One Piece: Grand Adventure Hands-On

We set sail for an adventure of considerable size with Monkey D. Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates.

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Though it featured a nicely sized cast of fan-favorite characters and did a good job of capturing the series' oddball anime art style, last year's One Piece: Grand Battle still left something to be desired. Developer Ganbarion is expanding on the formula with its follow-up, One Piece: Grand Adventure, and we've been putting an early preview build of the game through its paces.

Some unique fight objectives should help keep things interesting.
Some unique fight objectives should help keep things interesting.

The core action in One Piece: Grand Adventure is still highly reminiscent of Capcom's classic brawler, Power Stone, and usually consists of a one-on-one slug-out in a small arena that you can move about freely. You can string together potent combos and super attacks, most of which we found to be quite easy to execute, and the levels are often peppered with boxes containing weapons and performance-enhancing items. As far as new gameplay features go, Grand Adventure introduces support characters that you can call upon in the heat of battle to assist you. All told, Grand Adventure will feature 24 playable characters, as well as 50 support characters, though you'll have to play through the actual grand adventure mode to unlock them.

While last year's Grand Battle played as a footnote in Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates' quest to find the legendary treasure of The Pirate King Gold Roger, Grand Adventure makes that quest the focus of the action. In the aptly named grand adventure mode, you start out with no crew, and you must guide Luffy as he encounters familiar faces, fights them, and eventually befriends and adds them to his growing band of pirates. You travel across the high seas through a series of maps, each of which usually contains several islands and other points of interest, and you'll have to go through at least a half dozen or so fights before you advance to the next map.

The grand adventure mode will be lengthy, consisting of more than 20 of these maps. This mode also promises more than just one-on-one fighting, and during our time with the game we encountered fights where we had to beat up a horde of enemies or destroy a number of boxes before time ran out. There's a minor RPG element to the Grand Adventure mode as well. Every time you win a battle, you will get experience points based on your performance that you can use to level up your character's abilities.

Some unique fight objectives should help keep things interesting.
Some unique fight objectives should help keep things interesting.

There are also often bonus conditions that can earn you additional experience if met, such as finishing a fight in a certain amount of time, using an item to deliver the final blow, or finishing the fight with a certain amount of your life bar left. There's also a grand battle mode, which cuts straight to the action. Here you can hone your sills in the training mode, compete in a customizable tournament, battle your way to number one in the arena mode, or just go against a friend or a CPU opponent in the versus mode.

One Piece: Grand Adventure seems to have retained much of the production values of Grand Battle, and fans can expect to see more nicely cel-shaded characters and ridiculous-looking combat. We caught a fair amount of original voice-acting in between fights, though we also noticed that some of the in-game voice acting was a bit repetitive. One Piece: Grand Adventure is set to hit both the PlayStation 2 and the GameCube later this month.

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one piece 4kids censorship is horrible. they are probably a bunch of middle aged women who have never even seen the show. but this game doesnt look too bad

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sounds fun

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one piece is a great anime serie... let's hope that this game be that good

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one piece is great!!!!!!!!!!!! i never thought it would come in game form! looks good i might get it! when is it realeased in the uk?

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Might get it

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looks decent enough

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4Kids totally BUTCHER One Piece(horrible dub and cut out all the blood and edit all the good scene) watch the fansub verison it WAY better. The game seem interesting i was a big fan of power stone.

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Ahh!! .... Good American Censorship, you can always count on them when it comes to totally deface the original content of an anime. Good thing I live in Europe and nothing gets censored, I´ve seen the series in its original form and lets just say that it

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they're more fansubs than kaizoku im already on episode 275. and more eps are still coming out. just go to this specific web page to alle the one piece episodes and the fansubs << LINK REMOVED >>

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Ha ha, sweet, I didn't realize Kaizoku-Fansubs was legal, I thought they called themselves "Pirated Fansubs" for a reason.

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I suggest fans of the series check out the Kaizoku-Fansub versions of OnePiece, currently up to episode 202. The US release version is actually a cut-up version of the original, with about half the episodes and more editing than you can believe. If you want some good cursing, drinking, swearing, bleeding, fighting pirates, check out the fansubs. Since there is no US distributor for the original un-edited OnePiece, it's free and even legal. The quality of the video is probably better than you're getting on your TV, and the subs are considered to be pretty much the best in the world. << LINK REMOVED >>

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i hope its better than grand battle. so far this only has one new character. chase luffys brother.

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This game really looks crappy no offense to the fans. Naruto was definately a much better game.

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looks o.k

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If by "stopped butchering it" you mean they seem to have stopped making "episodes" then I really hope so. Gonna be interesting to see how Luffy take Crocodile if they cut the blood out of the fight.

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it seems o k

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actually its also for gamecube and xbox.

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i think it looks pretty kool to be honest no one writes anything nice anymore!

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Zolo looks good, but don't like the fact that it's cell-shaded, makes it look like a not so fast game, which is a let down, since Zolo looks pretty good in action, Also it's only for Ps2 (I Think) which is sad.

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this games gonna turn out to be an ani-bomb. piece of trash. hardly any anime games make the cut becuase people that make them hardly care about putting anything good in them they know there going to make money off it just becuase its based off the anime. I was super shocked that the naruto ultimite ninja games owned and just got better as they went along like budokai.

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whoo hoo can't wait

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No thanks

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