The 3rd Birthday Part Three: Aya’s Counterattack

June 5, 2011: There are varying degrees of mutation. It ranges from A (normal), to B (Benign), to C and D (Malignant). You can splice the malignancy out of corrupted OE chips…

On the field, I discovered something useful: If you activate Liberation just as you suffer a fatal blow, it will restore your health to full after the meter’s dried up!

June 6, 2011: Operation Red Fog! I finally got past the subway train section. Beyond that? Scratchers. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

I don’t really have a plan for my OE Boards. I definitely want to keep Odds Up on them. 😛

June 7, 2011: Once again, Aya’s attempt to enter the past altered the present. Thelonius vanished from the timeline. Blank realized what was happening and ran to Thelonius as he vanished, only to completely forget why he went to the rooftop in the first place.

Aya remembered seeing Kyle dressed as a groom at the altar, only to be shot offscreen. Kyle appeared before her at the Twisted nest again, and she begged him to protect Eve. He pledged his guardianship over “our little princess”.

Episode 4: The Moment of Truth

October 1, 2011: Chipping away at Operation Blue Hail. Let’s find Kyle Madigan. Continue reading The 3rd Birthday Part Three: Aya’s Counterattack

The 3rd Birthday Part Two: Aya Getting Married

April 2, 2011: A battle with tough Twisted in T3B.

If you don’t set the OE Board correctly, Aya could wind up with a disease spliced into her DNA!

I feel bad about my guys dying due to my carelessness. What will I do when they’re not around? You just know that Aya is going to go in alone at some point.

I wasted time trying to fight a Twisted that does too much damage; is hard to hurt; regenerates health; and creates small cyclones?!

I guess the manual says to just shoot at Twisted until they’re stunned, but this particular Twisted becomes a lot more dangerous once you nail it with an Overdive Kill for the first time. It also says to heal your guys by OD’ing and hiding behind cover. SIGH

T3B‘s voice acting is better than a trailer led me to assume.

April 4, 2011: I learned how to overlay chips on the OE Board for greater effectiveness, AND I defeated the Emily Jefferson Twisted. Protip: Exploit Aya’s Liberation ability. Any time it’s full. Every time. I also took my magnum into battle.

Aya encountered Emily in Club Sacrifice. The young lady reminded Aya of someone who looked similar to her. Continue reading The 3rd Birthday Part Two: Aya Getting Married

The 3rd Birthday Part One: CTI Training Manual

April 1, 2011: Episode 0: Sacrifice

December 2012 – New York. Strange roots burst out of the city streets. These sentient beings are called the Twisted. Their nexus is known as the Babel.

December 2013: The Counter Twisted Investigation Team sends agent Aya Brea into the past with Overdive technology. This technology utilizes Aya’s strange powers to dive into the bodies of others in the past to investigate the Twisted. With the power of Overdive, Aya heads to Club Sacrifice in Manhattan, which is under siege by Twisted.

Overdive is also featured in gameplay. It lets Aya dive into the bodies of other soldiers and occasionally civilians. This can yield unexpected benefits like new weaponry and DNA chips, and the opportunity to trigger the skills on Aya’s DNA Board. Aya can also Overdive into enemies when they have been critically wounded (indicated by a triangular symbol over the creature) to deal devastating damage. Hitting the enemy’s weak point with a sniper rifle makes it easier to OD into them.

With Overdive, Aya can dive into the body of a healthier soldier when the one she is currently inhabiting is dying. However, losing too many soldiers in an Episode will negatively affect your final ranking. Also, there are some situations where you may run out of soldiers and have to hold out until more enter the battlefield. There are some situations where Aya has to kill a boss alone.

In the opening cutscene, you are introduced to a flurry of new characters, such as Hyde Bohr, Thelonious Cray, and the young Dr. Blank.

Aya was found on December 24, 2010 in New York in a wedding dress near St. Thomas Cathedral. She lost her memories.

Finding Maeda’s bio in the manual gave me feels.

Continue reading The 3rd Birthday Part One: CTI Training Manual

The 3rd Birthday: Introduction — What Came Before

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

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – March 12th-13th: Take Me Home

March 12th, 2010: Shoot Screaming Mantis’ doll of Psycho Mantis and pick it up. Then, you can use it to defeat Screaming Mantis.

Her faceplate and six extra arms flew off. The shimmering bodysuit was revealed. The Screaming Beauty begged for mercy. She banged on an invisible wall until she regained her composure.

Now… Set me free.”

Screaming Mantis
Screaming Mantis

Once Snake “set her free”, she screamed horribly. Her bodysuit became rough, and she curled up in the fetal position. Then, her equipment rose up-

-as Psycho Mantis.

He tried to read the Memory Card, but there was no card to read on the PS3. He made the controller rumble before Screaming Mantis’ equipment exploded.

Then, the Sorrow – the Spirit Soldier of The Boss’ Cobra unit, and her lover – said, “The spirit of the warrior will always be with you.”
Continue reading Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – March 12th-13th: Take Me Home

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – March 1st-3rd, 2010: No Strings on Me

March 1st, 2010: The facility was infested with Scarabs. When Snake destroyed them, they kind of screamed… What the heck is this, Silent Hill? God, I only wish that could be more like Metal Gear.

Yeah, about that…

But it’s kind of cute when Scarabs are alerted. Their little musical cue is higher-pitched than that of other enemies. BREEP!

In REX’s hangar, Snake and Hal realized that Liquid just needed REX’s rail gun – and this REX’s rail gun was already removed.

Then, Vamp appeared. Naomi caressed him. Vamp promised that the gun was long gone, as his “Queen” wished, and that Suicide Gekkos were on their way. “Soon, there will be nothing left of this place.”

I’ll leave the rest to you,” Naomi told Vamp before she left.

Continue reading Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – March 1st-3rd, 2010: No Strings on Me

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia: February 1st, 2010 – February 12th, 2012: Smile

FEBRUARY 1ST, 2010: The boss of the library level, called Bloody Tomes, is Wallman. Actually killing him is super-simple. Just suck up his glyph when he uses it. This can be difficult if you can’t find a safe spot in between the bombs he throws in the tiny room in which he hangs out. Continue reading Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia: February 1st, 2010 – February 12th, 2012: Smile

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia: January 24th, 2010 – January 31st, 2010

JANUARY 24TH, 2010: However, I still like Curse of Darkness. It’s twice the game that Lament of Innocence was – and, more importantly, twice the Castlevania game. Continue reading Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia: January 24th, 2010 – January 31st, 2010