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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 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: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  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
    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". Expand
  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 dating sim elements ala persona, then this game won't let you down. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2014
    10
    This game is a lot of fun! If you enjoy SMT and persona games it is for you. It's part dating sim and part dungeon crawl rpg. Its turn based combat is great and new.

    Story is also fun and the characters are adorable as heck. This isn't a game for everyone however, if you don't like RPG's or persona games don't bother getting this game you won't enjoy it at all.
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  4. Apr 26, 2014
    8
    While the game's not amazing, it's great light-hearted fun. The dungeons' designs get old fast and it is a little grindy, but the art direction and music are just awesome! The dating sim element is easy to jump into and keep rolling and the characters are good in their own right. You may dislike some at first, but once you get into the meat of their story you really will start to like really them. One of the best things about the game is you can take it at absolutely your own pace. There's no calendar or time to think about. Even of you screw up a conversation you can just try again!

    However; the game does take itself too seriously, and the bosses are entirely too easy.
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  5. Apr 17, 2014
    8
    Now that I just beat the game, I'll give you a full personal review, rather than first impressions. To start off let's talk about the plot and story. I'm sure you already looked up the basic premise of the game so I won't bore you with the details. The game has a very straight-foward plot structure, and there isn't any complications or major twists of to note about throughout the entire story. I guess this will turn some off, that this isn't a game that is deep like the Persona series, especially since it's coming from Atlus and Spike Chunsoft. The better story elements you'll find throughout the game, are within the individual character-arcs from the games main heroines. Though most of the girls you'll talk to are nothing more than anime tropes, I enjoyed them enough to them one of my favorite parts of the game. This mechanic where you socialize with the main girls is very similar to the social link mechanic in Persona 3 and 4, and this got me hooked and interested in what each heroine had to say, as it is mostly well written and voice acted.

    The gameplay aspect other than socializing with the main girls is your typical turn-based JRPG and the battle system is simple and easy learn. I really did enjoy it but it did get very repetitive as the later dungeons have enemies all across every room, essentially forcing you to grind alot to prepare for the next dungeon boss. However the biggest gripe I have with the combat is that it is extremely easy for most of the dungeons, except for the last two ones, which is very disappointing. This game would've benefited from a harder difficulty mode, especially since you are stuck with the default difficulty with no option to change it. With the casual and easiness of the game, it makes the very in-depth party building mechanic pretty much pointless, as there is not an incentive to make you build a better and more diverse party to fight with.

    The music is fantastic, it's similar again the Persona series with it's catchy Jpop and jrock songs played throughout the game. It's no Shoji Meguro work, but it's good enough to not make your ears bleed after hearing it several times. The graphics are very pretty to look at, due to the game's fantastic art direction. The anime style helps give this game a unique charm like the Persona series does and the animations and character models are pretty solid, so there is nothing to complain about from me. (sorry for referencing persona too much, but this game is often compared to it so why not still do it for the sake of ease.)

    Overall this game has alot of short comings, but for some reason, I still enjoyed every minute of it. I'm giving it an 8 out of 10. I know I'm being very liberal with the score, but this is out of my own personal enjoyment, and I recommend buying the game too since you're only spending 40 bucks for a pretty solid and lengthy handheld RPG.
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  6. Jun 4, 2014
    6
    Trying to think of a way to phrase my thoughts on this game, but am having quite a difficult time, mostly because the game was about as enthralling as watching paint dry, and my overall time playing it was spent thinking about not playing it. While I can't fault it for being a terrible game, it worked at the very least and managed to flaunt some amount of originality that wasn't blatantly ripped from a Persona game, I can certainly say it was extremely dull, the characters were 1 dimensional knock offs of pretty much every female character you'll ever see in an anime; the busty girl with no self confidence, the rambunctious small girl who looks like she's about 12, etc. All that wouldn't be so bad if the side attraction of the game was trying to woo these cheap right hand replacements...which of course you obviously do, with a name like 'conception', a dead give away. It's not all bad though, after successfully seducing your card board cut outs, you can proceed to the 'classmating' section of the game, in which you initiate in an awkward totally not sex, but completely sexual mating ritual to make a 'star child', which is kind of like a Pokémon, but without all the love-ability, you take it into randomly generated dungeons, and pit them against monsters until they die, or you die of boredom. Surprisingly the dating sim and child making was the only really fun part of the game, in the same way smashing pots to earn rupees in the legend Of Zelda series would be if those games were at all rubbish. That said one cannot call the act of making children not fun in any sense of the word and still call himself a man, so there's that. That said the discussions you had with the girls int he dating sim side were heavily limited and repeated after a while, which became laughable after a while when the same girl would always act surprised when I guessed her bashing two rocks together was her attempt at making a golem when she'd done the exact same thing the day before. The voice acting is terrible, though you kind of have to expect that these days, but with no option to change to Japanese voices, I found myself muting the game most of the time, which greatly takes away from the experience. The absolute worst part of this game though is the story, it has a pretty basic concept; there are 7 dusk circles, cleverly named after the 7 sins (harharhar), your job is to go in and eradicate the duck spawners and save the world I imagine? Pretty standard stuff, but they try to expand upon it, with some half-assed story, driven by boring and uninspiring characters that made me want to throw up. So that's the game in a nutshell, a dull dungeon crawler, with 1 dimensional characters, awkward NOT sex scenes with a barely adequate dating sim, a pathetic excuse for a story and the ability to give birth to your own child slave army. A game that truly revels in its own mediocrity, if anything the score I've given it is a kindness Expand
  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 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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