This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
Based on a Japanese novel of the same name, Parasite Eve casts the
player as Aya Brea, a 23 year-old rookie cop with the New York Police
Department. As Christmas approaches, she is invited to an opera at
Carnegie Hall with her boyfriend. While watching the show, however, the
lead female singer, Melissa Gilbert, gives Aya a strange look, then
proceeds to cause most of the audience to spontaneously combust.
Unscathed, Aya runs to the stage to confront Melissa, who now insists on
being called "Eve" and begins to drop hints about the "liberation of the
mitochondria" to come...
Produced by Square USA, Parasite Eve contains many breathtaking CGI
visuals and spans 2 CDs. Some of its unique features include the
Parasite Energy system (a bar not unlike a Magic Points system which
only regenerates in battle), which represents the activity of the
mitochondria within Aya's body, and the Weapons Graft system, which
enables the player to customize their weapons and armor with features
from other armaments.
The USA version of the game also packed in a demo disc containing a demo
of Xenogears; plus previews of Brave Fencer Musashi(den), Final Fantasy
VIII, and Bushido Blade II. The disc was the rough equivilant of the
"mysterious data disc" which came with Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon in