History VideoGame / PhantasyStarUniverse

20th Jun '17 3:55:28 PM ADrago
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* TwoPartTrilogy: Episode 1 is mostly self-contained, but Episode 2 introduces lots of new things that are left unresolved until Episode 3. [[LostForever Of course... No-one can actually PLAY Episode 3 any more...]]

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* TwoPartTrilogy: Episode 1 is mostly self-contained, but Episode 2 introduces lots of new things that are left unresolved until Episode 3. [[LostForever [[MissingEpisode Of course... No-one can actually PLAY Episode 3 any more...]]
20th Jun '17 4:08:49 AM Gouken20xx
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* SpoilerOpening: Don't look too close to the FreezeFrameBonus at the end of the opening video, since it shows [[Karen Erra and Mirei Mikuna]] in close proximity, spoiling the TwinSwitch used partway through the story.
** The game's own cover spoils it even WORSE, with the two of them right next to each other, with only minor differences between the two.



* TwoPartTrilogy: Episode 1 is mostly self-contained, but Episode 2 introduces lots of new things that are left unresolved until Episode 3.

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* TwinSwitch: After a certain chapter of Episode 1, and all her appearances in Episode 2 and 3, Mirei Mikuna [[spoiler: is actually Karen Erra]]. This causes there to be two Story-only Partner Cards... [[Mirei Mikuna pretending to be Karen Erra, and Karen Erra's ORIGINAL Partner Card.[[note]]You only get Karen's card AFTER she's already left the Guardians.[[/note]]]]
* TwoPartTrilogy: Episode 1 is mostly self-contained, but Episode 2 introduces lots of new things that are left unresolved until Episode 3. [[LostForever Of course... No-one can actually PLAY Episode 3 any more...]]
17th Jun '17 6:28:35 PM nombretomado
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* ScunthorpeProblem: The swear filter in ''Phantasy Star Universe''--even more so in the XBox360 version--is a very good reason why swear filters should ''always'' be optional in games (or never implemented at all).

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* ScunthorpeProblem: The swear filter in ''Phantasy Star Universe''--even more so in the XBox360 UsefulNotes/Xbox360 version--is a very good reason why swear filters should ''always'' be optional in games (or never implemented at all).
28th May '17 2:27:48 PM nombretomado
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** ''Phantasy Star Portable 2'' has expanded the number of {{Shout Out}}s to include series not even related to Sega; {{Vocaloid}}, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]], and VisualNovel/FateStayNight items are obtainable in the game--and that ''includes'' Saber's {{Excalibur}} and Rei's Longinus, as well as all three Children's Plugsuits.
** ''Infinity'' managed to throw in some {{Vocaloid}} fashions and even a few item for Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann.

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** ''Phantasy Star Portable 2'' has expanded the number of {{Shout Out}}s to include series not even related to Sega; {{Vocaloid}}, Music/{{Vocaloid}}, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]], and VisualNovel/FateStayNight items are obtainable in the game--and that ''includes'' Saber's {{Excalibur}} and Rei's Longinus, as well as all three Children's Plugsuits.
** ''Infinity'' managed to throw in some {{Vocaloid}} Music/{{Vocaloid}} fashions and even a few item for Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann.
2nd Apr '17 4:20:16 PM nombretomado
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[[AC: The PhantasyStarUniverse sub-series includes:]]

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[[AC: The PhantasyStarUniverse VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse sub-series includes:]]
27th Mar '17 9:08:14 AM Gosicrystal
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%%* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The ending to ''Episode 2''.]] It gets better, though.



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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: Part of the game's [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for having [[HyperspaceArsenal nanotransformers]]; [[spoiler: nanotransformers use A-Photons, the energies of which attract the SEED. At the same time, the ancient Confinement System towers are massive nanotransformers used to banish the SEED to a pocket dimension]].

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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: ChekhovsGun: Part of the game's [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for having [[HyperspaceArsenal nanotransformers]]; [[spoiler: nanotransformers use A-Photons, the energies of which attract the SEED. At the same time, the ancient Confinement System towers are massive nanotransformers used to banish the SEED to a pocket dimension]].



* LostForever: ''Phantasy Star Universe'' and ''Ambition of the Illuminus'' can no longer be played online (officially), as all servers for both have been shut down. The games ''do'' have single player modes, but those modes miss out on a lot of the content and missions only available through online play.
** 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.



* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler:Vivienne]].
* {{Masquerade}}: [[spoiler: After Mirei's death, Karen decides to take up her mantle as the Divine Maiden. One ending in Episode 3 reveals that she admitted the truth about Mirei as she retires as the Divine Maiden.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Maya

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* %%* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler:Vivienne]].
* {{Masquerade}}: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Mirei's death, Karen decides to take up her mantle as the Divine Maiden. One ending in Episode 3 reveals that she admitted the truth about Mirei as she retires as the Divine Maiden.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: MayaMaya.



* MsFanservice: Maya, who has the largest breast size in the game (larger than the maximum size for a player's character, in fact!). Her normal method of getting past men is to shamelessly flirt with them--it even worked on Fullyen Curtz, who was a staunch [[FantasticRacism CAST Supremacist]] at the time.

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* MsFanservice: MsFanservice:
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Maya, who has the largest breast size in the game (larger than the maximum size for a player's character, in fact!). Her normal method of getting past men is to shamelessly flirt with them--it even worked on Fullyen Curtz, who was a staunch [[FantasticRacism CAST Supremacist]] at the time.



*** Chelsea's VA in the Japanese version is clearly using an accent, possibly with similar connotations but specced for the home audience. Also, Chelsea very noticeably drops said accent during her side mission when you get to learn about her past.



* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Magashi]], ''three'' times [[spoiler: and even more than ''that'' when you discover that there's a whole ''army'' of him]]!
** [[spoiler: Ethan and Lumia's father, Orson, is revealed to be alive]] in ''Episode 3''.
** The same could be said about [[spoiler: Helga, who was thought to be dead after ''Phantasy Star Portable'']], since [[spoiler: she shows up in ''Episode 3'']].
** [[spoiler:Howzer]] also applies to this as well, as [[spoiler:he appears in the final chapter.]]
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: While the Illuminus' A-Photon bombs have the visual effect of nuclear weapons, they're actually a lot ''worse'' than nukes because of [[EldritchAbomination what A-Photon energies attract]] when used in great enough quantities ...
** On top of this, nuclear energy and weapons are mentioned in the UniverseBible as having been used prior to the development of photon-based technology, thus [[AvertedTrope avoiding]] the "don't mention nukes" aspect of the taboo.

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* NotQuiteDead: NotQuiteDead:
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[[spoiler:Magashi]], ''three'' times [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and even more than ''that'' when you discover that there's a whole ''army'' of him]]!
** [[spoiler: Ethan [[spoiler:Ethan and Lumia's father, Orson, is revealed to be alive]] in ''Episode 3''.
** The same could be said about [[spoiler: Helga, [[spoiler:Helga, who was thought to be dead after ''Phantasy Star Portable'']], since [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she shows up in ''Episode 3'']].
** [[spoiler:Howzer]] also applies to this as well, as [[spoiler:he appears in the final chapter.
3''.]]
** [[spoiler:Howzer]], as he appears in the final chapter.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: While the Illuminus' A-Photon bombs have the visual effect of nuclear weapons, they're actually a lot ''worse'' than nukes because of [[EldritchAbomination what A-Photon energies attract]] when used in great enough quantities ...
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quantities... On top of this, nuclear energy and weapons are mentioned in the UniverseBible as having been used prior to the development of photon-based technology, thus [[AvertedTrope avoiding]] the "don't mention nukes" aspect of the taboo.



* OneWingedAngel: Magashi in ''Episodes 1'' and ''2'', and Helga in ''Phantasy Star Portable'' both transform into more powerful SEED-forms. [[spoiler: They both transform even further into Dulk Fakis, who ''also'' has a second form]].
** Magashi has an additional form in ''Episode 3'' too! [[spoiler: Only this time, it's the "defective" Magashi clone that gets it. In Subplot 4 of Chapter 8, Magashi is the vessel for Dark Falz.]]
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Our De Ragans Are Different]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Beasts.
* ParentalAbandonment: Karen's mother was killed by Tengohgs [[spoiler: while rescuing her from her father, who [[MoralEventHorizon wanted to kill her to transfer her power to Mirei]]]].
** Ethan and Lumia also apply, as before the series begin, they've lost their mother and father[[spoiler:, who is revealed to be NotQuiteDead]].

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* OneWingedAngel: Magashi in ''Episodes 1'' and ''2'', and Helga in ''Phantasy Star Portable'' both transform into more powerful SEED-forms. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They both transform even further into Dulk Fakis, who ''also'' has a second form]].
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form]]. And Magashi has an additional form in ''Episode 3'' too! [[spoiler: Only [[spoiler:Only this time, it's the "defective" Magashi clone that gets it. In Subplot 4 of Chapter 8, Magashi is the vessel for Dark Falz.]]
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Our De Ragans Are Different]]
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%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
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OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Beasts.
* ParentalAbandonment: ParentalAbandonment:
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Karen's mother was killed by Tengohgs [[spoiler: while rescuing her from her father, who [[MoralEventHorizon wanted to kill her to transfer her power to Mirei]]]].
** Ethan and Lumia also apply, Lumia, as before the series begin, they've lost their mother and father[[spoiler:, who is revealed to be NotQuiteDead]].



* PlotlineDeath: [[spoiler:Mirei, Kou Taragi, and Warren Darren]]. Can also happen to [[spoiler: Orson Waber and Magashi]].
** Notably, the first of those means that [[spoiler: Karen Erra]] seemingly vanishes from Ambition Of The Illuminus, and cannot be recruited.

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* PlotlineDeath: [[spoiler:Mirei, Kou Taragi, and Warren Darren]]. Can also happen to [[spoiler: Orson Waber and Magashi]].
** Notably, the first of those means that [[spoiler: Karen
[[spoiler:Karen Erra]] seemingly vanishes from Ambition Of The Illuminus, and cannot be recruited.recruited.
%%** [[spoiler:Mirei, Kou Taragi, and Warren Darren]].
%%** Can happen to [[spoiler:Orson Waber and Magashi]].



* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Vol Brothers.

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* %%* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Vol Brothers.



* RealTimeWeaponChange
* RedemptionDemotion: Somewhat averted as [[spoiler:Ethan only seems to have done a FaceHeelTurn]]. As a Rogue, [[spoiler:Ethan]] uses two S-Rank weapons (Crea Doubles and Blackheart), but when [[spoiler:he]] becomes a GUARDIAN again, he trades in his Blackheart for the A-Rank [=DB's=] Sword. He also downgrades his sword and wand.
** [[spoiler:Magashi]] is a straighter example as after [[spoiler:Emilia "upgrades" him. He trades in his Two-Headed Ragnus for regular ground-element GRM twin sabers.]]

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* %%* RealTimeWeaponChange
* RedemptionDemotion: RedemptionDemotion:
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Somewhat averted as [[spoiler:Ethan only seems to have done a FaceHeelTurn]]. As a Rogue, [[spoiler:Ethan]] uses two S-Rank weapons (Crea Doubles and Blackheart), but when [[spoiler:he]] becomes a GUARDIAN again, he trades in his Blackheart for the A-Rank [=DB's=] Sword. He also downgrades his sword and wand.
** [[spoiler:Magashi]] is a straighter straight example as after [[spoiler:Emilia "upgrades" him. He trades in his Two-Headed Ragnus for regular ground-element GRM twin sabers.]]



* SendInTheClones: Renvolt Magashi is actually [[spoiler:a Copy CAST of Howzer]] ... and [[spoiler:there's more than one of him]].
** [[spoiler: Helga]] is also revealed to be a clone [[spoiler: made from [=SEED=] cells.]] And, like Magashi, [[spoiler:there's more than one of her]].

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* SendInTheClones: SendInTheClones:
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Renvolt Magashi is actually [[spoiler:a Copy CAST of Howzer]] ...Howzer]]... and [[spoiler:there's more than one of him]].
** [[spoiler: Helga]] [[spoiler:Helga]] is also revealed to be a clone [[spoiler: made [[spoiler:made from [=SEED=] cells.]] cells]]. And, like Magashi, [[spoiler:there's more than one of her]].



* ShirtlessScene: Feel like going commando as far as possible? Grab yourself a swimsuit or a speedo! Some of the other clothes also qualify, such as the Vigor Coat (which isn't much of one).



* {{Stripperiffic}}: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the usage of Line Shields for personal armor (see TronLines below). Indeed, it seems very much as if the cultural reaction to having armor that is functional with any piece of clothing was for acceptable fashion to grow ever skimpier ...
** ShirtlessScene: Feel like going commando as far as possible? Grab yourself a swimsuit or a speedo! Some of the other clothes also qualify, such as the Vigor Coat (which isn't much of one).

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* {{Stripperiffic}}: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the usage of Line Shields for personal armor (see TronLines below). armor. Indeed, it seems very much as if the cultural reaction to having armor that is functional with any piece of clothing was for acceptable fashion to grow ever skimpier ...
** ShirtlessScene: Feel like going commando as far as possible? Grab yourself a swimsuit or a speedo! Some of the other clothes also qualify, such as the Vigor Coat (which isn't much of one).
skimpier...



* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: The ending to ''Episode 2''.]] It gets better, though.



* TemporaryOnlineContent: ''Phantasy Star Universe'' and ''Ambition of the Illuminus'' can no longer be played online (officially), as all servers for both have been shut down. The games ''do'' have single player modes, but those modes miss out on a lot of the content and missions only available through online play. 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.



* ThisLoserIsYou: Emilia [[spoiler: at first.]]

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* %%* ThisLoserIsYou: Emilia [[spoiler: at first.]][[spoiler:at first]].



* [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Victorious Childhood Friend]]: At the end of episode 3, [[spoiler: Tonnio is this to Liina. They get married between episode 3 and ''Portable 2''.]]

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* [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Victorious Childhood Friend]]: VictoriousChildhoodFriend: At the end of episode 3, [[spoiler: Tonnio [[spoiler:Tonnio is this to Liina. They get married between episode 3 and ''Portable 2''.]]2'']].



* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Guy]]: Kraz is this to Emilia.
* WetwareCPU: Mother Brain looks awfully fleshy for a cast...

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* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Guy]]: %%* WellDoneDaughterGirl: Kraz is this to Emilia.
* WetwareCPU: WetwareCPU:
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Mother Brain looks awfully fleshy for a cast...



* WombLevel: The HIVEs.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Vivienne and Helga.

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* %%* WombLevel: The HIVEs.
* %%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Vivienne and Helga.
23rd Jan '17 6:08:33 PM Xtifr
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** The Opa Opa from FantasyZone sometimes appears to drop weights on the heads of enemies when [=CASTs=] use the Ancension Gift [=SUV=]. It also appears in ''Portable'' as a ranged combat support machine.

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** The Opa Opa from FantasyZone ''VideoGame/FantasyZone'' sometimes appears to drop weights on the heads of enemies when [=CASTs=] use the Ancension Gift [=SUV=]. It also appears in ''Portable'' as a ranged combat support machine.
23rd Jan '17 6:08:03 PM Xtifr
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** Then there's the JokeItem [[ParodyName Ascension Gift]], which ''also'' calls in a bombardment from an orbiting satellite ... fat rappies, mushrooms, toilets, and a [[FantasyZone Opa Opa]] that drops its [[ShoutOut signature anvils]] [[AnvilOnHead on the heads of enemies]].

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** Then there's the JokeItem [[ParodyName Ascension Gift]], which ''also'' calls in a bombardment from an orbiting satellite ... fat rappies, mushrooms, toilets, and a [[FantasyZone [[VideoGame/FantasyZone Opa Opa]] that drops its [[ShoutOut signature anvils]] [[AnvilOnHead on the heads of enemies]].
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.
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