The Caligula Effect 2

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

46%

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Based on 28 critic reviews
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6.6 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 has not too much to offer apart from a good combat system and some insteresting artistic vibes. The game is a very classic JRPG technically wise far from the modern standards, which suffers from a quite frayed and monotonous rhythm.

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Oct 22, 2021

The story and music are the best standout points with the amazing attention to character development only matched by the genius sound design. Although The Caligula Effect 2 doesn't really sway from its roots or present many new ideas within the genre, if you're a fan of JRPGs, it's a solid title.

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5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 is the kind of experience that works on paper, with a good basic idea and potentially intriguing protagonists. The game, however, is a hymn to banality and boredom without any redeeming traits. Fans (?) of the first game, with which it shares a weak narrative link, might find this game interesting. Everyone else should stay away.

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6 / 10
Oct 18, 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 has loads of cool ideas, but it's undeniably rough around the edges. The visuals and character models are basic, animations can be awkward, and the environmental design comes off as uninspired. At least the user interface looks lovely.

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85%
Nov 14, 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor in every single way and punches well above its weight.

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3.5 / 5.0
Oct 15, 2021

Although the visuals may not be much to look at, the combat and story are the soul of Caligula Effect 2 that holds it all together.

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6.7 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2021

A good combat system and a infectious soundtrack are not enough to make The Caligula Effect 2 a recommendation. Whate we have here is much better than the first game, but not on par with the best JRPGs on the market. Still, fans of the genre may want to give it a try.

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40 / 100
Oct 29, 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 is, for better and for worse, a title extremely similar to the original and, consequently, without major advances that could attract a new audience or those who felt disappointed by the original.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2021

If you loved The Caligula Effect, chances are you’ll love The Caligula Effect 2 even more. It’s certainly an improvement across the board, with a story that will keep you invested for the duration. Newcomers, however, might be put off by the references to the first game, and also may not gel very well with the relationship-building aspects that aren’t all that rewarding or interesting. Overall, there’s a lot to like about The Caligula Effect 2, but it’s accompanied by a fair bit of tedium.

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Oct 16, 2021

There is no doubt that The Caligula Effect 2 is a niche within a niche, and the fact that the second game so closely follows the first just confirms that the developers are comfortable with that. While it might not click with everyone, it's worth trying, because if you do like your games a bit thoughtful and arty, then this is going to be one of the highlights of the year.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2021

I haven't had a game in which I've had to pull myself away from playing it for a while, but I spent a Saturday basically playing The Caligula Effect 2 and only stopping for supper. I really hope a lot of the other RPGs coming out before the year's out on Switch can elicit that level of devotion.

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6.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 is a game that deserved a better budget than it got. It's combat system is amazing and engaging, but everything else about it could be better.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 21, 2021

Not every sequel can surpass the original, but it’s safe to say that The Caligula Effect 2 is bigger and better than ever before. I can’t say that I was initially expecting a sequel to The Caligula Effect to even happen in the first place, but The Caligula Effect 2 is absolutely a case of something happening that I didn’t even know that I wanted—and I’m extremely glad that I was able to spend some quality time with it.

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3.5 / 5.0
Nov 10, 2021

Although it may lack those standout moments that top-drawer RPGs provide, it’s easy to find time whizzing by with catchy music and speedy combat and exploration. With characters and a story that keep things ticking along nicely, The Caligula Effect 2 makes for a satisfying use of one’s time.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2021

Far surpassing its first installment comes The Caligula Effect 2. An RPG with a very good anime aesthetic, a wonderful soundtrack and all this together with a very interesting combat system.

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5.7 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2021

The results of this game is a good example of how games don’t always turn out to be greater than you would expect, purely based on planned concepts and making the right decisions with just concentration alone. The design of the game is trying hard to provide content with the concept of cleansing the minds of all the fictional characters within the game by creating a routine that’s supposed to provide fun. But the designers may have missed the point that the actual players who get to play these characters will go through the pain and suffering throughout the gameplay. Even so, the vast majority of the game’s contents do not mix very well, which degrades the quality and experience after a certain amount of play time.

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85 / 100
Oct 15, 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 is pretty much a game that you’ll probably know if you’re going to like or not just based on the genre and art style. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it and would recommend it for JRPG fans, even if it does have some minor flaws like character models looking like they are floating an inch off the ground during most cut scenes and some quest NPCs constantly walking around so they are impossible to find when you want to turn in their quests.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

Like its predecessor, The Caligula Effect 2’s greatest sin is that it is entirely average. The soundtrack is incredible, to be certain. Progress is clear, given that the dungeons work so much better. The general story feels stronger as well. But the supplemental elements, generic enemies, and need to only take advantage of the tactical parts of battle when facing bosses leave it feeling a bit lackluster.

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4 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2021

The clever battle system and the fresh ideas introduced by the series deserved far better than this for a sequel.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2021

Overall, I had a lot of fun playing through Caligula Effect 2, and those who felt squeamish with some of the content in the first may feel better with the second. Caligula Effect, both 1 and 2, are pretty unique games, and I highly suggest looking into either or both of them, as they are both really fun titles.

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