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The Caligula Effect

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

16%

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Based on 31 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation VitaMay 2, 2017

Publisher: Atlus

Genre: RPG

Featuring a story written by Persona veteran Tadashi Satomi, The Caligula Effect takes you inside a digital prison filled with brainwashed high school students, evil musicians, and an all-powerful virtual idol.  Follow the exploits of the Go-Home Club, a tight-knit group of Kishimai High School students who have realized that their lives are nothing more than a virtual charade.  When they discover that the world they’re living in is actually Mobius, a virtual reality construct created and ruled by the omnipotent virtual idol known as μ, this ragtag group must fight through crazed students and malevolent musicians, and face their deepest inner traumas, on their way to confront the almighty idol and taste true freedom.

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Destructoid

4 / 10.0
Josh Tolentino

I wish I didn't want to like The Caligula Effect as much as I do, but it's just tragic how far it falls from its own obviously lofty goals. For a game about a virtual world where everyone appears as their best possible self, The Caligula Effect is a walking worst-case scenario, representing the most disappointing possible execution on the huge potential of its best ideas.

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Game Revolution

Game Revolution

There is a lot of content to experience, but it is all riddled with flaws, making it an unsuitable replacement for Vita fans disappointed in the lack of Persona 5.

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God is a Geek

4 / 10.0
God is a Geek

The Caligula Effect is an average JRPG with a memorable soundtrack that has some ambitious ideas for mechanics, but fails in executing them in a constructive manner.

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GamingTrend

60 / 100
GamingTrend

The Caligula Effect offers a fascinating story inside of a huge virtual world. Filled with heavy concepts, writer Tadashi Satomi weaves a complex story about human suffering, artificial happiness, and the lengths people will go to find inner peace. While not nearly as developed or immersive as Persona 5, the game's flashy graphics, star-studded soundtrack and solid story help to make up for what the game lacks in a depressingly shallow and unfulfilling social system, unclear objectives within dungeons and a rather tedious battle system.

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Recent News

The Caligula Effect: Overdose could help fill the Persona gap on PC | PC Gamer

The Caligula Effect: Overdose could help fill the Persona gap on PC | PC Gamer

The remastered JRPG is coming to PC next year.

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The Caligula Effect: Overdose is headed to PC early 2019

The Caligula Effect: Overdose is headed to PC early 2019

Aquira's Persona-like JRPG The Caligula Effect: Overdose is coming to PC in 2019 via publisher NIS America.

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