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Loved by some. Misunderstood by many. DarkBubble (376) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Mitochondria's never been so dangerous! NeoJ (455) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
A certain classic and one of top games in my collection :) MAT (228386) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Great CGI, not much else. Or how Squaresoft lost Mida's touch. Zovni (10628) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
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Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
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Overall User Score (53 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Video Games (Sep, 1998)
Es ist schwierig, Parasite Eve einem bestimmten Genre zuzuordnen, doch im Grunde handelt es sich hierbei um ein reinrassiges Rollenspiel. Taktische Vorgehensweisen wie in Capcoms Horrorschinken sind nicht möglich, so daß Action-Freunde kaum auf ihre Kosten kommen werden. Den einzigen Unterschied zu herkömmlichen Rollenspielen findet Ihr im Kampfmodus, wo Ihr Euch auf einem eng begrenzten Areal frei bewegen dürft, während sich Euer ATB-Balken auffüllt. Hier sind gerade mal kleinere Ausweichmanöver möglich.
Quebec Gamers (Jan 18, 2012)
Pour terminer, comme je l'ai dit dès le début de ma critique, Parasite Eve fait parti de mes jeux préférés à vie. J'adore son ambiance, j'ai toujours eu un faible pour les jeux qui se déroulent durant l'hiver dans le temps des fêtes. La musique est fantastique et les personnages mémorables. Sans oublier le système de combats et de customisation d'équipement qui est toujours un des meilleurs que j'ai vu à ce jour!
Defunct Games (Dec 24, 2016)
Parasite Eve still holds up as an excellent horror RPG that, strangely enough, also fits Christmas perfectly. While many PS1 games can be hard to play now given how far games have come in twenty years, I can still find enjoyment in getting lost in Central Park blasting mutant pigeons. If you're tired of watching Black Christmas and Gremlins for your holly-jolly-horror fix, give this one a shot.
Gamezilla (1998)
It looks like I have a new favorite game for the time being. I really enjoyed this one. It was nice to play a RPG-type game that was set in a real-world environment instead of some faraway mystical land. This review does not even scratch the surface of everything that makes up this game. I don't want to ruin any of the storyline for you, so be prepared for plenty of plot twists and turns and lots of characters being introduced. There was a little too much text at times and it slowed the game a little, but not enough to really turn me off. I guess it is a good thing that the review is coming to a close because thanks to Parasite Eve, I have a stack of games on my desk that I have not even opened.
Bastante superior a su segunda parte, Parasite Eve es un título recomendado tanto para los seguidores de los survival horror como para los amantes de los RPG, pues ofrece lo mejor de ambos géneros, y ambos muy bien dosificados. Tanto por su calidad, ambientación, personajes, argumento y jugabilidad, Parasite Eve es una adquisición obligada... aunque para ello haya que tirar de las tiendas de importación, que normalmente no venden este juego precisamente barato (y eso que tiene ya más de 10 años). Lo dicho, un título totalmente recomendable que no debe faltar en la videoteca de nadie, ya que es divertido como pocos.
RPG Kingdom (Oct 13, 2004)
Si vous êtes fans de Resident Evil, je vous conseille vraiment de vous essayer à ce jeu. Même si la vision de Square est différente de celle de Capcom, vous allez vraiment passer de bons moments. Et quant à ceux qui ne sont pas fans de Survival Horror, je vous conseillerais tout de même d’essayer, car les deux jeux diffèrent sur certains points. J’ai personnellement beaucoup aimé, pour preuve j’ai retourné le jeu trois fois en une semaine (Alors que je mets beaucoup plus de temps pour recommencer un Resident Evil, bien que j’aime beaucoup cette série). Si vous avez l’occasion de le trouver en américain, foncez (En japonais, je vous le conseille moins, car vous comprendrez nettement moins le scénario ce qui serait dommage. (Pour autant, ça ne vous empêchera nullement de jouer)).
Legendra (2001)
Pour les plus faignants d'entre vous et qui n'ont pas écouté tout ce que j'avais à leur dire...-ça m'énerve comme la lumière en plein jour-: Parasite Eve n'est rien d'autre qu'un RPG à l'ambiance sombre. Souvent appelé mélange RPG/Survival Horror il reste un jeu unique, jamais égalé ni même jamais copié. Un jeu réfléchi, carré, mûr.
It is very difficult for me to think of many games out for the Playstation right now that are more deserving of my gaming dollar than Parasite Eve. The title as a whole is very well designed and polished to near perfection. Its complex storyline keeps the gamer hooked from beginning to end, and the movies provide enough eye candy to give your corneas cavities. In every way, this is a beautiful, beautiful game.
If given the choice between RE2 and FFVII I would take Final Fantasy every time. PE is a good compromise between the two, with RPG elements to keep people like me happy and action and suspense elements to keep the RE2 fans happy. Personally the RPG elements are too small in number and depth to have kept me interested for long, while the level advancement, weapon, armour and combat systems are interesting they lacked long term appeal. As an RPG there are very few characters in PE, however the lack of characters is more of a feature than a bug since it gives you a closer tie to the few main characters and more of a role in guiding their destiny. As usual, your mileage may vary, if you like any of the RE games or FFVII you will probably get a lot out of PE. I would probably recommend a rental.
GamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
The biggest problem most die-hard gamers will have with Parasite Eve is the game’s length. With only six days in the game, you may find that Eve is a shorter ride than most Square Soft games. And although there is an extra level after you complete the game (which almost requires an entire playthrough of the previous levels), you always seem to want more. Parasite Eve will leave you thrilled, chilled, and a little hungry, but it’s well worth the price of admission.
Mega Fun (Oct, 1998)
Um keine Mißverständnisse aufkommen zu lassen: Parasite Eve ist meiner Meinung nach ein klassisches RPG, das hier und da einige Neuerungen erhalten hat, die durchaus von Capcom inspiriert worden sein könnten. Aber deshalb gleich von einer Mischung zweier Genres zu sprechen, ist doch reichlich übertrieben. Erwartet man ein Action-Adventure, wird man von Parasite Eve enttäuscht sein, aber nimmt man es als RPG, ist es mehr als genial. Besonders die Möglichkeit, den Attacken der Gegner auszuweichen und die Angriffe strategisch auszuführen, hat mich begeistert. Auch die genaue Auseinandersetzung mit dem wissenschaftlich brisanten Thema der Mitochondrien und ihrer Herkunft (Substituententheorie) hat mich erstaunt und zu dem Entschluß kommen lassen, Parasite Eve als RPG aufzufassen und es somit mit reinstem Gewissen weiterzuempfehlen.
NowGamer (Mar 29, 1998)
The in-depth nature of this game probably won’t endear it to non-RPG playing gamers, especially after the come-down of FFVII that left many PlayStation owners feeling a trifle miffed after it was billed as being one of the greatest game ever. But if you’re serious about your adventure games, few will keep you enthralled and scared senseless for as long as this epic. There’s still no news on an official European launch, but if its going to happen then it had better be soon because this game is spellbinding now… six months down the line could seriously hamper its shock value. So please, someone release this game over here so everyone will know what we’ve been so excited about!
RPGFan (Sep 16, 1998)
Parasite Eve is far from your typical RPG, so much so that it has created its own definition. While it could have use more story depth and freedom of movement it is a high quality game that you will remember for awhile and want to play more than once. I know you'll definitely want to play more than once but I really can't tell you why. A good secret is only good while it's a secret.
Just RPG (Sep, 1998)
Parasite Eve can be a little slow at times, and it's one of the harder Playstation games I can think of. Along with the linearity of the game, these features may turn a lot of gamers away from Parasite Eve before it's been given a fair chance. The game is very original and has opened up a door for new styles of RPG's to emerge. With groundbreaking graphics and a great style of gameplay, Parasite Eve has become a classic that no RPG fan should be without. Besides, you can probably find it for $10 by now, so what do you have to lose?
82 (Aug 13, 2007)
Gra „Kwadratowych" nie zawodzi także w kwestii grywalności. Opisany pokrótce przeze mnie system walki, duża liczba broni i przeciwników, bardzo fajni bossowie, typowe dla Square zwroty fabuły oraz ciekawe lokacje nie pozwalają się nudzić. Poza tym długi czas rozgrywki jak na survival horror czyli około 15 godzin ucieszy wielbicieli nieco dłuższych eskapad. Ale to nie wszystko co oferuje PE. Po jednokrotnym zakończeniu gry odblokujemy nową opcję, która pozwoli zagrać jeszcze raz jednak ze znacznie podniesionym poziomem trudności ale i z lepszymi akcesoriami do zdobycia. Ponadto na mapie pojawia się nowa lokacja - Chrystler Building.
Video Games (Oct, 1998)
(PAL version)
Parasite Eve fährt mit den Gefühlen der Square-Fans Achterbahn. Zum einen sind da die wunderschöne Grafik, tolle Videosequenzen und eine faszinierende Story, welche einen in ihren Bann ziehen. Dem gegenüber steht der klägliche Sound (fehlt bei Unterhaltungen sogar ganz) und ein viel zu geringer Spielumfang. Auch das eine zusätzliche Gebäude (Chrysler Building), welches beim zweiten Durchspielen neu auf der Karte erscheint, kann darüber nicht hinwegtäuschen. Manche Passagen, wie das Durchlaufen des Central Parks, wirken zudem unnötig lang; ein paar Rätseleinlagen mehr hätten sicher auch nicht geschadet. Da man schließlich das Ende der Geschichte wissen will, hält die Begeisterung auch eine Welle an. Unter Berücksichtigung des fehlenden Langzeitspielspßes ist aber leider nicht mehr drin als ein “knapper Classic“.
RPGamer (Sep 25, 2000)
With such an innovative battle system and quite the 'unheard-of' attitude in the plot, it's clearly one of Square's more original titles, straying from the usual 'party' system, clichTd 'lone villain taking over the world' plot, and even more, there's not even a 'hero,' we have a heroINE. I only wish the weapon and armor modifications was better executed, it seemed like such an excellent idea to me. While Parasite Eve 2 is now out here in the U.S., take the time if you have not already done so to play the original. In many ways it was a 'test' RPG; It incorporated new features and a new type of plot. The gamble paid off, and hopefully Parasite Eve 2 will brush up on some of the original's weaker qualities.
80 (Aug 23, 2000)
Despite the music hobbyist-like sound quality and the stereotyped New Yorker image (especially in Aya's partner Daniel who is animated, arms waving, rude, loud, impatient) and too many "Why did that happen? What are you doing? What do you mean?" type of conversations, Parasite Eve still delivers addictive game-play and lots of enjoyment.
Power Unlimited (Apr, 1999)
Parasite Eve is grafisch en kwa gameplay alweer een beetje verouderd en daarom minder aantrekkelijk voor gamers die het onderste uit hun PlayStation willen halen. Maar als je geïnteresseerd bent in een degelijk adventure met een spannend plot dan word je op je wenken bediend.
Game Revolution (Sep, 1998)
So that's the parasite / host relationship in a nutshell. Parasite Eve is fun and engaging while it lasts - however, that's just not quite long enough. It has some good innovations, but is an imperfect mix of genres. While it is still a worthy game, both Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil 2 are better. The marvelous visuals are spoiled by the complete lack of human voices. There will be a short quiz next week.
IGN (Sep 14, 1998)
When all is said and done, the game may turn away a majority of the hardcore role-playing public with its striking departure from Square's "norm," although I'd still recommend giving it a look – it's a beautiful game. Those without a pre-conceived notions of it being Square's best game to date, or who simply want to see what else the company is capable of, will find it an adventure worth taking despite its flaws. Just don't expect another Final Fantasy VII.
GameSpot (Apr 28, 1998)
Parasite Eve spans six days, over the course of which the human race's continued existence shall be called into question. A fateful night at the opera house triggers in one woman the power to cause all those around her to incinerate as the mitochondria in their bloodstream generate staggering quantities of energy, and in another woman an innate resistance to the deadly effects. You assume the role of that woman, the young New York cop Aya Brea, as she comes to realize that the fate of humanity will depend upon her actions. As Square Soft's biggest release since Final Fantasy VII, Parasite Eve offers high production values and an intriguing storyline in what Square Soft has dubbed "the cinematic RPG." Its gameplay blends action and horror with traditional RPG elements to create a game that is all too easily described as the marriage of Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil.
In the end Parasite Eve falls somewhere between Resident Evil 2 and Final Fantasy VII, but never touches the genius behind either of those games. Aya is pretty though.
RPGamer (Sep 19, 2000)
All in all, Parasite Eve is a fairly solid title with some elements that only appeal to a select few people. If you're in the mood for a horror themed game that's more disgusting than frightening, or just an RPG that can be completed in one sitting, Parasite Eve is an excellent choice. If however you want more substance, you may want to skip this one.