One Piece: Unlimited World Red is a 3D action game, in which a player assumes the role of a character from the Japanese One Piece manga series. The game has been published by Namco Bandai and developed by Ganbarion – since 2001 the studio has been working on consecutive game installments set in the comic book universe, most of which have been released only in Japan. Interestingly enough, the One Piece manga series is one of the most popular and best-selling comic book series in the Land of the Rising Sun, with each episode being issued in millions of copies. The elaborate and multi-layered storyline depicts the adventures of a young boy by the name of Monkey D. Luffy – a pirate with supernatural skills – and his eccentric crew; together they search for a famous treasure hidden by the legendary raider - Gold Roger.
One Piece: Unlimited World Red delivers unique storyline created in cooperation with the comic book series’ author. Luffy and his friends meet Pat, a talking raccoon wearing a hoodie, who asks them for help with getting to the Forbidden Island, where he has to meet with someone very important. Upon their arrival to the island, it turns out their destination is ruled by a dangerous and extremely ambitious pirate, who goes by the name Red, and has recently escaped prison. The protagonists set up a base in Trans Town – from there they start their quest to defeat Red and many other pirates known from the comic books.
The gameplay mechanics resemble those known from the Monster Hunter series: players get to select one from the nine available characters, including Luffy and his crew. Each character features unique combat style and skills, which are a representation of class system known from RPG games; for example, Chopper focuses on healing abilities, while Usopp specializes in ranged combat. During the game, players get to observe the action from a third-person perspective. The main location is Trans Town, which one can expand using gathered materials in order to build e.g. shops and museums. This is also where players can meet many NPCs, buy new pieces of equipment, and start new missions. When exploring vast locations, one has to fight numerous creatures and other enemies.
One Piece: Unlimited World Red features a cooperative multiplayer mode, in which up to four players can join their forces and, like in the Monster Hunter series, complete missions, hunt frightful creatures and defeat dangerous pirates.
The colorful visuals featured by One Piece: Unlimited World Red utilizes the potential of Nintendo 3DS, by building a 3D world, which resembles a 2D animated series’ nature. Character models are very detailed, the same way as animation effects that accompany the combat system. To top it all, voice actors known from the animated TV series have been working with game developers to voice the characters fans know from the show.