The 3rd Birthday Review

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17 Responses

  1. LimitedVertigo says:

    Thx for the review. I don't understand why SE continues to modify this series. I loved the style of the first game and hated the gameplay in the 2nd. Now with the 3rd it's yet again a change.

    I'm going to get it eventually but not at its current price.

  2. kraygen says:

    It's a little sad that where SE used to be top notch all the way around they now seem to only manage top notch cut scenes. Cut scenes are important, but any decent animation studio can do that, so kinda seems to me they are choosing the wrong thing to focus on.

    Sad to hear the gameplay is the weakest link, because on any game that is where you spend the most of your time and it really should be a strong point or the game gets annoying.

    I have yet to start the parasite eve games, but I have the first and should be starting soon. I guess since this one was good, but not as good as fans would have hoped, I guess it's ok that I'll be late in picking it up.

  3. Alienange says:

    It seems to me like a lot of Japanese developed games this gen are ending in frustration for gamers.

    Sounds like this half baked heroine hasn't altered the trend. A shame really.

  4. Underdog15 says:

    Not exactly an awful score, but for those of us who remember especially the first game fondly, it's a disappointing one.

    I appreciated the differentiation you made, Ben, between gameplay and the rest of the production. For me, a functional gameplay mechanic is pretty key, so while I -may- get this, I will likely wait with all I have on my plate.

  5. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    Am I the only one who went out of the way to get 300 pieces of Junk, just to make the AK-47 so I could annihilate everything in the Chrysler Building?

  6. Underdog15 says:

    I don't think I ever got all the way to the top… Not sure why I never finished that part.

  7. BigBoss4ever says:

    ask Wada and its co. all should go rotten.

  8. Lawless SXE says:

    Ah, but is it a good representation of the Parasite Eve series? Is it a good way to continue, or do you really believe that it should be taken back to being more like the original? Is the PSP/NGP a suitable platform for the future of the series, or should it go back to the home consoles?

    Yeah, I'm bored and have nothing more to say about The 3rd Birthday than that I will pick it up soon… -ish.

  9. Ben Dutka PSXE says:

    It's just another step in the more action, less thought direction. No, I don't particularly think that's a good idea for Parasite Eve.

  10. Wissam says:

    The game is action based. I though the gfx were good for a psp game.nah nevermind. so the main
    issue in this game is the control. the gameplay
    isn't that top notch either imo.

  11. SolidFantasy says:

    The frustration factor is a real turn off, but this still looks like a spectacular game. I'll wait for it to come down in price before I consider a purchase.

  12. Ricochet says:

    Too be fair, SE's last "Ace-in-the-hole" Tetsuya Nomura-san has to work with this game alongside FFversusXIII AND FF Agito XIII. It's shows how dire SE's situation is right now considering the controversy and the wayward feature of FFXIII as well FFXIV.

    All in all, the game could've been better if TN didn't have to sideline other projects (FFversusXII could've been finished by then). I'm pretty sure right now, he's not very happy that SE is trying to push him so hard. After all, PE is HIS baby alongside Kingdom Hearts. Most developers are having headaches dealing with ONE game. He's doing THREE! So kudos to him for at least making a solid game in this situation.

    Last edited by Ricochet on 3/31/2011 7:49:54 AM

  13. Mystery75 says:

    I never played the originals and I just got 3rd Birthday. I love it so far. I dont know what all the fuss is about….I never have any issues with control, one joystick is more than sufficient. that isnt to say that two joysticks wouldnt be welcomed…but it works they way it is.

    o well…everyone is entitled to their opinion

    Last edited by Mystery75 on 3/31/2011 4:14:06 PM

  14. I007spectre says:

    The voice over actress is the beautiful Yvonne Strahovski, did you not think this character sounded like Miranda from Mass Effect 2.

  15. berserk says:

    Man i really need to come here more ofter , the newsletter come so late after most article .

    That aside … i really don t get why people find it so frustrating/hard unless played on hard from the get go( what i did the first time i played until i beat chapter 1 before switching to normal ) .The only thing i found annoying were the weapon with no auto-lock ( sniper , grenade launcher ).

    Hope third birthday sell enough so we might see #4 and like Ben , i hope to see the mechanic of PE1 make a come back , it would be perfect for an handheld version .

  16. dhell says:

    I dislike how she not as spicy as before because I now can see her cowarding in fear in the game. Aya personality is not the same.

    Last edited by dhell on 4/4/2011 11:32:40 PM

  17. Vivi_Gamer says:

    I got mine through the post the other day, it came with a delightful artbook too 🙂

    I have yet to play it, becuase i am currently playing through the series, We never got PE1 in the UK so i'm not going to lie i downloaded it. and I loved it. I'm so furious I never got the chance to play it earlier. It blows PE2 out the water.

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