You'll see Resident Evil's Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine going into battle against villains from Street Fighter and Darkstalkers. Or, if you'd prefer, Tekken's Jin Kazama and Ling Xiaoyu brawling with Vile from Mega Man X. Even Arthur from Ghosts'n Goblins makes his way in. And that's just some of the more well-known members of the cast. You'll also be getting characters from .hack, the amazingly underrated Rival Schools, the DS-only Endless Frontier, and even Bruno Deringer from Dynamite Deka (otherwise known as John McClane from Die Hard Arcade in the states).
The combos don't stop with the obvious cornucopia of characters to be expected in games with X's pronounced as “cross.” The gameplay itself takes the form of a strategy RPG. Once in combat, however, it turns into a simplistic tag-team fighting game. Sound somewhat complicated? Well, it really isn't. Using the simple grid to move around, attacking enemies will drop you into what looks like a 2D fighter. There you've got five attacks that your pairs of characters can pull off, all done by pressing a direction on the circle pad and hitting A. By carefully timing attacks, it's possible to keep enemies juggled long enough to deplete their health and get away unscathed. It's stylish, speedy action that's easy to pull off and a blast to watch.
But calling for assists is when things get really crazy. Along with your pair of fighting characters, you can call in a third to do that extra little push of damage. Bruno Deringer, Tekken's Heihachi Mishima and Space Channel 5's Ulala fall into this category. All of them have full-screen assist attacks that feel like something directly out of a Marvel vs. Capcom game. If you're near another unit on the battlefield, you'll be able to call them in as well, resulting in up to five characters throwing their attacks on-screen at the same time. It's awesome to watch and even better to play.
If there's one thing we've learned from the Marvel vs. Capcom and Smash Bros. series, it's that beloved characters beating the lights out of each other is awesome. We've also learned that more is better. So why not throw just about every character you could possibly come up with into a pit to duke it out for the fate of the universe? That's what Project X Zone is all about. Get ready to revel in all its absurdly awesome glory when it hits North America and Europe this summer.