3rd Birthday planned for PSP March 29

Square Enix invites gamers to celebrate return of Parasite Eve protagonist Aya Brea in new RPG cover-based shooter next month.

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It's been over a decade since the Parasite Eve franchise last infected new release shelves, but Square Enix is ready to expose gamers to the series once more. The publisher today announced a March 29 launch for The 3rd Birthday on PSP.

The 3rd Birthday was originally announced as a mobile game.

Although it doesn't carry the Parasite Eve name, The 3rd Birthday stars franchise protagonist Aya Brea, who once again is put in the position of saving mankind from a monstrous biological menace. Set in Manhattan in 2012, the game sees the city beset by the monstrous creatures known as The Twisted, and Aya is once again tasked with saving the day.

The 3rd Birthday introduces a number of new gameplay wrinkles to the series, starting with an emphasis on cover-based shooting. Aya also has the ability to possess other people's bodies in the game, jumping from person to person at will to escape danger or get her hands on beefier weaponry. In addition to jumping into teammate's bodies in order to continue the fight, Aya will be able to use the power to damage some enemies with a well-timed button press.

Square Enix also announced the game's English-language voice cast, headlined by Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, Miranda Lawson in Mass Effect 2) in the role of Aya. Strahovski isn't the only celebrity to sign on to the project, as Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, My Bloody Valentine) will also contribute voice work to the game.

For more on the series, check out GameSpot's reviews of Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve 2, as well as previous coverage of The 3rd Birthday.

Discussion

43 comments
DarthChristian
DarthChristian

A lot of good stuff coming out for the PSP. I'm starting to play that more than my PS3 o.0

expatriat
expatriat

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Marky360
Marky360

@GOAT_DUDE Yea the PSP will probably be $99 when the PSP2 comes out so it will be a better deal.

geomyr
geomyr

i was expecting it on christmas but Square Enix change the release date i m not buying the NGP till i played all the games on the psp :)

GOAT_DUDE
GOAT_DUDE

@Marky360: Considering the fact that the NGP will not have a UMD Drive it's not a bad idea to still buy the psp. Maybe they should wait until the NGP comes out to buy the psp because they might just lower the price of the psp.

boobush
boobush

Ahhhhhh :) you know guys, I still play with my Parasite Eve 2, hehehe, great action replay :)

Marky360
Marky360

Whats the point of buying a PSP game with NGP around the corner mind as well save the money you would have spent on the game and instead put it towards the PSP2 thats what I'm doing. No more PSP1 games for me all that monney is going to be used to get PSP2

ThatAwesomeMan
ThatAwesomeMan

Ooooh, this is a GAME. I thought it was an actual birthday party for the PSP, lol.

Raziel_125
Raziel_125

@deltamirage just by your comment i can tell you didn't play PE1 or PE2 and can't tell what's a real game. Sucks to be you :3

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

I'm getting it, I loved PE1 and PE2 :) by the way why haven't they released PE1 and PE2 on PSN classics yet???

deltamirage
deltamirage

Recently everything Square has touch has turned to garbage. I hope this game remains untainted.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

I hope this means we will be seeing PE1 and PE2 in the US store soon. It would be a great idea to do this to promote this game like they did in Japan.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

looking forward to it, about due for a trip through the first 2 come to think of it

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Can anyone help explain something to me, why is the uk version called 'twisted edition'? Does it have any extra's or something that make it essentially a limited / collectors edition such as when demons souls had a version with the artbook and soundtrack etc?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

So exciting! I so love the first two games so I am looking forward to this. hopefully the first two games will also be coming to psn soon. the japanese have had them for ages now!

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

really i love this game and i missed it on ps3:(why they dont plan to release the Parasite eve 3 on ps3 i'm sure it will be a wonderful,i rememberd the 1st and the 2nd was amazing8)oh i love series parasite eve:) i hope someday they TBA on ps3:)

Henninger
Henninger

I never played this game cuz as i remember it wuz turn based. I might b wrong but im pretty sure. Anywayz its about time they gave this series another title.

Henninger
Henninger

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chaos269
chaos269

sounds like a good game can't wait.

Fantasy_Gamer
Fantasy_Gamer

I am excited for this game, but with the advent of the NGP.. I am now having a wishful thinking SE might want to just delay the English release a few months more and just make this a release title for the NGP.. I WANT TO SEE AYA IN HD!

angelbless
angelbless

Gotta get this game, being waiting for it since.. since PE2 :o

spetz_naz_basic
spetz_naz_basic

@brandon2802: Dying? Three PSP titles occupy the top 5 in Japanese sales. It's still a major platform over there and therefore very attractive to Japanese developers. A title like this would never sell well in the West, regardless of platform, so they were right to focus on their own market.

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

Please, please, please, please release this for PSP Go too

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Holy ****! A PSP game I actually give a **** about! :o

fkbwii
fkbwii

Sweet voice actors! This'll be my 1st PE game, I hope it'll be good!

iRaInOnPaRaDeS
iRaInOnPaRaDeS

Wow! Yet another game for me to pick up in march. I already got Dragon Age II, Dissidia Duo Decim, & Pokemon on reserve. March is looking pretty impressive for this year.

jigglebilly1983
jigglebilly1983

Im actually expecting this to not be that great. 1 was fantastic. 2 sucked. I think i would have rather wanted a re-release of 1 instead of this. It doesnt look good, i mean, they arent even putting Parasite eve i the title, thats a red flag for me.

cameio
cameio

Day one for me of course :)

To_Ashes
To_Ashes

I will be getting this day one release. I love the Parasite Eve series.

brandon2802
brandon2802

I kind of have mixed feelings about this. I wanted another Parasite Eve game but not on a dying system.

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

I rather have it on a console, not handheld.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@zMd113 well.. maybe you are right, but probably not. smart phones are quickly over taking handheld and I sold both my psp and my ds because I dont walk around with a back pack so I can carry my 2 handheld systems, games, casses, cords to plug them in, mem cards. BUT I do always have my iphone. so yeah. I wont be playing this game. so that 1 less copy they would have sold and I doubt I am the ONLY person in that boat.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

who CARES if it doesn't have the Parasite Eve 1 gameplay. even the 2nd game was DRASTICALLY different. I don't miss the characters I miss the original style of the game!!!

zMd113
zMd113

Yeah if it stayed as a mobile phone game, what? 5 people might be able to play it? Much better on PSP.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

cool. Hope its good, but it looks like its lost the rpg aspect going by the trailers. It seems like a straight up third person shooter now.

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

I remember a time when Square put out games there weren't Final Fantasy, and this was one of them. It's a shame that this game was a mobile-phone converted into a PSP game.

hdi67
hdi67

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