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.
Excerpt: Unlike the majority of today's popular long-running shōnen anime and manga series, Eiichiro Oda's One Piece has, by and large, escaped widespread negative criticism. This is primarily due to its one-of-a-kind art style and sly subversion of overused action-adventure tropes that continue to devalue...
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.
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 wa...
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 cont...
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.
Excerpt: When One Piece: Romance Dawn was originally announced for a Japanese release on the PSP, I had a strong desire for the game given the premise, but I had the feeling that it would never see a localization. I was right.
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