Most importantly, the characters are physically in the game world rather than using a head-mounted interface, much to the chagrin of any .hack// characters that find themselves there. Instead, everything that would be handled using an overlay menu is taken care of using a steampunk iPhone-like device called a Relic, which despite the name of the game, is not holy in any way. It also didn't used to be a phone, but those features were added in mid-July.
Oh, and they're in different outfits.
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Holy Relic contains examples of:
- Calling Your Attacks: There's no other way for a character to use a skill from their class. It's optional with regards to powers that characters brought from home.
- Cast Herd: Homestuck's is the largest, although Inazuma Eleven is a close second.
- Clingy MacGuffin: The Relic, which will just reappear in its owner's bag if it's lost. Which is a good thing, because it's borderline necessary.
- Continuity Nod: The names of the communities used are all keywords from G.U.
- Cute Bruiser: Rena
- Death Is Not Permanent: What else do you expect from an MMORPG?
- Drives Like Crazy: Faris
- Genre Savvy: Sonic, much to his chagrin, as he feels he just isn't cut out for RPGs.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Blade Brandier is by far the most common single class, and also a common choice on Adept Rogues.
- Holiday Mode: Many of the game's events are holiday-based.
- Humanity Ensues: Sonic, Amaterasu and Tachigami. Amaterasu eventually got the ability to change into her full wolf form back.
- Mega Crossover
- Most of the gameplay and setting tropes exhibited by .hack//G.U.
- Summon Magic: Averted. Summoning is the only power from other worlds that stops working in The World, except if the thing being summoned is connected to the user him/herself, such as a Persona.
- Translator Microbes: Everyone comes in with an earpiece enabling them to hear everyone and everything else in their native tongue.
- Trapped in Another World
- Weapon of Choice: More or less how the classes are divided up. Adept Rogues choose two in any combination, unlike the point-buy system used in .hack//G.U.
- BFS: Edge Punisher
- Cool Sword: Blade Brandier
- Dual Wielding Knife Nut: Twin Blade
- Dual Wielding Battle Fans: Macabre Dancer
- Blade on a Stick: Lord Partizan
- Power Fist: Tribal Grappler
- Simple Staff: Harvest Cleric
- Sinister Scythe: Flick Reaper
- The Gunslinger: Steam Gunner
- Throw the Book at Them: Shadow Warlock
- White Magician Girl: Harvest Clerics, including male ones such as Hope Estheim and Dave Strider.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Roy Greenhilt, and to a lesser extent Shinon.