Excerpt: Similar to last year's Cross Edge , Trinity Universe is a crossover JRPG combining characters from Gust's Atelier series and Nippon Ichi Software's Disgaea series. I'm hesitant to call Trinity Universe a "do-over," but in some ways that's exactly what it is. I'm really beginning to dig NIS's "visual novel" presentation. Once-static character portraits are now animated between poses. Though far from full-scale animation, it looks great and adds new life to cut scenes.
Conclusion: Dodgy camera and mildly repetitive dungeon scenery aside, Trinity Universe has a lot going for it. The subtleties of the Fury battle system and the humorous storylines will keep you entertained for hours on end. Trinity Universe is a JRPG through and through, but it moves away from the traditional mould to distinguish itself as an interesting and entertaining play for gamers who are looking for a bit of a change.
Excerpt: Sometimes, all that you need to take a mediocre game and transform it into a colorful, lively romp through time and space is a cast of memorable characters. Take Disgaea , for instance. On its own merits, that title wasn't the perfect dungeon crawler, but once zany personalities such as Laharl and Etna were tossed into the mix, it became an entirely different monster.
Summary: Trinity Universe is arguably the best PS3 exclusive RPG on the system aside from Valkyria Chronicles . The game really turns conventional turn based JRPG mechanics on their head while still feeling familiar and comfortable no matter what a gamer’s experience level is with this genre. Best of all it boasts a light hearted and amazingly enjoyable story and easily the best cast of characters in a game I’ve played this year.
Excerpt: Say what you will about NISA, but one thing I love about them is that they bring games over to the West that would be hard pressed to make it over here otherwise. Were it not for them then I would never have had the chance to play any crossover RPG (for better or for worse). Cross Edge was the first I had ever played and, honestly, it was really abysmal, but now Trinity Universe has come out and given crossover RPGs a slice of redemption, even if it’s still not quite up...
Summary: Cross-over games were once few and far between with characters rarely making a cameo in a different game series. This is starting to change however when publisher NIS America gets together with groups like Gust and Idea Factory. While their last effort, Cross Edge didn’t do too much to sway audiences toward this type of cross-over game.