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It’s not the biggest title to have debuted on Xbox Game Pass this week, but today marks the arrival of One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 to the service. If you’ve been considering getting on board, now may be the time. We’re impressed that you can fit it around Halo Infinite.

This is the fourth in Bandai Namco’s ongoing One Piece: Pirate Warriors series, which is effectively a spin-off of the Musou genre that has given us Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, among others. It’s that old chestnut of wading through army upon army of soldiers and levelling up as you go, which puts you in good stead for defeating bosses and eventually completing the level, progressing the story. 

As the story goes, this is a kind of alternate take on the One Piece storyline from the TV series and Manga. It takes the unfinished Wano arc that you may know from the Manga, and jiggles things about a bit, with Cavendish and Bartolomeo helping the captured Straw Hat crew escape from his jail cell. It introduces a new big bad in the form of Blackbeard and his crew. 

As is the case with Bandai Namco’s Musou games, there’s plenty of DLC, should you want it. None come as standard with the Game Pass version of the game, but there are a few free skins available now from the Store, including Luffy, Zoro, Sanji and Nami costumes. If you want to double down on One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, though, you can buy its Character Pass, anime song packs and various individual character packs.

We had a whale of a time with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, giving it a 4/5 and saying “as long as you like to enjoy yourself with mindless fun or are interested in the antics of Monkey D. Luffy, then One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 on Xbox One is worth a purchase”. Sounds like a recommendation to us. Grab it from the Xbox Store.

There are still a few games due to be released onto Game Pass in the remains of December.  Among Us (Console) and Aliens: Fireteam Elite (Console, PC and Cloud) are due on December 14th, and The Gunk (Console, PC and Cloud) is threatening your Xbox on December 16th. Destiny 2: Beyond Light is leaving on December 8th.

Oh, and if you weren’t aware, Halo Infinite arrived on Game Pass yesterday. There’s your Christmas sorted.

Do any of these whet your whistle? Let us know in the comments below. We’re on the usual social channels too.

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