Excerpt: Long feared to be a dead series, the announcement of The 3rd Birthday caused no small amount of surprise and delight amongst fans of Parasite Eve . Unfortunately, the finished product cannot be said to have the same effect. Featuring an overcomplicated mess of a plot, suicidal AI, and an actively hateful interface, The 3rd Birthday has fundamental issues that really prevent it from being enjoyable.
Excerpt: The 3rd Birthday (T3B) as you may have guessed is the third installment in the Parasite Eve (PE) series. For the longest time I had assumed that the Parasite Eve franchise was long and dead. Evidently Square had some other plans though for our good friend Aya Brea. T3B has a deep story that is filled with twists and turns that fans of the RPG genre will love.
Summary: As a standalone game, The 3rd Birthday is an enjoyable shooter. But as part of the Parasite Eve series (even if there’s no Parasite Eve in the title, it’s still borrowing characters and concepts from there), it could have been better. The plot could’ve unfolded better, characters could’ve been fleshed out more, and more of the events could’ve been actually depicted instead of relegated into datalogs.
Excerpt: The 3rd Birthday is a follow-up to the Parasite Eve games of the late 1990s and early 2000s, but the choice not to call it Parasite Eve III is a telling one. This third-person action adventure represents something of a fresh start for the striking heroine Aya Brea. Unfortunately, Aya's characterization here is a troubling one, and while some cool concepts contribute to occasionally exhilarating gameplay, stiff controls and some infuriating battles make this struggle to...
Pros: Impressive visuals, particularly in cutscenes, The overdive ability is fun to use, Creates some tense moments
Cons: Stiff controls, Some frustrating battles, Weak protagonist
Excerpt: Wow. This is still a thing, huh? I have been hearing talk of The 3rd Birthday for years now and I was starting to get suspicious if it would ever come out. In what was supposed to be a sequel of sorts to the Parasite Eve franchise, The 3rd Birthday drops any mention of it's former franchise, but still recounts the events leading up to the cult PSOne classic.
Conclusion: Au niveau graphisme, on tutoie encore une fois un rendu PS2 et les cinématiques (en CG ou utilisant le moteur du jeu) sauront vous en mettre plein la vue. Rien de neuf pour un titre de ce calibre signé Square Enix mais on est tout de même bien content que cette tradition soit respectée ici. Après coup, il vous apparaîtra aussi avec regret que les décors restent un peu toujours dans le même ton.
Pros: Aya Brea, une femme que l'on n'oublie pas, Réalisation d'ensemble en béton, Excellent système de combat, On s'amuse bien avec la matrice ADN, Une ambiance musicale réussie
Cons: Tout en anglais, sauf le packaging, Assez difficile même en mode normal, Scénario pas totalement convainquant, Kyle, Absence de configuration complète des commandes..., ... alors qu'il n'est pas pratique de manipuler la caméra tout en se déplaçant
Summary: With its impressive visuals and compelling storytelling, The 3rd Birthday is an exciting new chapter in the Parasite Eve series. Too bad the game is marred by stiff controls, frustrating gameplay and cheap bosses. If you can get past these hiccups you'll discover another worthwhile PSP game! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Summary: Mysterious creatures called the Twisted are trying to take over and destroy New York, and the only one who can stop them is Aya Brea. Aya has an impressive selection of weaponry, so the game is chock-full of action.