Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Oct 28, 2012
    All in all, I did enjoy playing One Piece: Pirate Warriors there's a lot of love in this title, but some awful too. If you can overlook the warts, you've got a good game.
  2. Oct 24, 2012
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors is a fan's dream, until they encounter the boring combat and one-dimensional gameplay. It's one of the better 'Musou' titles out there, but this style of beat-em-up needs some renovation.
  3. Oct 15, 2012
    If you are a One Piece fan then this is the best game to come out in the UK for the franchise and should satisfy anyone's craving for a bit of Monkey D. Luffy and his peculiar cast of friends.
  4. Oct 8, 2012
    Pirate Warriors offers a decent summary of the story for newcomers. Veterans will enjoy the enthusiasm the game is overflowing with. The shallow gameplay keeps the game from being great, however.
  5. Oct 4, 2012
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors may seem like your standard hack n slash game based on an anime, but with the online co-op, it really makes things fun and keeps things fresh in what is, essentially, an automatic "you win" game.
  6. 70
    There is little doubt that this is game for long play sessions, thanks to the possibility to evolve and fight with each character. At the same time, is a highly accomplished representation of the One Piece universe, with many of his characters presenting speeches and moments worth noting.
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    For a Musô-inspired beat'em all, this On Piece will probably delight the fans of the manga. Visuals are top-notch in terms of cel-shaded fidelity, boss combats are epic, and the gameplay solid enough, except maybe the QTE sequences which, quite quickly, become repetitive and annoying.
  8. Play UK
    Nov 27, 2012
    There's something strangely uplifting here. [Issue#224, p.78]
  9. Sep 20, 2012
    One Piece license make the game appealing, but the same old musou formula is still there to let us down.
  10. Oct 31, 2012
    QTEs and button mashing for Pirate Warriors only.
  11. Oct 9, 2012
    Given the lack of polish and execution, the price might be a stretch for those unfamiliar with the franchise, but for loyal fans of the series, or Sh'nen manga in general, One Piece: Pirate Warriors is bursting at the seams with rich content, and is probably one of the better anime influenced games to come out in awhile.
  12. Sep 20, 2012
    More variety in the usual Musou gameplay structure isn't really enough to differentiate this title from other games in a genre that really hasn't evolved at all in years. Developers should really start considering what's wrong with the genre, and try to make it evolve. Pirate Warriors is not the right answer to the problem.
  13. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Nov 20, 2012
    One Piece and Dynasty Warrior diehards will find plenty to love; anyone else will be bored after about two missions. [Holiday 2012, p.76]
  14. Oct 19, 2012
    Despite being a beautiful cel shaded game that stays true to the manga original in every way, One Piece: Pirate Warriors just isn't fun enough to play and it also sure could be more user friendly.
  15. Oct 8, 2012
    But make no bones about it,: this is Musou by the numbers. You can't get more risk averse than a Dynasty Warriors clone with an anime license attached, and it plays as derivative as it sounds.
  16. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 25, 2012
    Attacks are doled out with three face buttons and although there's a tights fistful of combos to learn and modifiers on the shoulder buttons for variety and occasional defensive manoeuvres, we literally took down a clutch of enemies by bashing the controller against our butt. No joke. [October 2012, p78]
  17. Sep 25, 2012
    In the end, it's quite a shame, because whenever you think you've seen enough of One Piece: Pirate Warriors all of the sudden Ruffy and friends make your belly ache from laughing again or dazzle with superbly choreographed special moves that fit the Dynasty Warriors formula quite well. I'm not usually one to judge a game on basis of what it could have been. But this material just begs for a title in which you get to live the actual adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates, instead of just their battles in a solidly playable but ultimately mind-numbingly generic fashion.
  18. Sadly the repetitiveness of the gameplay, despite team attacks and unlockable special moves, gets tiring long before the charms of the world. And so, ironically, Luffy just doesn't quite have the legs
  19. Sep 24, 2012
    It's a good title for fans of the franchise looking to play their favourite chapters from the on-going saga. Unfortunately, its poor localization, repetitious 'room clearing' level design, and shallow multiplayer mode make it hard to recommend to a wider audience.
  20. Oct 27, 2012
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors partly unsuccessful capturing the heart and soul of the One Piece franchise. The dialogue is funny and the Straw Hat Pirates are well animated, but the gameplay is repetitive, and unless you're a true Dynasty Warriors fan this button mashing title might end up disappointing.
  21. Oct 12, 2012
    Unless you are a diehard Dynasty Warriors fan, I can't promise you intriguing gameplay, but there is a fun story locked behind all the repetitiveness. Maybe one day we'll see the One Piece game that this story deserves. Until then, I think I might just search out some episodes of the anime and see how they stack up.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 54
  2. Negative: 8 out of 54
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    Another **** One Piece game reproduced. Playing this game made me feel so **** bad that I didn't change my underwear for a week after ****tingAnother **** One Piece game reproduced. Playing this game made me feel so **** bad that I didn't change my underwear for a week after ****ting and pissing in them. I slept in my own damn **** and piss. This game is that bad. Terrible gameplay and terrible story along with a ****-ton of bugs and bad graphics. This also **** up my ps3 by deleting saves from other games.. really?? Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2012
    This has to be the worst game I have ever played on my ps3. It crashed my system, deleting all my other saves to games. The graphics are ****This has to be the worst game I have ever played on my ps3. It crashed my system, deleting all my other saves to games. The graphics are **** horse **** and the gameplay is even **** ****tier. I wish I could just take all of these games and destroy them it is so **** bad. **** THIS GAME, DON'T BUY Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    Being a full on One Piece fan, no matter what the game was going to be like , Pirate Warriors was going to be an instant purchase for me.Being a full on One Piece fan, no matter what the game was going to be like , Pirate Warriors was going to be an instant purchase for me. Following Luffy's story up to the New World, the straw hat team go back in time to speak about their previous journeys. What also made the game so perfect was the fact that the game held its Japanese voice over with the original cast. However I would understand that not everyone enjoys reading subtitles but those who are into the one piece anime and manga then the cutscenes and dialogue are perfect. In addition the graphics at first did not sell, characters looked plastic as if the production cost for this game was not very high. However once I got into the game itself I was completely sold. It was as if the anime was given a next gen make over. Although once again there are some who may not like this art style and that too is understandable. Next the gameplay itself. Split into fighting and taking over territories, boss battles and quick time events, those who are familiar to the dynasty warriors games would feel at home playing this. Which comes to a major draw back to Pirate Warriors. As I was not fond of the Dynasty warriors series, I was worried how this game was to play out. Once I got into it It felt very familiar not I continued to enjoy it, not because of the actual gameplay which is at least satisfying as you use Luffy's gomu attacks and the straw hats iconic moves, but I realised I was enjoying this simply because it was One Piece. Those who do not watch one piece as well as not enjoying dynasty warriors will find little they would like in this game especially with the story being extremely shortened with arcs missing ( i did not mind these arcs as I never found them interesting e.g skypeia) and the development of the bonds with the characters is not present which is the main reason to why One Piece is so enjoyable, it is because I know these characters and finally I am playing as them.
    With the main log focused on Luffy, as well as the challenge mode and other side logs involving the other characters including a co - op online, Pirate Warriors would keep anyone especially one piece fans busy for a long time. I give this game a 9 as a bias opinion but for anyone who does not enjoy one piece and the dynasty warriors gameplay, I say save your money as Il give it as 6.5 in that circumstance as the game is not at all bad, but may not be enjoyable.
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