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E3 2010 Impressions: The 3rd Birthday

June 18, 2010

Tucked away in Sony’s PSP trailer reel was Square Enix’s The 3rd Birthday, the third instalment in the Parasite Eve series. Holy crap! You should first was the trailer in glorious Youtube HD, then come back to this post. I’ll wait…. Has your mind blown yet? I bloody hope so.

Okay, so maybe Parasite Eve is an old series for some of you. Europe missed out on the first game but the sequel, Parasite Eve 2, randomly hit stores in the UK. I remember picking it up in Virgin randomly, saw Square Enix on the box and decided to just go for it. I loved it! The game had a great mix of action meets survival horror, beautiful set pieces and insane story to keep me pleased. Oh, and this– Thanks for reminding me and having a nostalgic moment with me Raze.

Parasite Eve 3 was originally announced as a Japanese mobile phone game, disappointing fans of the series. So, it was awesome when Square-Enix eventually announced the game was to instead come to the PSP. Pretty much from then we’ve seen nothing apart from the trailer at Square-Enix’s 2008 DKS3713 event.

The above trailer shows some gameplay from The 3rd Birthday. Aya has some kind of “Overdive” power that lets her switch between bodies. It looks absolutely mental and I’m going to try get some hands on time with it before launch.

The Parasite Eve series has long captivated audiences with its cutting-edge graphics, memorable characters and cinematic storylines. Now Aya Brea is back in action on the PSP system. Thrilling drama unfolds as you unleash all-new abilities in this unique RPG/shooter.

The latest installment in the series features an all-star production staff including producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Hajime Tabata, character designer Tetsuya Nomura, art director Isamu Kamikokuryo and music by Yoko Shimomura.

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.

We’re expected to hear more this year for The 3rd Birthday, probably in time for the holidays.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2010 9:29 pm

    Yes, I totally want this. Loved the other two. 😀 I hope the horse makes a return.

  2. Tim Leigh permalink
    June 18, 2010 11:39 pm

    Man, I loved the Parasite Eve series and when I saw the E3 trailer I was speechless! Honestly cannot wait to play this again! I may have to dig out number 2 for a quick play again : D


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