Parasite Eve II: Perfect for mature (16+) players.
Parasite Eve II is a great follow up to the original. Does not matter if you played the first, this game takes several opportunities to give you information about what happened in the first game without truly ruining it for you if you play later. Like most early generation systems/games, the battle system and item screens seem somewhat cumbersome at first. However, there are lots of opportunity early in the game to learn these without being penalized. After becoming comfortable, their use is almost second nature and actually well organized. Like other games of this nature, there is some reduncy as you have to move back and forth between cleared areas in order to complete tasks to move on. This is not too bad except on one or two occasions where there is a bit more ground to cover and you feel like you're on a morning stroll. The designers try to break the monotiny by adding in new bad guys, which helps to build your strength in your character and obtain new items. However, at times I was left feeling like the characters (due to story) didn't know what they were doing.
The storyline is average or a little better. The world the game takes place in is much smaller than the original game which took place in many areas, taking you almost literally on a tour of New York. Parasite Eve II is more focused on essentially five maps: Building, small town, a mine, a testing facility, and (for lack of a better description) a terra-forming map. There do not appear to be as many cut scenes, but they are well done. Actual gameplay is clear and few instances of map confusion, looking for doors. Only once or twice was this an issue, but your map clarifies easily. Don't get me wrong, this is a fun game, challenging, and completes the storyline began in the first. There is easily 20 hours of gameplay. If you enjoy Resident Evil, this game is a must. If you are a huge Final Fantasy gamer, you may be a little disappointed. I do recommend this game if never played.Read full review