Project X Zone Has Gigantic Battles; Thank Goodness There’s Quick Save

By Spencer . June 12, 2013 . 1:20pm

Namco Bandai showed me a mission in Project X Zone that takes place much later in the game. This massive battle had 48 different units on the map at once. Considering all of the allied units are pairs like Dante from Devil May Cry & Demitri from Darkstalkers plus a few triple teams there were over 80 characters on screen.

 

If you haven’t been following the news, Project X Zone is a strategy RPG mashup from Namco X Capcom developer Monolith Soft with characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega games. Why are they together? Well, Chun-Li was talking about a dimensional rift, but the true answer is fan service. You’ll see it in spades with Space Channel 5′s Ulala attacking with Sega sprites and seeing .hack characters Kite & BlackRose use Data Drain as a super move. Project X Zone was fully localized with English text and Japanese voice acting. As mentioned earlier, they used the Japanese name for the Dynamite Deka/Die Hard Arcade game, which is Bruno Delinger.

 

Project X Zone’s battles take place on a grid and like Super Robot Taisen you move units up to enemies to attack. When you engage in a skirmish the game switches to a 2D view and you can do different attacks by pressing Y plus a direction. The goal is to chain attacks and juggle the enemy to build up your meter. When it’s full you can do an over the top special attack like a Metsu Hadouken & Shoryuken combo. The animations are presented kind of like Super Robot Taisen with cut in art before attacks. The key to fights is placing your units within two squares of each other so you can call in an assist by pressing R.

 

If your team has a solo unit like Arthur from Ghouls’n Ghosts or Lindow from Gods Eater Burst you can actually have five characters on the screen at the same time doing a crazy chain combo. Unfortunately most of those attacks will *miss* so you’re better off starting an attack with your main team, calling an adjacent ally, using an upwards attack to extend a juggle, summoning your solo partner, and then using a super move.

 

Project X Zone will introduce a handful of characters to English speaking audiences like Kurt and Riela from Valkyria Chronicles 3 and Sakura Shinguji from Sakura Wars. Nice to see Mega Man X return into the video game world for the 30th anniversary of the Mega Man series.


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  • Chris Yuen

    Spence, it’s direction button+”A”. “Y” is for the pair’s special attacks (requires 100% Cross Point gauge). It will finally be here in two more weeks! I can’t wait for Demo B to be released (because I foolishly took the advice of some forum guy and soft reset the demo…now I don’t have any tries left. Sighhh…prior to that, I finished the demo maybe like 20+ times, each time still as satisfying as the last. )

    • dragoon_slayer12

      I feel you, I played it for two hours straight when I first completed it. I deleted it (still had 4 tries), missed it, then downloaded again. I can’t wait to get it

  • z_merquise

    So excited for this game. I really enjoy the demo. It played like Namco X Capcom and Endless Frontier but fast-paced.

    And yeah, also happy to see Valkyria Chronicles 3 characters in English. Funny that Kurt and Riela’s super move is named Localized Assault.

    • SerendipityX

      A critical hit from Sega…

    • Haseyo

      If you played the game, you’ll know why it’s called that. It’s a special move Kurt has, just like Riela’s Valkyria Mode and Imca’s muti-launcher move (end of her assist attack). If they do localize it by any chance, it’s sheer coincidence.

      Sorry if this bursts any bubbles.

      • z_merquise

        Hey, it’s okay. Thanks for clearing that.

        • Haseyo

          No prob. I really do hope they do. Playing it in Japanese is fun and all but…just not the same.

  • SilverSven

    “Unfortunately most of those attacks will *miss*”

    Quit bein’ bad at cross hits.

    • J_Joestar

      Makes me glad there is supposed to be a practice mode between battles. I need to learn the timings for supports as i end up cross locking them in the air.

  • mojack411

    Team Sega: The characters that never made it to America.

    • SerendipityX

      I know I’m not only one going “Who are you??” at majority of the character roster.

      • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

        At least we have John McClane! And we know him very well!

      • Slayven19

        Who are you should be a good thing in games like this. Why do people always view it as a negative.

      • Slayven19

        Going Who are you should be a good thing. I don’t know why people view it as a negative when they give people popular and obscure characters.

    • J_Joestar

      they really need to release the rest of Sakura Wars over here.

  • konsama

    Well the game was indeed interesting, but the demo instead of hyping me more it somewhat did the opposite, i just played it 2 times, but by the second time already found how to exploit it and stuff.

    If the game indeed gets harder i will be interested since i’d love to have my dream team of characters on crazy fights.

    And man seeing kurt and riela made me rage cuz VC3 never got localized and it’s an awesome game. Dx

    • Highasthesky

      Wait exploit? what did you find?

    • Haseyo

      The Demos are much, much easier than what the real game is, so I’ve heard from Japanese reviews. It gets very challenging very fast.

  • Testsubject909

    A lovely cast of characters. But the last bit just makes me wonder about Valkyria Chronicles 3 now.

  • Carabutifarra

    Pre-ordered since 3 weeks.
    Thanks Namco, I will enjoy this game a lot.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I got it reserved, I can’t wait to play it!

  • transferstudentx

    i dont think my body can handle this game too much epicness in one game this shit should be illegal

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