From time to time you probably find yourself wondering, what would happen if Final Fantasy, Resident Evil and NYPD Blue had some kind of unholy offspring. Well wonder no longer! Parasite Eve is here and it's faaaantastic!
Released on playstation in 1998, this game is sort of a survival horror RPG hybrid. You play as Aya Brea, a NYPD rookie in your quest to defeat Eve, this scary-ass mitochondria powered monster with big jugs.
The gameplay is very fun, you explore areas from a fixed camera angle like the earlier Resident Evils, but then enemies appear around you like random battles from FF games. In battle you can move around freely, but when you select an attack a circle appears, showing your effective range. You also have PE powers which are like magic. You gain exp that you can use to level up your powers, increase speed or level up your freaking GUNS!
The way the story is presented is actually very cool. It has the pacing of an adventure game with the tension of a survival horror. They did a lot of research to get the look and feel of New York City as accurate as possible. The dialog is pretty good from what I remember with some interesting characters. Which reminds me.
Aya is probably one of my favorite female video game characters. She's not Titsy McAss or Busty McJuggs and she seems to actually have some brains. Fucking amazing, I know. They tried to capitalize more on her sex appeal in the sequel with a totally un-necessary shower scene though. Video games, why you gotta do this?
Some people also enjoy the sequel which came out in 2000, but I didn't find it nearly as good as the first. There were so many things that made the original great, but if I had to pick one thing it'd be the atmosphere. It's got this dark, hopeless feel to it, yet it remains very compelling. Check out this trailer to get an idea of what I'm talking about.