No matter the theme or cast of characters, it’s always great fun to beat up hordes of angry enemies. That’s a truth that Tecmo Koei is banking on with their licensed beat-em-up title One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2. While Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Crew are the perfect set of ragamuffins to control in a riot of enemy fighters, their actions soon go from awesome to tiresome after the thousandth enemy killed and the hundredth pressing of the same three button combo. Unfortunately for this game, that’s just the first level.
As you progress, bosses with their own personal hordes will appear at certain sections on the map. You must find and defeat them, but there are other ways to complete missions, such as reaching a certain section before the enemy or escorting allies out of the line of fire. None of these are real varied from one to the next, as no matter what the task, the filler will always be punching your way through crowds of hostiles.