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One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush
One Piece Grand Battle.jpg
European PS2 cover art
Developer(s) Ganbarion
Publisher(s)
Toei Animation
4Kids TV
Series One Piece
One Piece: Grand Battle!
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • JP March 17, 2005
  • NA September 7, 2005
  • EU October 7, 2005 (PS2)
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer (2 players)

One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush (ワンピース グラバト!ラッシュ Wan Pīsu: Gurando Batoru! Rasshu?), known in the U.S. as One Piece: Grand Battle! and in Europe as Shonen Jump's One Piece: Grand Battle!, is a fighting game made in Japan based on the anime and manga series One Piece. It is the fourth and final game in One Piece's Grand Battle series and the nineteenth One Piece video game released.

Plot[edit]

Much like the manga and anime it is based on, Monkey D. Luffy wants to take Gol D. Roger's place to become King of the Pirates. Together with his crew namely, Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, and Nico Robin are on a quest to search for the great treasure One Piece (ワンピース Wan Pīsu?) and also to fulfill their own dreams. The story is based on the East Blue saga up to the Foxy's Return arc.

Gameplay[edit]

There are four different modes in the game: Grand Battle, a one-player/two player mode that features unlocked fighters and stages; Story Mode, a mode that follows every character through the story; Training, a testing mode to test one's skill; and Tourney, a tournament mode that allows to select a character and fight in it and baseball mode.

Removed features[edit]

Several features were removed or changed in the American version of the game because the American anime dub had not progressed as far as the Japanese version. The intro used at the startup for the Japanese version was a remix of one piece's first opening theme We Are! while the American version was 4Kids' Pirate Rap intro. At the time, the dub was only up to Alabasta arc (the game is set one saga (Skypiea) and an arc (Davy Back Fight) after Alabasta). The Marine HQ stage was altered to have no one but guards watching the players battle; originally the stage had characters such as Bartholomew Kuma and Don Quixote Doflamingo standing around the stage. Two of the fighting arenas were omitted, the Maxim (from the Skypiea arc) and the Groggy Ring (from the Davy Back Fight arc). The Davy Back game mode was changed to feature Usopp and the Usopp Pirates and renamed as Mini-Game Mode. However, Foxy's crew still can be seen in the background of some of the mini games, and Davy Back Fight rules still apply. Many of the attacks that were introduced after the Alabasta arc were omitted completely, such as Usopp's Impact Dial attack and Afro Luffy's Gum-Gum Cannon.

Some features that were altered and changed were not due to the American progression of the dub. The game had all of 4Kids Entertainment's dub editing practices performed on it, such as Mihawk's crosses being edited out; Smoker and Zoro's names being changed to Chaser and Zolo, respectively; and all traces of smoking being removed. Another strange dubbing edit was that all of the support characters except for the Kung Fu Dugongs and Lasso were mute. The omission of support character battle cries was made up for in the American version. In the Japanese version, the characters are silent after being selected while in the American version, when both players have picked a character, the selected characters say something before the level select screen appears. The reason for this is unknown. In the original version, the support characters would shout a battle cry when added to the battle. Also, instead of random pictures for rewards, the game offered many different series of the TCG games cards, and three could be unlocked every time the player had a victory in any match. In the American version, they can only be unlocked by playing the Mini-Game Mode.

Missing characters[edit]

  • Eneru - with 60,000,000 Volt Julungul as support.
  • Foxy - with Hamburg and Porche as support.
  • Afro Luffy (an alternate costume for Monkey D. Luffy, with a different secret attack).
  • Aokiji - with Ice Bike as support.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC PS2
1UP.com B[1] B[1]
GameSpot N/A 6/10[2]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[3] 4.5/5 stars[4]
GameZone N/A 6.8/10[5]
IGN 7/10[6] 7/10[6]
Nintendo Power 6.5/10[7] N/A
Nintendo World Report 5/10[8] N/A
OPM (US) N/A 3.5/5 stars[9]
PALGN N/A 5/10[10]
X-Play 2/5 stars[11] 2/5 stars[11]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 70.77%[12] 71.56%[13]
Metacritic 67/100[14] 69/100[15]

The game was met with average reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 72% and 69 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version,[13][15] and 71% and 67 out of 100 for the GameCube version.[12][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Li, Richard (September 6, 2005). "One Piece: Grand Battle". 1UP.com. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Score, Avery (October 28, 2005). "One Piece: Grand Battle Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Scantleberry, Chris (September 9, 2005). "GameSpy: One Piece: Grand Battle (GCN)". GameSpy. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Scantleberry, Chris (September 9, 2005). "GameSpy: One Piece: Grand Battle (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ David, Mike (September 29, 2005). "One Piece: Grand Battle - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on November 9, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Castro, Juan (August 31, 2005). "One Piece: Grand Battle!". IGN. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ "One Piece: Grand Battle". Nintendo Power 197: 108. November 2005. 
  8. ^ Bloodworth, Daniel (September 27, 2005). "One Piece: Grand Battle". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "One Piece: Grand Battle". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 96. November 2005. 
  10. ^ Keller, Matt (December 18, 2005). "One Piece: Grand Battle Review - PlayStation 2 Video Game Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Sewart, Greg (September 6, 2005). "One Piece: Grand Battle Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 26, 2005. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "One Piece Grand Battle for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "One Piece: Grand Battle for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "One Piece Grand Battle for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "One Piece: Grand Battle for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 

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