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The 3rd Birthday - Sony PSP

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Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as "the Twisted." An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year. The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists - Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.

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Take control of Aya Brea, the indomitable heroine from the PARASITE EVE® series, in a visually stunning third-person shooter RPG. As the world rests on the brink of destruction by a horrific enemy known as "the Twisted," Aya remains the only candidate able to change the events of the past and save humanity from extinction.

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Key Features

  • Immersive third-person shooter with RPG elements: Take control of Aya in real-time, over-the-shoulder combat, and fight back the Twisted with an arsenal of upgradable weaponry. Make use of Aya's unique genetic makeup by customizing her with skills and abilities
  • Strategic combat with the Overdive system: Outnumbered and alone, Aya must rely on the Overdive system to tip the balance in her favor. Instantly take over the body – and equipment – of any friendly combatant on the field, and dive into the Twisted to destroy them from the inside
  • Rich and suspenseful story: Manhattan is under siege by the grotesque and horrifying Twisted, and humanity is powerless to stop them. Aya Brea, from the popular PARASITE EVE series, returns in this gruesome nightmare as mankind's last hope
  • Immersive, high-resolution visuals: Experience Aya's terror through the most stunning CGI cutscenes and cinematic events ever seen on the PlayStation®Portable


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Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as "the Twisted." An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year.

The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists–Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.


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ASIN B0045U4U52
Release date March 29, 2011
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4.0 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 7 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
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By Z. Brictson on April 19, 2011
Square Enix's return to the Parasite Eve franchise turns out to be an action-packed PSP title, though perhaps not what every fan was hoping for.

Premise:

It's Christmas Eve, the year is 2012, and citizens are optimistically pacing the snowy, holiday streets of Manhattan when chaos suddenly erupts. Giant tentacle like structures burst from the ground, terrorizing the city as they rise to eventually form twisted spires arching toward the sky. The assault on Manhattan has begun, and Aya Brea returns to face a new foe - the Twisted.

The perspective of the game begins behind that of the CTI (Counter Twisted Investigation), whose secret weapon is none other than Aya Brea, a woman with the ability to dive into the souls of other organisms, and with the help of the CTI technology, she can dive into organisms in different time periods as well. Aya in the 3rd Birthday, however, isn't the heroine fans will remember her as. Her memories are clouded as a result of a dramatic incident, and it has left her character much more vulnerable and frail sounding as compared to the previous games. As she battles the Twisted, the monsters that have infested Manhattan, she gradually comes across familiar faces, putting together the mystery of her past and the origins of the Twisted one step at a time.

Eve games have proven to host interesting concepts in their narratives, and the 3rd Birthday is no different in this regard. It's a shame then, that the cutscenes that progress the game's story are largely mediocre, plagued with awkard dialogue and weak interaction between characters.
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So, I've been looking forward to this game ever since the initial previews for it came out. The original Parasite Eve was one of my favorite games of all time, and I couldn't understand why Squaresoft wasn't pursuing a sequel to the series. In fact, I bought a PSP just so I could play this and Final Fantasy Tactics. So let's get down to it.

If you're a diehard Parasite Eve fan, this game is somewhat of a letdown. First of all, the story is horrific and has absolutely no relevance to the prior Parasite Eves. Now granted, Squaresoft stated that this game isn't intended to be a sequel of any sorts, but if that is the case they shouldn't have used Aya Brea as the protagonist. The story is some cobbled together mumbo jumbo about time traveling via Aya's psyche or some such nonsense. I'm not going to go further into it because there's not much to say. It's just really bad. The horrible voice acting doesn't help at all either. Maeda is now some kind of borderline retarded lecher instead of the super awesome Japanese sidekick he used to be. Even worse, Aya Brea is the most annoying main character I've ever seen. She's the most passive pansy of a hero I've ever seen, and not reminiscent at all of the Aya from the Parasite Eve franchise. She constantly looks like she's about to cry, and most of the time she spoke I just wanted to drop kick her in the face.

As for the gameplay, it's actually not bad. The controls and movement are very fluid and intuitive. Unfortunately, the movements are controlled by the analog and the camera is controlled by the D-pad. This wouldn't be an issue, except for the fact that the camera is god-awful. While most guns have an "Auto-lock" feature, the few guns that don't are a pain to use because the camera will not adjust automatically.
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This review is by the perspective of a newbie who has never played any of the other titles in the Parasite Eve series. If you are interested in hearing a fresh opinion about the game with the absence of fan or anti-fan biasses, though, at the expense of information only those who have been long time players of the series -then here we go..

Story:
The storyline of The 3rd Birthday can be compared to a rough draft of a vignette. Like I said, being a noob to the series, I can't be too critical of this point but it sure was a bit confusing. In-game plotlines revolve around cutscenes that occur in different periods of time usually months from the last point or similiar. There is often a large gap and many things happen in between the playable missions that leave you wondering what happened. This is somewhat mitigated by the story provided by the game via the notes+emails provided on the computer but it still leaves many things to wonder. Needless to say the graphics are amazing for a psp game and want you to get involved in the story.. and really makes you wish you were abe to understand!

Gameplay:
This game composes of 5 missions. Yeah sounds like a short game huh? ...NOOO!! ack ack cough ...NOOOO!. It doesn't get short until you get really good at it. If you are playing through the game the first time like me and dont know what to do you will die X 100. Unless you are 1) good in life, 2) a digimon and can activate beast mode, 3) or a fairly good looking guy or gal that can cruise through life with just looks, you should just try to play this game in normal mode rather than hard first time through. After that, when you're guns are upgraded and you level up you can complete the missions in a short amount of time.
The game focuses a lot on gun combat.
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