First off, let me start by saying that it kills me that Project X Zone is only being made available for the Nintendo 3DS. I have nothing against the 3DS, it is just not, A, my preferred console of choice for a fighting or RPG games, and, B, I rarely use my 3DS in the first place. It’s a good system, but a system that I was never truly fond of on a personal level. That being said, I may have to dust off my 3DS to play Project X Zone when it is released in North America on June 25. As a sort of spiritual follow up to Namco X Capcom, but with added characters thanks to the involvement of Sega, Project X Zone is starting to look like an amazing strategy RPG.
As my brother-in-law and fellow Pop Cults writer Daniel Shatto pointed out recently, several characters from various games and series in the Namco Bandai, Capcom and Sega stables will crossover in an attempt to save the world and return the stolen “Portalstone” back to its resting place before the merged worlds are destroyed. Seemingly, you can have X and Zero (both from Mega Man X fame) team with either Morrigan Aensland (Darkstalkers) or Kos-Mos (Xenosaga) to create a wonderful mish-mash of a team. And that is just one combo combination. There are a total of 20 Pair Units for a total of 40 characters there, plus an additional 20 Individual Units, 2 event only units and six “summons” type characters for a total of over 60 characters that you can possibly control.
I would say that Project X Zone is a gamer’s dream game come true were it not limited to one handheld system – but I digress. The game looks like it will be a whole lot of fun, and given that you can take it on the road with you, something of a time killer. I just wish it wasn’t limited to one handheld. Either way, this looks like something that is going to go on my “must-buy” list come June, and I suggest to other serious RPG and 3DS fans out there to keep your eyes out for it as well.
Project X Zone, developed by Monolith Software and published by Namco Bandai, is scheduled for release in North America on June 25 and is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.