upon his untimely execution.
Excerpt: So during Atlanta's two-inch snowmageddon last week, I had the chance to catch up on some games while waiting for things to thaw. One of those games, Toukiden: Age of Demons for PS Vita , wasn't perfect, but it did still offer some fun mixed in with the tedium. The other game I had to play and review was One Piece: Romance Dawn on Nintendo's 3DS handheld. I really don't know where to begin with this one.
Excerpt: One Piece Romance Dawn is a role playing game on the Nintendo 3DS. This downloadable hand held pirate adventure follows the lives of characters from the anime. Mainly the stretchy guy with the straw hat. He wants to become the pirate king.
Horrible presentation and boring gameplay sink One Piece: Romance Dawn out of the dock (review)
19 February 2014
Conclusion: One Piece: Romance Dawn is easy to summarize: It just isn’t any fun. I have no doubt that it could have been fun. As an outsider to the series, I was excited to see what it was all about. I had grand ideas of exploring the seas, fighting rival pirates, and experiencing a great story. All of those elements are here (kind of), but it’s surprising how lame they become thanks to terrible design.
Pros: The combat and character-building mechanics are the only aspect of the entire experience that help One Piece: Romance Dawn rise above mediocrity. Combat is turn-based, but you are free to move each of your three characters to any part of the battlefield before you begin your attack combo. Just watch out for penalties; concentric yellow and red circles mark boundaries for each move, and if you cross them, your character will suffer consequences on the next turn. Battle...
Cons: Romance Dawn has an inner conflict — it’s as if the game’s designers were determined to negate every good part of it by crippling the way they present it. Take the beloved story, which is the reason for this title’s existence. It’s butchered by a terrible cutscene format that imposes squares containing the faces of those speaking over generic backdrops. The character faces change their expressions every once in a while and vibrate to show who is speaking, and that’s t...
Excerpt: It’s always nice to see a One Piece game come over to North America. One Piece: Romance Dawn ’s arrival would have seemed unthinkable back in the days when 4kids was dubbing and editing the One Piece anime series into a mangled horrific mess. But these days, One Piece has seen a revival thanks to the dubbing efforts of FUNimation and, on the gaming side, Namco Bandai has begun to release One Piece titles here on a more regular basis.
Conclusion: Romance Dawn is a game even an anime aficionado couldn’t love. Its systems are bare bones, and boring, unvoiced text conversations dominate most of the time you’ll spend with Luffy & Co. Turn back now.
Pros: It follows the anime…for the most part, Combat provides fleeting moments of enjoyment