Use Aya’s Sniper Rifle To Scan For Weak Points In The 3rd Birthday

By Spencer . March 8, 2011 . 4:33pm

Square Enix USA is promoting The 3rd Birthday in North America with combat videos instead of costume reveals. This trailer shows Aya using a sniper rifle, which doubles as a weak point scanner. Hit those spots for "massive damage," a help window explains.



The move Aya uses at the end of the trailer is an overdive kill. She actually dives inside a Twisted monster to destroy it from the inside. Trigger this finishing attack you can earn over energy chips, which Aya can use to strengthen and gain new abilities.

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  • Jenova2212

    I’m sorry…. I better not get called a troll for this, but this doesn’t feel like a Parasite Eve game AT ALL. The more I look at it and read on it, the more it seems like a stain on the franchise’s name.

    Who’s responsible for this one? Smells like Nomura all over it. Was he creative producer for this too? Kitase?

    Whatever the case is, it feels like some of my fondest PS1 memories just got kicked in the nuts…

    • Guest

      “this doesn’t feel like a Parasite Eve game AT ALL”

      That’s probably why “Parasite Eve” is nowhere in the title.

      • Jenova2212

        That’s just an excuse. Like saying “Torchwood” doesn’t have anything to do with “Doctor Who”.

        Only, in this case, it has even more to do with it. Like, I dunno, having the same main character? Not to mention, officially recognized as the “third entry in the Parasite Eve series.”

        I’m all for re-imagining things. Battlestar Galactica was one of the best things that happened to the concept. But stripping away everything and leaving it soulless and Nomura (or Kitase) infested is NOT the way to do proper re-imaginings.

        I have a bone to pick here, man… Somebody killed one of my favorite franchises here.

        • shy_mel

          If your still wondering, when I look up interviews for this game, Nomura’s name does come up a few times. And the director’s (Hajime Tabata).

          • Jenova2212

            It’s no coincidence. Square Enix started to, basically, epically fail right around the release of Kingdom Hearts 2. It was around then as well that Nomura rose to fame and power.

            That guy has WAY too much influence and control, and WAY too little creative and storytelling talent. The guy is an artist. He should stick to drawing things, and not trashing a well respected company known for quality product.

          • doomspeller10

            Actually I think Nomura is one of the few good elements remaining in SE, and I think he’s doing what he can to innovate (not that I’m pleased with his recent work). I don’t think he’s getting his hands into too many projects just for the sake of it. For all I care Yoichi Wada can retire as soon as possible.

          • Jenova2212

            @doomspeller10: No offense to you personally, but it’s also diehard fantoids who are partially killing the company and their games with blind justifications of hacks like Nomura and Toriyama, misguidedly pointing fingers at simple business people like Wada. Is he a greedy bastard? Yes. Are most businessmen greedy bastards? Of course – keeping the flow of money is their JOBS. Wada is doing it as good as anyone else. How do I know? …Because almost every one of SE games makes a killing upon release…

            And like I said, partially because of the fantoids… It’s like a city water pump being powered by a nuclear reactor that’s gotten leaky. The fantard will defend it headfirst by saying how “The water is pumped faster, and it tastes better!” without even attempting to realize that it’s been CONTAMINATED with decayed radioactive isotopes.

        • Nashuim

          It’s not recognized as the third entry. It’s recognized as a spin-off. The devs said it themselves that this game is supposed to be seen as a spin-off and not as a sequel.

          • Jenova2212

            Uh…yes it is the third entry. “Third entry” is not synonymous with “sequel” or “threequel.”

            Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is the series prequel. But it’s still technically recognized as the SIXTH entry in the series.

    • YoFace

      Seems third person shooters are all the rage now. Look at what happened to Resident Evil.

      • Jenova2212

        Well, RE4 at least managed to stay true to its roots, and improved on an aging formula. The story wasn’t completely retarded either.

        Using Resident Evil in this is a pretty bad example. I suggest you use Guilty Gear next time. One of the weirdest, and worst tasting experiences I’ve ever had was with Guilty Gear 2 Overture.

    • Almost every other post is you gripping.
      So what do you want people to call you?

      • Jenova2212

        Well, if you guys promise that I won’t get suspended or banned, I’ll be more than happy to be Siliconera’s official Angry Cynical Person of Anger.

        But if not, then I guess you can just call me “critical”. =)

    • Nashuim

      I think that’s why they didn’t call it Parasite Eve. It’s called The 3rd Birthday so it’s not “staining the franchise’s name”.

      I bet they changed the name because of people like you.

      • Jenova2212

        Old argument. Argument debunked. Go away.

    • I personally think if it smells like Nomura, it should smell like Birth By Sleep.

      • Jenova2212

        *gas mask*

    • Aiddon

      I know Kitase is producing it and that idiot Toriyama (yes, FFXIII Toriyama) wrote it, so you mostly have them to blame for this sudden, jarring shift. Plus the ending is a huge slap in the face to fans of the series. The excuse of “it’s not PE because it doesn’t have the series’ name” is a poor excuse in ways you couldn’t imagine. Even during this game’s marketing they were sending mixed signals. I still can’t get over how insulting Toriyama’s writing is to Aya, Sakaguchi, Sena, and the fans of the series.

      • Jenova2212


        Well THAT explains a lot… I guess I ought to avoid this game like the Bubonic Plague it is…


        • Aiddon

          I’m not even close to engaging in hyperbole when I say Toriyama had NO CLUE what he was doing with this series’ canon. There’s even a twist at the end that can’t justify itself if you remember how the mythology of the series works.

      • makotozenshou

        it’s a bit odd that i saw Hideaki Sena in it’s credits.. am like..
        “What’s he for??”

        – Saw it from jpn ver.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Could that crawly thing near the end of the video be… a *mutated* GIANT ENEMY CRAB?!?!

    • ToSeektheChosen


      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        Don’t you mean PRAWN?

        • ToSeektheChosen
        • Joanna

          Late reply is late, but welcome back Yusaku. Your comments always put a smile on my face. :)

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Hey, good to see you too! I always feel like you’re a low-key time traveler with your late comments, so that’s ok. :3

            Actually I feel less funny this year. I hope I feel funnier again someday. >_<

  • PrinceHeir

    think of this as a faster version of the series. the past 2 games where all about psychological and disturbing game(which i kinda miss actually)

    will still buy this though, just for Aya alone :P let’s just hope Square actually hires Hideaki Sena(series author) to do the 4th one.

  • Smart marketing choice, I think.

  • I’m glad the overkill system is quick as this means it won’t slow down gameplay :D

    • doomspeller10

      I know what you mean. I was expecting some kind of limit break / ex burst… but no. So underwhelming…

  • MisterDandylion

    I like very much the gameplay’s fast-paced combat.

    mmmmh…. Aya looks stressed afeter diving into the Twisted….

    Can someone remind of the negative side-effects of performing an overdive kill, if any? :S

  • doomspeller10

    The overdive kill reminds me of a Shang Tsung fatality, though not as gory in this game.

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