Parasite Eve (PlayStation)

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An ordinary day in New York for rookie police officer Aya Brea. Christmas Eve is the present day, and you've decided to visit the opera theater. Now this is where the fireworks begin. Suddenly audience members are set on fire, toasted completely, and it appears that the lead vocal is the source of this burning terror. Yet you appear to be immune, and as a police officer you're always on duty, so you must confront the danger.

There has to be some connection between the two of you, as that seems the only rational explanation. What if mitochondria are a species on its own, more advanced then humankind, and using them only to create environments and civilization for themselves? What if humankind are just hosts? What if mitochondria are the natural enemy of humankind? That would make Aya their natural enemy, so the battle for survival and uncovering the truth has already started.

The game is played over six days, each day bringing its own quest. Environments range from Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History to a police office and hospital, all of them modeled like realistic places and most of them crawling with bloodthirsty mutant animals. Combat is different from traditional RPGs, as while you still take turns attacking and/or using parasite powers, you'll be able to run across the battlefield and dodge enemy fire or even strike from a better angle or behind. As Aya levels up she will gain access to parasite powers, such as healing or supercharging a bullet with energy. These powers will deplete a recharging energy bar, although the bar will recharge slower the longer combat drags on. Aya will find many guns of various types throughout the game, and every gun can be modified with extra stats, either with special items, or by breaking down another gun to move over its bonus stats or special effects. The same is true for armor Aya finds.


Parasite Eve PlayStation Eve waiting for Aya
Parasite Eve PlayStation It's good to study your opponent before striking from a far, as it can shot you while you're shooting, and in this case, poison you badly.
Parasite Eve PlayStation Eve (in Melissa's body), has just stolen the sperm from the hospital in order to give a birth to ultimate being.
Parasite Eve PlayStation Fighting Eve for second time, but certainly not the last one.

Alternate Titles

  • "PE" -- Official abbreviation

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User Reviews

Loved by some. Misunderstood by many. DarkBubble (370) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Mitochondria's never been so dangerous! NeoJ (428) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
A certain classic and one of top games in my collection :) MAT (102247) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Great CGI, not much else. Or how Squaresoft lost Mida's touch. Zovni (9322) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 06, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
NowGamer Mar 29, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
RPGFan Sep 16, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Just RPG Sep, 1998 88 out of 100 88 Aug 13, 2007 33 out of 40 82
Video Games Oct, 1998 81 out of 100 81
Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 7.7 out of 10 77
IGN Sep 14, 1998 7.4 out of 10 74
RPGamer Sep 19, 2000 6 out of 10 60


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The concept for Parasite Eve was based on a Japanese novel of the same name. The events of the novel take place one year before the game, and, while no characters from the novel show up, the events are referenced. There is also a movie and a manga series based on the novel.


Like most Square Soft releases, a soundtrack for Parasite Eve exists. Of course, music from the game cannot even be compared in quality with the soundtrack score, as this is orchestrated, far more better quality and digitized.

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MAT (102247) added Parasite Eve (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
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