Trinity Universe is a Massively Multiplayer Crossover RPG created by Nippon Ichi Software, Idea Factory and Gust Corporation for the PlayStation 3. Oddly, it's a little short on the massive, with only a handful of guest characters from two series, Atelier and Disgaea. It is noteworthy for being the first time characters from either of those series have appeared in 3D polygon form. The game owes a lot to Cross Edge, with large chunks of its battle system and bestiary being lifted directly from the former game.Trinity Universe take place in the Netheruniverse, where space debris and odd junk drifts to. The city of Empyria is located in the middle of it, protected from impacting space junk by the Demon God Gem, which requires sacrificing a member of the royal family to create. The latest sacrifice, Kanata, has broken free and is looking for another solution, when he's not getting distracted. Meanwhile, Rizelea, a Valkyrie, is investigating the cause of the drifting space junk as well as chasing after Kanata to force him to become Demon God Gem.The gameplay is pretty standard, but the writing and characters are memorable and funny. Note that it has nothing to do with White Wolf's tabletop RPG series.
Bonus Boss: After finishing the game and earning the True Ending, ten gates open up in Yoma King Castle, giving you the chance to challenge some of the hardest end game bosses in the entire game. The most powerful one would have to be Vile Shin Dragon. Even if you're level 999, you still need some work to do just to dent him. Not only do physical attacks miss on him, unless you grind your HIT to around 50k, he can still dent your HP even if you have over 100k on your life. Hint: use your magicians especially Flonne to even put a dent on his HP. And abuse Barrier.
Break Meter: As the Chapter 3 tutorial indicates, certain enemies have a Soul Barrier that largely reduces damage taken from attacks. However, with repeated attacks, either by certain elemental or EX skills, the barrier will fall, and the enemy is rendered Soul Broken, having reduced defenses. However, this can come with an increase in offensive power, and certain enemies can rebuild their barrier or have a second one, which has lead to an below-mentioned exploit that can reap massive amounts of Experience.
Prinny: He doesn't really stand out, dood. He's gotta appeal to the audience and break the fourth wall like us, dood.
Brick Joke: The collectible space cruiser that Etna loses and Flonne is after her for is one of the random dungeons that can drift in. Most likely the player won't see it until long after that plot thread is forgotten, though it's also quite possible it could show up with perfect timing.
Design-It-Yourself Equipment: The Managraphics allow a certain degrees of this. It basically repaints a part of the weapon with the managraphic's theme. The themes are strange, like Black Cat, UFO, or even Prinny, and they cause the theme images to appear in the air around enemies as you land hits.
They're also how you acquire mana for synthesis items. Another thing to note is that certain managraphics also come with a elemental attack built in, so carefully consider which you use, since many enemies are outright immune to certain elements. Thankfully, you can switch from one graphic to the other in-battle.
Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Lucius has a very bad habit of vocalizing his evil plots. Unlike most examples, though, he never gets the hint and honestly thinks that he's keeping his thoughts to himself even though his victims can hear him loud and clear.
Disproportionate Retribution: Rizelia, all the time. Especially to Lucius. When he insults hercooking she threatens to pour it into all his orifices while he sleeps. Also Etna to the prinnies, but that's just par for the course.
Rizelea must have gotten it from her boss, Giga Goddess X aka Ashura, who is even worse. The reason for the Demon God Gem ritual and the Lantern Dragon that attracts the drifting objects? According to Shuten, one of the previous Demon God King's rejected her advances. Oh and Rizelea's Doomed Hometown? She was the cause of it's destruction because it's people didn't want to serve her.
Downloadable Content: Like Cross Edge, it has several item packs you can download. Nothing that isn't available in the main game, but if you pay for supplies early on you'll be overpowered until most of the way through the game.
Could you guys handle this? I'm busy drinking this... Juice.
Gag Dub: The localization has many more jokes and references thrown into the dialog.
Genki Girl: Flonne, of course. Mizuki and Rizelia are also good examples.
Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: When confronting Recit a second time as Kanata, Kanata decides to fight Recit to wake him up. The others feel it's just a waste of time.
Heroic BSOD: Lucius, after an Next Episode skit playing him as a Hero of Light.
N-no, this isn't me... I'm not this... We're not me... I'm not you...
Highly-Visible Ninja: Mizuki. She cares more about the beauty of her assassinations rather than actually getting the job done. She also freely uses various forms of the word "assassinate" in front of her targets. Her bright outfit doesn't help her case either.
Improbable Weapon User: Fans, umbrellas, brooms, and frying pans to name a few. Prinnies get special mention in that they start out dual wielding knives, but weapon upgrades change this to fish and popsicles.
Item Crafting: Again, mostly lifted from Cross Edge. About 90% of the game's items are exclusively ingredients for this.
Kitsune: Tsubaki. Many of her attacks even involve foxfire.
Lethal Chef: Rizelea. Her cooking is so spicy it burns your skin before you even taste it. She seems to enjoy it though.
Level Grinding: You will find yourself doing a lot of this before traveling between areas.
No Fourth Wall: Etna, Flonne, and the Prinnies obviously, but the rest of the cast will usually do this as well.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After defeating the Lantern Dragon on Rizelea's path, everyone takes places and launches a series of attacks meant to destroy it for good. The problem is that it's done entirely using the game's event cut scenes, leaving the entire thing to the player's imagination.
Shout-Out: After Recit immediately confesses that he's the one who destroyed all the cash registers, the Prinnies are upset over the lack of suspense in this investigation. They and Pamela follow it up with this:
Simultaneous Arcs: The Demon Dog King (dark) path and the Valkyrie (light) path take place at the same time from different points of view.
Take note that 'Point of view' is the key phrase here. Whichever side you're playing through generally comes away with the win, but you have to play through both sides in order to really piece everything together.
Spell My Name with an S: Prior to the U.S. release, there were numerous different romanizations for Rizelea note Examples include Rizelia, Lyselia, Lizelia.... Lucius had this problem as well with his name being pronounced "Loo-Ki-Us". And, of course, there's Violet/Viorate.
Take That: Several. Most Notable is the Chapter 13 Opening Dialog where Etna comments "It's better than some random mastermind showing up and saying we're all characters in a videogame...isn't that a horrible twist?" A not so subtle nod to Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
Violet Debuted in Trinity Universe: Aaaagh. That's twice now for the classic Atelier games. This game is the first time American gamers get to play with Violet Platane. The game she starred in was released in Japan in 2003.