Parasite Eve 2
- Sequel to role-playing game Parasite Eve
- Hunt mutant dogs and unravel the disease-spreading conspiracy
- Parasite Energy allows players to use elemental magic on foes
- Story advanced by beautiful, computer-rendered cutscenes
- Real-time battle system with customisable weapons and armour
- Parasite Energy Powers to heal, etc. providing RPG element
- Replay value - different modes of play available after completeing the game
- pre-rendered cutscene Hollywood-like cinematic sequences in movie-like quality
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- Platform: PlayStation
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Aya Brea is back to defend the world from the mitochondrial menace in Parasite Eve II. This story takes place three years after the New York incident of the first game, when the horrible mutations are supposedly a thing of the past. Now working for the FBI in Los Angeles, Aya is called on to join the Mitochondrial Investigation and Suppression Team (MIST) to hunt down dangerous monsters and keep the disease from spreading. To do that, she must unravel the conspiracy that seeks the destruction of all humankind.
Parasite Eve II features an enhanced, real-time battle system that will allow players to use a large array of modern weaponry. These guns, built into the game with realistic fire rates, can even be upgraded with parts that you buy or find. Also on your side is Aya's Parasite Energy, which enables her to harness elemental power, such as a searing column of fire, to fight the monsters.
Fighting off a deadly virus isn't everybody's cup of tea, but to Aya Brea, the returning star of Parasite Eve 2, it is. You play Aya, an FBI agent investigating a string of strange incidents involving Neo-Mitochondrion Creatures--a small spherical rod-like-bodied creature bounded by a double membrane in the cytoplasm of most cells to you and me.
Set in a landscape similar to the likes of Resident Evil and Final Fantasy, Parasite Eve 2 oozes with Hollywood cut sequences and a storyline to match. Walk a couple of paces and another cut scene will set the story on its next legs, giving you the feeling that sometime you aren't even playing a game. Couple this with the rather impressive graphics for the PlayStation and you are presented with a game that is strong on storyline, whilst at the same time being at the higher end of the graphics food chain.
Of course not everything is all singing and dancing. Because of the cinematic approach to the game, the camera angles can get confusing--sometimes you walk towards the camera, other times away from it. Yet if you are used to this, and let's face it, if you've played any 3D RPG you are, then this is a minor point into what is a rather atmospheric game.
If you loved Final Resident and Fantasy Evil whilst enjoying Alone in the Hill and Silent Dark, this is definitely up your street, whilst people new to this style of game will find it as good a place as any to get into the genre as you gather information to crack the case set before you. --Stuart Miles
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Now here's the only reason the game does not score 5 stars, the original which contains so much of the background information has never been released outside the U.S.
This makes the game very hard to follow, many references are made to things that the main character (the very Alluring Aya Brae) knows and we the player are supposed to know, but of course can't.
The game itself is more action based then other games of a similar genere with the emphasis being firmly on pumping the mutated abominations full of lead rather then puzzle solving.
That's not to say this is a no-brainer, there are some very complex problem solving tasks, one of which does involve running around between a few locations to complete but the reward is suitably large for the amount of running around done.
The plot is a fantastic arcing story with more twists then a narrow country road, when you take into account that the scientific details of the game have been researched fully and that everything in the game is (at least technically) possible the the plot itself becomes stunning.
Much like the graphics really, Parasite Eve II does suffer like most games from "Playstation" syndrome (fantasticly amazing and engrossing cut scenes but rather blocky graphics the rest of the time.) however I was quite surprised that whilst this does still apply the backgrounds are of a constantly high standard.
I'm only going to briefly mention the pretty good sound track and sound effects, loud and very realistic where needs be, quiet and subtle when other things are happening.
My only qualms with this game is why wasn't it all done in speech, getting Aya to actually talk would have made this game for me really.Read more ›
You'll have seen the outline of the story, so I won't bother you with that, what I will mention is the wonderful sense of progression you get as you work through the plot, the satisfaction of solving the puzzles and defeating the (Particularly gruesome) creatures and the impressive vistas generated by your humble PS1.
The fighting system is a pleasure to use, and even the powers are quite easy to deal with (More so if you're used to Final Fantasy VII), so you can concentrate more on the plot and adventure than getting bogged down by too-difficult-to-defeat monsters.
I played this solidly for quite some time, and never encountered any of the graphical glitches reported in one other Amazon review, so that really isn't a worry.
Is it better than Resi? I wouldn't like to say, maybe it lacks a little of that series' satisfaction. Certainly better than Dino Crisis 1, so well worth your time
Parasite Eve blended an involving storyline with a fairly sophisticated and, as far as I'm aware unique, RPG type (but far better than usual) tactical fighting system. This was later used in much greater depth for the peerless Vagrant Story.
Parasite Eve 2 continues the story although still making sense as a stand alone game. It also uses the same presentation style ie. plenty of cinematic cut scenes and decent dialogue (in sub-titles not spoken). But what they have changed is the fighting system to a slightly more simplified version. This seems to be why some fans of the orginal game are a bit harsh in their criticism of Parasite Eve 2.
What they replaced it with is perfectly good real time third person shooting: auto-aim + target shift whilst the parasite energy (magic) attacks are selected in 'frozen time' but delivered in real-time. It makes for exciting fighting. The comparable aiming systems used in PSOne/DC Resident Evil are truly crude in comparison.
Unfortunately where the fighting fails is in exactly the same way as Resident Evil and a host of other games using pre-rendered backgrounds. This means fixed camera angles and that, far too often, the cinematic viewpoint chosen is far from the best for an action packed fight.Read more ›
Anything with "Squaresoft" is likely to be an excellent game (yes, Im a squaresoft fanboy), but NOT SQUENIX (eewww..)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This will grip you from the start and almost instantly involves you with its dark atmosphere. While the graphics have aged now the game has lost very little of it's dramatic power... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Suchet
i think is one of the top games for ps1 absolutey brilliant this is a must have game if you like survial horrorPublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by golden eye
basically says in the title. i got this game as soon as it came out on ps1. i have played the game at least 200+ times and thats not egzaduatiing either. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2013 by Kye Hill
I played Parasite Eve II many years ago and playing it now is returning to those great times. The game is a must have, a masterpiece that Squaresoft brought to the survival horror... Read morePublished on 6 May 2012 by Marçal
Played this game as a child and re played it as a bigger child and I have to say, It only gets better. This is what all games should be like. Read morePublished on 7 April 2012 by Brian
It's a good product, mine was delivered realllllly fast like next day which was great but the game itself is quite short-most xbox games go on for at least 40 hrs this is only... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2009 by Ms. L. J. Maidment
I believe that in order to even enjoy this game,you must first enjoy survival horror games.
This is more like a resident evil than the first and therefor if you do not... Read more
All of the people that have reviewed this game and have gave it 5 stars obviously havent played Parasite eve 1, the sequel i must say is absolutly boring and DRY i only gave it 1... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2004 by Inferno