For this kind of game, Project X Zone presentation is top notch. Every character on screen is built by an in-game sprite which looks phenomenal. When they talk, they are accompanied by a Japanese voice over with a portrait showing their emotions and actions. Going through the conversations alone will be fun to go through as you can expect humor and some fan service that Namco want to implement. Every characters from different games are drawn nicely living up to their original art, and that alone is something fans can appreciate.
Story Is Not the Best
In a game like a RPG, I always look for the best story. Unfortunately in Project X Zone, I’m disappointed to say that the story of the game is flawed which will reach to a point that you will just give up understanding it. The game will pretty much focus in an item being stolen and a bunch of portals from different worlds start popping out. Every chapter goes from one set of characters from one world to the next until they all come together and find out what’s been going on. With so much side stuff being told all at once, you will end up not caring and just focus on the fun gameplay. However, the one thing that the game does best is incorporating background stories from characters like Resident Evil, Ghost & Goblins, Tales franchise, and Devil May Cry. While all of them are from different worlds, their persona remains intact that those who knows them will feel some sort of a nostalgia.
Lack of Customization
Those who are hardcore RPG fans and are looking forward for some sort of a customization of the characters in the game, you will be disappointed again. In Project X Zone, the game does little customization where you will just ignore that there is one. Their progression of the game is one monotonous tone where you will feel that you’ve been doing the same thing over and over again. There are no weapons for the characters to equip or armors of any kind. The game sicks to simple customization which I find useless.
As mentioned earlier, the game does a very poor progression in advancing the story. Moving from one chapter to the next, you will notice that the event is somewhat the same. You start with an introduction of characters, they begin talking, a portal comes out of nowhere, and a battle will start. That scene always happens every chapter where it gets tedious if you are playing for more than two hours.
Project X Zone will not be the game that everyone will buy. The game tries to implement certain things to favor from one genre to the next but unfortunately, Project X Zone did not deliver the quality evenly on all genres it wants to cater for. With the story being not an exciting one and a poor progression, hardcore RPG fans can surely forget about this game. However, if you are the type of gamer that loves the idea of having bunch of characters from different game team up in a fun brawling action game, there’s no doubt that you will enjoy the game. Plus the game gives the best fan service to everyone who loves Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega.
[Editor’s Note: Project X Zone was reviewed on the Nintendo 3DS platform. The game was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]Project X Zone Review,