Parasite Eve Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Parasite Eve by Squaresoft (Square Enix). I didn’t receive a copy of the game so this review is simply for fun/practice.
Parasite Eve is a horror themed RPG that’s based on a book by Hideaki Sena. The game follows a heroine named Aya Brea, who is a rookie in the NYPD. After attending an opera where the attendees all burst into flames. She begins a journey to stop a mitochondrial being known simply as Eve. As the story progresses, more of the story behind not only Eve’s makeup, but also Aya’s is revealed.
Throughout the game Aya is forced to face mutated versions of various creatures. These include monkeys, velociraptor’s, dogs, and even a T-Rex to name a few. Each mutated creature is capable of unleashing magical abilities which you’ll need to watch out for. The further you get in the game, the stronger the enemies will become. It’ll also be harder to dodge their attacks as well.
Battles occur in specific areas of each world so they aren’t random. Sometimes the enemies will respawn. If you return to an area and activate the battle, you’ll need to fight them again. I will admit that the battles are somewhat basic. You can move freely around the battlefield to dodge enemy attacks. But, you have only one attack option, from your gun.
Aya has unique abilities that unlock as she levels up. Some are able to heal her, others unleash a powerful energy attack, and others to heal various negative effects. To use your abilities you need to pause the game when your active time bar is charged them choose the PE option. It’s a clunky way to do things in truth.
The game also features a new game plus where Aya begins with the last gun and armor she chose in the first playthrough. The enemies, power-ups, weapons, and items are more powerful in this mode. There’s a new area added in this mode as well, The Chrysler Building, which features 77 floors.
The game also features some gorgeous graphics and CG’s, especially for a PS1 game. The soundtrack is also very good and was composed by Yoko Shimomura, who would later make the Kingdom Hearts music. The game would also make for a great HD Remake.
Overall, Parasite Eve is a pretty entertaining game. The story is very good but I did feel the combat was a bit repetitive. It becomes pretty challenging and finishes off with one hell of a difficult boss battle. The game would have also benefited greatly from having voice acting as well. But, in the end, it’s one of the prettiest PS1 games out there and I had fun with it. I recommend checking it out if you get the chance to do so.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
Features of Interest
- Looks Great For A PS1 Game
- Good Soundtrack
- Great Story
- Interesting Characters
- Gameplay Is A Bit Repetitive
- The Story Can Be A Bit Weird.
- Combat Is A Bit Basic
- Enemies Get Absurdly Strong, Especially The Final Boss