There are many niches to be filled in the gaming market, no matter who you are or what you like, there is always something to hit that certain mark that you’re looking for. The particularly niche genre of Anime games seems to have grown rapidly over the years, and the quality of such titles has grown with it. One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is one of those games that only a certain audience will fall within, but there is plenty to love for those who fall into that target audience.
Pirate Warriors 4 follows the story of the titular One Piece, starting from the very beginning of the series to the most recent arc in the ongoing storyline. Therefore, the other three Pirate Warriors games are not necessary for enjoying this title, however, there are a few marks that may drive away players who are not yet acquainted with One Piece. While the story certainly follows the timeline of the anime/manga, it is much more condensed as the developers are forced to fit a 900+ episode storyline into a regular length video game with a much stronger emphasis on action than story. With this in mind, the vital story beats are gorgeous and voiced perfectly in its original Japanese language, so while the fine details of the greater series aren’t present (such as the tame, character-oriented moments) the plot is still engaging and easy to follow.