Conception II is unapologetically unoriginal. It’s sexist, unimaginative, bland and repetitive. But for some reason, I can’t put it down.
Conception II is all about the baby making. Within five minutes you unlock the ability to “perform a start ritual” with any of the female characters to create “star children” party members that venture into the bland repetitive dungeons along with you. (AKA you have sex with them and make baby).
These babies are the main party members in the game, and fight alongside you in battles as little chibi trios. I don’t know why, but despite the lackluster combat, watching these little brats destroy a monster was so satisfying to watch, and the adorable unique level up animations they have made me want to press forward to see their cute little faces.
What also helps is the games quick pace in battle, no fight lasts longer than needed, and the gratification gained from defeating an enemy is consistently being rewarded after ever battle. The ability to have weaker enemies be killed without having to battle them is a great touch that keeps things moving, but does make the game a whole lot easier.
Conception II takes the tired anime trope of the main character being a sexual god to the extreme. The character is a bland sheet of paper that does nothing but nod along with others, yet somehow has the ability to make every girl he meets fall in love with him instantly. These females never alter from their typical stereotypes and do little other than serve as a way for the main character to appear the hero figure and sleep with, making them, in a word, objects. For a game made in 2014, it’s a little jarring to see females used only as baby machines and comes off as a little too offensive.
Conception II is hard to define. It’s not an original game, and it’s not very creative (it tries it’s best to be like its big brother Persona), the menus are a mess, and it’s downright sexist to women. Yet through all of that, I can’t say I didn’t have fun. The combat is rewarding, the writing’s funny, and the star children are adorable. While this game isn’t for everyone, die hard dungeon crawler fans with a PS Vita may find quite a bit of fun in Conception II.
+ Rewarding fast paced combat
+ High production values in anime cutscenes
+/– One of the goofiest running animations ever
– Wishes it was Persona to the point it’s sad
– Uses women as sexual objects
– Get’s repetitive quickly
Thanks to Atlus for supplying a review code