Trigger Warning: This article discusses rape.
The 3rd Birthday
Developer: Square Enix/HexaDrive
Publisher: Square Enix
Format: PlayStation Portable
Released (Japan): December 22, 2010
Released (NA): March 29, 2011
Released (EU): April 1, 2011
Knowing plot details about the earlier installments in the Parasite Eve franchise is not necessary for enjoying The 3rd Birthday, but it does help, even though the games are not really direct sequels to the original novel. It’s… complicated.
Continue reading The 3rd Birthday: Introduction — What Came Before
At certain points, it may have sounded like I did not like Live-A-Live that much, because that was true. Certain scenarios have their annoyances, but overall, L-A-L is a lost, yet flawed gem.
A mixed bag. Environments and protagonist sprites are pretty average, leaving some incredible enemy sprites to steal the show. Continue reading Live-A-Live Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia
June 13, 2016: Yuan wandered through the darkness until he saw glimpses of strange and unfamiliar places. Eventually, he found a staircase and went up it. The stairs led to a snowy mountain. He found a man who wore and odd hat and a poncho, who wandered off.
Huh, for the final chapter, some of the monsters sure are cute.
Yuan found an Iron Box.
I have to fight these cute little puppies?! But they’re so ADORABLE
Continue reading Live-A-Live Part 10
June 20, 2016: Ultimate Destruction
When Orsted decided to go to Akira’s world, he wondered why Akira and his friends strove for assimilation and unification. Orsted believed that the world filled with filthy humans needed to be purified.
Then, the world of Oboromaru.
Orsted: “There will be turbulent days in the future…… Without any nonsense like so-called ideals…. Until soul is sold for the power of a demon….”
The statue of the frog’s eyes glowed. “You should believe in your own way!” Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Nine
April 2, 2015: We limped back to the castle. The guards could hardly believe that Hash died.
The king apologized and told the trio to rest in one of the rooms.
Orsted dreamt about Alicia in the grip of the Demon King.
Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Eight: Green-Eyed Monsters
April 2, 2015: You play as Oersted, a knight representing the West in the Lucretian Battle Tournament. His opponent representing the East is Straybow. The prize: Princess Alicia’s hand in marriage.
Straybow: “Don’t hold back. Even though we’re friends… If you go easy on me, I won’t forgive you!”
Alicia: “Oersted, was it? It was quite a… manly battle. It is with pleasure… that I become your queen.”
The king called a feast. Later that evening, Alicia talked to Oersted. Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Seven: The Demon King
January 4, 2012: I recently learned that the Flow chapter is also known as “Blood Flow”. That makes sense considering the liquified humans in the chapter’s storyline.
The Captain Square minigame has groovy music.
At least Buriki Daioh’s theme was pretty cool.
January 5, 2012: Is anything gonna happen in this chap? It’s all PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT
“OD-10 Cogito Ergosum”
Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Six
December 29, 2011: Live-A-Live! It’s been too long, old friend.
Previously on L-A-L, we got fed up with Akira’s oddly tedious chapter.
I found a… Shower Cap.
Maybe this chapter isn’t that bad, but it’s not very intuitive. You’d think that having a telepathic protagonist would avert that, but no. Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Five
May 3, 2011: Live-A-Live, how I have missed thee.
The old master had to kick his pupils’ butts. They learned some of his moves from being on the receiving end of them. How cool is that?!
He had them train atop the mountains to build their endurance and in the forest to train their reflexes. That night, after Li and Sammo passed out went to sleep, the old master caught Yuan training alone outside. Aww.
You do not get an equal number of training sessions with the three students. The reason why is soon revealed. Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Three: Living Legacies
April 25, 2011: An L-A-L shrine says to just keep plugging away, but it doesn’t work!! Nothing happens!
It seems like if you battle a Kuu Tribe member outside of the exit, they just won’t go away! Killing them does not remove them from the entrance. So I’ve tried to outrun them but right in front of the exit, they keep coming until ANOTHER one physically replaces the one you already killed. Only two are on-screen at a time. But another one just replaced the one I killed and I still get encounters in front of the exit. It feels impossible.
L-A-L is a wonderful game, but it has some very frustrating parts. This is a theme of most of the scenarios.
April 30, 2011: Guess what? Through the magic of YouTube‘s BoltMcGammar, I found out how to get Gori back. Let’s rock.
Continue reading Live-A-Live Part Two: Prehysteria