YMMV / The 3rd Birthday

  • Annoying Video Game Helper: The Boss's directions are like this when he takes over near the end of episode 2, especially annoying since his voice is so Obviously Evil.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Aya's apparent Chickification though given that we're actually playing as Eve and not Aya, it's somewhat justified.
    • Contested Sequel: Some snarky fans sum up their feelings about this game by saying that it's not even a proper sequel at all; it doesn't even have "Parasite Eve" in the title, for example.
    • More than the Chickification and fan snark, much of the ire towards the game stems from its nearly incomprehensible storyline and near retconning of the entire series as a whole.
  • Crosses the Line Twice / Silliness Switch: Aya's alternate costumes? Unappropriate fancervice. Their over-the-top campy alternate voiceover? Beyond hilarious! Sadly, Japanese version only
  • Crowning Music of Awesome Most the OST,what's with Yoko Shimomura having worked on it.
  • Demonic Spiders / Boss in Mook Clothing: Any Twisted beyond the first few species can be this, but the Rovers, the Mudflaps, and the Worms definitely qualifies.
  • Game Breaker the Berserker weapon obtained late in the game to fight the Reaper due to Good Bad Bugs,and we'll leave it at that.
  • Goddamned Bats: Wads and Beans, hands down.
  • 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.
  • 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.