play Parasite Eve expecting to get a regular Squaresoft
RPG. Based on a popular Japanese novel of the same name, Parasite
Eve takes on a new style unlike anything Square had done
to date. This cinematic RPG combines regular RPG elements with
a Resident Evil style twist and what results is one of
Squaresofts more memorable games.
follows the adventures of the beautiful and young NYPD officer
Aya Brea. While visiting an opera house chaos erupts when Eve,
a young woman who has been transformed by her self-aware mitochondria,
ignites the audience in flames (it looks really cool when she does it, too!). With her mitochondria induced
powers, Eve begins to rampage the city, mutating animals, burning
the innocent and just making things all around unpleasant for
the lovely citizens of New York. Mysteriously, Aya is unaffected
by Eve's powers and, with her partner Daniel, she begins an investigation
to unravel the mystery of Parasite Eve! At times the
storyline can get a little bit slow as the characters go on
and on for hours talking about genetics and mitochondria, and
when it isn't slow it's often a bit confusing. Overall the storyline
isn't the best I've seen, but it's still enjoyable and and will make you think a little bit.
is a very likable main character and she's a refreshing change
from the regular spikey haired, sword-wielding teenager with
a troubled past that most Squaresoft games feature. The remaining
cast consists of Aya's partner Daniel, and the guy who handles
all the complicated mitochondria stuff for them, Maeda. Also,
let's not forget Eve. By the time you're done with this game
she'll have you shivering at the mere mention of the word "mitochondria."
Parasite Eve is only around 15 hours long, so character development
is kept to a minimum. The two most important characters in the
storyline, Aya and Eve, are the only ones with any significant
development. The game is very linear as you move from place
to place without time to do the countless hours of sidequests
that some gamers look forward to. This is where it's obvious
the game was based on a novel as the game consists of mostly
storyline with gameplay almot thrown in as an afterthought. If you
like to wander around a lot training chocobos and searching
for secret weapons, then Parasite Eve may not be for you. Although
there is some replay value with additional storyline and boss
fights for those of you who need a little more out of your RPGs.
Aya levels up she will gain her own Parasite Powers, such as
heal and haste, so that she can compete toe to toe with Eve.
One of her more memorable abilities in the game is called "Liberate"
where Aya's mitochondria transform her and allow her to attack
multiple times in a row doing some serious damage. As you progress
through the game you are also allowed to customize and upgrade
your weapons. This can be very important and will allow you
to beat some of the more difficult bosses. The hybrid turn-based/real-time
combat is pretty cool and allows Aya to run around and dodge
enemy attacks while continuing to fight back. This battle system
may seem awkward at first, but it'll grow on you...or at least
it did on me.
in Parasite Eve are some of the most beautiful graphics
you'll find in any game. Having been created several years ago
they are now outdated, but for their time the graphics are top
notch. The backgrounds and characters are about as nice as they come, and
the cinematics are in a level all their own. The game is full
of these awesome cinemas and all of them are memorable. The
opening cinema where Eve lays waste to the opera house has to
be one of my all time favorites, and the game is honestly worth
playing just for these outstanding graphics.
Eve can be a little slow at times, and it's one of the harder
Playstation games I can think of. Along with the linearity of
the game, these features may turn a lot of gamers away from
Parasite Eve before it's been given a fair chance. The
game is very original and has opened up a door for new styles
of RPG's to emerge. With groundbreaking graphics and a great
style of gameplay, Parasite Eve has become a classic
that no RPG fan should be without. Besides, you can probably
find it for $10 by now, so what do you have to lose?