Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 90
    A ton of content, addictive gameplay and great visuals make up for the lack of online modes.
  2. Jun 25, 2014
    84
    One Piece: Unlimited World Red is a great game for fans of Eiichiro Oda's work. Nice visuals, great adventures and two playable modes for hours of fun. The addition of Colisseum Mode is one of its best assets.
  3. Aug 26, 2014
    80
    With a memorable cast and a great sense of style, One Piece: Ultimate World Red manages to defy the odds and show us that anime games can be a lot of fun. This action-packed brawler rewards fans with a brand new story, exciting gameplay and all kinds of over-the-top moments. Best of all, this is the type of game anybody can enjoy, even those of us who have never seen a single episode of the anime.
  4. Jul 24, 2014
    80
    Of course, I would have to recommend this game to the One Piece fans. It is possibly the best One Piece game out there, and most certainly the best one I have played.
  5. Jul 21, 2014
    80
    For what it is, One Piece: Unlimited World Red is a solid game.
  6. Jun 27, 2014
    80
    One Piece learns from previous mistakes and offers a fun and balanced experience, ideal for those looking for a “light” musou.
  7. Jun 26, 2014
    80
    Leaving the Musou style for an Action-RPG style mixed with Hack 'n Slash, Luffy and the whole gang return in a game with a varied gameplay and different mechanics where the sum of its all parts bring a nice experience, but far from the bests of their respective genres. With great elements like the Coliseum Mode, Unlimited World R is about all for the fans, the ones and only that will appreciate all the reference of the story, characters, relations and places in its whole extension.
  8. Jun 23, 2014
    80
    It’s all silly and over the top, full of daft enemies and exaggerated characters, and it positively screams “I am a game! Have fun with me!” Sometimes, though, that’s exactly what you want.
  9. Jul 19, 2014
    75
    One Piece-fans will love this game as it is funny, works flawless and has an interesting co-op mode. People who are not as familiar with it, will probably frown upon all the crazy characters, but please don't let that scare you away, cause this game is fun.
  10. Numerous combo chains are simply useless – dummy-enemies could be scattered effortlessly. If you are really tired from crowd pummeling you can combine efforts with two other characters to depopulate surrounding area quickly. Bosses are the only worthy opponents, especially those who greatly exceed Luffy in size. [September 2014, p. 66]
  11. Jul 23, 2014
    73
    Red has its flaws. The story doesn’t really impress, the combat can be tricky, the locations could’ve been much more interesting, and you can’t fight against a friend. It’s also not the most technically accomplished title you’ll ever play. At the same time, what it offers is a solid fun factor, which you can enjoy even if you’re not a fan of the series.
  12. Jul 23, 2014
    72
    One more piece in the One Piece puzzle. A good action-adventure game with simple mechanics inherited from its 3DS origins, which are enjoyable on home consoles too. Don’t expect a particularly deep or challenging gameplay, though.
  13. Jul 16, 2014
    72
    One Piece fans will appreciate it, but newbies might want to give it a rent before jumping at it.
  14. Jul 15, 2014
    70
    One Piece Unlimited World Red offers great combat, even if the battles occur in dull places.
  15. Jul 15, 2014
    70
    It's simple, a bit too easy and - as far as the story goes - rather confusing. It is however also quite unique, varied and at times very amusing. Consider the pros and cons and make your choice.
  16. Jul 7, 2014
    70
    Fans should know that they won't have to scour the seven seas to find the treasures that One Piece: Unlimited World Red has buried beneath its somewhat rough exterior.
  17. Jul 6, 2014
    70
    One Piece Unlimited World Red offers simple but refined brawler play, and boasts attractive anime-styled scenery throughout, though it still eventually runs out of tricks to conceal the fact that it’s a repetitive beat-em-up.
  18. Jun 28, 2014
    70
    Perhaps a more incisive story and a few more hours of gameplay could've really made a difference, making this title one of the best games based on the universe of One Piece. Not so, but at the same time we believe that the series is now on the right track.
  19. Jun 27, 2014
    70
    It's something different from the usual Musou, and that's good. Yet, it lacks depth in gameplay, and it's something only true fans of the saga will be able to enjoy.
  20. Jun 23, 2014
    70
    One Piece: Unlimited World Red is a very nice, rich and compelling adventure for all fans of the series.
  21. Jun 23, 2014
    70
    One Piece Unlimited World Red is a simple porting of a Nintendo 3DS game developed for more powerful consoles such as PS3, Wii U and PlayStation Vita. Despite the blurry graphics, the game is still pretty solid, with interesting features and great original characters. If you’re looking for a good adventure you can buy this game, but if from a One Piece game you are asking for good graphics ad shiny action, just stick with Pirate Warriors 2.
  22. 68
    An awesome looking and entertaining game that utilizes an easy and simple combat system. The inclusion of local co-op is definitely a plus while the absence of online multiplayer is a letdown.
  23. If you want to become the Pirate King, than One Piece Unlimited World Red is your game but if you don't know what "anime" is, than you should stay away from it.
  24. Jul 4, 2014
    68
    One Piece fans might take away more enjoyment from an otherwise average adventure.
  25. Jul 24, 2014
    67
    Overall, I enjoyed what I played of One Piece: Unlimited World Red, certainly more than any One Piece title I’ve played prior to this. It’s not a top-tier action title, but it throws enough content at the player to keep you busy, and does so in a way that feels fun and engaging.
  26. Solid and respectable enough of the source material to be a fan-pleaser. Feels like button-bashy busywork to anybody else. [September 2014, p81]
  27. 60
    A good yet unspectacular game. There is a lot of content here between the story and coliseum mode, with a good 30+ hours of things to keep you busy. Yet, the content isn’t overly impressive and things like bug catching, fishing, and farming just feel forced and not fully thought out.
  28. Jul 7, 2014
    40
    One Piece deserves much better than this opportunist and disappointing multi-platform port of a title released last year in Japan on 3DS.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    Not the One Piece Fighting Game from CC2 we're all dreaming of but still a great addition to the Unlimited World Franchise!

    I'm glad they
    decided to create an original story for this game, it appeals to newcomers and fans better by presenting something new from the original creator. The gameplay seems mediocre at first but once you get used to it, you find that it's a lot deeper than you'd think. The graphics are pretty gorgeous and the levels are all varied and extremely fun. I love the emphasis on teamwork in the game, just adds more depth to the experience!

    Coliseum mode is my favourite. Loved playing as my favourite side-characters in the series and it was an interesting concept for a stage!

    Overall, a great One Piece Game that fans and non-fans can both enjoy!
    Full Review »
  2. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    This game is a perfect sequel to the unlimited games on the wii. I loved those games and spent almost 200 hours on them!!!!

    Story: The
    story is much more interesting than the past games as we get Patrick Redfield and Pato, two characters developed by Oda himself. The story is really engaging while not being forced leaving path to the gameplay.

    Presentation: The visuals for this game are gorgeous to look at and the soundtrack even if it doesn't use any original tracks is still amazing. The islands and their ambientation and relating to the series is also gorgeous.

    Gameplay: The gameplay is exactly the same as the past games but slightly better. The character moves have been fantastically upgraded, each with their new moves from the new world post-timeskip and even new ways to play like when Usopp can enter first person mode or franky can build a cannon to hop into. For example if an enemy fires a cannonball Luffy will delfect it with his fussen, Zoro will cut it and Sanji will kick it. Most of the characters have also special abilities, like nami can steal, usopp can call some bugs to catch, chopper can dig and so on. The combat has been upgraded, where now you dodge in a quick time event making the battle more strategical and you now charge XP by fighting enemies. Even if more due to nostalgia I prefered the Thousand Sunny, Trans Town is a completely new experience. You feel more free and opened as you can move through town with luffy like you were spiderman and you can expand the town to build all the shops like in the past game (and new places too!). There are also there special minigames you can play and quite some upgrading to do to swap from the usual island exploring and fighting. There is also the new colosseum mode where you have to defeat bosses or hordes of enemy with several characters apart the straw hats. It would be repetitive but it is saved by the use of different characters and modes, as they are needed to unlock even more characters to play as!

    However i had only 2 problems with this game:
    #1 Is that there is no more the Versus mode from the past games. And that was so much fun!!! I played it for hours upon hours with my friends. Now there is only a co-op mode in colosseum and also in story. While it still is fun I would have also loved a VS mode.
    #2 Is the limit of characters. You can only play with a certain number of characters and the other ones can only be enemies. Why can you play as Buggy but not with Caesar Clown or Hody Jones??? I died to play with them but in the end I couldn't. If you think of it, without counting the ones that were in UC2SP the new characters you can play as are only Law and Fujitora (wich are still both awesome).

    Apart this the gameplay is similar to the past games but much newer and improved making it feel fresh and new.

    Replay value: As the past game this game will give you tons of hours to play. I already played 30 hours and I still keep playing. The story mode includes special quests where you have to collect an item or kill a boss in a preset way. For example you have to fight against Law while he switches your hearts or you have to go with chopper to find some apples in the forest, or capture Alabasta by defeating Luffy with Crocodile and Robin as Miss Allsunday... the list goes on! Colosseum mode will also take you a lot of time

    CONCLUSION: This game is a perfect sequel to it's old games. It has a perfect story mode and a really interesting colosseum mode, gorgeous graphics, engaging story and a ton of replayability and fun!!! This game should be enjoyed even by people who are not fans of the series. The only things that bug me are the characters and VS mode but apart that this game is perfect and it deserves a really high score anyway.

    ++ Engaging Story
    ++ Gorgeous Presentation
    +++ Perfectly updated moveset for everyone
    +++ Feels fresh and new
    ++ Engaging Colosseum Mode
    ++ Great Replayability
    - Limited Character Roster
    - No VS mode

    Final score: 9.8 (Adjusted to 10 for Metacritic)
    Full Review »
  3. Jul 11, 2014
    8
    If you are a, One Piece fan, like myself,then this is a must buy, the controls are pretty good, the combat for the most part is tight, Zoro, and Usopp could use more variety in combos, and moves, but nonetheless a good, One Piece game. Hopefully we'll see a One Piece PS4 game in the states soon! Full Review »