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Scheduled release date:

TBA 2009

Publisher:

Square-Enix

Developer:

Square-Enix

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action

Release Date:

March 29, 2011

Square-Enix heralded it as one of the world’s first “cinematic RPGs” (if you own the game, go look at the back of the jewel case), and it quickly became a favorite of gamers around the world. Some will argue that the sequel adopted too much of a Resident Evil feel and lost a lot of that cinematic RPG goodness, but that doesn’t mean fans of the original won’t be interested in The 3rd Birthday. Even though “Parasite Eve” isn’t in the title’s name, this is most certainly part of that series; Aya Brea returns as the main character with her unique ability, and we’ll embark on yet another adventure within the troubled city of New York. Now, if you’re hoping for a return to more of a role-playing foundation, you may be disappointed, but considering Square-Enix’s success with Sony’s portable unit thus far, you should remain encouraged. At the very least, you can expect one of the more impressive visual handheld feasts to date, as evidenced by early screenshots and that delicious teaser video.

Initially, The 3rd Birthday was only announced for mobile phones, and in the humble opinion of most avid gamers, this idea made absolutely zero sense. Hence, when it was revealed that Square-Enix would be bringing the promising title to the PSP last year, we finally turned our collective attentions to the third Parasite Eve installment. Details are a little scarce at this point, but thanks to a Famitsu interview with director Hajime Tabata (who is also in charge of Final Fantasy Agito XIII for the PSP) we learn that 3rd Birthday will be a third-person shooter. …but wait. Don’t think about Dirge of Cerberus; Tabata says this isn’t exactly a “true” third-person shooter, whatever that means. What we’re hoping it means is that we might be able to expect a unique gameplay mechanic that puts an interesting twist on the standard action shooter genre. Square-Enix is more than capable of doing this, and although we probably won’t get the combat we found in the original Parasite Eve, perhaps we’ll see something that reinvents the concept of portable “third-person shooters.”

As for the story, you will see Aya looking all scrumptious in that wedding dress, although we’re not really sure how this ties into the plot. At the start of 3rd Birthday, Aya and the rest of the NYPD are assembled in order to combat a fresh outbreak of mysterious attacks in Manhattan. Apparently, the perpetrators are nasty creatures only known as the “Twisted,” which have arrived in modern-day New York due to a bizarre time contortion. Is anyone else reminded of Onimusha 3 at this point? Anyway, as mentioned before, Aya is the game’s primary focus, and she has those powers she exhibited in the original PlayStation title. As a special bonus for all you hormonally driven male teenagers out there, Aya is around 35 years old…but thanks to a side effect of her inherent ability, she still has the look and body of a 20-year-old woman. And what woman out there wouldn’t want that nice little side effect? Scenario director Motomu Toriyama has said it can be difficult to make a woman in her mid-30s the main attraction in any video game, and unfortunately, we do have to agree. We know you remember the shower scene from Parasite Eve II

As it was only recently announced for the PSP, we have no idea when it will arrive in North America, but it should be some time later this year. We’re also not sure if the mobile phone version has been canceled in order to focus on this one, although we really don’t care one way or the other. The 3rd Birthday could turn out to be yet another Square-Enix handheld gem, so if you’ve already enjoyed the likes of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and you were a fan of the first two PE games, you should stay tuned for more information.

1/6/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Reccaman18
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 10:42:27 PM
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Wow. This flew totally under the radar. I never even knew they were making this. I guess I might have to check this out. Dissidia is the only PSP game I have to look forward to now anyway.

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ps92117
Tuesday, January 06, 2009 @ 11:23:30 PM
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agito looks good 2

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BigT_1980
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 2:33:50 AM
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I can't wait to this game comes out. BTW when you were talking about her special ability I thought you were referring to that thing she does with her tongue. But seriously though when I first heard about this game I was really disappointed that it was only announced for the mobile. Especially because at that time Japan's cell phone technology was far superior to our own and nothing we had could handle it. And I am not entirely sure since the iPhone came out if it can even handle it. When SE announced it would also come out to the PSP that made me think of SE a little better than I been viewing them for the past year. Now all SE needs to do is announce Star Ocean IV be coming out on the PS3 as well. I have a little faith it will be on the PS3 as well mainly because the box art for the game doesn't say "Only on XBox" on it and the user install base has gotten much larger over the course of last year for the PS3 and it continues to catch up with the 360. If and when the PS3 outsells the 360 you will be seeing either all SE titles go multi-plat or more exclusvises on the PS3.

Wow I really got sidetracked on this post. Sorry about that.

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MetalHead09
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 3:19:28 AM
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ive only played the first one. i want to get the second one but i havent seen it. i dont remember the first ones story to well but the gameplay was really cool. ill have to look harder for the second one.

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shreevin
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 9:53:19 AM
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Love this series. Pissed that's it not coming out on the PS3.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 10:58:24 AM
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im glad its going to PSP im hoping it will be just like the others with pre-rendered backgorunds and 3d characters, i miss games like that. but im very excited about this, i loved PE2, never got to play PE1 becuase it wasnt released in the UK, why i dont know but i got over that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 12:06:20 PM
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I played PE1, never got the second one, I really hate when a decent series gets relegated to handhelds.

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mastiffchild
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 4:47:37 PM
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You say that Worlds but just look at the goddam trailer! SE may be giving PS3 sloppy seconds at the minute(god knows how long we'll be waiting for FF13 and FF13Vs now that we have all the 360 development to go through for FF13 as well before we'll see anything in Europe or NA)but the love they give out to both handhelds is pretty spot on the past two years. The trailer for this is about the best loking thing I've seen for PSP so I've got pretty high hopes and I loved the first two games as well.

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ZubraZap
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 @ 7:14:01 PM
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I was shopping around amazon.com for the first Parasite Eve game with light of this news. I can't wait for the resurrection of an iconic series.

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stevev363
Thursday, January 08, 2009 @ 4:15:06 PM
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I'm a lover of the p.e. series and while I'm happy there will finaly be a new installment I'm disapointed that we who waited soooooooo patiently have to settle for playing her on such a small scale. We deserve Aya on a grand scale, larger than life! can you just imagine how sweet she would look on the ps3? hopefully this will lead to a real ps3 adventure in the future.

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Toxin
Monday, July 05, 2010 @ 8:22:16 PM
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Wow getting a PSP for this one. Loved Parasite Eve.

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