Project X Zone is developed by two companies Banpresto and Monolith Soft. While both developers are Japanese companies that have a good track record for games, Monolith Soft has been working on games such as the very awesome Xenoblade Chronicles and Chrono Cross. Project X Zone is published by Namco Bandi Games, they have a long track record of publishing awesome games that have come up under their name on it such as Dark Souls, Ni No Kuni, Soulcalibur V, Ace combat: Assault Horizon, and the upcoming Super Smash Bros on Wii U as well as the Nintendo 3DS.
When told I was going to be playing Project X Zone I was super pumped. I had seen things about this game at E3 2013, still having no clue what the game was like in my own hands until I got my code for it, put it into my Nintendo 3DS XL, and booted it up for the first time. I was blown away by this game. First off this game is very Japanese, just by the way that everything is subtitled and the characters are all speaking Japanese, and the art direction also follows suit.
Project X Zone has a story following the theft of the ‘Portalstone’. The Portalstone is a stone that has been protected over the ages and Project X Zone’s plot follows detective Konoro Tenzai to locate the stone. From there the story twists and turns and I found it really hard to follow, but that wasn’t a problem because you are looking at a very long story to play through which is good. You’re going to get a lot of bang for your buck with Project X Zone, there is at least 40+ hours of game to play through.
The gameplay in Project X Zone is very awesome. Players have, on one side, a top down RPG with grid movements that is turn based with so many variations to it. Then there’s the best battle system I’ve seen in a game for a long time. When you go into attacking someone you get a 2D mixed with 3D type of fight scene reminiscent of Street Fighter. You will either be attacking solo or you will have a pair of two characters. You also will have cross-hit and support-hit where you can have nearby allies join in the fight and give you some support during fights which will inflict major damage. In each of the levels you will get the chance to play as several different characters and get items as you play that will become very handy during gameplay.
The controls end up with players usually using the circle pad and buttons on the right hand side. The d pad is rarely used and there is the option to use the bumpers (which are used here and there). Any gamer can pick this game up pretty easily, because it teaches you how to play the game with on-screen directions. When you are in battle it also shows you combos that you can use in-game, they are specific to the character you are using.
Speaking for the characters in this game there’s characters from franchises like Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Tekken, Devil May Cry, Valkyria Chronicles, Tales of Vesperia, Dead Rising, God Eater, and Mega Man. The graphics in the game are ‘pixelated’ 3D models in the RPG mode and there is really good art when you are in the fighting mode. This game is going to have a very high replay-ability. Handheld gamers will be able to come back to Project X Zone over and over again.
Final Verdict: Project X Zone is an extremely enjoyable mix between fighting and role playing from Monolith Soft and Banpresto presented by Namco Bandai Games packed full of Sega, Capcom, and Namco Bandai’s characters and earns a 9.6 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz. It’s one of the best 3DS games played to this point and one of the best games played in 2013. We recommend that if you have Nintendo 3DS, you need to pick this game up and enjoy it now.
Overall Score: 9.6 / 10
RGN Rating: Platinum Game
Available On: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Banpresto + Monolith Soft / Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Played On: Nintendo 3DS XL
Review Copy Info: A digital voucher for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.
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