Be warned! For SOME reason we decided to do a three-way…for this review. So as you might expect, it’s gonna be pretty damn long. No one would blame you if you just look at the pictures.
Black – Me (Aero)
Green – Fuzzyhobo’s comments
Blue – Aedes’s comments
I would also like to add that all the comments attached to the following images were written up by Fuzzy. So if the attached comment is weird >___>, direct it at HIM.
The sequel to LOVELY×CATION. Spring has come again and the protagonist has moved into a new home by himself after his parents transferred elsewhere for their jobs. Everyone went smoothly until he received a prediction at a shrine which he had come upon: “Go find the one who will become your partner for life. Otherwise, you will live a cruel life”. However, a non-assertive man like him didn’t know anything about love. At such a critical juncture in his life, will he be able to summon up the courage to find himself a girl?
[From Micchi’s Blog]
First things first: I LOVE THE OPENING.
So the protagonist who has no experience in love is encouraged by some weird priest that he should pursue love. Strangely, he follows this advice and starts becoming more conscious of the girls around him. The heroines are BRIEFLY introduced and then you decide who you want to be closer to. The common route for this game is almost non-existent because you need to pursue one heroine if you want to capture them.
You start with a tabula rasa – no name (until you make one), no voice, and a fittingly flat personality. The guy never popped out beyond the text boxes for me, he seems so….dull and lifeless. I suppose he could be designed as such intentionally to make the average player easier to relate to since games like these that are closer to the traditional “dating sim” games are much more personal between you and the heroine, but frankly speaking, I found his personality, or lack thereof, a major bore.
To LxC2’s credit, this protagonist is much better than the original LxC’s protagonist. Though he might be a blank slate, he’s also not a hetare and takes the initiative several times in each route. Overall, your typical nice guy with hidden strength. Frankly, it could’ve been much worse.
With the exception of Hinata, I found it weird how the protag didn’t know the other heroines. I mean they’re all apparently super hot, so he should have at least seen them around or something.
The guy just transferred in. Give him a break will ya.
But he’s still going to the same school.
This is not worth defending, but he lived on the other side of the town and they were all in different classes. Protagonist also said he only hung out with guy friends till he moved.
The whole game takes place over the course of about two months and you pretty much live the protagonist’s day-to-day life. Within this time, you meet the heroines, get to know them, and finally start a relationship. Heroines are mostly isolated to their own route. Some make minor appearances in other routes, but they don’t play any meaningful role. Development up to the confession scene is generally done well. However, the confession scenes vary in quality. What’s AFTER the confession is probably the gold material you’re looking for.
I thought all the routes had decent interaction with other heroines and secondary characters. Most of the routes in the first LxC, excluding Misa and Sera, felt like isolated bubbles. Having all the characters voiced, also helped the immersion and slice-of-life atmosphere.
“Scenario” essentially goes like this in a 100% slice-of-life fashion: buildup to the relationship, tons of ichaicha + sex, then maybe 5 minutes of drama with the accompanying makeup sex.
5 minute drama…more like one minute drama in some routes. Seriously…it’s all icha icha, ero, and slice-of-life.
Hime is the protagonist’s classmate and he first sees her when she’s working part-time at the local restaurant “Jelly Fish.” As a child, she often played outside with boys. Consequently, Hime developed a competitive personality and everyone considers her a tomboy. Currently, she’s trying to act more ladylike. Hime is very friendly and gets along with just about anyone.
Take your typical super friendly classmate, make her ever so slightly tomboyish, and this is what you’d get. If you like that, great. If you don’t, you’ll like the next one for sure.
After falling in love with Hime at first sight, you approach her with the intention of “capturing” her. Hime enjoys your company because she can act boyish around you without hesitation and the two of you soon become quite close. However, Hime’s attitude towards you remains that of “friends” up to the point of the confession. This causes her acceptance of your confession to feel very off. Not to mention the confession is HORRIBLE, one of the worst I’ve ever seen actually (that I can remember >___>). However I really like Hime’s personality and the events after her confession are excellent.
On the other hand, I was okay with the confession. Hime was ドンカン to romance, so the confession would naturally be awkward. There has to be MUCH worse confessions in the sea of eroge. The rest of her route is smooth sailing with sweet icha and ero. Babymaking comes up a lot in the route, lol. As for drama, you have your first fight near the end, but it’s very low key with a feel good resolution. While Hime is not my favorite, her route and character satisfies me plenty.
Traditional confessions are overrated. Sex is the new confession.
Please tell me how successful you are with this NEW type of confession ;D
Oh he’s VERY successful with it…in 2-D.
Hinata is the protagonist’s kouhai and next door neighbor in the same apartment building. As her looks suggest, she isn’t very good at studying. She is very energetic and friendly, but is shy around strangers. Hinata enjoys running and is an active member of the track team. Since her mother died when she was young, she learned how to do housework to lessen the burden on her father. She is very reserved and rarely acts selfishly.
Huh? What’s that about her family? Loli in such a lewd costume…ha..ha…
Not even to an H-scene and Aedes can’t control himself…
Your relationship with Hinata slowly develops into something that’s similar to siblings. Despite people teasing you about your relationship, you aren’t at first romantically attracted to her. Hinata getting sick is the turning point in your relationship. Afterwards, she starts showing MORE signs of romantic attraction towards you. It’s smooth sailing after the confession scene and no more drama appears in the route. Overall, I thought Hinata had the most solid route of the lot and I enjoyed it from start to end.
Normally, Hinata is not my type, but I couldn’t resist her. She has adorable reactions to everything and you can’t help desiring to support her. The progress in your relationship before and after confession is smooth, sensible, and heartwarming. HOWEVER, despite liking her character and route, I just can’t see Hinata in an ero way like Aedes. Consequently, for a game with a strong ero-focus, that handicaps my enjoyment.
Lolicon is part of Japanese culture, and becoming one is necessary in embracing it. Viva lolicon!
CV: 門葡蘭子 = Monbu Ranko = Mai Gotou
Seine is slow by nature and always carries an emotionless facial expression. Consequently, people struggle in interacting with her and end up avoiding her. She is interested in theatre, but doesn’t know where to start since she’s bad around people. As a result, she continues to practice alone on a regular basis. Seine also loves food, animals, and otaku subculture.
The quiet girl who speaks in a lethargic monotone. Not even the goddess Agumion can save her from bringing me to sleep whenever she comes on-screen. Oh wait, that might actually be a good thing now that I think about it…..if you know what I mean.
Well, she’s rarely on-screen if you’re not in her route…and it’s Agumi Oto.
Who the hell is Agumion?
Haha that brings back memories. However I seriously have no idea who Agumi Oto is.
After curiosity draws you to support Seine’s wish to act, the two of you slowly become acquainted after many sessions of small talk. Over time she starts showing signs of wanting to be with you for longer, but she doesn’t know how act on it. These moments are quite few in number, which was unfortunate. The confession makes excellent use of Seine’s awkward nature. Unfortunately, the relationship is somewhat bland as Seine being slow and basically emotionless hinders the icha icha. Seine’s route has an excellent ending, again making good use of her character. However the epilogue I found to be absolute crap.
Another thing worth mentioning is that Seine is the only one who gets a bad ending. Well it’s not really a bad ending; it’s just not a GOOD ending.
Seine’s route has a good beginning and end, but the rest of it is boring. All the “icha icha” and slice-of-life fell flat because she always responds in monotone…except in bed. I like the concept of her character, but I’d have prefered if Seine was a super shy heroine or something instead of emotionless…it just kills the appeal. Overall, her route was wasted potential.
The only parts that weren’t flat are those two oversized lumps of hers.
CV: さくらはづき = Sakura Hazuki = Hitomi Nabatame
A calm and intelligent beauty that is a 3rd year student at Suimei High School. Wakoto is a senpai that everyone admires and is often surrounded by people asking for her help or advice. Due to her popularity, she receives many confessions from boys…and rejects every one of them. As a result, students call Wakoto the school’s “impregnable fortress.” Wakoto’s family also runs the Sakinami shinto shrine and she helps out as a miko. Beneath her graceful exterior, Wakoto holds an insatiable curiosity and an unexpectedly cheeky side.
He really means the impregnatable fortress. Because needless to say, no one has succeeded before and the only one who will ever be able to impregnate her is the protagonist.
Can’t you say that for ALL heroines then?
Initially, you have difficulty approaching Wakoto due to her popularity. It’s a bumpy ride as your attempts cause a repeating cycle of joy and depression. Just when things begin to look good with Wakoto, your relationship becomes awkward since the whole school notices it and starts gossiping. This kinda thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but it was a necessary obstacle for this route. After you’re a couple, you eliminate any disapproval by blatantly showing off your relationship. Overall the route was quite decent, but I’m not a big fan of the onee-san/senpai heroine.
AERO, YOU ARE CRAAAAAZY!!! THE WAKOTO ROUTE IS AWESOME~!!! (<– Not showing extreme bias <_<) I like playing the underdog, as you try to spend more time with Wakoto and increase her affection despite her popularity. Yes, initially there are ups and downs, but it’s all for the greater good! You’re the only one that cares for Wakoto as a person and not an idol, so you gradually open her heart, see hidden sides of her, and…damn, I’m too into this. Senpai heroines are my kool-aid, so I enjoyed every minute of Wakoto’s route.
The rest of her route is blissful icha icha and ero, although plot-wise Wakoto must decide later if she wants to inherit her family’s shrine. You also see more of the shrine priest (i.e. Wakoto’s grandpa) who started you on this whole love quest. If you like a cool and intelligent beauty with a healthy mix of teasing and dere (e.g. Mayuri from Flyable Heart), then give Wakoto a try! One warning: there’s some sooooft “責められ” in this route. If you’re uncomfortable with the heroine taking the lead in the relationship a couple times, then Wakoto might not be for you. Overall, her route still has plenty of icha icha and ero. COMPLETE SATISFACTION.
This is it guys. Fuzzy is now officially a do-M.
I KNEW you’d say that. To clarify, I HATE SM. I can laundry list several games I avoided/abandoned due to SM. Onee-hunter I will admit to, but not do-M, lol.
Yep, there’s definitely no bias THERE (being sarcastic). The route itself was pretty good, but again, I’m just not a big fan of her character type. In particular, I don’t like being “dominated” during H-scenes. Give me an Onee-san/senpai heroine who’s a big time “amaenbou” and I’m all ears.
So…you’ll play Mottoane then? IIRC, that only happens in 2 scenes of 9…and she is such an “amaenbou” too! Look at those cgs!
Sorry, I’m too lazy. The thought of an amaenbou onee-san is somewhat tempting, but the other heroines aren’t really that appealing.
Hime = Hinata > Wakoto > Seine
Wakoto > Hime = Hinata >> Seine
Hinata >>> Hime > ???
On a typical day you’ll get the chance to visit 2 areas on the map and within those areas you can choose an item or activity. Whatever you choose will increase your stats. More importantly, the area you choose may initiate an event with one of the heroines. In order to get onto a particular heroines route, you need to constantly meet up with that heroine via these events. So basically, you need to become a stalker.
You’re not STALKING her…you’re meeting her by coincidence. 😉
That’s what they all say when caught in the act.
“MY” intentions were to stalk the heroine. Whether those were the intentions of the protagonist are another question.
As you play, you raise your stats daily in order to increase the affection of your target heroine. Some dialogues and scenes are only available if you gain the necessary stats (e.g. Hinata likes sports and Wakoto likes books). You’ll also get a small bonus with H-scenes if your stats meet certain requirements. Certain items you acquire also affect the content of a heroine’s route. Sometimes an item is a prerequisite for a heroine’s affection or simply a topic of conversation. Other times, an item might be required to unlock additional cgs and H-scenes.
When your relationship with the heroine becomes more intimate, the games gives you more opportunities to interact with her in a slice-of-life fashion. These choices include taking pictures (Lovely Shot), walking talks, mail by phone, and present giving. With regards to presents, heroines wear different costumes and have different dates depending on if you give them a present at one point in the route.
Lovely Shot huh…are you thinking what I’m thinking? Anyway, the stats are mostly only good for making the sex harder, better, faster, stronger, but with how much of a pain in the behind it is to raise those stats, I’m unsure whether it’s worth the effort for minor variations in the CGs or the dialog.
Oh I know you want those ero bonuses for Hinata.
Like its predecessor, LxC2 uses the “Lovely Call” system. This system allows you to choose what heroines call you once the two of you start dating. There’s a large selection of “calls” to choose from and each call is voiced by the heroines. With Hinata you get the additional option of getting her calling you “onii-chan”.
You also have the option of picking the heroine’s name once in a relationship. For example, you can call Wakoto by her first name without the -senpai honorific to get a different reaction from her.
Sadly the game lacked the option of making all the heroines call you onii-chan.
Would you really want someone like Wakoto calling you “Onii-chan”? That’s some fetish you’ve got there >___>
The first game’s Lovely Call system had only two tones which the heroines would use: one for general purposes and one for H-scenes. In LxC2, the heroines use at least four tones that are also timed better and thus sound more natural. Sure there are inconsistencies, but I found that they were minor to the point that I could just shrug it off.
Going into detail about the graphics isn’t my thing. I’ll pass the torch to Fuzzy for this. Though I all you really need to do is look at the images we included in this review to see if you like the graphics or not.
There are 92 unique CGs; Tasuku Iizuki’s art is once again drop dead gorgeous. Besides the エ ロメロ character designs, the game takes full advantage of the seaside town setting to show players some breathtaking and vivid backgrounds. I could care less about the first game’s non-character art, but this time, the designers and in-game characters emphasize the rich scenery along with noticeable lighting effects and changes in time of day. So maybe you’ll stare at more than the heroine’s rack…or Hinata’s lack of one…
Now this is some scenery porn you can fap to.
You never cease to amaze me.
None of the sub characters have sprites. While it does focus the game more on the heroines since they’re literally the only things you’ll see on the screen, I’d prefer seeing something on the screen when there’s somebody talking.
LxC2 has 40+ H-scenes with 9-11 scenes per heroine.Something I found interesting is that one of the heroines will insist on using “protection”, while the others don’t seem to care. A different heroine
Except for Wakoto, all the heroines have the cliche first H RIGHT after the confession. Afterwards, you and the heroine go at it like jackrabbits. Vanilla ero doesn’t get much better than this. Although, there were some strange H-sound effects…
Like the first game, LxC2 will have append patches. Each patch will consist of a short scenario and an H-scene. Sometimes, the scenario will relate to its month of release. For example, the December append patch might be about Christmas and could feature a Santa cosplay H-scene.
Currently, the May append is out and the heroines’ birthday appends have been announced, but more are in the works…some with fan input on scenarios and costumes!
All praise those nymphos for giving us so many H scenes.
I recall Seine being the most nympho; they did it for basically the whole golden week IIRC. Hime probably comes in second.
Not like they had anything else to work with for Seine’s route. Just like a nukige, they substituted ero for substance. A winning formula~!
Ero IS substance.
Overall: 85/100 (not total)
LxC2 improves in all aspects compared to the original LxC. The characters are lovable, there lots of ichaicha and the romance is good. The extent to which the Lovely Call system was improved I found to be very surprising. Stat building is somewhat “blind” and I would suggest using a walkthrough so that you don’t miss out on anything. This game has some minor flaws, but I would still go so far as this say that this game is a must play for chara-ge fans.
HOWEVER! Though I loved this game, none of the heroine love struck me as much as Yuuki from the original LxC.
Overall: 88/100 (not total)
In my book, LxC2 surpasses the original on all accounts. Great icha icha, superb ero, 3 likable heroines, and high quality production values. I will definitely revisit this game as the appends come out.
Overall: 70/100 (not total and extremely biased)
This is a chara-ge in it’s purest form where whether the characters appeal to you will either make or break the game for you. In my case, the game was broken in half since I only liked 2 out of 4 of the characters. However, I did the enjoy the routes of the characters who I liked.
Finally, sorry if this post was hard on the eyes >____>. It’s hard to squeeze in room for three, especially since we mucked around a lot when we were using google docs =p.