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Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
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  1. Apr 10, 2020
    90
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 has the unusual honor of being both one of the best anime-based games and best Warriors games I've ever played. It has its flaws, including the tiresome return of Giant foes and the usual Warriors repetitiveness, but it's a great example of how to reinvigorate something that seems like a tired formula. If you're a One Piece fan or a fan of the Warriors franchise, PW4 is absolutely worth a go. Once you've taken a bite of gum-gum, you won't be able to resist more.
  2. May 1, 2020
    85
    Quite simply, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is as good as musou games get, and this one stands at the top of the pack thanks to a huge variety in characters, special techniques, and locations that make each level feel distinct from the last. The story is captivating and the combat is wonderfully smooth — I often found myself spending hours grinding just for the thrill of the fight. No self-respecting fan of the genre should let this one slip by.
  3. Apr 23, 2020
    83
    Needless to say, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is just as fun as the first three games in the series. It doesn’t break any new ground, but it doesn’t have to. If you want a game where you can take over a map by punching your enemies through buildings, you’ll get precisely that right here, and that couldn’t make me happier.
  4. Mar 27, 2020
    82
    One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is one of the best musou you can find right now. With just a few touches to its usual gameplay it gives us an engaging and funny experience, even while being repetitive.
  5. May 12, 2020
    80
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 includes many welcome updates and adjustments that veterans of the franchise will appreciate. At the same time, those veterans may feel the newest entry is lacking in terms of new content and may tire of going through these same scenarios for a fourth time. For those jumping in for the very first time, however, it's the perfect time to set sail for One Piece with the best entry in the series yet.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 20, 2020
    80
    No matter the scale of the fight, the combat system works. Each character’s unique fighting style is represented so they all feel different to play. It’s robust enough that Omega Force’s characteristic style, all about mowing down thousands, feels satisfying even when you go toe-to-toe with a single powerful enemy. Other One Piece games are welcome to try, but Warriors still has the treasure mark firmly painted over it. [Issue #175, p.70]
  7. Apr 15, 2020
    80
    One Piece Warriors 4 evolves the gameplay from its predecessor. The gameplay is varied with many character choices and ways to develop them. For newcomers to the series the story and pace might be overwhelming but the gameplay more than makes up for that.
  8. Apr 8, 2020
    80
    Overall, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 succeeds in doing what most anime-based games fail at. Its fluid, offers a tremendous amount of fan service, and not to mention its ridiculously fun to play through with fantastic production and an equally incredible soundtrack to boot. For the One Piece fans out there looking for a game of their favorite anime, I say this is the best one we have on the market so far, despite the faults it has.
  9. Apr 5, 2020
    80
    While the missing story arcs are a disappointment, One Piece fans should be more than satisfied with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4.
  10. Apr 3, 2020
    80
    One Piece pirate Warriors 4 embodies the mood of the series, giving the chance to rediscover the famous Rufy’s saga through its most iconic places and characters.
  11. Mar 30, 2020
    80
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is the best Musou around, and it's also a must buy for all lovers of Eiichiro Oda's opera omnia.
  12. Mar 28, 2020
    80
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 excels as a One Piece game. It may not be perfect, given that musou games tend to easily become repetitive. However, as it stands right now, there is no better way to experience Eiichiro Oda's work in the videogames community.
  13. Mar 28, 2020
    80
    A notorious leap in the franchise, although it can't help becoming reiterative and confusing. Even so, the huge scope of the game and the spectacularity of the giant characters are a real candy for One Piece fans.
  14. Mar 28, 2020
    80
    This is a title that is intended for One Piece fans and it offers one of the most fun trips to the world of pirates so far.
  15. Mar 27, 2020
    80
    Pirate Warriors 4 is a great One Piece-flavored spin on the musou genre with a deep roster and simple but fun combat.
  16. Mar 27, 2020
    80
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is a must-play for fans of the series, even if you aren’t caught up. The game shows just how varied a Musou title can get in terms of mission structure and map design. However, given the small number of playable arcs, it’s strange the story would waste two on arcs that were in the previous game. Still, this is one Pirate Warriors adventure that I was happy to go on.
  17. Mar 27, 2020
    80
    One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is a fan's dream game, as it takes the iconic battles and moments of eight major story arcs and puts you right in the action like never before. Combat is fun and flashy while still managing to be surprisingly thoughtful, and although a few characters aren't a joy to control, a majority of the cast is an absolute delight to play as. One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is a jolly good time.
  18. Mar 27, 2020
    80
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is immensely fun and easily the best instalment of the franchise to date. You will absolutely want to set sail for this one.
  19. Apr 5, 2020
    78
    If you are a fan of One Piece this is the game for you. Pirate Warriors 4 is an obvious improvement of previous iterations, sadly, with the same repetitive nature. Recommended if you are looking for action and destruction without complications, and above all, if you are a fan of One Piece.
  20. Apr 2, 2020
    77
    If you’ve never played a musou game before, then One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is a fantastic one to start with. If you’re not a One Piece fan, however, your enjoyment of the game’s story may be limited. But if you like One Piece, and/ or like Dynasty Warriors, then you need this game in your life.
  21. Mar 27, 2020
    77
    One piece Pirate Warriors 4 is a game for fans of Eiichirō Oda's work. Controlling giant characters and performing special movements is fun, but its proposal is too repetitive and its different game modes don't provide much variety.
  22. CD-Action
    May 12, 2020
    75
    Visually it’s one of the best games in the genre but to say the camera work is unpolished is like to say Deadpool has a slightly better immune system than average. [06/2020, p.44]
  23. Apr 20, 2020
    75
    This is the musou action you love (or hate) with the added bonuses of One Piece, giant enemies and destructible environments.
  24. Apr 13, 2020
    75
    A rare innovative Musou game, with tons of content but a handful of issues. If you can wrestle the camera into submission, and especially if your One Piece fan, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is full of treasure once you dig past its flaws.
  25. Apr 8, 2020
    75
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is not a bad game at all as it offers plenty of frenetic and chaotic battles with simple yet fun gameplay mechanics. However, it is really predictable and its contents are what many fans (from both the anime and Musou series) would expect. It's more of the same formula we have seen in previous titles, though that is not necessarily bad or wrong; only not amusing.
  26. Apr 5, 2020
    75
    If you are not a Musou fan, then One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is unlikely to convince you to be one, as it doesn't add anything specific to the genre. That said, it can he considered a good game when compared to other games in the exact same genre, and especially the fans of the One Piece anime will probably enjoy it.
  27. 75
    Although it doesn’t try to do something as radical as World Seeker, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is arguably just as great by sticking to the satisfying Warriors gameplay loop. One Piece fans will adore it even with its condensed story-telling, but it’s also great for people with a casual interest in the series. It’s easily the strongest title in the series so far, and a great bit of mindless fun in the wonderful One Piece world.
  28. Apr 1, 2020
    74
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is one of the most satisfying games of the genre thus far; but it’s not the most varied game of the series. Omega Force does make a huge step forward in its game mechanics, but also simplifies the strategy and tactics during the missions. Plus, there are just six playable arcs, something odd given the big number included in the prior entry. Still, this is a must play adventure for any Mugiwara fan.
  29. Apr 13, 2020
    73
    One Piece fans will love this game. Although I have not seen a single episode of One Piece’s anime or read any of the manga, I enjoyed playing it. You don’t need to have a vast knowledge of the One Piece lore to enjoy this game, as the main storyline introduces you to the characters and locations within the One Piece universe. Overall, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it if you enjoy Dynasty Warriors-like games.
  30. Mar 27, 2020
    73
    One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is just one of many musou beat'em up, but it is done with competence and will delight One Piece fans.
  31. Mar 31, 2020
    72
    Pirate Warriors 4 is a game we’ve enjoyed as fans of the franchise, but as a game we feel like it hasn’t improved over its predecessor. If you understand and forgive its shortcomings, you’ll have a great time with it.
  32. May 22, 2020
    70
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 includes plenty of content, a lot of similar content where enjoyment is based on how well people gel with the mindlessly over the top, flashy, fun, combo system that is enhanced through the vast unique character move sets, skill selection and Power Rush mechanics. There are some genuine nice additions to the Warriors combat that gets to shine when characters are levelled up, and I hope these get carried to other entries and built upon. As it stands, this is the best Pirate Warriors to date, once it gets going, but it suffers from the repetitive issues and performance that this series is known for, while taking small, incremental steps to improve with each release.
  33. 70
    You could also say that too much of Pirate Warriors 4 is a retread of the three existing games, and as a result fans of One Piece and the previous titles (at this point, who else would even be looking at Pirate Warriors 4) might come away feeling like this doesn't deliver as much new stuff as they'd like. I don't think that's much of an issue, though. The new battlefields, improved combat system, and sheer action that goes on makes it every bit as much fun to run through those battles again, and One Piece has so much character and personality that the antics of Luffy and his crew never seem to get tiring. With that being said... do Gintama next, Koei. We're still waiting.
  34. Apr 13, 2020
    70
    One Piece fans rejoice, there's a ton here to enjoy. The prospect of getting hands-on as Big Mom, Kaido, and Katakuri then smashing through armies of Samurai on Wano is wonderful. The characters play fantastically, each distinct and diverse, with fantastic realisations of their moves and abilities. The cleaned-up combat system makes for a smoother experience, and many issues have been addressed. That being said, there are some little annoyances that hold it back, such as the key absentees of the roster, and the constantly frustrating camera. For all of its flaws, though, this is a solid Musou title, and a significant step forward beyond Pirate Warriors 3. A must buy for Musou fans. A must buy for One Piece fans. For fans of both an absolute joy.
  35. Apr 9, 2020
    70
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 struggles to outdo its fantastic predecessor, but it's still great fun to smash through hordes of enemies alongside such a colourful cast of characters. The game's delightful and diverse roster really is its greatest strength, and thanks to an emphasis on building combos, the combat system can be surprisingly rewarding, despite its repetitive nature. The pretty standard story mode will leave non-fans completely lost, but those who enjoy the action will find a near endless supply of it in the title's other offerings.
  36. Apr 7, 2020
    70
    More of the same, with improved technical aspects and the addition of four player co-op. If you're a fan of the franchise, this game should be right up your alley. If not, you're probably just going to be confused a lot.
  37. Apr 3, 2020
    70
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 isn’t a groundbreaking game by any means. It is a noticeable step forward for its series as a whole though, and boasts some worthwhile high points and potential that fans of the One Piece series and Musou games alike will be able to appreciate.
  38. Apr 2, 2020
    70
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is what I look for in a game based on an anime or manga.
  39. Apr 2, 2020
    70
    With a vast amount of upgrades and a general feeling of rewarding players for their continued commitment, the game is equally clever in not taking advantage of the time players will no doubt invest. It may ultimately result in an iteration that doesn’t claim superiority over its previous forms, but even for those with virtually no care (neither prior nor ever) for the One Piece narrative, the delightful indulgence in the ridiculous is an attractive-enough proposal. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 in the end is another solid argument for, rather than against, the Warriors template of hack-and-slash being lent out to other brands.
  40. Apr 1, 2020
    70
    Pirate Warriors 4 is the closest game to date to capture the feel of the epic battles from One Piece, although it's dragged down by Omega Force's usual formula and its limitations.
  41. Apr 1, 2020
    70
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is a great action game with a fun combat and impressive roster, but it's also repetitive and has a poor level design. You will enjoy the game, but is far from the best musou.
  42. Mar 30, 2020
    70
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is an awful lot of fun, and its conservative design is still a step above what Dynasty Warriors tried to achieve with its last, cursed outing. Those who get a kick out of the mindless action of other musou games should pick this up, particularly if they are already fans of One Piece. It's not a revolution, but a competent and enjoyable hack and slash that will prove more than a worthy distraction.
  43. Mar 30, 2020
    70
    Pirate Warriors 4 is a rich experience for One Piece's fans, but it doesn't even want to try to come up with something new for the musou genre.
  44. Mar 30, 2020
    65
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 still offers vast content and loads of fan-service, but overall it feels too similar to the previous games, and suffers from sub-par graphics and technical problems.
  45. Apr 3, 2020
    60
    One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 offers the most important arcs of the manga series, along with all the familiar and mandatory features that come with a "musou" game.
  46. Mar 27, 2020
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  47. 60
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is yet another action heavy entry in the spinoff series that will provide fans of the series with a fun experience for awhile before starting to feel very monotonous as a result of the lack of anything special to set itself apart from other games in the genre.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 90
  2. Negative: 12 out of 90
  1. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    A great One Piece game!!! After the over hyped One Piece World Seeker game in 2019, we're finally have a game jammed packed with characters,A great One Piece game!!! After the over hyped One Piece World Seeker game in 2019, we're finally have a game jammed packed with characters, action and chaos! The fact that you can play as different characters without waiting for DLC is already a winner.

    I believe that the Dynasty Warriors game play helps to bring out the best of the amazing and wacky world of One Piece.
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  2. Apr 23, 2020
    10
    This game is definitely better than the last and they still adding in characters
  3. Mar 28, 2020
    8
    A great one piece game very fun I'd say only for fans of the anime or manga series.