What was at first only about ancient Chinese warriors, now covers everything from Samurai to Gundams — not to mention badass manga Fist of the North Star. But regardless of the window-dressing, the gameplay has been nearly identical across all Dynasty Warriors titles. Until now.
While the standard “defeat a miniboss to claim the area and repeat” goal is still present in some levels of One Piece: Pirate Warriors, there are also “action” levels. These levels are structured more like a series of arena battles with rudimentary platforming sections in between. They are also filled with interactive cutscenes and some sections even require a bit of third-person aiming. To see how this new style of Dynasty Warriors looks in action, just check out the video above.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors was released on March 1, 2012, in Japan only on the PlayStation 3. Currently, there has been no official word on a Western release.