I’ve been playing One Piece: Pirate Warriors, the anime-inspired spin-off of Koei and Omega Force’s long-running Dynasty Warriors series of beat ‘em up games. It has its flaws, but for a One Piece fan since Viz started running it in Shonen Jump in 2003, it’s probably the best representation of the franchise in video game form. There are bits that feel like they’re begging for downloadable content — notably an option on the main menu that brings up an empty list of additional content — and since Namco Bandai is publishing it, they of course have some add-ons to sell you.
Sadly, there’s nothing as interesting as a missing story arc. Fans have to settle for a bundle of costumes and scenarios to go along with them. The bundle costs $15, which is a bit much, but it does offer more to those who have already mastered the game. Almost of the Straw Hat Pirates get samurai or kimono costumes, though Franky and Brook are left-out in favor of giving an Amazon Lily costume to Hancock and an additional Strong World costume to Nami. (But, er, it’s not the black Strong World outfit you’re thinking of.) Ace also gets a Strong World costume, despite him not really appearing in the film.
The scenarios are basically special fights in already existing locations, from what it looks like. It’s a shame, since I would have gladly paid money to add chapters from Skypeia, Thriller Bark, Amazon Lily, and several other smaller arcs, such as the arcs that introduced Zoro, Usopp, and Vivi. Oh well, maybe they’re coming in an updated sequel.
Here are some videos of the new content that Namco Bandai’s European branch put out when that region got this game.