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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 Aya (your character) from the profile. Everything seems to be over, but memories are still present.
Parasite Eve PlayStation Your partner, Daniel, must hurry in order to save his son.
Parasite Eve PlayStation Freeze
Parasite Eve PlayStation Seems like Melissa is actually not a bad girl, it's her mitochondria that went wild over her.

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 (70536) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Great CGI, not much else. Or how Squaresoft lost Mida's touch. Zovni (9366) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

Gamezilla 1998 91 out of 100 91 Jul 04, 2008 91 out of 100 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 06, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Playstation Oct, 1998 90 out of 100 90
NowGamer Mar 29, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
RPGFan Sep 16, 1998 88 out of 100 88
RPGamer Sep 25, 2000 8 out of 10 80 Aug 23, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 7.7 out of 10 77
IGN Sep 14, 1998 7.4 out of 10 74


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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.

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MAT (70536) added Parasite Eve (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (19596) and Charly2.0 (30546)