Finally decided to watch the new trailer and I'm left with feeling:
-As a successor to an RPG Franchise that has left a distinct impression on my childhood...it sucks, terribly. The game looks downright horrific for a Parasite Eve title.
Take off the nostalgia goggles - Parasite Eve looks horrible by today's standards.
Sorry, I think I used the wrong word choice. When I say "looks" I am not referring to the game's graphical quality. The cutscenes are gorgeous, the game graphics are far beyond average; for a visual grade alone I would rate the game A+.
When I say "It looks terrible", what I mean is if you removed Aya and the Parasite Eve theme then it would "look" nothing like a Parasite Eve game. The themes in it are all wrong. Parasite Eve used to be a game series about fighting mutated, mostly animalistic creatures, in a modern setting with slight "magical" over tones due to the Parasite Powers (which were explained by Pseudo-Science logic.)
Now look at The 3rd Birthday, it uses paints a picture of a society that has technology well beyond modern day level (perhaps even beyond 20+ years from now), has a lot
of Sci-Fi themes that are shared with the Ghost in the Shell series (hence why I still say it would fare far better as a GitS game), is filled with unimaginative tentacle monsters instead of unique and genuinely horrifying creatures that look like mutated abominations of familiar beasts, and just in general reeks of a misplaced story (Aya seems to be doing a lot of flying too ala Kingdom Hearts style, apparently realism has been completely abandoned despite being a part of the previous two installments.)
As someone who plays games for their story and as someone who enjoys good stories in general, I like to have plot and theme consistency. This...is not consistency. This is the equivalent of releasing Fallout 4 where the game takes place on a star ship that has a colony that simulates 1980's non-post-nuclear America. Sure that might be a "great" game by graphical and gameplay standards but it's not a "Fallout" game by theme and setting standards. Thus is the problem I'm having with The 3rd Birthday as it is currently presented.