One Piece: Unlimited World Red
is a 2014 video game based on the manga/anime franchise One Piece
, third in a series (Unlimited Adventure
and Unlimited Cruise
being its predecessors), set after the somewhat recent two year Time Skip
, and features an original story with characters developed by series creator Eiichiro Oda. Back when Blackbeard
broke out those really dangerous criminals during the War of the Best two years ago, one particularly scary individual managed to slip out: Patrick Redfield, otherwise known as "Red the Aloof," a pirate who was on par with the likes of Pirate King Gold Rodger and Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate, though he admittedly left less of a mark on history than either of them. His rep is well founded, as he's seen taking out a full platoon of Marines, seemingly with the aid of Vice-Admiral Smoker and Admiral Aokiji. So, of course, with a major threat out there in the seas, the Straw Hat pirate crew are drawn into conflict with him. Not that they realize it at first. Their adventure begins when they accidentally fish out an odd raccoon creature from the ocean and agree to take him home...
The game is a fairly standard action/adventure game where you take Luffy and his crew on an adventure through many areas and against many foes taken from major arcs in the series storyline (with an in-game justification of these arias and characters being copies created by Redfield himself). Each level has the player take a team of three Straw Hat Pirates, each with their own battle style, through an area crawling with marines, angry wildlife, and other pirates, all the while gaining experience points and leveling up, until they face a boss character at the end, each one being a major Arc Villain
from the franchise. Along the way they will pick up various materials and pieces of junk which can be used to expand the services provided in the games Hub Level
town, or power up the Straw Hats themselves, which is a staple of the One Piece: Unlimited
Also comes with an Arena Mode, which is notable for being loosely based on the show's current Tournament Arc
, with longtime villain Doflamingo as the final boss.
It was released in America on July, 2014, on the Nintendo 3DS, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, and Nintendo Wii U(download only).
- Arc Villain: Many of the bosses were these in the show, though they serve more as a Monster Of The Day in the game. Justified as they're illusions taken from the crew's memories.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: Saying who they are and when they appear would really spoil the fun, but there are a few cases, which almost straddle the line of Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, except for the whole creations-of-Redfield thing.
- Big Bad: Redfield.
- Big Brother Instinct: Ace for Luffy, as usual, despite being a memory-induced clone.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Red recreates a lot of big bads and other powerful characters to serve as bosses. And they are naturally tough to beat. Towards the end he recreates them all at once. They get taken down in a(n admittedly awesome) cutscene.
- Flunky Boss: When encountered during the story Hody Jones and Wapol are fought amidst a large swarm of respawning mooks. The former even uses them as human (or fishman, if you want to get technical about it) shields as part of one of his attacks.
- Hub Level: Trans Town, the sleepy, friendly town the Strawhats first land on.
- It's Personal: For much of the game the Straw Hats are chasing after Redfield because, well, that's what they do. Then come Chapters 7 and 8, which dredge up a number of very painful memories and rubs them in Luffy's face. Then it becomes very personal for Luffy, and a lot of players as well.
- Lazy Artist: A subtle downplayed example, but, the previous Unlimeted games were known for their new, often elaborate takes on the main characters' outfits. This game just sticks them with their basic post-time skip looks.
- One-Winged Angel: God Eneru doesn't waste any time in his normal mode, and goes right into "Giant Thunder God" mode. Same thing with Lucci and his cheetah form.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The dragon encountered early in the main story's Punk Hazard arc serves as the first boss (in the recreation of Punk Hazard, no less) but side missions will also send you out after ice and lightning variants.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Courtesy a Devil Fruit, naturally.
- Running Gag: The gag of Chopper getting confused with a tanuki comes into play here, with some added hilarity over the fact that there's an actual tanuki involved in the story.
- True Companions: Unsurprisingly for a One Piece game, the concept is a major theme of the story.
- Video Game Dashing: Several variants are spread throughout the characters move sets.
- Video Game Settings: Given the wacky places that Luffy and his crew go to, this was almost inevitable. Hail Fire Peaks is the game's first level.
- Video Game Stealing: One of Nami's skills, she can steal materials or money from mooks that have been knocked down.