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The 3rd Birthday

Platform(s): PSP
Genre: Action
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: March 29, 2011 (US), April 1, 2011 (EU)

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'The 3rd Birthday' (PSP) Gets Dated, Reveals Voice Talent - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 1, 2011 @ 4:59 p.m. PST

Mysterious creatures called the Twisted are trying to take over and destroy New York, and the only one who can stop them is Aya Brea. Aya has an impressive selection of weaponry, so the game is chock-full of action.

Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life-forms as the Twisted. An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year.

The Overdive System emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists – Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.

Players must navigate through a dangerous Manhattan of 2012 as Aya Brea – a strong, complex female protagonist. Her vulnerability in the face of a great threat makes Aya a captivating and deeply human character with whom players will develop a strong emotional connection over the course of the story. With the fate of the world in her hands, players must help Aya fulfill her role as the only one who can save mankind from the menace of the Twisted.

Combining all-action third-person shooter gameplay with rich character development, weapon customisation, awesome missions and a gripping suspense-filled story, The 3rd Birthday delivers incredible visuals unmatched among portable games.  

Square Enix also revealed a celebrity voice cast for The 3rd Birthday, including Yvonne Strahovski of NBC’s Chuck as the voice of Aya Brea. “I was immediately interested when Square Enix approached me with the opportunity to play Aya Brea in The 3rd Birthday. I love Aya – she’s strong, driven and ready to take on the world,” said Yvonne Strahovski. “My goal was to bring all of her characteristics to life to really tell her story and create the best experience for all gamers.” Additionally, the mysterious Kyle Madigan is voiced by Jensen Ackles of the CW’s Supernatural. “The 3rd Birthday will pull players in immediately with its incredible graphics and character-driven story line,” said Jensen Ackles. “I felt like I was creating a movie.”


In addition to the game, the Twisted Edition (Europ only) retail pack will include a copy of CTI Confidential – an exclusive 48 page hardback book packed with top secret artwork and concept illustrations; two deluxe Aya Brea Lithograph art prints and an exclusive Lightning in Aya Brea costume for use in the forthcoming PSP release Dissidia 012[duodecim] FINAL FANTASY.

Key Features

  • Exciting New Chapter for Aya Brea from the popular Parasite Eve series: An engaging, all-new tale of survival horror set in a ravaged New York City.
  • Action-packed fast-paced storyline: Fight back the Twisted’s vicious onslaught in a third-person shooter featuring in-depth character progression and customisation.
  • Strategic gameplay:
    • The new Overdive System gives players a tactical advantage when faced with making split-second decisions on the battlefield.
    • Tailor Aya’s DNA and weaponry to improve her skills in battle
  • With character design by Tetsuya Nomura, renowned for his work on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts franchises, The 3rd Birthday presents players with an enigmatic cast of characters in The 3rd Birthday.

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