Conception 2: Children of The Seven Stars-3DS Review

May 26, 2016 1:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

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Conception 2 may seem like an odd turn based RPG from Atlus at first, but once you have played for a couple of hours it becomes a fun game with plenty of content.
You are a Student chosen to produce star children who can be trained to fight.
Dusk circles have appeared around the academy and in them are labyrinths. You must go in them with your star children and defeat the monsters and seal the end boss.
There are 7 labyrinths as part of the main story that get larger and more difficult.
There are also many sub  labyrinths where you can get rare items and continue to level up.

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I recommend you frequent the past labyrinths, sub labyrinths and the training sections, as you need to level up a lot to survive the next one.
Each child can be assigned a class such as Magic Knight, Mercenary, Archer, Theif, Swordsman, Healer, Berseker, Gambler and many more. It is quite easy to level them up luckily and they have unique spells and attributes. You can buy new weapons and armour as the game progresses.

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When you are not fighting you can interact with the seven main heroines of the game. You can take each of these into the labyrinths with you.
The interactions are very funny and tongue in cheek. To keep them liking you, you have to spend time with them and select the right answer while talking. They each have unique personalities and skills in battle.
I mainly stuck to one girl, Fuuko. But I try to be friendly with them all to unlock more classes for the children.

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As I mentioned the game is turn based with a bit of strategy thrown in, for example choosing which angle to attack from to gain an advantage or discover the enemies weak point. You can choose from normal attacks, special attacks or magic.
You also have the option to fast forward the battle, if you’ve been grinding levels for a while you may choose this option. Or you may choose auto battle which does everything for you if you are feeling lazy. This does favour MP attacks though so be sure to refill the meter often.

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I think this a great RPG and often it goes on sale on the Eshop. I got it for £8.99. And it is well worth it. There is also a demo available, but I felt it did not really grab my interest, but the actual game did.
The downside to the game is graphically the labyrinths are a bit basic and grinding levels may get a bit tedious after a while for some gamers. But the cut scenes are often anime style or very detailed 3D which I liked. I also thought the voice acting was very good.

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Overall I score the game 8/10. I am only half way through the game at nearly 30 hours play time. It is a great game with just a few issues that mark it down, but well worth it if you are looking for a quirky RPG.

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Written by Victoria Thorley (Head admin at Handheld Gaming Network on Facebook).

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