In the late 90s, with the popularity of the survival horror genre on the rise, RPG giant Square decided to throw its hat into the ring with its own take on the genre. The result was Parasite Eve, a survival horror/RPG hybrid based on the 1995 Japanese novel of the same name.
The first Square game to ever be rated Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, Parasite Eve was a bit of a departure from Square’s standard repertoire of fantasy titles, such as the Seiken Densetsu series and, of course, Final Fantasy. Released in 1998 on the original PlayStation, it was not an adaptation of the original novel, but rather a continuation of it. Taking place in New York City some time after the events of the novel, the game introduces a brand new cast of characters alongside the new setting.