One Piece Online
One Piece Online is a 2D Tower Defense Action MMORPG game based on the popular Shonen Jump manga, One Piece. Explore a fantasy world and defeat enemy pirates on your way to becoming Pirate King.
Type: Browser MMORPG
Release Date: January 22, 2015
Pros: +One Piece universe. +Unique blend of RPG and Tower Defense elements. +Auto-play mechanics
Cons: -Pay-to-win elements. -Repetitive gameplay.
One Piece Online Overview
In One Piece Online, a game based on One Piece’s universe, players begin with a choice of three classes: Sniper, Swordsman, or Devil Fruit User. The game's story is a mishmash of One Piece storyline elements. The game boasts a unique mix of genres, combining action-RPG combat with tower defense. Player input is limited to special abilities that cost in-game currency and movement selection for the main character—the recruitable One Piece character partners that act as party members are not controllable. The game is very premium currency-heavy, with most of its user interface linking to deals on premium currency.
One Piece Online Key Features:
- Mix of Genres – unique mix of action and tower defense genres.
- One Piece Theme – appeals to fans of the series.
- Auto-play Mechanics – allow your character to grind while you’re working on other things.
- Multiple Recruitable One Piece Characters – can be used in combat.
- Various Modes – many single-player and PvP modes.
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One Piece Online Classes
- Sniper – equipped with dual flintlock pistols and a shotgun, they can engage enemies from long range.
- Swordsman – melee fighter that can go head to head with waves of enemies.
- Devil Fruit User – magic user that can deal damage from behind the frontlines.
One Piece Online Review
By Marc Marasigan
One Piece Online is a browser-based 2D Tower Defense Action MMORPG developed and published by Joygames. The game hit open beta on January 22, 2015 and can be played on the game’s official website.
One Piece Online is an unlicensed game based on the widely-popular Shonen Jump manga series, One Piece. The game is set in a fantasy world made to look like Sabaody, one of the more popular locations in the series. Players take on the role of a new pirate with the goal of making his or her way up the pirate food chain. Unfortunately, while I like the idea of a One Piece inspired online game since I’m an anime fan myself, the game is actually a re-skinned version of Chinese-made production-line MMO games like Bleach Online and the Naruto-based Unlimited Ninja, but with a different combat system. The story, from what I can pick out from the poorly written dialogue, seems to involve rescuing Ace, Luffy’s brother, from the infamous Marine Admirals. The game features graphics that are actually quite good for a browser-based game, and, in my opinion, might even be better than other client games I’ve played, like Monkey King Online, for example. The game’s flashy effects are also actually pretty good while the background music is fun and upbeat which fits One Piece’s comical theme perfectly. Like Bleach Online, Unlimited Ninja Naruto, and Anime Pirates, One Piece Online is an unlicensed game.
Off the Ship
Players start off by choosing from one of three classes. After picking their characters they are then transported to the game world where they instantly gain a level by simply speaking to an NPC. The game then automatically takes players through a tutorial that literally plays the game for them. All they have to do is click on the indicated buttons, and voila, you’ve just completed a quest, not that the whole game is any different. Unfortunately, the tutorial is part of the game’s story and there’s no way to skip it.
A Click Is All It Takes
The thing with Chinese-made games is that they have a thing for making everything automatic, and One Piece Online isn’t any different. Right off the bat, or should I say, right off the boat, everything is done automatically. Players are automatically taken to the next required NPC and all they need to do is click on the highlighted box or button to complete a quest. Even the combat is automatic. During battles, players protect their pirate flag from waves of enemies and bosses. Characters automatically advances to engage the oncoming waves. While players do have the ability to control their characters and choose their targets, it doesn’t really matter since their AI party members can pretty much take on the waves by themselves and do all the dirty work. Later in the game, players will gain the ability to launch special attacks which they can use on the tougher bosses. Players will also be micromanaging and targeting opponents a bit more to take care of stragglers that the AI misses. The storyline itself takes around an hour to play through before the game forces you to play through the game again on hard mode. Although, even on hard mode, combat still seems pretty easy and relatively unchallenging.
The More the Merrier
In One Piece Online, players have the ability to recruit iconic characters from the game into their party through the Tavern menu. Which character you end up with, or whether you’ll even get one, however, is all up to chance and is determined by a slot machine that players need to roll in exchange for Vivre Cards. Players are given two Vivre Cards for free during the tutorial, additional cards can be purchased from the cash shop in exchange for gold, the game's premium currency, or coupons, which are given as quest rewards. I ended up with Robin as my first party member, and Zoro a few levels later. Party members gain experience along with the player and can also be trained at the ship gym in exchange for Belis (might be Berries), the main game currency.
Pirate teams are One Piece Online’s version of guilds. Players level 15 and above can create their own Pirate Team or join one of the existing ones. As far as I could tell, getting a free gift pack every 24 hours is the only real benefit to joining a Pirate team. Pirate Teams can initially have up to ten members. They can, however, complete quests called Bounty Tasks together to gain experience and level up which adds five more slots each time the team levels up.
Pirates who want to prove that they’re stronger than other pirates can do so in the Pirate Colosseum which pits a player’s party against another player’s party. Like normal combat, players can let their characters automatically do their thing, or they can select targets to help out a party member, for example. Participating in PvP matches rewards players with Prestige that determines their PvP rankings. Reaching certain ranks rewards players with gift packs that get better as the player moves up the ranks.
Like most Chinese-made MMORPG’s, One Piece Online offers micro-transactions at practically every point of the game, from the in-game cash shop to recruiting party members and even when upgrading character stats or using skills during battle. Gold is used as the game’s premium currency which can be bought using real-world cash. Alternatively, players can also use coupons that they gain as rewards for leveling up or completing certain quests, although the coupons that players get aren’t near enough to play at par with paying players which makes the game essentially pay-to-win. Examples of other Chinese browser games with pay-to-win cash shops include Nova Genesis, Shadowbound, and League of Angels. The pay-to-win elements won't be a game breaker though if you avoid the PvP.
Final Verdict - Fair
It might just be me but, for a re-skinned Chinese-made MMORPG, One Piece Online is actually quite addictive, at least for the first few hours, due to the game’s unique blend of TD and ARPG. Although, as I mentioned earlier, the game’s auto path-finding and combat can make things just a little bit too easy which keeps me from giving the game a higher score. The amount of microtransactions offered can be off-putting at first but you can easily clear the game without spending real-world cash, just don’t expect to do well in PVP since cash players tend to be really OP, another point against the game. If you’ve got time to burn, try this game out. I’m not saying you’ll like it, but hey, it’s free so you’ve got nothing to lose.
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One Piece Online Requirements
Operating System: XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Equivalent
Video Card: Any Graphics Card (Integrated works well too)
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Disk Space: 100 MB (Cache)
One Piece Online is a browser based MMO and will run smoothly on practically any PC. The game was tested and works well on Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox and Chrome. Any modern web-browser should run the game smoothly.
One Piece Online Additional Information
Release Date: January 22, 2015
Development History / Background:
One Piece Online is a 2D Tower Defense Action MMORPG game based on the popular Shonen Jump manga, One Piece. Developed by JoyGames, the browser-based game came out on January 22, 2015.