YMMV / The 3rd Birthday

  • In-Name-Only: Due to the characterization of Aya compared to this game and the previous Parasite Eve games, as well as there being little to no continuity between them, this has been the consensus about the game.
  • Les Yay: Gabrielle says some weird stuff about Aya wanting her, though Aya's just confused by what she's talking about, making it sound like Gabrielle's projecting.
  • Misblamed: In keeping with their statuses as Scapegoat Creator's, there are many who blame Tetsuya Nomura and Motomu Toriyama for the various problems with the game's story. Toriyama because he came up with the original story concept and was scenario director and Nomura because he's Nomura. As it turns out, Toriyama only came up with a few things, like Aya's Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress and the story was heavily changed when it shifted from mobile game to a PSP title. Toriyama also did not write the new versions story, rather it was written by Toshimitsu Takeuchi. Nomura was also not available to take more of a role in the games development, though he had suggested the idea of Clothing Damage to emphasise realism (though more for needless fan-service reasons, naturally, which becomes especially squicky once the real player character is revealed.)
  • Squick: Beat the game, then think about that shower scene. Technically, Eve's still VERY much underage, and even with clone genetics being what they are, she still doesn't quite look legal...
  • Tear Jerker: The Reveal. Eve was already a woobie when she was created in the second game; after she finally had the chance of happiness, it was all taken away in a snap, and she even cause all the incidents to happen. It's just... Heartwrenching. At least she gets a chance to live peacefully in a Twisted-less timeline at the end of the game, but that timeline was brought about thanks to a Heroic Sacrifice on Aya's part.
  • That One Boss / Wakeup Call Boss: Easily many of them are, depending on how well your DNA board is customized and how well you've kept up with upgrading your weapons.
  • The Woobie: Eve. The poor kid is in dire need of a hug. She just wanted to save her sister, but she inadvertently started a whole mess of other problems.