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One Piece: Burning Blood

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Grab your straw hats and weigh anchor - we’re setting sail for a One Piece summer!

As you may already be aware, we will be releasing One Piece (Uncut) Collections 13 and 14 on DVD over the next few months, with Collection 13 out in October and 14 in November. In addition to this, our friends over at Bandai Namco are releasing their newest One Piece game in June, which is set to be a smash-hit!

One Piece Collection 13

All this One Piece news has got us bursting with pirate-themed excitement, so when we recently had the opportunity to go over to the Bandai Namco Headquarters in London to try out One Piece: Burning Blood, we jumped at the chance! And who better to send over than our resident One Piece aficionado Fraser, and total gaming novice Darcy?

One Piece: Burning Blood
A fighting game pitting Luffy & Co. against the likes of Edward Newgate, Bon Clay and Buggy, One Piece: Burning Blood is a great way to experience the original story from a whole new perspective.

“Set sail with the Straw Hat Crew and collect your bounty in the most epic anime fighter this side of the Grand Line! Use Devil Fruit abilities, Haki techniques, and punishing combos to turn the tide in the ultimate One Piece battle royale!”

One Piece: Burning Blood
Fraser: I've been waiting for a One Piece game like this for years, and from what I've played, One Piece: Burning Blood will not disappoint. Our session started off with a very simple tutorial that eased us into the game, followed by some much rougher Player vs. CPU. After a few rounds we felt confident enough to dive into the multiplayer... I have to admit Darcy nearly beat me. Although our time with the game was short, it was extremely fun. The game looked absolutely beautiful and even those of you who aren't fans of One Piece will find lots to enjoy.  I'll be counting down the days until I can pick up Burning Blood for PS4 next month.

One Piece: Burning Blood

Darcy: I’m pretty new to One Piece and my gaming knowledge doesn’t really extend past the occasional game of Mario Kart, so I was pretty glad to have Fraser there to walk me through it! I had an absolute blast: the game caters to all skill levels and the on-screen prompts helped me to learn new moves quickly and easily - it wasn’t long before I was kicking some pirate butt! The cut scenes were also really engaging and fun and I’d say that even if you’re new to One Piece and are unfamiliar with the storyline, you’ll still have a great time playing this. Also don’t listen to Fraser, I totally beat him.

One Piece: Burning Blood
Grab Bandai’s One Piece: Burning Blood from next month on PS4, XBOX One, PSVita and PC, and our One Piece (Uncut) Collection 13 from July 25th - pre-order here.


One Piece (uncut) Collection 13 (episodes 300-324)

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Nami, despite her desperate dash, arrives at the station too late to stop the Sea Train, but she's relieved to learn that Sanji has stowed away on board the vessel and will stop at nothing to rescue Robin! With the storm of all storms bearing down upon them, Nami and Chopper risk their lives to save Luffy and Zoro from the rapidly rising waters. Back aboard the train, Sanji is aided in his battle against the CP9 goons by the arrival of the mysterious Soge King, a wandering warrior from the Island of Snipers!

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One Piece. Pieces of Hate

Been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt....
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One Piece: Strong World

The Straw Hats Pirates come together for an adventure like no other...
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One Piece - ninja or pirates?

Matt Kamen turns video pirate!
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One piece: Crew Manifest #1

Matt Kamen finds out who’s who in the One Piece anime
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One Piece: Crew Manifest #2

Back at sea for volume two of One Piece
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One Piece music: TOMATO CUBE

Tom Smith on One Piece’s TOMATO CUBE
One-hit wonders. Every country has them. And, as PSY can most likely attest, very few musicians really want to be labelled as one. Sure, it’s all fun, games and fancy dinners when that royalty cheque floats through the letter box. The one with all the zeroes from that single from yesteryear that went massive. But what about the rest of your work? It must be somewhat unsatisfying as an artist to be known for one track, while everything else remains relatively overlooked, and expectations are high for that difficult follow up single. If you’re TOMATO CUBE, you do nothing. Ever again.



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Andrew Osmond on the real “adult” manga
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