The 3rd Birthday Lets You Tweak Aya’s DNA And Dive Into Her Enemies

By Spencer . November 23, 2010 . 12:13am

imageIn addition to showcasing costumes, Famitsu has a gameplay blowout on The 3rd Birthday. Remember how Aya can use the Overdive system to leap into the minds of allied characters on the battlefield? She can dive into the Twisted too.


Aya has a move called an Overdive Kill, which you can trigger after riddling a Twisted with bullets. When a triangle mark pops up you can press the R button to lock on and the triangle button to activate the attack. This makes Aya jump into the monster’s consciousness and destroy the Twisted from within.


Famitsu also explains the game’s customization system. Aye can collect and place DNA chips on the Over Energy board. This grid has nine squares, which are linked together. Chips are different sizes so players have to shuffle them around to optimize Aya. The way you line up chips matters too since the game sums all the chip levels. For example, if you place a level 1 antibody next to a chip with two level 1 antibodies (that makes three level 1 antibodies in a row), the chips mutate creating a level 3 antibody for Aya. It isn’t clear what the antibody chip does, though. Another Over Energy chip seen in Famitsu is the "cross healing."


image The 3rd Birthday has another familiar face. Kunihiko Maeda from Parasite Eve 1 returns in The 3rd Birthday. Maeda remodeled a storage room in Manhattan into a laboratory. Just like before, Maeda is described as a brilliant and passionate scientist.


A hat tip and pack of Maeda bullets to Ereek for sending us the tip!

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  • Aiddon

    something INTERESTING about the game for once; though I fully expect more stupid crap at some point

  • Ereek

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think Aya and Maeda are so much cuter together than Aya and Kyle are. Too bad the latter is probably canon.

  • tubers

    “It all started with a Big Bang!.. Hey!” :) @ pic with Aya and Maeda.

    • [The Hunter] Doomrider

      =O I can’t unsee it! It’s Leonard and Penny!

  • ragnarok989

    I’d rather dive into her if you know what i’m sayin

    • skyblaze

      *badum tish*

  • It’d be cooler if she could dive into her opponent’s mind, Cosmosphere style

  • neogeno

    Now THIS is news worth hearing. I don’t mind the outfits but I was really curious about the game.

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    I see many interesting possibilities regarding the story, taking into account the fact that she can dive into the Twisted’s minds. Hopefully, they made good use of it.

    • Tokyo Guy

      I’m waiting for a plausible explanation of how these “Twisted” creatures are supposed to be unrelated to anything mitochondria-based, save for the fact that Square seemingly lost use of the Parasite Eve IP.

      • [The Hunter] Doomrider

        Now that you mention it… ARE they supposed to be unrelated? The story is still mitochondria-based, seeing as how that’s the explanation to the fact that Aya has the appearance of a 20 something woman (if I’m not mistaken).Edit: Just read an interview with Kitase, and you’re right, he says the enemies are completely unrelated and the story is “very very different”… Let’s see if they go the lazy “oh it’s just a virus” way.

        • PrinceHeir

          wait2 when did square enix lost the IP for Parasite Eve? how come they get to make a new one?

          can i see that interview that you read?

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            Sure, here it is:


            The rights to the PE IP expired and they didn’t bother renewing them, I suppose. The Aya character is still their property, but as you may have noticed already, this one is just called “The 3rd Birthday”.

            I don’t know just how far they can go in terms of using stuff from previous PEs, but considering that the story is “very very different” (no longer based on the novel) and that the enemies are “completely different”, they must have changed a lot of stuff.

          • PrinceHeir

            ahh i see, i always thought the The 3rd Birthday only means Aya’s 3rd Revival, never knew the licence got expired why don’t they renew it? since it is a great series and all.

            i never played the first 2 games(hope they release it on PSN here) is Aya the only “returning” character from this game? though she had a sister from the first 2 game is she “Eve” here or a completely new character?

          • NoElixirs

            There’s a chance it’ll be renewed if they decide to develop a home console game.

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            Eve, Kyle and Maeda make an appearance. Eve and Kyle supposedly disappear before the start of the game, so Aya must meet up with them, eventually.

            Oh, there are screens showing Kyle already, but he looks so different that I thought he was a different character…

  • Tokyo Guy

    WELL this is a surprise. Who actually expected Square to release something RELEVANT to the actual game, instead of more crap about lame costumes.

    • vadde939

      I guess there is still some hope for SE after all…

  • 3rd paragraph, 1st line, it says Aye instead of Aya.

    • MemeticRichard

      Was it really necessary to point out such a moot and insignificant typo?

      • Probably. Typos should be fixed and if the author didn’t notice it then it’s someones duty to point it out. But if doing so bothers the commenters then I shall not do it again. Sorry.

  • PrinceHeir

    damn this get’s better and better :D

    let’s hope this games becomes successful so that we can have a HD Parasite Eve for the PS3 with Dues Ex Human Revolution engine.

  • Sure, costumes are nice and all, but I’m glad I’m hearing something about the gameplay for once.

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