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.
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
Conclusion: It’s my understanding that previous One Piece video games have established a positive reputation both among the series’ fans and the gaming community. If that’s the case, it’ll be better for both parties to ignore this title and hope outsiders will do the same in hopes of preserving that standard.