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Retronauts Wishes You a Belated Merry Christmas 1997

Take an in-depth look back at Squaresoft's innovative, cinematic, horror RPG, Parasite Eve.

Column by Jeremy Parish, .

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Parasite Eve is my favorite holiday game, so over the holidays... I put together a podcast about Parasite Eve. How's that for being true to my word?

Replaying Parasite Eve for the first time in... uh, a while, I gained a much greater appreciation for everything Squaresoft tried to do with this game. It was a hybrid RPG/adventure game, produced by a hybrid East/West development team, sports a hybrid combat system that combined shooting and Chrono Trigger mechanics. It's really a shame we never saw a proper follow-up—no, Parasite Eve II and The 3rd Birthday don't constitute "proper follow-ups."

Parasite Eve only takes about 10 hours to complete, it's pretty inexpensive on PSN, and it runs on PSP, Vita, PS TV, and PlayStation 3... so I highly recommend everyone give it a spin. Even if the holidays have come to an end, you can relive the harrowing experience of Christmas 1997 with this odd but wonderful little RPG classic.

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Episode Description

End the holidays in the deserted streets of New York, fighting mutant rats and super-powered flying babies. Just like in the old days!

Music in this episode comes from Parasite Eve, of course. Or if you prefer visual media, you can also enjoy this Retronauts Micro as a video:

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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #1 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    Huh, that counters all the talk about development time being yanked from the VS team (the protagonist trio of Ashley/Neesa/Tieger one).

    Oh well, U.B. is still amazing.

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  • Avatar for ronaldaugust28 #2 ronaldaugust28 A year ago
    Nothing but love. One of my favorites.
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  • Avatar for naazimeaala75 #3 naazimeaala75 A year ago
    @JeremyParish did you just diss on Vagrant Story's length and how 'padding' the game length was detrimental to the game? Respectfully disagree
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  • Avatar for jay-ban #4 jay-ban A year ago
    As alluded to in the episode, I really miss the naive ingenuity of game developers during the 32-bit era.
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #5 jeremy.parish A year ago
    @naazimeaala75 I love VS with a sweaty passion, but they padded the hell out of it to extend the length.
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #6 jeremy.parish A year ago
    @SatelliteOfLove It's possible for a game to be rushed and miss out on content and also be padded! In fact, I'd say the two states of being are quite likely to coexist—the schedule is abbreviated, original material gets cut, existing material gets duplicated or stretched to compensate for it.
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  • Avatar for naazimeaala75 #7 naazimeaala75 A year ago
    @jeremy.parish oh you do like VS. I dunno I just take slight even at the mere suggestion of crictism on VS. Personally I found the game length to be fine (took me 23 hours and used a Brady Games guide book). I mean the length gave me ample time to soak in the meticulously created world of VS. But i guess it's a moot point! Dang it talking about VS has made me mad me at SE for not creating another Vs game!
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #8 jeremy.parish A year ago
    @nimzy Yeah, when I saw The Phantom Menace for the first time, all I could think was, "Oh... they ripped off Parasite Eve."
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  • Avatar for jeremy.parish #9 jeremy.parish A year ago
    @naazimeaala75 Dang, dude, you need to listen to our Matsuno episode. http://www.retronauts.com/?p=611
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  • Avatar for naazimeaala75 #10 naazimeaala75 A year ago
    @jeremy.parish interestingly I was trying to find USGamer Retronaut archive. I couldn't find the page :/. But will listen to this Retronaut episode thanks.
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  • Avatar for jihon83 #11 jihon83 A year ago
    It is an intriguing game, though this episode makes me hope that episodes about the Saga and Front Mission series are incoming. It was amazing, and in retrospect, a bit sad to see just how innovative and daring Squaresoft was with its Final Fantasy 7 largesse. If the remake and 15 do as well, I doubt we will see The same flush of new ideas.
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  • Avatar for fezalsingh13 #12 fezalsingh13 7 months ago
    Hello USGamer,
    Wishing you very Merry X'mas in advance for 2016.
    Here are awesome Merry Christmas Wishes Greeting
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