Exile / XZR series
Group DescriptionExile (エグザイル, also spelled "XZR") is a series of action role-playing games published by Telenet Japan. The games have an overarching plot that takes place in a historical time period - more specifically, 12th century AD, in the midst of Crusades and other turmoils in the Middle East. The games put players in the role of a Syrian assassin named Sadler, who must kill powerful people and deities of various cultures and time periods in order to help humanity achieve world peace. Exile games feature real historical characters and are known for their controversial plot and themes.
Gameplay-wise, these games combine side-scrolling and platforming levels with a simple RPG system. The protagonist receives experience points for defeating enemies and his attributes increase automatically when he levels up. Sadler fights with his word and also has a limited access to magic spells. Outside of hostile areas the games switch to top-down exploration; this, however, is only applied to towns, since there is no explorable overworld.
Front cover for Exile
Screenshot from XZR
Screenshot from Exile
Screenshot from Exile: Wicked Phenomenon