Parasite Eve, Square's cinematic rpg was a very good game, it just lacked the publicity of the Final Fantasy games. The game took up only two discs (small compared to the afforementioned FF series), but also including a demo disc with Final Fantasy VIII on it. It was rated Mature.

The game was set in modern day New York City and presented a pretty cool weapon customization system. It also featured an extra play mode once you beat it, which made the game more difficult (except for the fact you kept your best weapon and armor from the previous game) and opened up a new level, the Chrysler Building, which allowed you to get an alternate ending.

It's based on a novel, as is a Japanese movie of the same title. If you're lucky you can find it on DVD at your local Suncoast or Babbages. But beware, it's subtitled.

Main Characters:

  • Aya Brea (Age 25, 160cm tall, 106 lbs)-The main character of the game, an NYPD officer in the 17th Precinct with special abilities.
  • Melissa Pearce (Age 32, 180cm tall, 114 lbs)-The woman who becomes Eve, the main enemy of the game.
  • Daniel Dollis (Age 42, 180cm tall, 209 lbs)-Your partner at the NYPD.
  • Kunihiko Maeda (Age 35, 170cm, 115 lbs)-A scientist friend from Japan who witness a similar incident back home (basically, the events from the Parasite Eve novel by Hideaki Sena).
  • Hans Klamp (Age 37, 175cm, 141 lbs)-Mysterious German scientist at the museum.

    Minor Characters:

  • Ben Dollis- Daniel's eight year old son.
  • Wayne-One of the guys in the NYPD armory. Collects gun trading cards.
  • Torres-The older of the guys in the armory, doesn't like guns ever since his daughter was shot.
  • Douglas Baker-Aya's boss.
  • Maya Brea-Aya's twin sister. She died a long time ago along with Aya's mother.
  • Mariko Brea-Aya's mother, died with Maya. Was also featured in the novel and the movie adaption of it.
  • Lorraine Dollis-Daniel's ex-wife.

    Parasite Energies (Magic):

  • Heal 1 (Lv. 1)- Recovers 30 HP
  • Scan (Lv 4)-Scans enemies HP and weakness
  • Slow (Lv 7)-Slows down the target
  • Detox (Lv 9)-Cures poison
  • Heal 2 (Lv 11)-Recovers 60 HP
  • Barrier (Lv 13)-Uses PE bar to absorb damage
  • Energy Shot (Lv 15)-Channels all PE into single shot
  • Confuse (Lv 17)-Confounds and bewilders foes
  • Haste (Lv 20)-Increases Aya's speed
  • Heal 3 (Lv 22)-Recovers 280 HP
  • Gene Heal (Lv 25)-PE Bar slowly goes down, HP goes up
  • Medic (Lv 28)-Cures all status effects
  • Preraise (Lv 30)-Instantly return to life exactly where you were standing if you die
  • Full Recover (Lv 32)-Recovers all HP and cures all status effects
  • Liberate (Lv 33)-Aya transforms and goes Dragonball Z on a foe

    The game also got a sequel, called Parasite Eve 2, naturally. However, this game was designed by a different team in Squaresoft, and as such is quite a bit different from the original. The only character from the original you even see is Aya herself. It seems the new team wanted to try and make it as much like the Resident Evil games as possible. It is a Survival Horror game instead of a Cinematic RPG.