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Parasite Eve

Platform : PlayStation
Rated: Mature
4.2 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews
Metascore: 81 / 100

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A fateful night at the opera house triggers in one woman the power to cause all those around her to spontaneously incinerate, and in another woman an innate resistance to the attack. You assume the role of the second woman New York cop Aya Brea as she comes to realize that the fate of humanity will be determined by her actions. PARASITE EVE offers an intriguing storyline in what Squaresoft has dubbed "the cinematic RPG." Its gameplay blends action and horror with traditional RPG elements, resulting in a game that is best described as an amalgam of FINAL FANTASY VII and RESIDENT EVIL. PARASITE EVE uses a unique combat system where you must maneuver Aya on the battlefield as she prepares for her next attack. The end result is that combat plays out more like an action game than an RPG.

Parasite Eve tells the story of Aya Brea of the NYPD on a case involving mass spontaneous human combustion, mutating animals, and the mitochondria revolution. Sound fun? Confusing? Parasite Eve is both.

It begins when Aya is attending an opera at Carnegie Hall. The soloist bursts into song and the audience bursts into flames. Somehow, Aya is the only attendee who isn't affected. Not surprisingly, she wants to know what's going on. This curiosity, coupled with her duties as a police officer, grows into a full-scale investigation.

Parasite Eve's mechanics are simple, yet elegant. From combat to level advancement, the game runs easily and smoothly, making it ideal for someone new to role-playing games (RPGs). Experienced RPGers should still enjoy it for its brilliant storyline.

Technically speaking, the game's graphics and sound are good, but not spectacular. The full-motion cutscenes are superbly done. Parasite Eve is a good game--there's just not enough of it. While it doesn't feel crammed together, the story seems to resolve quickly. Brilliant while it lasted, Parasite Eve left me wanting more. --John Cocking


  • Mutating dogs
  • Involving storyline
  • Elegant game mechanics
  • Too short, and it's confusing

Product Details

  • ASIN: B000038ABO
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 0.2 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,140 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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By A Customer on March 21, 2000
I have to personally say this game is one of the best games Squaresoft has ever come accross. They also need to create more games like this one. An organism which is dubbed Mitochondria has been living within humans ever sense the birth of Eve. Since all humans are descended from Eve it is only a matter of time before this living organism breaks free. You play the role of a rookie cop named Aya who is attending an opera on Christmas Eve 1997. The singer in the opera named Melissa makes eye contact with Aya and all of a sudden people in the crowd begin to spontaneously combust. Following this, Melissa mutates and declears that Eve has been awakened and takes off. From there on out Aya tries to figure out what happened at the opera house and why her and Melissa are some how connected.
A thrilling story which brings the human imagination into a battle against not only a race against time and mutations, but a battle against yourself. Seeing as though the Mitochondria is in every human being on the face of the Earth, players can put themselves in that position, and feel as though they are battling against themselves before there Mitochondria takes complete control over everything logic in their bodies. It also can make you think this could happen in reality b/c of the Mitochondria is part of your body.
The best part of Parasite Eve is without a doubt the innovative battle scenes. The Parasite Eve battle engine contains an excellent mix of action and strategy that has yet to be seen in any console game before. Just like Final Fantasy VII, Parasite Eve makes use of an action bar. You can't attack, heal, or use an item until the bar is fully charged. You can however during this time dodge enemy attacks waiting for it to fill.
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By A Customer on January 27, 2000
This is definitely a game for people who like there to be a strong storyline, and who want to think a little along the way. Parasite Eve is extremely absorbing, but even if you're not paying close attention to the plot you can enjoy moving through the different levels and fighting a wide variety of opponents. The strongest points in this game, I think, are the following: Your ability to modify your weapons, and combine them to create a custom super-weapon. The variety between the levels is quite nice as well, taking you through Central Park in NYC, a museum, hospital, police station...each with its own unique monstrous inhabitants. The end of the game is incredibly challenging but not impossible. The only annoying things are the extremely long movie segments that you can't skip past...the subtitled dialogue (no voiceovers)...and the interminable "bonus level" in the Chrysler building that is much more trouble than it's worth. I liked this so much that I sought out the book that it was based on, even though it's only available in Japanese. Oh yeah, and although the movie segments are long and unavoidable -- they're breathtakingly gorgeous, for the most part.
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This game was amazing. A cinematic masterpiece. I am a college student and borrowed this game from my younger brother, who hated it. I played it in my friends' apartment. After 5 minutes of gametime, we had 12 people sitting around the television completely hooked. The storyline was incredible - debates among us were constant as to the next twist in the plot. The graphics were incredible, especially in the movie scenes... they rival the PS2 graphics EASILY. The fighting system takes some getting used to, but is very easy once you get the idea. The characters really start to rub off on you right away (Yells of "NOOOOOOO" were constant when we thought one of the characters would die... we honestly became attached!). So to put this whole synopsis into a single line: buy this game. If you're under the age of say 15 or so... don't - it gets really tough. However, for the rest of us, it's a definate must have. The replay value is great, too - I've played it three times already, and I'm STILL not tired of it!
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...and I still have the game in good condition. When i first bought my playstion, this was the frist game i played, hence the first RPG i ever played. I got it cause my friend said its good, and i saw the commerical (the one with the helicopter and the slime and Aya) and figured it would be good. Thank god i was right. Let's get into the battle system:
Now THIS is the meat of the game, for the most part.For me, in some games, I think that the battle system is the potatoes in an RPG. If its good, then you won't be bored. No, I will not compare this game to Final Fantasy or its sequel. This is Parasite Eve review, not my turn to play fan-boy. Your midocondria (i think) gives you powers. Like heal HP, Haste, Detox, and attacks. Your PE will we restored slowly in battle. While its restoring you can dodge your enemys attacks, and counter attack when your AT bar fills up. AT is active time, where a lil bar fills up depending your level and when its full you attack. And you can't attack just anywhere, mind you. You have a grid that is your range. Enemy out of range (grid) you will miss. Easy, but will keep you on your toes, and will be hard because you have usally more than one enemy to deal with.
Now THIS is the meat of the game, for the most part. The Story is Amazing. Just too short, but got me glued to my TV set. I will not say anything bou the story cause you already know by other reviews.
The sound is good, not great. Primal Eyes (the theme song) is geat with its fast paced piano solo.
Your ganna be hooked on this game, and will want to know what the title, Pasasite Eve, really means. You will know soon enough.
Like i said this game is great and its my first Playstion game. Now i own most of the final fantasy i own both chrono games, and i have a vast libary of Rpgs, and all because of this lil game. And it wasn't Final fantasy VII that got me hooked.
It was Parasite Eve.
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