Parasite Eve II Mutates For PSN Re-Release

By Spencer . March 15, 2011 . 11:12am

imageFollowing Parasite Eve, which comes out on PlayStation Network today, Square Enix will release Parasite Eve II as a digital download.


Parasite Eve II changes locations and takes place in Los Angeles where Aya is part of MIST – that’s short for Mitochondrial Investigation and Suppression Team. There are more mutated creatures to fight, but Parasite Eve II ditches the shooting sphere battle system and plays more like Resident Evil. Kyle Madigan who finds Aya in New York City when the events of the The 3rd Birthday being is introduced in this title.


A release date has not been set for Parasite Eve II, but it shouldn’t be too far away from The 3rd Birthday which launches in North America on March 29.

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  • You know I’ve still never played this. I liked the Shooting Sphere system, and don’t like Resident Evil very much.

  • vrakanox

    Nice! I still own the original on disc but I’ve never even played this one.

  • Square Enix is on a roll nowadays (Xenogears, Vagrant Story, PE I and II, Legend of Mana, Thread of Fate)

    • Tiael

      NA needs Legend of Mana and Threads of Fate on PSN, and Chrono Cross all around, though it is coming to the JP PSN this Spring.

      What I want most is Suikoden II on PSN, but that’s Konami.

    • Testsubject909

      Don’t hear much about Thread of Fate.

      Nice to see someone who enjoyed it.

      • Tiael

        Needs more Brave Fencer Musashi too.

  • neo_firenze

    At first I wished for the previous game’s combat system instead of the Resident Evil clone that PE2 is, but once you get going it picks up nicely for a while. Until the horrendous underground tunnel sections that just drag for what seems like an eternity.

    I’ll still pay $5.99 to double dip. I have the original CDs for all of these Squaresoft PSX games, yet I’m still buying them again digitally. Go figure.

    I actually like playing them on my PSP Go with component video cable and a Dual Shock 3 through Bluetooth. Better than the discs since you get reduced load times and the ability to quicksave/suspend anywhere. And when you want to take your game with you, just unplug the system and put it in your pocket.

    • Testsubject909

      Double dipping is quite delicious isn’t it?

    • Ereek

      PE2 is generally considered a RE clone, but it’s one of those examples of where the clone is more diverse than the original, as well as heading in a different direction and adding new ideas to the genre. It’s how a “clone” should be, in my opinion. It has more enemy types – with more varied movement and strategies, more guns, more customization, and is only partially in the same genre as RE.

      I think it wouldn’t be called a “clone” as often if it didn’t use the traditional early-PSX control scheme (Other examples of this scheme include: Dino Crisis, Tomb Raider), because after that and the “STARS and evil scientific research labs,” that’s where the similarities end.

      That said, the underground mine section is my least favorite part of the game, I was glad when the labs finally opened up. But then you get that horrible trash dumpster boss.

      • Testsubject909

        M4A1. My favorite gun from PE2, with some very deliciously sweet customization options.

        Loved the electric hammer on it. LOVED It.

        If the M4A1 and Aya could fuse into the M4AYA1, I would have a delicious sweet genetic-magic-using android-mech with a sexy black sheen and would LOVE it.

        …I went way off subject there.

        • Aiddon

          SP12 was my fav, then I discovered the Mongoose and Gunblade. The Hypervelocity is also really fun

        • Ereek

          The Hammer is also the way to best deal with Bounty Mode and about half of the Golems. You need a Grenade Launcher to stun those black ones, though.
          But yes, M4A1 is the end-all weapon in PE2, its flexibility allows for use in pretty much any situation.

          I love Bounty mode.

      • neo_firenze

        I do think PE2 is a good take on the RE style, but it’s hard to not feel the similarity in the controls alone – when you’re holding a shoulder trigger to aim your gun and walking in typical RE “tank” controls, I get why people call it a clone.

        Besides the controls, there was also just such a drastic difference between PE1 and PE2 in the entire game style. PE2 dropped the menu based combat system, random encounters, a lot of RPG style stats and gear tweaking – pretty defining features of the original.

  • wait, why don’t I see prologus or PE on PSN right now?

    • Volcynika

      Because SCEA likes to take their sweet time with PSN updates people want. :p

  • Hopefully SCEE will get its act together!

  • LOL i am trying to get rid of my PAL version of PE2. £10 not inc postage :P Will post worldwide :P

  • YEAH! :D

  • Zero_Destiny

    Oh god yes I love you SE. Now I can finally check out both of these games. :) Alright I can’t wait to download them and play them back to back. XD Keep it up with all the new PSN releases. Looking forward to Mana. Now just give us Chrono Cross and the SaGa’s and some more of my fav games SE. :) Keep up the good work!!!!!! (please)

    • PrinceHeir

      oh my god thank you square :D

      i just downloaded Parasite Eve today.

      im guessing next tuesday is the release date :P

      think about it, march 22, 1 week before the 3rd birthday release soooo good :)

      yes Legend of Mana, Chrono Cross/Trigger, and Saga Series and many more ^^

      • Zero_Destiny

        Super excited. PS3 has gotten so much love because of all the PSN releases. :) PSN is starting to be the best thing about the PS3 lol Can’t wait to play the games back-to-back.
        EDIT: lol I forgot about the PSP :P Show’s much I play the classic games on it. lol

        • PrinceHeir

          hell yeah :)

          again thank you square.

          companies should follow also :P

          imagine if Namco, Konami, Capcom, SNK, Sega

          put up most of their PS1 games, that would be sooo awesome O_O

  • Oh my god. I want to cry.
    This is beautiful.

    • so am I, I downloaded and played n finished the first one today and I’m like OMG it’s been 10 years since I last played it n it’s still as fun as before, regardless of the graphics.

  • Soma

    Awesome! Thanks for the update!
    I never got around to buying a copy of PE2, so it will be nice to get to play this after so many years. =3

  • Ok Square Enix….I’ll understand if you guys don’t get the original PE up for download in the EU PSN Store (given the game was never released across PAL territories to begin with), but this one you guys have to…! Parasite Eve II on EU PSN?

    Pretty please with cherries on top?

    • Wiccan1109

      They probably will since SE are pretty good with EU releases on PSN, albeit fairly late but if they dont you should just make an American account on your PS3. It always drove me mad that we never get good stuff here and if we do it takes months to come out so thats what i did and it works great. Theres plenty of places to get american PSN cards, and their store is so much better than ours. *_*

      • If you don’t mind me asking, where did you got your US PSN cards from?

        • Wiccan1109

          The best so far has been gamepointsnow dot com, after buying a card they usually email the promotional code of the card to you as a scanned image within 10 mins of purchase which is really cool. They say that they send an automated call to your phone that you have to pick up but i’ve never had one. the only downside is that they never seem to have $50 cards anymore, so you’d need to buy $10 or $20 cards. They cost the same in £, so if you want a $20 card its around £18. I’ve used them about 10 times now and they’ve never let me down.

          Other option is electronicfirst dot com, they DO sell $50 cards. They’re a tiny bit slower and the first time you buy from them, someone from their service will phone you and check your email details and billing address are correct, then they email the code to you. It’s doesnt take long and theyre really friendly but its a bit more hassle than the other website. If you have an ebay account people also sell them there apparantly :) Once you have your code, log in to your USA account and just add it as a promotional code from an option at the top right and itll add the money to your funds.

  • Very cool. Never played this one, so I will be downloading it.

  • BK0000

    Meh. Parasite Eve 2 is a horrible game. I’ve never been able to force myself to finish it. I’m satisfied with just Parasite Eve.

    • Ereek

      I think what you mean to say is: “I didn’t enjoy Parasite Eve 2, therefore I couldn’t finish it. I’m satisfied with just Parasite Eve.”

      Just saying a game is bad doesn’t make it true.

      • BK0000

        No, it was just bad. There wasn’t anything good about it. It’s just another generic Resident Evil clone.

        • Ereek

          Funny, I don’t think it’s a bad game or a generic Resident Evil clone. It took the RE formula and improved on it, but it’s not a straight up clone.

          See how opinions work? They’re nice, aren’t they?

          • Oh, innocent naive Ereek, aren’t you aware that Opinion = Fact, at all times, but especially if it’s from BK0000?

  • amazing.

  • Croix

    Yesss, I loved PE2! Now to echo the sentiments of just about everyone else here, I’m going to be waiting eagerly for Legend of Mana, Chrono Cross, Threads of Fate, and Suikoden II.

  • PrinceHeir

    “Kyle Madigan who finds Aya in New York City when the events of the The 3rd Birthday being is introduced in this title.”

    does this mean The 3rd Birthday is a Interquel? where the events happen between Parasite Eve 1 and Parasite Eve 2? kinda like Prime is to Metroid I and II?

    • makotozenshou

      all events takes place on the same time of every release..

  • Great. Going to buy that for sure.


  • brings down the price of hard disk tho

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