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  • Summary: (Also known as "Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday") Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as the Twisted. An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year. The Overdive system(Also known as "Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday") Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as the Twisted. An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year. The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists –Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  1. Jun 27, 2011
    87
    Expect 15-20 hours of gameplay just to get through the game and that's not including any replays for secrets, alternate paths, or checking out any of the secrets or unlocks. The 3rd Birthday rivals a lot of console action-RPG's these days, and while it probably would have played better and received a wider audience on the PS3, I have to commend Square Enix for publishing a fantastic sequel and an exceptional gameplay experience on the PSP that any fan of the genre or the series should definitely check out.
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    It's likely that most of the old time followers of the series will be put off by the extremely shooter-driven gameplay - but despite having the structure of something very standard, the game has a deceptively creative centre.
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    The 3rd Birthday is still one of my favorite PSP titles, and playing it again on the Vita just re-enforced my love of the series. Once PSOne titles start working on the Vita I can finally have my Aya Brea trilogy in one place to play at my leisure, and while this new game is a radical departure as far as gameplay is concerned, it still fits right in with the theme of the series as a whole.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 17, 2011
    70
    Has pleasingly strong gunplay. [June 2011, p.112]
  5. Mar 25, 2011
    68
    Parasite Eve fans may find themselves turned off by the frenzied action-oriented approach of The 3rd Birthday, and the execution certainly has its ups and downs. Even though The 3rd Birthday may not be one worth celebrating, we're hoping Square Enix can get it right if it decides to someday bring the franchise back to its console roots.
  6. Apr 14, 2011
    60
    If you were expecting a unique experience, equal to that of the PlayStation era games, you will be very disappointed. On the other hand, as a plain third person shooter, The 3rd Birthday is capable of delivering some quality gaming hours.
  7. 40
    Some of the first magazine advertisements for Parasite Eve, back in the late 90′s, used the tagline, "The Worst Foe Lies Within the Self." How oddly ironic that all these years later, a new Parasite Eve game should come out in which the worst foe truly is not a monster, but flaws within the design of the game itself. That's heavy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 39
  2. Negative: 12 out of 39
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    10
    refreshing, polished and i fancy Aya... seriously though its got a wicked style nice controls (for PSP) and the lv up system is very engaging.refreshing, polished and i fancy Aya... seriously though its got a wicked style nice controls (for PSP) and the lv up system is very engaging. this game isn't about aiming, so what.. its about surviving and there are some quite deep tactics involved... very impressed and i HOPE there bringing Aya to the NGP!!.... oh, i forgot to mention the graphics are pretty spot on too. Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2015
    10
    Best one in series. It's not horror game anymore, but it's my favourite in PE series. It has really interesting plot and amazing gameplay withBest one in series. It's not horror game anymore, but it's my favourite in PE series. It has really interesting plot and amazing gameplay with huge replay value. Bosses are very interesting, fights are dynamic, everything is just great in this game. Aya looks awesome. I didn't expected it to be horror game and i wasn't dissapointed. I still love PE1 and PE2, but i prefer this game. Expand
  3. Oct 8, 2011
    8
    Now that was hell of a game! Action is immersive, varied and quite tactical as well, so you can hardly stop playing even if beaten up by theNow that was hell of a game! Action is immersive, varied and quite tactical as well, so you can hardly stop playing even if beaten up by the insane creatures and bosses. The 3rd Birthday is a tad difficult as well, which is not a bad thing those days. The scenario is extremely rich and I found myself spending a lot of time reading the reports. Character and weapon design is near perfect and the RPG part isn't just for show. Best TPS of 2011. Expand
  4. May 14, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The 3rd Birthday is an excellent game for the PSP, with some quality graphics, with many details (although it falls in the soldiers a little), and certainly among the best of the console (personally, I think is the best PSP, but that is a matter of taste. Square Enix also reminds us that without doubt the best time to make the cutscene (movie scene) in video games. Finally, I found the story was good, a whole tribute to Parasite Eve, and that proves to be completely faithful to the spirit of this saga, but do not forget, this The 3rd Birthday is not a direct continuation of the previous games Ps1 (with more than 10 years was impossible without recourse to a remake), but rather a way to Square Enix to recover one of the great classics that saw the original Playstation. No doubt a highly recommendable game.

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    The 3rd Birthday es un excelente juego para la PSP, con unos graficos de buena calidad, con muchos detalles (aunque cae en los solados un poco), y sin duda entre lo mejor de la consola (personalmente, creo que es lo mejor de la PSP, pero eso ya es cuestion de gustos. Square Enix ademas, nos recuerda que sin duda son los mejores a la hora de hacer los cutscene (escena de pelicula) en los videojuegos. Finalmente, la historia me parecio que era buena, todo un homenaje a Parasite Eve, y que demuestra que es totalmente fiel al espiritu de esta saga, pero no olviden, este The 3rd Birthday no es una continuacion directa de los juegos anteriores de Ps1 (con mas de 10 años era imposible hacerlo sin recurrir a un remake), sino mas bien una manera de Square Enix de recuperar uno de los grandes clasicos que la Playstation Original vio. Sin duda un juego totalmente recomendable.
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  5. Oct 29, 2020
    6
    Simply put, the 1st Parasite Eve = 2 thumbs up. (great tale & innovative gameplay).
    Parasite Eve 2 = 1 thumb up. (good tale & OK gameplay -
    Simply put, the 1st Parasite Eve = 2 thumbs up. (great tale & innovative gameplay).
    Parasite Eve 2 = 1 thumb up. (good tale & OK gameplay - RE clone with a bit of RPGness).
    The 3rd Birthday = 1 thumb down. (convoluted tale & not-so-good gameplay, IMO).
    Highly disappointed in Aya's 3rd tale (& gameplay).
    Couldn't even finish this. Yeah, it was different -- WAY different from the 1st two, but NOT in a way that kept me engaged. IMO, I believe Square should've built upon the RPG mechanics of the 1st game, maybe implemented a wee bit of the 2nd game's survival horror mechanics.
    The only thing that kept me playing for as long as I did, is Aya is good to look at (from any angle), and some of the music is captivating.
    Other than that, I didn't want to waste my PSP's lens/drive - saved it for much better games.
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  6. Apr 19, 2011
    3
    Just plain did NOT like this game. They ripped the storyline on Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve 2 a new **** and pretty much retconnedJust plain did NOT like this game. They ripped the storyline on Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve 2 a new **** and pretty much retconned everything Parasite Eve fans know. The gameplay itself was just awful. I don't think I know ONE person who didn't get massive finger pain and cramps from holding down both L and R at the same time. The ending was also a mess, in that it barely made any sense. Square Enix needs to stop bringing back old titles, and stop trying to be "so deep", if this is what they intend to do. A huge disappointment. The only saving grace was the music. Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I grew up desperately poor. Like, "we would fry bologna and pretend it was bacon for breakfast" poor. This has influenced my financial habits as an adult, and I never, ever throw things away, instead opting to sell, give away or donate my unwanted things. I bring this up because 3rd Birthday is still to this day the only videogame I have ever just thrown in the trash.

    It completely rewrites Aya Brea, changing her from a strong and admirable female lead into a weirdly aloof, over-sexualized victim who simply moans and grunts. It's worth noting that I'm not some SJW crybaby and do enjoy a beautiful woman in my games, but they've made her this way by eradicating her previously established character. The story is absolute nonsense and makes exactly zero sense, in that I finished this piece of garbage four entire times and still have zero idea what the F happened, aside from the final story development: shooting and killing the woman who, over PE1 and PE2, we've grown attached to. Cool.

    The combat is an unbelievably boring mess where you shoot guys, and if you get hurt real bad you use Aya's magical mindjacking ability to possess a new body. That's basically it. Some of the bosses were visually interesting but that doesn't make the combat any less crappy.

    The soundtrack is pretty good overall and suits the setting and action pretty well. The other sound design (gunfire etc) is good enough, although the voice acting is pretty mediocre. I hate this game. I hate it more than I've ever hated another game, but in fairness I am one of the biggest PE1/PE2 fans out there. 3rd Birthday was a painfully mediocre game that didn't just let down the franchise it belongs to but poops all over it. Not worth any price and I hope to God if Squeenix ever makes another they pull a Disney and declare this non-canon.
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#1 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2011
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#3 Most Shared PSP Game of 2011