Excerpt: Being an Xbox guy, I don't get the chance to play many crossovers. So go figure my 3DS is the title that gets me my first ever crossover game. The game is called Project X Zone and that left me confused what games were being fused together. Even the back of the case was vague in terms of who you got to use. Once I started the game I waited with a lot of curiosity to see who all was in Project X Zone. I expected an average roster. What a surprise I was in for.
Summary: Project X Zone seems like something that probably shouldn't exist. It's a strategy role-playing game sporting an expansive all-star cast of prolific characters from the combined libraries of Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega. That sounds more like the stuff of fantasy than an actual game you can play. And yet, here it is.
Conclusion: Project X Zone is a fun game that brings together characters from various Namco, Sega, and Capcom franchises. While it is a bit easy and not quite as deep as other tactical RPGs, like the Fire Emblem series, it’s not a bad game by any stretch. I just wish there was more to it.
Conclusion: And yet…maybe this is the point? Maybe Banpresto and Monolith Soft knew that we wouldn’t be able to bear the thought that our favourite videogame characters really are nothing more than expendable pawns in one big game. Maybe they knew that – above all else – we love to see them kicking ass. If so, Project X Zone delivers this in spades and, through sheer force of will, just about manages to plaster over its limitations.
Summary: Project X Zone is the “pick up and play” of strategy RPGs; boot the 3DS up, start the game, fight the next mission, save, turn it off again. Not a whole lot more to it than that, unfortunately.
Pros: Flashy battle animations, Cool remixes of classic game tunes
Cons: Slow pacing, Repetitive missions, Still not sure what the hell happened
Review: Project X Zone's crossovers and fan service reach epic proportions
18 July 2013
Excerpt: Crossovers are a staple of the gaming industry. Whether it's the crazy, over-the-top styles of Marvel vs. Capcom, or the more family friendly Super Smash Bros. , it's always exciting to see characters from various established franchises on the same screen, whatever the reason may be. Project X Zone follows suit, except that the crossover here is of epic proportions. It doesn't really make any sort of sense, and yet makes for an entirely compelling premise.
Summary: Project X Zone is more than a piece of fan service for Sega, Namco Bandai and Capcom fans. It’s also an exceptionally well done tactical RPG that eschews the usual battle system for this genre with one that is more timing based. The end result is a really fun game where you have to pay far more attention to every little combat nuance than you would in most RPGs. Think more Shadow Hearts than Final Fantasy .
Excerpt: If there is one thing about strategy RPGs that I loathe, it is the hands-off feeling many of them convey. I move my little units around a little grid, ordering my troops into battle and the one thing I want to do - battle - is all taken care of for me. Great games like Disgaea, Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactic Ogre all boast excellent stories and deep strategic gameplay, but the cracking of enemy skulls is determined by a bunch of numbers. Yawn.