Games Welt: As an old-Parasite Eve fan, you have to get used to the new gameplay. The role-playing elements are sorely missed, but as a third-person shooter it makes Aya's new adventure quite good. The strong linearity we can accept as a relic of the series, but not the weak plot. Sure, The 3rd Birthday is primarily an action game, but with Parasite Eve 1 and 2 in the back of our minds, the weak and confusing plot can not be overlooked - even if it is presented in excellent CGI sequences. Where are the characters whose fates touched us in the original games?
Thus, The 3rd Birthday is just another shooter with a beautiful appearance. But it constantly reminds us that the potential here remains unused.