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  • Summary: Monsters have invaded the world of Aterra, and only a few special individuals, imbued with the power of the Star God, are equipped to fight it. With only a small group of warriors and a narrow window of time in which their powers are at their peak, the solution is clear: combine your StarMonsters have invaded the world of Aterra, and only a few special individuals, imbued with the power of the Star God, are equipped to fight it. With only a small group of warriors and a narrow window of time in which their powers are at their peak, the solution is clear: combine your Star power to make magical Star Children to boost up your forces in battle. The life of a student can be complicated when youre exploring dungeons, fighting monsters, AND trying to maintain a high school lifestyle. Learn to balance your activities because the deeper the bond you have with your classmates, the stronger the Star Children youll make! In this stimulating JRPG, youll be able to create bonds with 7 different female Disciples and create 24 classes of Star Children, so you must learn how to create the perfect Star Children for any situation. In no time, youll have dozens of powerful kids with different skills that can take on everything the monsters throw at you.

    -Combine Star power to make magical Star Children
    -Create bonds with 7 different female Disciples
    -Save Aterra, venture through dungeons & defeat monsters
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. May 1, 2014
    83
    That may make Conception II one of the weirder (and arguably creepier) games to come out in quite some time, but anyone looking for an RPG with a unique personality need look no further.
  2. Apr 17, 2014
    75
    With its incessant jiggly boobs, drab story, naughty baby-making imagery, and harem tropes-a-plenty, I'd get why some would steer clear of Conception II. But I'm here to recommend it.
  3. May 20, 2014
    70
    An adolescent males fantasy coming to life in your hands.
  4. Apr 15, 2014
    60
    What ultimately brings down Conception 2, however, is that none of its elements manage to rise above a general feeling of mediocrity. The combat is too dull and repetitious to ever be addictive. The dating sim, jiggly boobs and all, is interesting, but too limited to carry the game on its own.
  5. May 13, 2014
    60
    Putting aside it’s controversial nature, Conception II is okay as a JRPG. If you can handle the identikit dungeons and by-the-numbers gameplay (and if you haven’t played the many other great JRPGs on both 3DS & Vita), then you may find some enjoyment here, but it’s unlikely to last very long.
  6. May 26, 2014
    59
    Crude mixture of dating sim and dungeon crawler that would appeal to boys in puberty rather than roleplaying aficionados.
  7. Apr 18, 2014
    40
    As if the game's drab gameplay wasn't enough to turn me away, Conception 2's underage eroticism is alienating and just plain icky. Animated scenes feel like an ode to upskirts, and the game has enough boob jiggling to give me whiplash. It's a trashy, thoroughly underwhelming experience I cannot wait to forget.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Apr 16, 2014
    10
    This game is being ridiculously underrated for reasons entirely separate from quality.
    It started with a hack gaming pundit who accused this
    This game is being ridiculously underrated for reasons entirely separate from quality.
    It started with a hack gaming pundit who accused this game of supporting eugenics.
    Yes, Conception II: Children of The Seven Stars supports killing off the weak and the sick,
    and sterilizing mental degenerates. Chlotz is especially guilty in this regard,
    having a callous disregard for human life, that is comparable to Stalin.
    They say satire is funniest when the people don't realize it's satire,
    but in this case it is tiresome. Accusing this game of any moral crime
    is like saying The Life of Brian is deeply offensive to Christians.
    It doesn't just objectify women, it objectifies absolutely everything,
    it objectifies the men, it objectifies the women, it objectifies the
    children, it even objectifies the monsters. That's What Makes It Funny!!!

    Most of the reviewers here appear to have gone, "This game has fanservice, automatic 6!"
    Fanservice?! In a dating sim?... Stop The Presses!!

    Well screw you, fanservice is awesome. If only it could have reached
    to the heights of OliOli.

    The story is ludicrous, you are a professional douche, on his way to
    the academy, you want to kill monsters, or get laid or something,
    within the first 3 and a half minutes they discover with machines that
    you have a massive overabundance of male sexual energy, which can only
    mean you have been sent by God, to have sexytime with pretty girls.
    By getting sexy with pretty girls, you can produce children, which
    you use as minions to fight for you in the dungeons. That's the
    PG version. The game is a lot less subtle. Everybody is perverted.
    Really perverted. If you liked Leisure Suit Larry you'll like this game.

    You've got Chlotz, who is just a douche, if Junpei and Yosuke had
    a baby, it would be Chlotz.

    This is actually starting to piss me off. There's absolutely nothing
    wrong with this game, it's fine. I'm starting to wonder exactly
    how many hidden gems have been buried by these reviewers over the
    years, never to be seen again.

    Do you know what I'm giving this? In my world this deserves an 8.5 or a 9,
    it's not perfect, it's just harmless fun, a guilty pleasure. But if you're
    going to give this a 5, with absolutely no regard for the quality of the game,
    whatsoever, just because of your personal agenda, then screw you I'm giving this a 10.

    There's problems... The waifus seem a bit empty and lifeless, they're kind of
    just waifus for the sake of waifus. Chie was the best Waifu, because she
    was such an amazing character.

    Incidentally, the Japanese reviews were generally positive.
    If you hate this game, you have no sense of humor.

    The gameplay is good. The battle system is neat. It's a really decent
    approximation of the Persona dungeons. They're all randomly generated,
    you run around killing monsters and leveling up on your way to kill bosses. The battle system is great, it's weird, they're doing their own thing, there's so many layers it's kind of difficult to even know what the hell is going on. They expect you to pour over those tutorials, because they're throwing systems at you by the dozen, at least at the start. But you don't really need to know what's going on to win, so whatever. The graphics are really nice. Also this game has the best porn music ever. As for the visual novel style story, I surrendered to visual novels long ago, and it no longer bothers me. I find it massively entertaining. Practically every scene has me on the verge of giggling crazily. It's just so damn stupid, it's wonderful. It's just about getting laid, everybody just wants to get laid, with monsters. Maybe they do something with the plot, I hope not, because this is hilarious. It even has 8 endings, one ending for each of the girls, and, heheh, the harem ending. Really the best way to describe this game is that it's a parody of the Persona games, but that's the point, they boiled Persona down to it's component parts, threw away all the good stuff, and kept the fat. Every time you play Persona, you're actually playing this game, on some level. That is why it's glorious. Keep in mind, I've only played this for about 4 hours, but so far I've enjoyed every minute. So I can't really give this game a fair hearing yet, my opinion might change, one way or the other. But I'm glad I bought this, it's pure stupid fun. ATLUS games aren't always well received, but even the bad games maintain a level of quality. This game is a love letter to ATLUS from Spike Chunsoft, the love letter says; "Screw you".
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  2. Apr 27, 2014
    10
    Screw the detractors of this game, I'm getting tired of the lack of professionalism in the medium, if you like dungeon crawlers with datingScrew the detractors of this game, I'm getting tired of the lack of professionalism in the medium, if you like dungeon crawlers with dating sim elements ala persona, then this game won't let you down. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2014
    8
    Same Review from my Amazon CA Review. This game is totally worth.....it niche for sure but for system that needs traction, it is one thatSame Review from my Amazon CA Review. This game is totally worth.....it niche for sure but for system that needs traction, it is one that delivers. Akiba Trip, Demon Gaze, and many of the games that we don't expect to hit western shores are showing up. If you one of the few that are into this type of game than it a 10 for you. The average person not going to feel comfortable about it and will probably give it an average score.

    I can see the child making aspect being a turn off to some people and the fan service may seem uncomfortable.

    Past that the gameplay is simple while having enough variety to be entertaining. The story is decent but the comedy is stellar. It entertaining to keep going for an hour or so a day.

    I liked the English dubs, would prefer having Japanese voice to switch every now and then. Many did not like the voice acting.....tbh most Jdub games aren't always great because it hard to voice Japanese influences and traditions.

    There a problem of overleveling...it could get stale because the game is not timed....you can do whatever you want in your pace. I liked that I am not stressed out on time like the Atelier games.

    Obvious here I have to manage my time with the ladies and the levels before proceeding to the story....so that game does not get too easy.

    For me it a new concept....never got to experience such quirky Japanese games because they don't usually release these type of games here. It a breath of fresh air....don't listen to the average scores this might get. Give it a chance.

    This is probably the best JRPG of 2014 for Vita so far. Worth the full price...for the others on the fence I would wait a bit if you aren't interested in the limited first run edition. Still worth it to have in your collection.
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  4. Sep 29, 2014
    7
    Pros:
    - okayish visuals and design
    - nice voice acting - good waifu side stories - fun classmating mechanics - city improvements cons:
    Pros:
    - okayish visuals and design
    - nice voice acting
    - good waifu side stories
    - fun classmating mechanics
    - city improvements

    cons:
    - dull combat system
    - similar dungeons
    - the writing is average
    - banal story

    Overall, I had fun playing the game, but the labyrinths are way too repetitive. Still a solid JRPG for PS Vita.
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  5. Apr 15, 2014
    5
    Being a huge fan of the Persona series, you'd think this game would have been right in my wheelhouse. And while I will give props to anBeing a huge fan of the Persona series, you'd think this game would have been right in my wheelhouse. And while I will give props to an interesting risk/reward combat system that reminds me of shades of FF Tactics with the 'facing sides', its specifically targeted and overly racy content makes it difficult to even sit through the character interaction. In a dialogue-reliant RPG like this, it thus quickly becomes its overwhelming 'problem'.

    While the Persona Team writers are quite good at presenting characters that, while generally presenting a pretty 'usual' anime personality, have a surprising and enjoyable amount of character depth and development, Spike Chunsoft gets halfway up to the standard and roots itself with boring, creepy, and off-putting stereotypes that serve to remind me why I don't watch most anime. There's no question why every cutscene employs exaggerated breast physics and why the only 3D models in the game outside battle are the protagonist and the women: they know their genre's general market quite well and play a full house of features around it.

    Persona oft gets labeled an RPG/dating sim mixture by its dialog system and the importance of people you know actually liking you, and Conception II treads in similar territory, but the usage makes all the difference. Almost the entire point of Con II's dialogue is courting your female classmates, which, while dumb, might be tolerable if the choices made sense. Normal, polite human conversation seems to upset every potential heroine, and someone needs to tell me how responding to "I'm [name], nice to meet you" with "I'm [myname], hello" is making them angry. And for God's sake, why is there a function called "Touch Communication" (paraphrased from the games own manual, "Listen to what the heroine says and touch or rub the heroine as requested")???
    Persona's pretty friggin' anime at times, but at least its characters and dialogue options are presented as actual human beings. Oh, and the dialogue is helping people and solving problems, NOT HITTING ON THEM FOR BABIES.
    I'll refrain from touching on 'Classmating'. It's dumb magical anime baby-making with high school ladies. Go read about it if you actually want to know.

    Ultimately I turned the game off a couple hours in from frustration. I'll likely not explore it any further.

    Now this game has an audience, for sure. If you enjoy wooing the stereotype anime ladies, and don't mind a pretty decent combat system for an intermission, go for it, it's not my place to shame you. Ultimately I guess I have to ask myself what exactly I expected from a game called Conception II. Well, from a game with Atlus USA backing? Something that actually treats me like a mature adult.
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  6. May 11, 2014
    4
    A true gaming UFO, Conception II had seduced me by its attractive character design. 40 hours and a western release later, it's time for aA true gaming UFO, Conception II had seduced me by its attractive character design. 40 hours and a western release later, it's time for a frank verdict

    In Conception II, a deep-rooted evil force sends to the world armies of monsters via seven «labyrinths of sin», threatening mankind's future. Only a few chosen ones called 聖徒 (roughly «sacred children», kinda rings a bell) have to power to seal them. And that's actually one dude (you) and seven girls. This ultra-generic and highly cliché setting being an excuse to throw you in the progression system of this game that consists in dating and make children (!).

    Therefore, you have to choose a girlfriend. Well actually you don't have to, because you can have several at the same time. The first phase consists in dating your classmates to raise your friend level. Those mini-events are rather well done : the girls look pretty cute and funny, character modeling and animation are very nice. Even if only a limited part of the dialogs is dubbed, the little conversations you have with your mates are really enjoyable as the Japanese voice actresses delivered their best. In particular, Rorona's voice actress Mai Kadowaki does a wonderful job as Toori who is adorable. Unfortunately for you guys, you won't be able to experience that since Atlus USA scrapped the Japanese voices. Sadly, there are not that many of those events, or least not enough to last 40h without regularly repeating the same ones. While talking you'll often be prompted to choose between several answers, but as far as I noticed the impact on the gameplay is nil. After that you go directly to the church, not for the marriage, but to give birth to your children directly (!). No need to panic though, everything's done by a simple hand contact between the main protagonist and his partner (!). Your kid get immediately off his egg (!!!) and you now just have to assign him some job (Lancer, Gunner, Healer, etc.) before going down the mazes with him. Because in clear violation of International Labour laws, you'll have your kids do most of the fighting against the demonic creatures standing on your way.

    That's where everything begins to collapse : the battle system allows you to attack the enemy from 4 sides, a bit like Atelier Ayesha but in far less complex or interesting. Unlike Atelier where you have to master a variety of alchemy items and skills, in Conception II you just have to spam your most powerful attack to progress. Buffs and debuffs exist but in 40h I haven't seen a single moment where they could be important. In the same way, the specialty of the children hardly matter in general. There's Also a «chain» system to push back the enemy in the timeline, but it's far from efficient (at least it gives you extra exp. points). Adding to an already tiresome battle system, the game has some stupid difficulty spikes, especially at the end when the sixth boss of the last dungeon flattened my team while I had met little resistance so far. Seriously, being robbed of the ending trophies after hours of boring fights is unacceptable.

    Only one half of Conception II is decent : the dating is cool, the dating artworks are cool, the dating music is cool, but combat is really terrible in every aspect. I have a feeling that the fundamental problem about this game is that it's too long. Shorter, the poor battle system would have been less annoying and you wouldn't have had to repeat the same dating events which would have allowed the player the enjoy the character design more serenely (despite some awful kitsch here and there)
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  7. May 31, 2014
    0
    The game is a dating sim, with easy, and monotonous, gameplay. Most scenes are meant to simply arouse the undoubtedly teenage player withThe game is a dating sim, with easy, and monotonous, gameplay. Most scenes are meant to simply arouse the undoubtedly teenage player with shots of the females' undergarments, and breasts. Coupled with poor, and awkward writing, it makes the game unbearable for anyone who would rather simply watch adult videos instead of playing a game to get hard. Expand

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