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piece It was a big deal at New York Comic Con this year — literally. In fact, one of the largest single installations at the Javits Center was a giant inflatable statue of the Monkey D. Luffy, the main protagonist of the piece The world of manga, anime and video games. Apart from the three-story Luffy, on the Con floor you can discover plenty of items related to popular properties, including merchandise, costumes, and promotional items for the One Piece Movie: RedThe animated film is coming to the US next month.
You can also find multiple demo stations for the upcoming RPG One Piece Odyssey. Hoping to get a taste Epic Ahead of its January 2023 launch, I made my way to the Bandai Namco section of the floor first thing on Saturday morning to see what the game was all about.
One Piece Odyssey is an all-new RPG that aims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of piece IP, which first appeared in manga form in 1997 in Weekly Shōnen Jump. In my 15 minutes in the game, I experienced real-time exploration, turn-based battles, monster designs, and character interactions.
The demo finds Monkey D. Luffy and his colorful straw hat crew stranded on a mysterious island. Nami, the crew navigator, is trapped by a huge orangutan-like monster named Del Kong, and it’s up to Luffy et al. to save her. As Luffy, I moved across a limited and linear stretch of the island in order to get closer to the peak battle. There were some branching paths, but every time I tried it my countrymen kindly redirected me – a demo product, I hope. One interesting wrinkle is Luffy’s Gum Gum Rocket, which allows him to swing through deep chasms in the outside world. It appears that in the final product each member of the Straw Hat crew will have a unique traversal ability, which may fit into some interesting lock and key situations. This is just speculation on my part.
While the action and exploration was a little off-the-beaten-track – I basically moved in a straight line from one combat encounter to the next – there were some highlight points on the map, featuring a magnifying glass icon. By interacting with these I was able to trigger a dialogue from the crew and also learn something about the myths, plants or animals of the island.
Things became even more attractive when she finally entered the battle for the first time. The overall structure of the fight in One Piece Odyssey It seems rather typical: turn-based battles where the accumulated TP is used to deploy powerful skills. There’s a rock-paper-scissors dynamic at play where energy trumps speed, which trumpets technique, which trumps strength – very similar to the setting in Monster Hunter Stories: Wings of Ruin, to give a frame of reference. Everything is safe, reliable and good enough, but not exceptional in any way.
This is so that the demo introduces the idea of ”zones” within the fight. This was by far the most interesting part of the entire demo, and I’m eager to see it materialize across several hours into a full game. In each turn-based encounter, the Straw Hat Crew will find themselves in multiple areas across the battlefield. In the final battle against Del Cong, for example, Luffy and Sanji encountered a formidable orangutan in one area where the rest of the team battled lower-level villains in another. If you use the right tactics at the right time, you can push the enemies into different areas or move the areas yourself to trap the enemies. It’s a very clever perception.
Moreover, the game will, under special circumstances, present dramatic scenes, where one of your party members may break up with others in a different area. During the show, this happened to Asop, when he got too close to a group of hungry penguin-like creatures and quickly became helpless.
Other notable features, apart from the combat encounters in the area, include monster designs, animations, and characters. I only saw a few monsters during my limited time on demo, but they stood out as being creative and weird. It makes sense, since Eiichiro Oda, creator of pieceContribute to monster designs, as well as new characters and mainline. The battle animation is also something to note: dramatic, explosive, and very much in line with each character’s signature abilities. Luffy’s battle moves are especially captivating, thanks to his flexible arms. Finally, the characters are a shout-out. As someone who is not overly familiar with piece Manga or anime, I immediately wanted to know more about Luffy, Usopp, etc.
In the end, based on my limited experience with NYCC preview design, I guess One Piece Odyssey You will find its largest audience among piece Believers who yearn to see their favorite characters in battle. I’m not sure if there’s enough role-playing greatness to win the hearts and minds of the RPG community, despite the clever wrinkling of multiple areas on the battlefield. What I tried seemed very safe and well written, although this could have been the product of a demo designed to explain the basics in a short amount of time. However, I am more interested in piece More than ever, so the game is doing something right.
One Piece Odyssey It was launched on January 13, 2023 on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series.