GBAtemp Exclusive GBAtemp recommends #110: Parasite Eve

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    Welcome to the 110th issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This project is a revival of our once-weekly feature where we share our favorite games and applications with you. The titles we recommend may be "old school" games, a piece of Homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, application, etc., but one thing's for certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!

    On this entry, we're going to discuss one of the PS1's bigger yet underplayed horror RPGs. A new personal favorite of mine after recently playing all the way through it, this is:

    Parasite Eve

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    Parasite Eve is a strange RPG, to say the least. Not to say that most RPG's don't have wacky stories, but PE just oozes originality. From the opening FMV, (which has aged horribly but we'll let that slide for now,) the game whisks you into a then modern New York City about to experience the worst six days in the history of humanity. A mysterious being is threatening the human race with a biochemical attack that causes direct, spontaneous human combustion and only you, Aya Brea, can put a stop to it with your enhanced psychic and parasitic abilities.

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    PE is an action-RPG that allows you to move freely through open environments to find puzzles and items to continue the journey, as well as using real-time combat to take on random enemy encounters. To compare it to other RPG's, it's very reminiscent of Final Fantasy XII combat systems or Vagrant Story, allowing you to move freely around enemies waiting for your combat action to charge and letting you dodge attacks with your movements. When your gauge charges you can make an attack with different gun types, (the game's primary weapons are all firearms,) or with psychic abilities. You can heal, cast a strike, cure an ailment, or boost a stat, all while being able to position yourself and immediately move afterward freely. It's this kind of combat system that to me personally, sets Parasite Eve apart from other RPG's enough to make it more accessible to those that hate traditional turn-based combat. And you continue to have all the staples of RPG's with different armor types, guns, and upgrades that can be swapped around for different styles of attack.

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    As I played the game, I was drawn in by its enchanting music and its ability to build a creepy atmosphere. The game isn't outright scary, though it may have been for its time, it doesn't rely on cheap jump scares to keep your attention and spook you. PE is ominous thanks to its deeper characterization and environmental building. It puts you in stressful situations and threatens characters you begin to care about with horrifying outcomes. Not to mention thanks to the way it does random encounters, you can never actually see what is about to attack you. No enemies are running around on the screen, meaning you don't know when you're walking into a wave of enemies you know nothing about. Some enemies have different weaknesses and abilities that can completely debilitate you. And honestly, some of the enemies themselves are just downright gross and horrifying.

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    The pacing is certainly mixed but not in a terrible way. At times the game slows down, but almost when you need it to. I rarely ran into points where I thought the game was bogging me down with enemies or making me run around too much, aside from one particular section in the sewers. This was mostly thanks to the introduction of mutated bat enemies that can immediately shoot projectiles that reduce your range of attacks to almost nothing and was easily the most frustrating segment of the game. Aside from this section, however, I think PE is consistent overall.

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    It's also not an incredibly long RPG's when you compare it to other PS1 RPGs. My save file after completion of the game was at 11 hours and 47 minutes, and I played it over the span of a week or so. With the minimal time I have for gaming, I feel as though it says something that Parasite Eve kept making me want to come back and pick it up to know what happens next. It's crazy, over-the-top and sometimes nonsensical but still enticing and a fun ride.

    Completion of the game also unlocks a new game plus mode, making everything a bit harder as per usual. However, new game plus also opens the Chrysler Building, a 77-floor consistent wave of enemies that leads to the games ultimate final boss. I found new game plus to be pretty tough but in a lot of ways, not worth the second playthrough. It's the biggest complaint I do have about the game since it feels like the only way to genuinely finish the game. The 77 floors aren't incredibly long, but they are all pretty repetitive and get boring quickly. The actual final boss is a great last moment for the game, but having it be locked by such a massive horde of enemies and a second playthrough was indeed annoying.

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    Overall though, I still have a newfound adoration for Parasite Eve and its place in the PS1 library. It's a unique title worth experiencing, and I couldn't recommend it more for lovers of the Playstation era.

    Genre: Horror/Action RPG
    Release Year: 1998
    Developer: Square
    Published By: Square Electronic Arts
    Released For: Playstation 1

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  2. supergamer368

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    Looks cool. Might check it out.
     
  3. H1B1Esquire

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    Makes me sad The Third Birthday wasn't on consoles. Or titled PE3.
     
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    Both of the PS1 games were good, but I liked #2 better. It felt more polished, and played like a perfect balance between Final Fantasy 8 and Resident Evil 2.
     
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    While I would usually give up on one of these games halfway through, I actually played this one start to finish. It was just interesting and unique enough to keep my attention, even 12 years after its initial release.
     
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    I agree, althought here's a quick warning. DO NOT look up info on these series on the Hardcore Gamming 101 site, those jackasses made a tasteless parody because they didn't like it. but what can you expect from people who think that the God of War series is an example of the evolution of beat'em ups?
     
  8. D34DL1N3R

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    Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT game.
     
  9. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Recommends Diddy Kong Racing :)
     
  10. Foxi4

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    A PlayStation classic and an absolute must-have. I wholeheartedly agree with this recommendation.
     
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    Never try it, but few months ago complete the psp 3th birthday... soon i'll try this
     
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    Loved this and third birthday on the psp ! Hopefully there could be a reboot or another game in the series. H o p e f u l l y .
     
  13. jt_1258

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    square, ps1, how have I not heard of this, looks neat, just gona be a pain in the ass to find the disc for sale online unless someone knows a better non-pirating means to get it
     
  14. eriol33

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    this is one of the best jrpg I ever played. unique like nothing else. unfortunately they screwed up PE 2.
     
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    Not only is the game pretty neat, BUT there are also fantabulous custom eboot resources available in the off chance you archive your PSX backups in .PBP format for use on a PSP or otherwise available on a certain thread on gbatemp that was about custom eboots and is now locked :/.

    JUST SAYING, you know, for archive purposes, there's some eyecandy for people that want it.

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    That was shameless advertising if nobody got the memo. I just thought it would be semi-relevant.
     
  16. Foxi4

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    It's available on PSN as a PS1 Classic, to my knowledge. Will run on any PS3/PSP/PSVita.
     
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    Maya fight was impossible.
     
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    that game and its weapon customization was absolutely fantastic. machine gun grenade launcher <3
     
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    I played it when it was released on PS1, and I loved that game.
    I loved its movie like pace, and always thought it could be adapted as movie "as is" (no change, the game already has cutscenes where people are talking while traveling to other location etc.)
    It would make a nice scifi movie. There's a japanese adaptation (prequel?), I think I never watch it.
    The movie is an adaptation of the Parasite eve novel, and the game is a sequel.


    I found everything very good, the story and the gameplay. Though, it didn't age well but if you play it today you shouldn't be too critical, think of the console's power back then.
    Usually, after 1H or 2H of gameplay, you forget about the oldgen graphics :P

    Like you said, the new game plus is hard, I never completed the tower, it was too repetitive and not enough save point. Too bad I didn't see the real last boss.


    after few years, they released Parasite eve 2.
    I thought it was the sequel to the story, but I didn't like the gameplay which become too much survival, it's a Resident Evil clone, the game play is not RPG anymore.
    I never completed the first disc (it's a 2 discs game).

    Then came Parasite Eve 3 (3rd birthday) which I still have to play one day.
    I tried the beginning, and don't have any personal opinion on it yet.
    I only regret the sequels were very different than the first game, and that many many people will miss PE1 due to its graphics quality or just for being an unknown game.

    If you like J-RPG, go play it !
     
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  20. SKGleba

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    Yeah the best was The 3rd Birthday for psp