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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
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It's been soooo long since I have played this game. The last time I played this game was about 5 years ago when I was 16 years old and borrowed it from a friend. I am now 21 years old and going to college (majoring in criminal justice, imagine that). I was bored and was thinking of buying a game and after looking through the games online I came across parasite eve! I really liked it when I was younger and decided to play it once again. I just recently finished beating it, and now that I'm older and being more mature I realized after playing it how realistic this game really is.
My life partner, who is an expert in biology, watched me as I played and then explained to me all the scientific definitions of mitochondria and how Richard Dawkins discovered the selfish gene. Reading on what he discovered is quite amazing and very educational, btw.
This is no ordinary game mind you, it's the kind of game that makes you think a lot deeper when it comes to human life and why we are here, and if we `humans' have a purpose for something much greater. This game teaches on things of that level and definitely doesn't make you lose brain cells.
Sorry if I seem sexist but the game defiantly has one big difference that I have notice that makes it very unique from other games. The main character is a girl! And not just any girl, but a girl that can kick butt is very courageous, able to take care of herself, and not rely on others to do the work for her. Throughout the game I sometimes forget she's a girl because she doesn't portray as your typical woman, I have even looked up to her as a role model when I was younger.
The only down side for this game is that it is, unfortunately, too short and because it has great story line it's so sad that it ends so quickly. It's about a 15 hour or less game.
My honest advice to the people that are thinking of buying this game....GET IT! It is definitely worth every penny, in my opinion (if you like horror, solving puzzles, and mystery that is). Also, I am thinking of saving up for Parasite Eve II and let everyone know how that turns out as well, knowing that game is more expensive than the first one. Hope that you found this review helpful to you and let me know what you think. Thanks!
I loved the battle system. Like most RPGs, battles happen randomly throughout the game. You operate off something similar to an ATB gauge. However, you are able to move away from enemies and their attacks, then move in to attack with something powerful. Also, you have to pay attention to the amount of ammo you are carrying.
Outside of gameplay, controls can be a bit annoying. You may find yourself (like me) searching a drawer 5 times, only to find something on the 6th time because you happened to be at just the right angle. However, this shouldn't stop you from enjoying the game itself.
The characters are all interesting, each with a minimum of backstory. The script, however, reads like a really bad 90's action flick. Annoying, but workable.
If you're looking for scares, look somewhere else. The gameplay runs more the route of suspense and disgust, and even that is at a minimum.
All in all, an enjoyable game, if you look past the flaws.