History VideoGame / PhantasyStarUniverse

7th Jan '17 1:31:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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** DoubleEntendre: Just about ''everything'' Nav says in combat [[FreudWasRight can be taken the wrong way]].

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** DoubleEntendre: Just about ''everything'' Nav says in combat [[FreudWasRight can be taken the wrong way]].way.
21st Dec '16 1:27:50 PM Xtifr
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The series started with '''''Universe''''' for [= PC =], UsefulNotes/XBox360 and UsefulNotes/{{PS2}} in 2006, roughly six years after ''Online''. On the centennial anniversary of a peace treaty ending a brutal centuries-long war between the races, the Gurhal System is attacked by mysterious alien lifeforms known as the [[EldritchAbomination SEED]]. The [= SEED =] [[TheCorruption fall and infect the worlds]], corrupting wildlife and people alike. Caught in the middle of this chaos is the PlayerCharacter [[IdiotHero Ethan Waber]], who is convinced to follow in his DisappearedDad's footsteps and join the [[LawEnforcementInc GUARDIANS]]. But it's not simple, as the Gurhal System isn't as squeaky clean as its inhabitants would have you believe, and various organizations seek to use the [= SEED =] crisis to advance their own agendas.

A year later, an expansion pack '''''Ambition of the Illuminus''''' was released. This time it took the form of a stand-alone game that replaced Ethan with a [[FeaturelessProtagonist player-made character]] as the main character. While the first half of this expansion ("Episode 2") could be played either offline or online, the second half ("Episode 3") could only be played on the online Network Mode.

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The series started with '''''Universe''''' ''Universe'' for [= PC =], UsefulNotes/XBox360 and UsefulNotes/{{PS2}} in 2006, roughly six years after ''Online''. On the centennial anniversary of a peace treaty ending a brutal centuries-long war between the races, the Gurhal System is attacked by mysterious alien lifeforms known as the [[EldritchAbomination SEED]]. The [= SEED =] [[TheCorruption fall and infect the worlds]], corrupting wildlife and people alike. Caught in the middle of this chaos is the PlayerCharacter [[IdiotHero Ethan Waber]], who is convinced to follow in his DisappearedDad's footsteps and join the [[LawEnforcementInc GUARDIANS]]. But it's not simple, as the Gurhal System isn't as squeaky clean as its inhabitants would have you believe, and various organizations seek to use the [= SEED =] crisis to advance their own agendas.

A year later, an expansion pack '''''Ambition ''Ambition of the Illuminus''''' Illuminus'' was released. This time it took the form of a stand-alone game that replaced Ethan with a [[FeaturelessProtagonist player-made character]] as the main character. While the first half of this expansion ("Episode 2") could be played either offline or online, the second half ("Episode 3") could only be played on the online Network Mode.



After another year-long hiatus, a new expansion entitled '''''Phantasy Star Portable''''' was released for the PSP. Set between the events of ''Universe'' and ''Episode 2'', the PlayerCharacter (not the same one from ''Episode 2'' or ''Episode 3'') is a recent [=GUARDIANS=] graduate who finds themselves partnered with a new SuperPrototype CAST called Vivienne. Together you are tasked with investigating the remnants of SEED activity after the events of ''Universe'', and a mysterious terrorist called Helga Neumann who seems to be directly tied to the attacks.

Eventually ''Portable'' recieved a sequel called '''''Portable 2'''''. Set three years after ''Portable'', the Gurhal System's resources have been devastated after the fight with the [=SEED=]. With no choice but to colonise other worlds, the four planets band together to research [[HyperSpace subspace travel]] derived from LostTechnology. The PlayerCharacter (who [[OldSaveBonus can be the same one]] from ''Portable'') is a mercenary who gets hired by the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors paramilitary company]] "Little Wing". Together with their partner, the [[ReluctantHero reluctant and lazy Emilia]], they discover a dark secret behind the subspace technology that stretches back to the Gurhal System's [[AbusivePrecursors very origins]].

The [[WordOfGod final]] instalment of the ''Universe'' series came in the expansion '''''Portable 2 Infinity''''' for the PSP. This expansion added on several new missions and a new race called "Deumans": mutated humans who have gained supernatural powers from exposure to the [=SEED=] virus. Its new story focuses on one such Deuman, Nagisa, as she searches for some [[MacGuffin mysterious fragments]] for a shadowy figure known as Wainal.

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After another year-long hiatus, a new expansion entitled '''''Phantasy ''Phantasy Star Portable''''' Portable'' was released for the PSP. Set between the events of ''Universe'' and ''Episode 2'', the PlayerCharacter (not the same one from ''Episode 2'' or ''Episode 3'') is a recent [=GUARDIANS=] graduate who finds themselves partnered with a new SuperPrototype CAST called Vivienne. Together you are tasked with investigating the remnants of SEED activity after the events of ''Universe'', and a mysterious terrorist called Helga Neumann who seems to be directly tied to the attacks.

Eventually ''Portable'' recieved a sequel called '''''Portable 2'''''.''Portable 2''. Set three years after ''Portable'', the Gurhal System's resources have been devastated after the fight with the [=SEED=]. With no choice but to colonise other worlds, the four planets band together to research [[HyperSpace subspace travel]] derived from LostTechnology. The PlayerCharacter (who [[OldSaveBonus can be the same one]] from ''Portable'') is a mercenary who gets hired by the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors paramilitary company]] "Little Wing". Together with their partner, the [[ReluctantHero reluctant and lazy Emilia]], they discover a dark secret behind the subspace technology that stretches back to the Gurhal System's [[AbusivePrecursors very origins]].

The [[WordOfGod final]] instalment of the ''Universe'' series came in the expansion '''''Portable ''Portable 2 Infinity''''' Infinity'' for the PSP. This expansion added on several new missions and a new race called "Deumans": mutated humans who have gained supernatural powers from exposure to the [=SEED=] virus. Its new story focuses on one such Deuman, Nagisa, as she searches for some [[MacGuffin mysterious fragments]] for a shadowy figure known as Wainal.
21st Dec '16 1:26:52 PM Xtifr
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'''''Phantasy Star Universe''''' [[SpiritualSuccessor is that successor]]. ''Universe'' takes place in the Gurhal System; a solar system composed of three planets and five races. Several hundred years ago, [[MasterOfNone Humans]] created three races in their likeness to develop the worlds: [[DeceptivelyHumanRobots CASTs]] for working with computers, [[SpaceElves Newmen]] to study [[{{Magitek}} TECHNICs]], and [[BoisterousBruiser Beasts]] for working in harsh conditions. Eventually their creations became societies in and of themselves, and have taken over control of the planets of [[CityPlanet Parum]], [[{{Wutai}} Neudaiz]] and [[JungleJapes Maotoob]] respectively. There have been a slew of expansions released as stand-alone games, which are all covered on this page due to their content and placement in a shared timeline.

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'''''Phantasy ''Phantasy Star Universe''''' Universe'' [[SpiritualSuccessor is that successor]]. ''Universe'' takes place in the Gurhal System; a solar system composed of three planets and five races. Several hundred years ago, [[MasterOfNone Humans]] created three races in their likeness to develop the worlds: [[DeceptivelyHumanRobots CASTs]] for working with computers, [[SpaceElves Newmen]] to study [[{{Magitek}} TECHNICs]], and [[BoisterousBruiser Beasts]] for working in harsh conditions. Eventually their creations became societies in and of themselves, and have taken over control of the planets of [[CityPlanet Parum]], [[{{Wutai}} Neudaiz]] and [[JungleJapes Maotoob]] respectively. There have been a slew of expansions released as stand-alone games, which are all covered on this page due to their content and placement in a shared timeline.
13th Oct '16 3:37:05 PM Gouken20xx
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* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Inverted. When you're going round outside of a story mission, you can go anywhere, do anything, there's no restrictions. In Story Missions, more often than not, you travel straight to the location of a mission.
** GameplayAndStorySegregation: All four Lobby areas never change throughout the game [[spoiler:despite the Guardians Colony being left in effective ruins, Parum being devastated by most of the Colony being dropped on it and Moatoob falling into anarchy, and Neudaiz deploying a DeflectorShield.]] The only lobby changes are seasonal.



* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The GUARDIANS Colony. [[spoiler: Despite even the galaxy map showing the exposed scaffolding and state of disrepair, none of the lobby areas show any sign of damage or missing parts, including the GUARDIANS Headquarters on the top floor!]]
** This is notable in that even the story cutscenes don't have alternate Episode 3 versions of the Guardians Colony areas, preferring to just never show the Lobby area.
13th Oct '16 3:19:56 PM Gouken20xx
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** Lumia doesn't strictly complete her GUARDIANS training, due to [[spoiler: There not really being GUARDIANS any more when she's enlisted...]]


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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The GUARDIANS Colony. [[spoiler: Despite even the galaxy map showing the exposed scaffolding and state of disrepair, none of the lobby areas show any sign of damage or missing parts, including the GUARDIANS Headquarters on the top floor!]]
** This is notable in that even the story cutscenes don't have alternate Episode 3 versions of the Guardians Colony areas, preferring to just never show the Lobby area.
11th Oct '16 3:49:32 PM Gouken20xx
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* BagOfSpilling: In the Portable spin-off series, if you transfer over your character from the first game, they've lost effectively everything except the clothes on their back.



* ContinuityLockOut: Karen Erra, full stop. Her partner card can only be got, in the original game, one of two very specific ways. The first is an encounter with her and Ethan Waber in Chapter 3 in the now-disabled online mode, and the second is by transferring a completed game from the original game for the offline mode. In Portable 2, you have to do a side mission. [[spoiler: It's also why you can never get Mirei Mikuna's partner card. Well, Karen Erra, in any part of the game where you have Partner Characters IS Mirei Mikuna!]]



** The even more awesome aspect is that, if you complete it well enough, you're able to [[BackFromTheDead use Rico as a partner character.]]



** SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Many of the common B, A, and even S-rank weapons list themselves as "high-end" or "limited run" for "advanced users." When they were first available, this seemed true as they were rare and highly expensive--but as higher-end content was made available and these weapons turned into VendorTrash ...

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** SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness: Many of the common B, A, and even S-rank weapons list themselves as "high-end" or "limited run" for "advanced users.usersI." When they were first available, this seemed true as they were rare and highly expensive--but as higher-end content was made available and these weapons turned into VendorTrash ...


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** All the games begin with a disaster happening around the player character, which forces them to be guided to safety. The fact that it also teaches them how to move and fight is just window dressing.


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** Several Partner Cards cannot be got in offline play, due to their part in the story being during Episode 3. Subverted with Portable 2, which has every major character's partner card available offline, and no story chapters requiring an online connection.


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** Notably, the first of those means that [[spoiler: Karen Erra]] seemingly vanishes from Ambition Of The Illuminus, and cannot be recruited.
3rd Sep '16 8:14:13 PM Snope
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* PunyEarthlings: Since HumansAreAverage, they are often overshadowed by the more specialized races.

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* PunyEarthlings: Since HumansAreAverage, they are often overshadowed by lack the more specialized races.stats of the other races. They also lack the unique racial LimitBreak skills that [=CASTs=] and Beasts have.



* RobotGirl: Female [=CASTs=], who are called [=CASEALs=].
* RogueProtagonist: [[spoiler:Ethan becomes a literal example in ''Ambitions of the Illuminus.'']]

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* RobotGirl: Female [=CASTs=], who are also called [=CASEALs=].
* RogueProtagonist: [[spoiler:Ethan becomes a literal example in ''Ambitions of the Illuminus.'']]Illuminus'' when he joins the Rogues.]]



* {{Wutai}}: The ''entire planet'' of Neudaiz. Every aspect of the lives of Newmans--cities, culture, clothing, language, weapons--is like an idealized aspect of Japan.

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* {{Wutai}}: The ''entire planet'' of Neudaiz. Every aspect of the lives of Newmans--cities, culture, clothing, language, weapons--is like an idealized aspect version of Japan.
14th Jul '16 1:22:08 PM Willbyr
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** You can turn [[PlayerCharacter your own character]] into this. Running around on missions in bikini or even in a ''bath towel''? No problem. Especially the {{Stripperiffic}} Magical Princess suit from ''Portable 2''. This costume was designed by [[ToLoveRu Kentaro Yabuki]], though, so that's to be expected.

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** You can turn [[PlayerCharacter your own character]] into this. Running around on missions in bikini or even in a ''bath towel''? No problem. Especially the {{Stripperiffic}} Magical Princess suit from ''Portable 2''. This costume was designed by [[ToLoveRu [[Manga/ToLoveRu Kentaro Yabuki]], though, so that's to be expected.
13th Jul '16 1:58:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** As a not Phantasy Star-related expy, Ethan is a [[RedHeadedHero Red Headed]] WideEyedIdealist whose shirt is white with colored sleeves: a dead ringer for [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou Emiya]].

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** As a not Phantasy Star-related expy, Ethan is a [[RedHeadedHero Red Headed]] redheaded WideEyedIdealist whose shirt is white with colored sleeves: a dead ringer for [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou Emiya]].
4th Jun '16 7:52:43 PM nombretomado
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The series started with '''''Universe''''' for [= PC =], Xbox360 and PS2 in 2006, roughly six years after ''Online''. On the centennial anniversary of a peace treaty ending a brutal centuries-long war between the races, the Gurhal System is attacked by mysterious alien lifeforms known as the [[EldritchAbomination SEED]]. The [= SEED =] [[TheCorruption fall and infect the worlds]], corrupting wildlife and people alike. Caught in the middle of this chaos is the PlayerCharacter [[IdiotHero Ethan Waber]], who is convinced to follow in his DisappearedDad's footsteps and join the [[LawEnforcementInc GUARDIANS]]. But it's not simple, as the Gurhal System isn't as squeaky clean as its inhabitants would have you believe, and various organizations seek to use the [= SEED =] crisis to advance their own agendas.

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The series started with '''''Universe''''' for [= PC =], Xbox360 UsefulNotes/XBox360 and PS2 UsefulNotes/{{PS2}} in 2006, roughly six years after ''Online''. On the centennial anniversary of a peace treaty ending a brutal centuries-long war between the races, the Gurhal System is attacked by mysterious alien lifeforms known as the [[EldritchAbomination SEED]]. The [= SEED =] [[TheCorruption fall and infect the worlds]], corrupting wildlife and people alike. Caught in the middle of this chaos is the PlayerCharacter [[IdiotHero Ethan Waber]], who is convinced to follow in his DisappearedDad's footsteps and join the [[LawEnforcementInc GUARDIANS]]. But it's not simple, as the Gurhal System isn't as squeaky clean as its inhabitants would have you believe, and various organizations seek to use the [= SEED =] crisis to advance their own agendas.
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