Namco × Capcom
|Namco × Capcom|
|Genre(s)||Action role-playing, tactical role-playing|
Namco × Capcom (Japanese: ナムコ クロス カプコン Hepburn: Namuko Kurosu Kapukon )[note 1] is an action RPG/tactical RPG hybrid game developed by Monolith Soft and featuring characters from games produced by companies Namco and Capcom. The game was released only for the PlayStation 2 console in Japan.
The game centers around two original characters created for the game named Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu. 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.
The game is a hybrid of an action-RPG and a tactical-RPG. Movement is done on a square grid with turns being determined by figuring out which character has the highest AP (this AP system is comparable to the CT system used in Final Fantasy Tactics). On the player's turn, he or she can move his character into position and choose to attack an enemy.
At this point the game switches into the action-RPG portion. The player has a number of "Branches" they can use. Each direction on the directional pad combined with the circle button will perform an attack. Each attack uses up one branch. If the player performs a certain number of Aerial Chains (hitting the enemy in mid-air), they will gain bonuses, such as items, super meter, extra damage, more branches to use in this turn. Bonuses other than items are converted into extra Experience Points at the end of an attack sequence. Upon filling up the character's Special Gauge they can use 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.
There are 50 levels total (45 normal and five prologue) and the game should take from around 70–100 hours to complete.
Original characters 
Reiji Arisu (有栖零児, Arisu Reiji)
The main protagonist of the game. His father was killed ten years ago in one of the many ongoing fights between Shinra and Ouma. Reiji is, often described by his partner Xiaomu, "a sullen tight-ass", which prompts Reiji to shoot a jokingly made comeback. While he may not show it, he cares deeply for Xiaomu, even if he shoots down several of her comments, jokes or not. He carries a case containing two swords and a shotgun; each of the swords has an element associated with it. He also has a handgun holstered on his waist. He is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue.
Xiaomu (小牟, Shaomu)
Fellow protagonist as well, Xiaomu is known as a "mystic fox" with an age of 765 years. She was partners in the Shinra organization with Reiji's father, Shougo Arisu, ten years ago, until his death. Xiaomu often portrays a bit of a flirty nature towards Reiji, though he often ignores it. Aside from poking Reiji's buttons, she can become a little protective of Reiji when the subject of his father's death comes around, or Saya. She wields an ice elemental cane sword styled after a Shakujo staff, as well as a handgun. She is also able to use magic attacks, such as energy rays from her finger, with which she provides most of the duo's ranged attacks. She is voiced by Omi Minami.
Saya (沙夜 Saya)
Like Xiaomu, Saya is a werefox, however, she is born in Japan and not China. She was involved with the incident that happened with Shougo Arisu and Xiaomu ten years ago, which is why Xiaomu holds a grudge against her. Opposite to Xiaomu, Saya is with the rival organization of Shinra: Ouma. Saya upholds a rather odd personality-she can never seem to be upset and usually remains calm and overly flirty in contrast to that of her Chinese werefox counterpart. Her pet names for Reiji and Xiaomu are 'boy' and 'little one'. She is voiced by Ai Orikasa.
99 (九十九 Kyū jū Kyū)
An enemy sealed in the Abyss of Time ten years ago; the Ouma Project culminates with its release. It has deep ties with the Arisu clan.
Katana (片那 Katana)
A supposedly made complete clone of Saya, though physical resemblance is questionable. Saya says it is part of the Ouma Project.
Character list 
This is a list of significant characters that make an appearance in Namco × Capcom.
Other media 
The Namco × Capcom Special Sound Track promotional demo sound track was released on May 5, 2005. It featured a the short version of the theme song and a few character themes that would make their way into the final release. The Namco × Capcom Original Soundtrack (ナムコ クロス カプコン オリジナル・サウンドトラック Namuko Kurosu Kapukon Orijinaru Saundotorakku ) was released on July 7, 2005 in Japan. Both albums feature work by composer Yuzo Koshiro. The game's theme song Subarashiki Shin Sekai was performed by Flair.
|Namco × Capcom Special Sound Track (31:24)|
|1.||"すばらしき新世界(SHORT ver.) (Brave New World (Short Version)"|
|2.||"ヴァンパイアハンター~MORRIGAN Stage(Scotland) (Vampire Hunter: Morrigan's Stage (Scotland))"|
|3.||"ストライダー飛竜~防衛圏(1Stage Demo)~踏み込め!(1Stage BGM1) (Strider Hiryu: Defense Sphere (Stage 1 Demo): Break In! (Stage 1 BGM1))"|
|4.||"ストリートファイター2~Stage China Chun-Li (Street Fighter II: Stage China Chun Li)"|
|5.||"ストリートファイターZERO3~Brave or grave(Theme of VEGA Type.2) (Street Fighter Zero 3: Brave or Grave (Theme of Vega's Type.2))"|
|6.||"大魔界村~1st BGM (Ghouls & Ghosts: 1st BMG)"|
|7.||"ディノクライシス2~Regina's challenge (Dino Crisis 2: Regina's Challenge)"|
|8.||"私立ジャスティス学園~俺達の学校は俺達が守る (Rival Schools: We'll Protect Our School)"|
|9.||"ディグダグ2~DIG DUG 2 (Dig Dug II)"|
|10.||"イシターの復活~メインテーマ (Tower of Druaga: Main Theme)"|
|11.||"ワルキューレの伝説~メイン・テーマ (The Legend of Valkyrie: Main Theme)"|
|12.||"源平討魔伝~源平討魔伝のテーマ (The Genji & Heike Clans: Main Theme)"|
|13.||"妖怪道中記~メインテーマ (Phantom Travel Records: Main Theme)"|
|14.||"超絶倫人ベラボーマン~ベラボーマン (Supreme Hero Berabo Man: Berabo Man's Theme)"|
|15.||"ワンダーモモ~変身後BGM (Wonder Momo: After Transformation BGM)"|
|Namco × Capcom Original Soundtrack Disc 1 (73:08)|
|1.||"すばらしき新世界 (Brave New World)"|
|2.||"ゆらぎの街のアリス(TITLE ver.) (The Trembling City of Aris (Title Version))"|
|3.||"激・闘・前・夜 (Night Before The Battle)"|
|4.||"すばらしき新世界(PIANO ver.) (Brave New World (Piano Version))"|
|5.||"忘れ得ぬ,遠い日の約束 (Distant Day's Promise)"|
|6.||"時間(とき)の足音 (Footsteps of Time)"|
|7.||"ストリートファイター2~Stage China Chun-Li (Street Fighter II: Stage China Chun Li)"|
|8.||"加速する混沌< (Accelerating Chaos)"|
|9.||"ゆらぎの街のアリス (The Trembling City of Aris)"|
|10.||"すべては戦いの中に (Everything is in the Fight)"|
|11.||"たちこめる暗雲 (Enveloping Dark Clouds)"|
|12.||"ゼノサーガ エピソード1~戦闘するKOS-MOS (Xenosaga Episode I: Battling KOS-MOS)"|
|13.||"ゼノサーガ エピソード1~Battle (Xenosaga Episode I: Battle)"|
|14.||"それが進むべき道だから (Because It's The Right Path)"|
|15.||"タイトルコール (Title Call)"|
|16.||"ブレークタイム (Break Time)"|
|17.||"解かれた運命の門 (The Gate of Revealed Destinies)"|
|18.||"テイルズ オブ デスティニー~Lion-Irony of fate (Tales of Destiny: Lion-Irony of Fate)"|
|19.||"去りゆく者たち (To The Departed)"|
|20.||"風に向かって (Facing The Wind)"|
|21.||"風のクロノア2~STEPPING WIND (Klonoa of the Wind 2: Stepping Wind)"|
|22.||"ワルキューレの伝説~メイン・テーマ (The Legend of Valkyrie: Main Theme)"|
|23.||"イシターの復活~ドルアーガ(ENTRANT HALL) (Tower of Druaga (Entrance Hall))"|
|24.||"イシターの復活~メインテーマ (Tower of Druaga: Main Theme)"|
|25.||"妖怪道中記~サイコロ道場 (Phantom Travel Records: Gambling Hall)"|
|26.||"ソウルキャリバー2~BRAVE SWORD,BRAVER SOUL (Soul Calibur II: Brave Sword, Braver Soul)"|
|27.||"源平討魔伝~源平討魔伝のテーマ (The Genji & Heike Clans: Main Theme)"|
|28.||"バーニングフォース~Bay Yard (1st Day) (Burning Force: Bay Yard (1st Day))"|
|29.||"ロックマンDASH~フラッター号VSゲゼルシャフト号 (Rockman Dash: Flutter Vs. Gazel Shaft)"|
|30.||"源平討魔伝~義経 (The Genji & The Heike Clans: Yoshitsune)"|
|31.||"ヴァンパイアハンター~DEMITRI Stage(Romania) (Vampire Hunter: Demitri's Stage (Romania))"|
|32.||"大魔界村~1st BGM (Ghouls & Ghosts: 1st BMG)"|
|33.||"ヴァンパイアハンター~MORRIGAN Stage(Scotland) (Vampire Hunter: Morrigan's Stage (Scotland))"|
|34.||"闇のゆらめき (Flickering Darkness)"|
|35.||"ヴァンパイアハンター~LEI-LEI Stage(China) (Vampire Hunter: Lei-Lei's Stage (China))"|
|Namco × Capcom Original Soundtrack Disc 2 (76:00)|
|1.||"ディノクライシス2~Regina's challenge (Dino Crisis 2: Regina's Challenge)"|
|2.||"鉄拳タッグトーナメント~OPENING MOVIE (Tekken Tag Tournament: Opening Movie)"|
|3.||"ストリートファイター2~Stage Japan Ryu (Street Fighter II: Ryu's Stage Japan)"|
|4.||"ストリートファイター2~Stage U.S.A. Ken (Street Fighter II: Ken's Stage U.S.A.)"|
|5.||"ワンダーモモ~ゲームBGM (Wonder Momo: Game BGM)"|
|6.||"超絶倫人ベラボーマン~ベラボーマン (Supreme Hero Berabo Man: Berabo Man's Theme)"|
|7.||"鉄拳3~Opening Movie (Tekken 3: Opening Movie)"|
|8.||"ワンダーモモ~変身後BGM (Wonder Momo: After Transformation BGM)"|
|9.||"ストリートファイターZERO2~STAGE SAKURA (Street Fighter Zero 2: Sakura's Stage"|
|10.||"逢魔繚乱 (Evil Profusion)"|
|11.||"ファイナルファイ~(STAGE5)BGM6 (Final Fight: (Stage 5) BGM 6)"|
|12.||"私立ジャスティス学園~俺達の学校は俺達が守る (Rival Schools: We'll Protect Our School)"|
|13.||"ワルキューレの伝説~ズール (The Legend of Valkyrie: Zulu)"|
|14.||"妖怪道中記~メインテーマ (Phantom Travel Records: Main Theme)"|
|15.||"ポジティブシンキン (Positive Thinking)"|
|16.||"ロストワールド~1ROUND BGM (Lost World: Round 1 BGM)"|
|17.||"ロストワールド~SHOPPIN' (Lost World: Shopping)"|
|18.||"キャプテンコマンドー~STAGE 1(City) (Captain Commando: Stage 1 (city))"|
|19.||"その影,彼方より (That Shadow)"|
|20.||"ディグダグ2~DIG DUG 2 (Dig Dug II)"|
|21.||"ストライダー飛竜~防衛圏(1Stage Demo)~踏み込め!(1Stage BGM1) (Strider Hiryu: Defense Sphere (Stage 1 Demo): Break In! (Stage 1 BGM1))"|
|22.||"宿命という名の嵐 (The Storm Called Destiny)"|
|23.||"ストリートファイターZERO3~Brave or grave(Theme of VEGA Type.2) (Street Fighter Zero 3: Brave or Grave (Theme of Vega's Type.2))"|
|24.||"イシターの復活~クオックス (Tower of Druaga: Quarks)"|
|25.||"クルノアヒーローズ~GUNTZ (Klonoa Heroes: Guntz)"|
|27.||"必勝への軌跡 (Path To Certain Victory)"|
|28.||"すばらしき新世界(INST. ver.) (Brave New World (Instrumental Version))"|
|29.||"あの頃の夢のように (Like An Old Dream)"|
|30.||"いつかきっと,月光(つき)の下で (Someday, Under The Moon)"|
|31.||"ゲームオーバー (Game Over)"|
|32.||"すばらしき新世界(LONG ver.) (Brave New World (Long Version)"|
|33.||"すばらしき新世界(カラオケ ver.) (Brave New World (Karaoke Version)"|
|34.||"いつかきっと,月光(つき)の下で(カラオケ ver.) (Someday, Under The Moon (Karaoke Version)"|
Namco × Capcom received a score of 28 out of 40 from Weekly Famitsu. The game was the top-selling game during its week of release in Japan at 87,223 copies. It sold approximately 131,615 copies in its first six months of release in Japan. Namco × Capcom was re-released as part of the "PlayStation 2 the Best" line on June 8, 2006.
See also 
- Project X Zone - A crossover RPG featuring characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai and Sega in a similar vein to Namco x Capcom.
- Cross Edge - A crossover RPG featuring characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai and Nippon Ichi Software.
- Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken X Street Fighter - Crossover fighting games between the Street Fighter and Tekken series, developed by Capcom and Namco Bandai respectively.
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