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It's deep, it's beautiful, it's Parasite Eve 2! AkibaTechno (254) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
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Overall User Score (42 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Quite simply, Parasite Eve 2 is the best yet in survival horror. It has it all: tense atmosphere, great story, great action and a control system that you feel comfortable with immediately. If ever a game has been crying out to be made into a movie, this is it. Pure genius.
Gameplay RPG (Oct, 2000)
Dans Parasite Eve 2, vous vous trouvez constamment en stress, dû à son ambiance malsaine et glauque, même l'héroïne devient inquiétante à certains moments du jeu. Pour ce qui est de la traduction, elle est excellent, les personnages s'expriment de manière naturelle, et la censure n'a aucunement touché les dialogues qui parfois sont un peu crus. Avant que vous partiez acheter cette petite merveille, si ce n'est déjà fait, il me reste à vous dire que Square nous a encore concocté des cinématiques époustouflantes qui n'ont pas vieilli pour un sou. Eh oui, la version jap date tout de même de décembre 99.
Mega Fun (Mar, 2000)
Parasite Eve 2 ist das Squaresoft-Brett. auf das ich schon lange gewartet habe. Hat mich der erste Teil schon fasziniert, bin ich beim Sequel nicht mehr von meinem Joypad zu trennen. Die zahlreichen Verbesserungen im Kampf-Modus machen es auch für europäische Spieler leicht, die Feinde erfolgreich zu bezwingen. Die Menüführung ist dank eindeutiger Symbole einfach zu durchschauen und wird nicht zu einem blinden Herumgeklicke. Ledigich die fehlende Sprachausgabe wäre zu bemängeln, da die Story nur in kleinen Textbalken erzählt wird. Dadurch geht dem Nicht-Japaner die Geschichte natürlich vollkommen verloren.
RPGFan (Sep 13, 2000)
A lot of people hated the original PE due to its slightly annoying menus and really annoying item capacity limits. It was a game that didn't quite fit in anywhere with its original gameplay style. Square decided to go with something a bit more traditional with the sequel and wound up with a fine little game in the process. The game's graphics and sound were everything that you'd expect from Square, and even without great music, the story and gameplay held you in. Overall, Parasite Eve 2 gets an 88%.
Quebec Gamers (Mar 20, 2013)
Même si je ne peux m'empêcher de croire que Parasite Eve 2 a été développé avec peu d'inspiration afin de profiter du succès de la franchise avant la fin imminente de la PlayStation, il n'en demeure pas moins que c'est un excellent jeu! Les développeurs n'ont peut-être pas concentré leurs énergies à créer une histoire profonde et bien racontée comme dans le premier jeu, mais les ont mises pour créer un jeu d'action solide et visuellement impressionnant qui est l'fun à jouer! C'est un jeu que j'ai terminé au moins vingt fois, et j'ai toujours du plaisir à y revenir. Si vous êtes du genre à ne pas aimer les Survival Horror à cause de l'élément de survie, vous pourriez bien aimer ce jeu!
85 (Sep 04, 2000)
Un titre qui devrait faire beaucoup de bruit et satisfaire les fans du genre. Une véritable réussite qui ne manquera pas de nous tenir en haleine pour un petit moment.
Power Unlimited (Oct, 2000)
Parasite Eve II is van tijd tot tijd een goede action game maar soms zakt het spel weg. Maar ondanks deze kritiek dink ik dat Parasite Eve II een vette game is waar vele Resident Evil fans van zullen genieten.
Just RPG (2000)
I played through Parasite Eve 2 the day after I finished Parasite Eve and I didn't really care for it at first. It's quite a bit different than the original and will take some time getting used to, just as the original Parasite Eve took some getting used to for RPG players. The game features a little bit for everyone and both RPG and action fans will enjoy it. Although I don't think it was quite as good as the original Parasite Eve, it's still an excellent game featuring innovative gameplay and stunning graphics. Other than some really annoying puzzles the game is really fun and easy to get addicted to. I enjoyed Parasite Eve 2 a lot and I highly recommend fans of Parasite Eve and anyone looking for an innovative game.
Parasite Eve 2 runs about the same in duration (10-17hrs) so no surprise's there. It has a decent story and great cinematics. Control is a little awkward at first while in battle, but can be worked with. As far as sequels go PE2 should have been a prequel. It's a good game, but the original had a deeper story and more varied locations. The battle system I could take it or leave it. Real-time battles are good, but I also liked the original "grid" style also. Overall I would say that PE2 is a winner, but it's no Parasite Eve.
Gamer's Pulse (Dec 26, 2000)
Parasite Eve is an upgraded and modified version of a timeless classic, the action horror game but with added twists, controls, features and an increased difficulty level making it a title well worth the money. Do not expect to jump into the game and simply stroll through it picking off the monsters as you go. You will only survive the horrors with close observation and a strategically thought out use of your available resources.
Video Games (Aug, 2000)
Ich bin der wohl weltgrößte PE-Fan – was aber vermutlich tausend andere Spieler ebenfalls von sich behaupten werden... Ebenso viele Spieler und noch mehr werden aber auch behaupten, PE wäre ein total fehlgeschlagener Versuch, zwei komplett unterschiedliche Genres zu vermischen. Das ist die Crux bei der Sache: Entweder man liebt es, oder man hasst es. Wenn ihr aber zu ersteren gehört, dann dürfte PE II wohl eine Offenbarung für euch sein – auch wen dieses Sequel, sowohl vom Gameplay, als auch von der aufgebauten Stimmung, nicht mehr viel mit dem Vorgänger zu tun hat. Eines ist jedoch gleich geblieben: Man spielt es immer und wieder. Selten hat mich der Replay-Virus so infiziert, wie diese beiden Games, die trotz des geringen Umfanges endlos viele Stunden Spielzeit beinhalten. Probiert es aus und lasse euch faszinieren.
75 (Sep 18, 2000)
A quality game, easily outclassing the Resident Evil Genre - maybe a little bit short, and definitely short on locations - but there are only 2 discs. Highly recommended. It blends the best elements of Survival Horror with 3rd Person Action Adventure, and RPG.
GameSpot (Jan 12, 2000)
Parasite Eve II is a consistently good-looking action-adventure game that adopts its predecessor's cinematic style to an even more impressive effect. In the original Parasite Eve, which is a role-playing game with action-adventure elements, a young New York cop named Aya Brea has to deal with an epidemic that causes people to either die or mutate as the mitochondria in their bloodstreams awaken with chaotic energy. The sequel takes place shortly thereafter and disowns most of the original's role-playing game elements in favor of action-adventure gameplay reminiscent of Capcom's Resident Evil series. And while Parasite Eve II is consequently a better, more suspenseful game, it still suffers from a few problems, including ill-conceived puzzles and a few RPG elements that shouldn't have remained.
PSM (Oct, 2000)
Besides these gripes with the game engine, Parasite Eve 2 shines in the fighting and challenge departments. The vast amount of weapons, magic, and armor throughout keep the fighting varied. The large number of items to find and puzzles to solve are very challenging. With great graphics, and appropriate sound and music to accompany solid gameplay, the overall presentation of Parasite Eve 2 is well above average.
Gameplanet (Sep 25, 2000)
Most gamers should be pleased with this second effort in the Parasite Eve story, but those who loved the first one may be disappointed with the changes that Square have made in an attempt to attract the survival horror audience. You can't make everyone happy all of the time, but this title is recommended to any gamers who liked Capcom's series of horror adventures. Overall, this is still not as fun as blasting countless zombies, though.
Game Critics (Feb 12, 2001)
While Parasite Eve II meets most of the criteria for a fairly good horror shoot-em-up, the biggest problem with it is that it doesnt really add anything that hasnt been done before several times. The underlying, flawed control framework of the game has already been revised and improved upon by other games. The story isnt anything to write home about since most of the plot points are telegraphed from a mile away, and the main character is written vanilla. While it doesnt commit any serious offenses, neither does it strive to present anything truly unique and inviting. If youre a fan of survival horror and you need a fix, or if you just need to play them all, Parasite Eve II will fit the bill. However, Parasite Eve II reminds me of those prefab paint-by-numbers kits you can get at a toyshop—the finished picture might look pretty neat and you might have fun doing it, but there isnt a whole lot of originality or creativity put into it.
Game Revolution (Sep, 2000)
The first Parasite Eve was the self-hailed "Cinematic RPG." The so-called "cinematics" in Parasite Eve 2 are generally less riveting. For example, the intro video. It's got the awesome techno track from the original, but remixed with less oomph. The video editing isn't the same quality as PE's intro, and it just comes out disappointing. That intro speaks for the whole game. Sure, there's better character modeling, but the flow into videos is not quite as good.
The story is compelling and interesting, and the graphics range from very good to amazing. Moreover, real-time combat is a great addition to the genre, helping to keep you immersed in the flow of the game. Both minor and major flaws undermine each of these innovations, however. PE2 relies too much on numbers and gotcha moments to increase its difficulty and to mask poor artificial intelligence. Furthermore, a lack of graphic cues results in too much pixel hunting, while slow movement and long reloads during battle make you want to pull your hair out. Also disappointing are the mediocre puzzles, which require you to examine every surface for possible clues. While these annoyances do not stop PE2 from being fun, they do make the experience less than it could have been.
Tanken bakom Parasite Eve II är svårbegriplig. Att närma sig Resident Evil på det här synnerligen klumpiga sättet kan knappast vara en idealisk metod om man vill tillmötesgå fansen som älskade det första spelet i serien. Det hela faller platt till marken och lämnar efter sig frågor om varför spelet i sin helhet inte kunde ha varit bättre?
Gamekult (Nov 05, 2000)
Parasite Eve 2 allie relativement bien le jeu de rôle et l'action/aventure. La réalisation graphique est d'une grande qualité, mais de nombreux petits défauts viennent assombrir le tableau : Les dialogues, exclusivement textuels, sont très (trop ?) nombreux, parfois fastidieux et souvent lassants. Les énigmes sont simplistes, et les combats, bien que superbes, déçoivent par leur absence de rythme. Les fans du genre devraient cependant apprécier la quinzaine d'heures de jeu qui les attend, et s'en mettre plein les yeux avec les cinématiques de Parasite Eve 2, vraiment sublimes.
Legendra (Apr 20, 2011)
Indéniablement en deçà de son prédécesseur, Parasite Eve II transpire l'exploitation d'un concept pré-établi par un premier épisode sans arborer la volonté d'offrir quelque chose de réellement consistant et solide aux joueurs, en témoignent l'histoire minimaliste et le casting très moyen. L'immixtion du Survival-Horror à forte dose dans ce second opus apporte sa petite panoplie de bonnes idées mais Square n'en a pas mesuré toutes les conséquences et se retrouve les bras chargés de petits défauts contraignants qui gâchent l'expérience qu'il aurait fallu ajuster. Pour ceux qui recherchent un vécu proche de celui d'un jeu d'action-horreur avec toutefois un zeste de RPG, ce jeu est fait pour vous. Ceux qui en revanche espèrent trouver un digne successeur de Parasite Eve et retrouver ce mysticisme, cette intensité et cette intrigue qui faisaient la force du soft, passez votre chemin, l'ambiance a changé du tout au tout.
RPGamer (Sep 25, 2000)
Parasite Eve II is yet another sequel that manages to tarnish the name of a game that should've been left alone. In short, if you want to play a Resident Evil type game, get Resident Evil. If you want a horror RPG, replay the original Parasite Eve.