Switch Re:port covers the Nintendo Switch port/version of a game newly released on the platform. One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 simultaneously released on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC and scored 7.5/10 on PS4.
A lot of developers have been bringing their back-catalog to Nintendo Switch in the form of deluxe or complete edition re-releases over the years. Bandai Namco Entertainment gave Nintendo Switch owners a taste of its One Piece games with One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 – Deluxe Edition back in 2018.
Both of those were fine conversions and I was interested to see how newer One Piece games from Bandai Namco would translate to Switch. While World Seeker skipped the system, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 arrives day and date with other platforms on Nintendo Switch bringing a modern musou experience to Switch after multiple ports and re-releases.
In warriors or musou games, the core gameplay loop can get repetitive but that is the nature of this genre or style of games and the real draw is seeing how the developers manage to keep your attention with various key moments and characters from the One Piece universe thrown into the picture. Missions are varied and I never felt the need to grind here like I do in some warriors games. In terms of new features, the new skill system and environmental destruction are great additions. The overhauled progression is also a welcome change.
The massive roster and great boss battles here are a sight to see and experience but the release suffers technically quite a bit on Nintendo Switch. The game isn’t crisp when played docked and handheld. It looks noticeably worse than One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 on Switch and the awful camera angles (present in every version) only make things worse.
One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 on Nintendo Switch doesn’t have any touchscreen support and some of the text is a bit too small in handheld mode on the regular Switch. Things are even worse font size wise on the Switch Lite if that matters to you. The one aspect I like a lot about this port is that you can play splitscreen in handheld mode with a single Joy-Con each. The visuals and performance takes a hit once again here but I wish all warriors games on Switch offered this.
One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is one of the better anime games available today but it isn’t worth getting on Nintendo Switch in its current state if you own any other system. It has lower quality visuals and an inconsistent frame rate at almost all times. You’re better off getting One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 on Switch if you’re craving a portable warriors experience right now. If future patches can address some of the visuals and performance issues, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 is well on its way to be the best modern One Piece game available.
Great gameplay additions
Loads of playable characters
Multiple visual and performance issues