Project X Zone (pronounced Project Cross Zone) is a tactical crossover RPG between three game companies: Namco, Capcom, and Sega. It is for the Nintendo 3DS developed by Monolith Soft and published by Namco Bandai Games.
The year is 20XX AD.
The world is in the middle of a quiet chaos.
Shadows lurk behind the unchanging peacefulness of everyday life. Twisted beings writhe unseen in the darkness. Mysterious dimensional portals connect the real world to others more fantastic.
But with the passage of time, people eventually have come to understand and even accept these things as part of their daily lives. All without knowing of the existence of the people and organizations fighting the true evil.
The Kouryuji Estate------ There is a certain family that has worked in secrecy behind the scenes throughout history. This story begins with the theft of a treasure known as the "Portalstone" that this family has been protecting over the ages.
Mii Kouryuji has enlisted the help of private detective Kogoro Tenzai in order to locate the stone.
Who stole the stone? And for what purpose? The thoughts and ambitions of various people, organizations, and mythical beings mingle and eventually the case becomes a chaos of a grand scale.
The worlds of the past, future, and even dimensions become involved.
Thus, our heroes' long journey is about to begin.
The battle system is called the Cross Active Battle System.
Most of the characters fight in pairs, but there are also characters who act in solo fashion. The Solo characters can assist the Pair characters in battle by being assigned to them prior to battle. Because Solo characters are interchangeable, players can pair them with any Pair characters they want. This is especially important as Solo characters also have their own spells and abilities which can be used to cover a Pair's weaknesses. Neneko, for example, can prevent an enemy from countering with her How Puzzling! ability, preventing a boss character from using their finisher on the Pair unit she's assigned to.
It is interesting to note that in Pair Units, only the lead hero (Yuri, X, Toma, Ryu, etc.) gets attacked during an enemy's finisher and map attacks. The partner characters (Estelle, Zero, Cyrille, Ken, etc.) can never be struck or damaged. This is different from Namco x Capcom, where it was possible for the partner character to be hit (and even defeated) by long range attacks if they were being countered during a long range assault. Regardless, the partner characters in Project X Zone have their own death quotes if the unit is knocked out.
The game also features the Support Hit and Cross Hit, which involves a fellow party member or nearby allies' proximity. With it, players are allowed to attack one enemy with five characters: a pair unit, a solo unit, and a nearby pair unit to inflict massive damage. Cross Hits also bind the enemy in place so that essentially none of the characters' attack ever miss (though this is dependent on where the enemy is specifically locked as well as where the characters' moves strike). Critical Hits are also featured; if the characters manage to land their hits as the enemy is about to touch the ground after being lifted into the air, the damage numbers will be in yellow, indicating critical hits. Critical Hits are greatly encouraged as the increased damage can greatly weaken or outright defeat some tougher enemies more quickly.
Bonus experience is added to the unit's winning total depending on the number of critical hits, cross hits and overall number of hits landed. A further bonus is granted if the Pair unit's finisher move annihilates the target.
The main protagonists of the game.
|Kogoro Tenzai & Mii Koryuji||Original|
|Haken Browning & Kaguya Nanbu||Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier|
|Jin Kazama & Ling Xiaoyu||Tekken|
|KOS-MOS & T-elos*||Xenosaga|
|Yuri Lowell & Estellise Sidos Heurassein||Tales of Vesperia|
|Kite & BlackRose||.hack|
|Soma Schicksal & Alisa Ilinichina Amiella||God Eater|
|Reiji Arisu & Xiaomu||Namco x Capcom|
|Ryu & Ken||Street Fighter|
|Chun-Li & Morrigan Aensland||Street Fighter & Darkstalkers|
|Mega Man X & Zero||Mega Man X|
|Dante & Demitri Maximoff||Devil May Cry & Darkstalkers|
|Frank West & Hsien-Ko||Dead Rising & Darkstalkers|
|Chris Redfield & Jill Valentine||Resident Evil|
|Ichiro Ogami & Sakura Shinguji||Sakura Wars|
|Gemini Sunrise & Erica Fontaine||Sakura Wars|
|Akira Yuki & Pai Chan||Virtua Fighters|
|Kurt Irving & Riela Marcellis||Valkyria Chronicles III|
|Toma & Cyrille||Shining Force EXA|
|Zephyr & Leanne||Resonance of Fate|
|Sänger Zonvolt*||Super Robot Wars: Original Generations|
|Flynn Scifo||Tales of Vesperia|
|Valkyrie||The Legend of Valkyrie|
|Saya*||Namco X Capcom|
|Lindow Amamiya||God Eater|
|Arthur||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Princess Devilotte de DeathSatan IX||Cyberbots|
|Tron Bonne (assisted by her Servbots)||MegaMan Legends|
|Lady||Devil May Cry|
|Batsu Ichimonji||Rival Schools|
|Juri Han*||Street Fighter|
|Imca||Valkyria Chronicles III|
|Ulala||Space Channel 5|
|Bruno Delinger||Dynamite Cop|
|Rikiya Busujima||Zombie Revenge|
|Vashyron||Resonance of Fate|
NOTE: Characters with * symbol are initially an enemy unit.
The following list is the villains that serve as the primary antagonists (and occassionally rivals).
|Phantom||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier|
|Dokumezu||Namco X Capcom|
|Dokugozu||Namco X Capcom|
|Necron||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED|
|Omicon||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED|
|Stehoney (One-time only)||.hack|
|Shielder||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Astaroth||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Vile||Mega Man X|
|Selvaria Bles||Valkyria Chronicles III|
|Riemsianne La Vaes||Shining Force EXA|
|Coco ★ Tapioca||Space Channel 5|
The list of enemies that the protagonists must face throughout their adventure.
|Defense Droid Alpha||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier|
|Chaox||Legend of Valkyrie|
|Kamaitachi||Namco X Capcom|
|Aku Tengu||Namco X Capcom|
|Fallen Ogretail||God Eater|
|Cocoon Maiden||God Eater|
|Book of the Dead||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED|
|Defense Droid Gamma||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier|
|WR.Red - Heavy||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier|
|WR.Gold - Heavy||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier|
|Gattuso||Tales of Vesperia|
|Hysteric Purple||Tales of Vesperia|
|Fallen Cocoon Maiden (Spark)||God Eater|
|Gou Tengu||Namco X Capcom|
|Book of Judgement||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED|
|Robodian||Legend of Valkyrie|
|Sizath||Legend of Valkyrie|
|Katana||Namco X Capcom|
|Akatana||Namco X Capcom|
|Byakuya X||Namco X Capcom|
|Hammer Golem||Tales of Vesperia|
|Outbreaker||Tales of Vesperia|
|Emerald Dragoon||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED|
|Fallen Zygote (Blaze)||God Eater|
|Gentleman||Tales of Vesperia|
|Blackflame Dragon||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED|
|Fallen Kongou||God Eater|
|Fallen Cocoon Maiden (Freeze)||God Eater|
|Fallen Zygote (Freeze)||God Eater|
|Daybreaker||Tales of Vesperia|
|Nightbreaker||Tales of Vesperia|
|Red Arremer||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Zombie||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Sin Scissor||Devil May Cry|
|Hell Pride||Devil May Cry|
|Ooze||Resident Evil: Revelations|
|Reaverbot (Horokko)||Mega Man Legends|
|Hell Wrath||Devil May Cry|
|Reaverbot (Sharukurusu)||Mega Man Legends|
|Mettaur C-15||Mega Man X|
|Shielder||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Mettaur D2||Mega Man X|
|Marionette (Purple)||Devil May Cry|
|Red Arremer Ace||Ghosts and Goblins|
|White Arremer||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Ride Armor||Mega Man X|
|Tyrant T-002||Resident Evil|
|Super Tyrant||Resident Evil|
|Bloody Mari||Devil May Cry|
|Red Arremer King||Ghosts and Goblins|
|Hunter a||Resident Evil|
|Marionette (Green)||Devil May Cry|
|Succubus||Shining Force EXA|
|Blood Doll Chainsaw||Resonance of Fate|
|Dolled-Up Dwellest||Resonance of Fate|
|Blood Doll Flame||Resonance of Fate|
|Treasure Mimic||Resonance of Fate|
|Bazooka Dwellest||Resonance of Fate|
|Kouma Sandan||Sakura Wars|
|Kouma Kagizume||Sakura Wars|
|Medusa||Shining Force EXA|
|Blood Doll Omega||Resonance of Fate|
|Golden Mimic||Resonance of Fate|
|Tar Man||Resonance of Fate|
|Kouma Ekisha||Sakura Wars|
|Old Bermuda Gang||Dynamite Cop|
|Dark Stalker||Shining Force EXA|
|Hedrin||House of the Dead|
|Boar||Shining Force EXA|
|Boar (Large)||Shining Force EXA|
|High Bermuda Gang||Dynamite Cop|
|Safety Dwellest||Resonance of Fate|
|Blue Morolian||Space Channel 5|
|Purple Morolian||Space Channel 5|
|Yellow Morolian||Space Channel 5|
|Orange II||Sakura Wars|
|Dark Serpent||Shining Force EXA|
|Master Medusa||Shining Force EXA|
|Vibrant Tar Man||Resonance of Fate|
Some Solo Units may summon other characters as part of their attacks while some appear as non-playable characters:
|Iris||Mega Man X4|
- Namco has the most characters that start out as antagonists before they switch sides with the protagonists while Capcom has the lesser characters (mainly one). Sega has none at all.