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Project X Zone 3-D, or simply known as Project X Zone 3: Worlds in Peril under the handheld versions, is a crossover Action/Tactical Role-Playing game developed by Square-Enix and published by Bandai-Namco Entertainment in conjunction with Sega and Capcom. It is the direct sequel to Project X Zone 2, the eighth game in the Namco X series and the sixth and final entry in the Japan Six.

PXZ3 marks its series debut on home consoles as well as the first game to feature Square-Enix characters. It boasts a reinvented battle system and expanded roster from the previous games, implementing the open-world action-battle system inspired by the Kingdom Hearts and latest Final Fantasy entries. The console versions have been built from the ground-up using Square-Enix's Luminous Studio engine, which debuted on Final Fantasy XV. The handheld versions, however, will continue to use the tactical, turn-based system from the first two games.

Keeping true to the series tradition of introducing new characters, the game marks the return of classic fan favorites from Sega's Virtua Cop and Skies of Arcadia series. Additionally, Nintendo's Samus Aran (Metroid), Ryu Hayabusa, Rachel and Momiji from Koei-Tecmo's Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden franchises, Mass Effect's Commander Shepard (E.A.) and Metal Gear's Quiet and Solid Snake from Konami appear as guest characters, the latter of whom are a squad unit who can be obtained as a pre-order bonus. Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex also appears as a new character from Bandai-Namco.

The game was released on June 12, 2018 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.

Synopsis

After the fall of Ouma, the global superpower, Mishima Zaibatsu (Tekken series) continues their strive for world domination, this time, by enlisting the help of other evil organizations through the merging of other worlds with their own. And with all other dimensions and worlds merged together into a single void, various destructive tyrants emerge, attempting to destroy all life forms.

With the fate of all dimensions hanging in the balance, Z-Fighters Goku and Vegeta attempt to enlist an army to stop them.

Gameplay

Project X Zone 3 features largely the same mechanics from the previous entries. Pair Units approach enemies on the battlefield, except now, Squad Units can be paired with up to two different Solo Units to perform assists, one for each character, to compensate for the expanded roster, though it uses a different format depending on which version you play.

The home console/PC version, Project X Zone 3-D, as the name suggests, features open-world mechanics wherein players are free to navigate through fully three-dimensional, interactive environments from the game's many crossover titles and experience fully-cinematic cutscenes in 3D via 8th-gen graphics, the '-D' being added to its title to signify its 3D engine in addition to being the third entry in the franchise. Players can have up to 4 characters per party, two of those compromising a single Pair Unit, before engaging enemies in an Active-Battle System, similar to Final Fantasy-Type 0/XV. Commands are mapped to the controller's button layout, used to defend, evade/parry, and execute attacks, switch characters, perform assists, and unleash special moves.

Project X Zone 3-D also allows different party members to be assigned commands, similar to Resident Evil Zero. Like RE0, party members can split up to complete side-quests and either be controlled simultaneously or by AI with the player's choice. Each member is also given an Assist Meter, which increases with each Critical Art/assist attack. It can heal injured team mates or give them an MP (Magic Point) boost at the cost of AP which can allow them to perform Limit Breaks.

The handheld version, Project X Zone 3: Worlds in Peril, for the PlayStation Vita and 3DS uses the strategic turn-based format from the previous 2 games. Different characters are manually selected to different parts of each map on a grid in order to engage approaching enemies in the selected area. Once in battle, the game uses 2D sprites on a 2D fight plane. Much like the previous games, the handheld version optimizes 2D cutscenes where players manually toggle through dialogue boxes via scroll text in stark contrast to the home console versions.

New to both versions of the game are Dual Boss Units, lending players the option to part-take in 4-on-2 boss battles.

The prominent King of Iron Fist tournament from publisher Bandai-Namco's Tekken series is also featured where many of the playable characters, including some pair units, start out as rival units before engaging in elimination bouts. It primarily consists of the various fighting game characters, but it retains Square-Enix's FFXV-inspired Action-Battle system. Additional character leveling can be completed here.

Characters

Pair Units

Name Game/Series Company
Cloud Strife & Tifa Lockhart Final Fantasy Square-Enix
Noctis Lucis Caelum & Lightning Final Fantasy Square-Enix
Zero & 2B Drakengard Square-Enix
Sora & Riku Kingdom Hearts Square-Enix
Lara Croft & Aya Brea Tomb Raider/Parasite Eve Square-Enix
Adam Jensen & Commander Shepard [1] Deus Ex/Mass Effect Square-Enix/Electronic Arts
Kain & Raziel Legacy of Kain Square-Enix
Linn Kurosawa & Predator Alien vs. Predator (Arcade/Series) Capcom/Sega
Ryu & Ken Masters Street Fighter Capcom
X & Zero Mega Man Capcom
Morrigan Aensland & Eliza Darkstalkers/Tekken Capcom/Bandai-Namco
Dante & Bayonetta Devil May Cry/Bayonetta Capcom/Sega
Chris Redfield & Jill Valentine Resident Evil Capcom
Ryu & Nina Breath of Fire Capcom
Samanosuke Akechi & Date Masamune Onimusha/Sengoku Basara Capcom
Axel Stone & Cody Travers Streets of Rage/Final Fight Sega/Capcom
Michael "Rage" Hardy & James "Smarty" Cools Virtua Cop Sega
Vyse & Aika Skies of Arcadia Sega
Sakura Shinguji & Ichiro Ogami Sakura Wars Sega
Zephyr & Leanne Resonance of Fate Sega
Kazama Kiryu & Wei Shen Yakuza/Sleeping Dogs Sega/Square-Enix
Akira Yuki & Jackie Bryant Virtua Fghter Sega
Sarah Bryant & Nina Williams Virtua Fighter/Tekken Sega/Bandai-Namco
Reiji Arisu & Ziaomu Namco x Capcom Bandai-Namco
Goku & Vegeta Dragon Ball Bandai-Namco
Kazuya Mishima & Akuma Tekken/Street Fighter Bandai-Namco/Capcom
Siegfried Schtauffen & Ivy Valentine Soul Calibur Bandai-Namco
Sorey & Mikleo Tales of Zestiria Bandai-Namco
Sasuke Uchiha & Sakura Haruno Naruto Bandai-Namco
Valkyrie & Lenneth Legend of Valkyrie/Valkyrie Profile Bandai-Namco/Square-Enix
Motoko Kusanagii & Samus Aran[1] Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex/Metroid Bandai-Namco/Nintendo
Ryu Hayabusa [1] & Rachel[1] Ninja Gaiden/Dead or Alive Koei-Tecmo
Solid Snake [1] & Quiet [1] Metal Gear Konami

Solo Units

Name Game/Series Company Partners[2]
Raiden [1] Metal Gear Konami Snake & Quiet
Momiji [1] Ninja Gaiden/Dead or Alive Koei-Tecmo Ryu & Rachel
Fei Fong Wong Xenogears Square-Enix Kazama & Wei
Aqua Kingdom Hearts Square-Enix Sora & Riku
Chrono Chrono Square-Enix Ryu & Nina
Agent 47 Hitman Square-Enix Motoko & Samus
Akame Akame Ga Kill Square-Enix Zero & 2B
Erdrick Dragon Quest Square-Enix Noctis & Lightning
Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist Square-Enix Reiji & Xiaomu
Regina Dino Crisis Capcom Lara & Aya
Demitri Maximoff Darkstalkers Capcom Morrigan & Eliza
Trish Devil May Cry Capcom Dante & Bayonetta
Asura Asura's Wrath Capcom Goku & Vegeta
Captain Commando Captain Commando Capcom Axel & Cody
Chun-Li Street Fighter Capcom Ryu & Ken
Ada Wong Resident Evil Capcom Sarah & Nina
Frank West Dead Rising Capcom Chris & Jill
Ulala Space Channel 5 Sega X & Zero
Pai Chan Virtua Fighter Sega Akira & Jackie
Hibana Nightshade Sega Linn & Predator
Janet Marshall Virtua Cop Sega Rage & Smarty
Sam Gideon Vanquish Sega Jensen & Shepard
Vashyron Resonance of Fate Sega Zephyr & Leanne
Erica Fontaine Sakura Wars Sega Sakura & Ichiro
Fina Skies of Arcadia Sega Vyse & Aika
Ashen One Dark Souls Bandai-Namco Kain & Raziel
Naruto Uzumaki Naruto Bandai-Namco Sasuke & Sakura
Sophitia Alexandra Soul Calibur Bandai-Namco Valkyrie & Lenneth
Heishiro Mitsurugi Soul Calibur Bandai-Namco Samanosuke & Date
Jin Kazama Tekken Bandai-Namco Kazuya & Akuma
Yu Kannagi God Eater Bandai-Namco Cloud & Tifa
Kite .hack Bandai-Namco Sorey & Mikleo
KOS-MOS Xenosaga Bandai-Namco Seigfried & Ivy

Bosses

Pair Units

Name Game/Series Company
Metal Gear Ray

[1] & Anubis[1]

Metal Gear/Zone of the Enders Konami
Alpha 152

[1] & Dural

Dead or Alive 5/Virua Fighter Koei-Tecmo/Sega
True Ogre & Azazel Tekken Bandai-Namco
Axel Almer & Einst Alfimi Super Robot Wars Bandai-Namco
General Esdeath & Selvaria Bles Akame Ga Kill/Valkyria Chronicles Square-Enix/Sega
Jedah Dohma & Aya-me Darkstalkers/Sakura Wars Capcom/Sega
Bogey Alpha & Bogey Bravo Vanquish Sega
Mr. X & Cyborg Belger Streets of Rage/Final Fight Sega/Capcom

Solo Units

Name Game/Series Company
Genshin

[1]

Ninja Gaiden Koei-Tecmo
Solidus Snake

[1]

Metal Gear Konami
Eve Parasite Eve Square-Enix
Id Xenogears Square-Enix
Grahf Xenogears Square-Enix
Victor Marchenko Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Square-Enix
Shinryu Final Fantasy Square-Enix
Bhunivelze Final Fantasy Square-Enix
Ultima Weapon Final Fantasy XIV Square-Enix
Elder God Legacy of Kain Square-Enix
Xenomorph Queen Alien Sega
The Dark Force Shining Force Sega
The Magician The House of the Dead Sega
The Emperor V2.0 The House of the Dead Sega
Bia Vanquish Sega
Aoi Satan Sakura Wars Sega
Jubileus the Creator Bayonetta Sega
Berial Devil May Cry Capcom
Nobunaga Oda Onimusha Capcom
Drake Aensland

[3]

Darkstalkers Capcom
C-Rex (C-Virus-mutated Tyrannosaur) Dino Crisis/Resident Evil Capcom
Albert Wesker (C-Virus clone) Resident Evil Capcom
Alex Wesker (C-Virus-mutated) Resident Evil Capcom
Alexia Ashford Resident Evil Capcom
Mr X. Resident Evil Capcom
M. Bison Street Fighter Capcom
Heihachi Mishima (Devil Gene) Tekken Bandai-Namco
Nightmare Soul Calibur Bandai-Namco
Richard Miller Time Crisis Bandai-Namco
Heldalf Tales of Zestiria Bandai-Namco
Beerus Dragon Ball Bandai-Namco
Golden Frieza Dragon Ball Bandai-Namco
VYPER Original Bandai-Namco
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Guest Character
  2. Beginning of Game
  3. Darkstalkers 4: Rise of Belial

Enemies

Name Game/Series Company
Parasites Metroid Nintendo
NMCs (Neo-Mitochondrial Creatures) Parasite Eve Square-Enix
Chasers Parasite Eve Square-Enix
Trinity Rise of the Tomb Raider Square-Enix
Vampires Legacy of Kain Square-Enix
Hylden Legacy of Kain Square-Enix
Majini Resident Evil Capcom
Lickers Resident Evil Capcom
Demons Devil May Cry Capcom
Genma Onimusha Capcom
Xenomorphs Alien Sega
Angels of Paradiso Bayonetta Sega
ECM Virtua Cop Sega
Mishima Zaibatsu Tekken Bandai-Namco

Transformations

Certain characters in the game have evolved forms which can be obtained through leveling up. Some, such as Mr X/Super Tyrant, have multiple evolved forms that appear throughout the game against different opponents, in many cases, appearing completely at random after defeating him the first time. Others, such as the Dragon Ball characters, have a base evolved form that can be immediately obtained.

Belial also makes multiple appearances as seen in Devil May Cry 4.

Name Forms
Goku Super Saiyan God
Super Saiyan Blue
Vegeta Super Saiyan God
Super Saiyan Blue
Mr. X (Tyrant T-00) Mutant
Ryu Evil Ryu
Ken Violent Ken
Jin Kazama Devil Jin
Kazuya Mishima Devil Kazuya
Akuma Oni
Ryu Hayabusa Fiend Hayabusa
Nightmare Hayabusa
Rachel Fiend Rachel

Trivia

  • Aya Brea (Parasite Eve) and Ada Wong (Resident Evil) are both wearing their respective dress outfits, black and red, respectively.
  • Poison (Final Fight/Street Fighter) and Bulma (Dragon Ball) can be seen watching the Cody-Vegeta KoIF tournament battle in special cameo appearances.

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