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Namco X Capcom
 

 
STORY:  Namco X Capcom takes place in the year 20XX (sometime in the 21st century). The story is driven by the characters Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu (original characters created specifically for NXC). The two of them work for a special unit called Shinra and they are tasked with investigating spirit and otherworldly disturbances. They are initially investigating a strange "sleeping sickness" in the Shibuya area of Japan, when it becomes apparent that something much larger is at stake. Characters, both good and evil, from other times and other worlds begin appearing in Japan in the year 20XX.
 

As if that oversized-bug-man had any chance.

 
ABOUTNamco X Capcom (pronounced "Namco Cross Capcom") is a hybrid Action RPG / Tactical RPG, starring a handful of familiar fighting game characters from Capcom & Namco. No doubt an eventual crossover between Capcom and Namco was inevitable, and for any fighting game fan in particular, this is a pretty epic event (which is primarily the reason why the game earned its profile on TFG).

In Namco X Capcom, there are 50 levels total (45 normal & 5 prologue) and the game takes between 70 to 100 hours to complete. Namco's Takuji Kawano (of Soul Calibur fame) is responsible for the game's official character artworks (which can be found below). Namco X Capcom was released exclusively for the PS2 only in Japan.
 

As if that oversized-bug-man had any chance.

 
Movement is done on a square grid with turns being determined by figuring out which character has the highest AP (comparable to the CT system used in Final Fantasy Tactics). On the player's turn, he or she can move their character into position and choose to attack an enemy. At this point, the game switches into the Action RPG portion. Characters have a number of "Branches" they can use. Each direction on the directional pad combined with the O button will perform an attack. Each attack uses up 1 branch. If you perform a certain number of Aerial Chains (hitting the enemy in mid-air), you will gain bonuses, from extra experience points to items to more branches to use in the same turn.
 

Karin and Sakura teaming up!

 
Upon filling up the character's Special Gauge, players then hit the Triangle button to perform a special attack. They will also be able to select a Multiple Assault attack if their units on the board meet the conditions. Defense also puts the player in the action-RPG mode, this time blocking to reduce the enemy's damage. Successfully blocking attacks will also increase the amount of AP the player's unit has.
 

  
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Page Updated: April 13th, 2015
Developer(s): Monolith Soft
Publisher(s): Namco
Artwork by: Takuji Kawano
Platform(s): Playstation 2  ()
Release Date(s): May 26th, 2005
Characters Akuma, Armor King, Arthur, Astaroth, Bison, Cammy, Captain Commando, Chun-Li, Demitri, Devil, Evil Ryu, Felicia, Guy, Heihachi, Hideo, Huitzil, Jin Kazama, Juli, Juni, Karin, Ken, Kobun, Kyoko, Lei Lei, Lilith, Mitsurugi, Mike Haggar, Mokujin, Morrigan, Ogre, P. Jack, Q Bee, Red Arremer, Rose, Roll, Ryu, Sakura, Strider Hiryu, Taki, Tron, Zabel

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Related Games: Rival Schools, Darkstalkers, Tekken 4, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Marvel VS Capcom, Capcom VS SNK, Tatsunoko VS Capcom
  

Gameplay Engine  
Story / Theme  8.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  7.5 / 10
Animation  7.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  7.5 / 10
Innovation  
Art Direction  8.0 / 10
Customization  
Options / Extras  
Intro / Presentation  7.5 / 10
Replayability / Fun  
"Ouch" Factor  
Characters  9.0 / 10
BOTTOM LINE   
 

 

Final Words:

If you're wondering why Namco X Capcom gets a page on TFG (since it's clearly not a fighting game), it's because this title is an important part of history... not to mention the badass artwork and sprites it gave us. In case you haven't noticed, the bulk of the protagonists and antagonists in the game are indeed fighting game characters. Plus, more people should know about this game (and demand its re-release in the West).

Namco X Capcom got mixed reviews, but definitely seems like a worthy playthrough for those of us that love our Capcom & Namco characters. Sadly, the Namco X Capcom has still never seen any kind of release outside of Japan, so like most others, I've never gotten a chance to play (and fully review) the game. For the record, I'd be glad to purchase a localized PSN version.... you listening Bandai Namco? 

Project X Zone, a tactical RPG released for the Nintendo 3DS starring characters from Capcom, Namco & Sega, is more or less the "spiritual successor" to Namco X Capcom. The sequel, Project X Zone 2: Brave New World even brings back the Namco X Capcom protagonists, Reiji & Xiaomu.
~TFG Webmaster
 

 
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