It’s easy to write off Project X Zone as nothing but fan service. After all, it is a crossover game featuring characters from several Capcom, Sega, and Namco Bandai franchises. But beyond the flashy moves and familiar setting there’s a strategy RPG that will appeal to fans of the genre as well.
For starters, many popular characters from each company’s most known series’ make appearances in the game. Capcom is represented by the likes of Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter, Arthur from Ghosts ‘n Goblins, and Dante from the Devil May Cry series, just to name a few. Tekken’s Jin and Xenosaga’s KOS-MOS are among the representatives from Namco Bandai’s flock, and Ulala from Space Channel 5 and Zephyr and Leanne from Resonance of Fate make appearances for Sega.
*For clarification, the game is pronounced as “Project Cross Zone.” Not “Project Ex Zone.”*
You’re enjoyment of this game will stem from your knowledge of the characters represented from the other games. If you only know 10% of the characters referenced then you’ll enjoy the game 90% less than someone that knows all of them. I’m serious here: the more you know, understand, and appreciate the games the characters are coming from the more you’ll actually enjoy the game.
Beyond that, Project X Zone is a fun, competent strategy RPG that doesn’t stand out much beyond it’s cast of all-stars video game characters.