Mixed or average reviews - based on 53 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
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  1. Jul 24, 2013
    Project X Zone shows how crossover games should be done, celebrating the rich history of Namco Bandai, SEGA and Capcom, while making all the included characters shine.
  2. Jun 27, 2013
    Project X Zone is a great game for RPG players. It may not get too difficult, but the fan service that has been implemented is one that anyone who enjoys these companies should play and see. The combat is simple, yet complex enough to keep the hardcore happy. Plus, it is just pure fun to play and watch unfold. Project X Zone is a great addition to the 3DS line up and I highly suggest it to any casual RPG fan.
  3. Jul 5, 2013
    We're really happy to have games like this brought to the West, but we're even happier because it is a great choice for RPG/strategy games fans, with plenty of characters you will enjoy playing as or against.
  4. Jul 12, 2013
    The ultimate verdict I can give Project X Zone is that it’s detailed, well-polished, excitable fun that was created with established fans in mind.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    Project X Zone is a fun game that brings together characters from various Namco, Sega, and Capcom franchises. While it is a bit easy and not quite as deep as other tactical RPGs, like the Fire Emblem series, it’s not a bad game by any stretch. I just wish there was more to it.
  6. Jul 28, 2013
    The gigantic clash of game worlds is a risky thing to do and that show in the storyline. The game offers a lot of action mixed with RPG-elements and keeps you busy for hours at a time.
  7. Jul 18, 2013
    Not the best choice if you're looking for a great SRPG on your Nintendo 3DS. Still, the best one if you're old enough to appreciate every dialogue and every character stuffed in this tiny cartdridge.
  8. Jul 16, 2013
    Project X Zone excites through the use of OTT animations, crazy crossovers, and easily accessible action that will hook you time after time.
  9. Jul 12, 2013
    Project X Zone is somewhat too long and enemies are more cannon food than real threats, however the sheer amount of fanservice and the immensely fun combat system make up for its flaws.
  10. Jul 9, 2013
    As much as I loved Project X Zone, it's not for everyone. The story is incomprehensible. It can be pretty repetitive. And those lacking a strong attachment to Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega's iconic characters might want to stay away. That said, this is a love letter from Japan that just any RPG fan should seriously consider checking out.
  11. This is an ensemble piece built purely for the ensemble and if you're happy to accept that there's no pretence of there being anything beyond that, you won't just enjoy Project X Zone, you'll love it.
  12. Jul 4, 2013
    An interesting tactical RPG game with a great fan-service effort. It's not as deep and satisfying as expected, but it's still an enjoyable title, with more than 40 hours of gameplay and lots of popular videogame characters.
  13. Jun 26, 2013
    Project X Zone is often funny and consistently frantic – two traits not necessarily associated with tactical RPGs. Its story is confusing and the chapters slavishly follow the same repetitive formula, but the superb battle system makes repetition not just tolerable, but enjoyable.
  14. Jun 25, 2013
    It's by no means a flawless experience, but Project X Zone offers an infectiously giddy thrill that somehow only manages to grow the more time you spend with it.
  15. Jun 25, 2013
    Project X Zone is an outstanding blend of action RPGs, SRPGs, and even fighting games that tries many things and manages to do them well.
  16. Jul 9, 2013
    I didn't hate Project X Zone, but the overall package didn't provide the kind of thrills you'd expect from such an amazing roster of gaming giants.
  17. Jul 16, 2013
    Good clean turn based RPG fun with a celebrity cast that transcends franchises and genres.
  18. 78
    Though simple, the game still gives you enough challenge to keep you playing.
  19. Jun 25, 2013
    What Project X Zone lacks in expert strategies and rewarding tactics, it makes up for with a plethora of fun combat animations.
  20. Nov 10, 2013
    It's a very good title, but one that requires a lot of patience.
  21. Jul 30, 2013
    Project X Zone is a product designed for super fans and lovers of Japanese genres.
  22. Jun 25, 2013
    Provided that your a strategy RPG fan, if you’ve always wanted to see Mega Man X team up with Frank West and Jill Valentine, you’ll want to pick this game up for novelty alone.
  23. Hyper Magazine
    Aug 8, 2013
    Devoid of tactical depth and exhaustingly repetitive - yet somehow still entertaining and enjoyable, if taken in moderation. [Sept 2013, p.76]
  24. Jul 29, 2013
    Though actual gameplay is on the lower end, witty writing and impressive visual variety ensure your time spent with the crossover strategy RPG is memorable.
  25. Jul 25, 2013
    Project X Zone is a decent turn based strategy game, in which the recognizable characters obviously are the most it’s got going for it. That’s also its biggest issue: if you’re not familiar with games such as The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, then many parts of the game aren’t appealing to you anymore, or even not understandable at all. If you do know characters like Hsien-Ko, KOS-MOS and Kurt Irving, this point of critique doesn’t apply to you.
  26. Jul 25, 2013
    It is bound to have its critics then, but when you get to see Darkstalkers’ Morrigan fighting alongside Ghost and Goblin’s Arthur and a grandfather-clock, salt and pepper-shaker tossing Dynamite Cop, it’s almost impossible to stop yourself falling just a little bit in love with the whole affair.
  27. Jul 22, 2013
    Capcom, Namco and Sega deliver a new world record in pure fan service. Although the strategy parts and fighting could be better, this is still well worth your time and highly recommended for old school gamers.
  28. Jul 17, 2013
    I desperately wanted to like Project X Zone. It does a lot of things right, even if it doesn't do them as well as other titles in the same genre. The translation is solid, the presentation is good, and the gameplay seems like it could be interesting. Alas, the game ends up being too tedious.
  29. 70
    Project X Zone is a great game if you’re a fan of the Namco Bandai, Capcom, or Sega characters included in it.
  30. Jul 6, 2013
    Project X Zone is a crazy japanese cocktail where characters from a huge number of popular games interact in funny ways. Its gameplay is interesting at the beginning but loses appeal after a few hours, the final experience anyway is good enough. If you love japanese games, just buy it and be happy.
  31. Jul 5, 2013
    An enjoyable self-homage with excellent 2D graphics and superb soundtrack, making a fun use of the dozens of historic characters from Sega, Capcom and Namco Bandai. However, it´s too long and repetitive, overstaying its welcome at some points.
  32. Jul 2, 2013
    Project X Zone brings together more than 200 characters from various Namco Bandai, Capcom, and Sega properties—and then proceeds to have them engage in some of the most tedious, drawn-out battles in strategy-RPG history. Yes, it’s great fun in short bursts, but the game rarely lets you experience combat that way, unfortunately.
  33. Jun 30, 2013
    Despite the lack of depth and the repetition of combat, Project X Zone follows through as a tactical, humorous, preposterous romp through the best hits of video games. Even if you find the combat system strange, the streak of character cameos and the ridiculous number of hits that rack up with every battle will make any hardcore fan smile with appreciation. And if you're anything like me, that's hard to do.
  34. Jun 30, 2013
    It's a credit to the strength of the iconic stature of the characters that seeing their bafflingly scripted journey to its end becomes an unavoidable errand.
  35. Jul 3, 2013
    Project X Zone successfully delivers on the fan service and flashy battles, but it falls short in the strategy department. It’s a fun game to play in small intervals, but it’s a lengthy proposition clocking it at around 40-50 hours to complete.
  36. Jul 12, 2013
    Project X Zone forgot to put the 'tactical' and 'strategy' in tactical turn-based strategy. It lacks depth, which is a shame for a game that could've scored big. It also isn't challenging varied enough, but the great characters manage to alleviate some of those issues.
  37. Jul 2, 2013
    It's primarily the strength of its cast and its presentation, not the strength of its gameplay, that sustains you through the many long hours of this quest.
  38. Jun 30, 2013
    Project X Zone had me excited when I saw the list of characters from 27 different franchises from Capcom, SEGA, and Namco Bandai and after I witnessed the epic trailers that surfaced before its release. Unfortunately, I wasn't as happy with the game as I'd hoped. With such a diverse cast of characters, personalities, and environments, it's a shame the gameplay feels so generic (both as a tactics RPG and as a miniature fighting game mimic).
  39. Aug 19, 2013
    It’s not easy to dislike Project X Zone, not only for its popular characters but also because it can be fun if played in small amounts, maybe a chapter a day.
  40. Jul 30, 2013
    Unfortunately, while its combat is initially exciting, the enjoyment doesn’t hold up after multiple chapters of the same gameplay.
  41. Jul 25, 2013
    Project X Zone reunites characters from Sega, Capcom and Namco in a tactical RPG that stands out for its simplicity and sense of humor.
  42. Jul 17, 2013
    It’s the videogame equivalent of a firework show: you’ll marvel at the pyrotechnics, but while your eyes and ears are in for a treat, there’s little here to engage your brain.
  43. 60
    It certainly has its moments, particularly for those well-versed in gaming history, but ends up sabotaged by an insane lack of variety.
  44. Jul 15, 2013
    When Project X Zone arrived, I was eager and immediately threw it into my 3DS expecting a glorious time. When at last I finished it over seventy hours later, my stance had become a mixed bag.
  45. Jul 15, 2013
    Beneath the hysterical presentation, the frantic battle segments and the skittish storyline, then, Project X Zone is a thin game. The emphasis on fighting game reactions in the battle segments should appeal to genre fans, but these are too simplistic for genuine expression or mastery. Likewise, the tactical elements of positioning and unit movement on the battlefield lack urgency and true significance. The result is a humorous curio, perhaps, but one without the underlying game to adequately serve its stars.
  46. Jul 9, 2013
    It embraces and relishes in the legacies and identities of the companies, characters, and worlds it encompasses. If you don't know or care about a lot of the cast, then this will do nothing for you. For others, engaging with characters from the unlocalized Valkyria Chronicles 3, or seeing Tron Bonne after the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3, will hold a unique significance. Project X Zone may be a poor strategy game, but it will still be a very special experience for many.
  47. Jul 5, 2013
    If the game's plentiful supply of scenarios offered more variety and the gameplay required a little more thought, Project X Zone could compete with the very best. As it stands, however, Project X Zone is overshadowed by superior alternatives.
  48. 60
    Not a particularly good game in its own right, but an enjoyably outrageous mash-up between three of Japanese gaming’s most prolific publishers.
  49. Games Master UK
    Jun 25, 2013
    A beautiful but disappointingly shallow exercise in self back-patting. [Aug 2013, p.70]
  50. Jul 8, 2013
    Project X Zone is a repetitive and boring tactical RPG that survives to itself only thanks to the charisma of its historic characters, who come from some of the most famous video games sagas created by SEGA, Namco Bandai and Capcom.
  51. Jul 3, 2013
    It’s certainly not an awful experience, but it feels very mindless and prolonged, not offering up enough depth to keep you engaged, which makes the experience suffer considering each battle can take upwards of 30 minutes to complete. It’s better consumed in smaller chunks, and I’d definitely suggest trying before you buy, whether you’re a big fan of the three publishers or not.
  52. Jul 17, 2013
    A sub-par strategy RPG paired with a selection of Namco Bandai's, Capcom's and Sega's most cherished franchises.
  53. Jun 27, 2013
    With the wealth of RPGs, and even great SRPGs, that have arrived on the 3DS in the last several months, it would almost be unconscionable not to recommend one of those games instead of Project X Zone. Fun combat and screaming Tekken characters can only take you so far.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 154 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 154
  2. Negative: 23 out of 154
  1. Jun 25, 2013
    Project X Zone is simply a straight forward Tactical-RPG with emphasis on a Capcom styled fight sequence for each of it's battles. Though itProject X Zone is simply a straight forward Tactical-RPG with emphasis on a Capcom styled fight sequence for each of it's battles. Though it can seem immersive at times, the gameplay can feel a little shallow considering that combos can be easily pulled off easily and one of the main strategies for clearing each stage revolves around keeping your units together and either clearing out the weaker units before sending them on an all-out assault. Roster wise, it's amazing to see Megaman X gain recognition after Megaman's horrendous appearance in Street Fighter X Tekken and each and every character have some amazing voice acting followed up. Though I can understand why a majority of characters are Japanese anime stereotypes, but I find it questionable why Sega excluded characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Nights, Ryo Hakazuki, and not a single character to Skies of Arcadia. The story can prove to be another weak point since most of the characters seem to be easily swallowed up into the plot due to the large cast of characters. Though I've only register a few hours, Project X Zone is an amazing title, though it could have had some additional gameplay elements. If you're a huge fan of any of the four developers who helped out with this game or simply need a RPG for the summer then look no further. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2013
    The game is pure fun and very addictive, a must for rpg fans. I love the cross combination of the different characters from Capcom, NamcoThe game is pure fun and very addictive, a must for rpg fans. I love the cross combination of the different characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega. The easy controls makes the game even better. Another great RPG for the 3DS. Highly recommend. Full Review »
  3. Jun 25, 2013
    This game is nearly perfect, it has lots of creative and cool ways to dismember enemies and has a huge roster of awesome characters. TheThis game is nearly perfect, it has lots of creative and cool ways to dismember enemies and has a huge roster of awesome characters. The soundtrack to this game is fantastic as well. Full Review »