Percentile Rank

The Caligula Effect is ranked in the 18th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

16%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
May 19, 2017

On a technical level Caligula isn't perfect; characters can run right through doors, and enemies have a habit of getting stuck in scenery as they chase after your characters, but the art direction itself with its soft pastel colours and clean elegance is a massage for the eyes.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 6, 2017

The Caligula Effect is an interesting, unique and entertaining portable JPRG on Sony's PlayStation Vita.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 2, 2017

A lot of video games attempt to say something, but rarely do they manage to leave a genuine impact by the time the credits begin to roll.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2017

The Caligula Effect has the potential to become a bit of a sleeper hit for the hardcore Vita enthusiasts out there. It reaches a really nice rhythmic cadence with its rock-solid gameplay, complemented by a clever, well-written narrative. A few technical hiccups try to rain on its parade, but overall it's an endearing, touching and surprisingly deep RPG with a ton of character and a bucketload of heart.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2019

JRPG games are very hard to judge because of their pure nature and unique atmosphere. You can't put the "good" or "bad" label on them for their high value. Caligula Effect Overdose has a very good and deep combat system, nice story, expansive NPC Relationships and it is a really addictive game, if you like it in the first place. Caligula Effect Overdose is a game that you shoudn't miss it if you like JRPG games.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 1, 2017

FuRyu's latest RPG might be their best work yet, with a combat system that can be incredibly satisfying to link together, but there is still something lacking in the parts that don't attempt to emulate Persona.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 22, 2017

The Caligula Effect is a difficult game to review, mainly because of how contradictory it can be at times. Its writing can make it seem leagues above most other JRPGs despite its low production value, yet many of its systems are too complicated to recommend, despite however deep they may be.

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Checkpoint
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

What if Persona was still developed by the mind behind their first two games. The Caligula Effect is an accurate answer to that question. A philosophical story that will leave you thinking with some cool socialization system. In combat you can predict your enemies movements before issuing commands. Sadly it gets repetitive in every sense. A good game for Vita owners.

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VGProfessional
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

The Caligula Effect is as fascinating as it is technically failing as a game. This is the kind of title that will be probably remembered for its art style, story and innovative gameplay, but will sadly at the same time, be known as a technical mess and bland progression.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
May 2, 2017

When discussing The Caligula Effect, one cannot help but feel it will fall under the same umbrella as Resonance of Fate. It's highly flawed and requires a bit of work to get the best out of it.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 2, 2017

The Caligula Effect has some of the coolest systems ever found on the Vita. The game seems to push what the system is capable of and perhaps that was asking too much. With some frame rate drops during battles and unnecessarily confusing dungeons, the game might get passed up by the more casual RPG players. However in the end, the side stories, characters, and awesome soundtrack saved the game and made me want to see it through to till the end.

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GearNuke
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 9, 2017

The Caligula Effect is another interesting take on the high-school social aspects mixed with dungeon crawling genre, however it features a rather lackluster combat system and suffers from some technical issues that make the experience less than enjoyable overall.

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NZGamer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 25, 2017

Deep and important exploration of psychological issues in an underwhelming package.

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SwitchRPG
Mar 12, 2019

As an alternative to Persona with writing and style very much seeped in Japanese culture, the Caligula Effect: Overdose is worth consideration. However, you'll need to ask yourself whether or not you can enjoy the idea of a game that only reaches its potential on a handful of occasions, and whether or not any of what you've read so far sounds worth checking out.

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GamingTrend
60 / 100
60 / 100
May 2, 2017

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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Reno Gazette-Journal
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

The Caligula Effect features a nifty concept as well as some notable minds behind its story, music and character design. At the same time, the PS Vita JRPG is also the victim of bad timing as everything it does, Persona 5 does much better. If you haven't played the latter, then I recommend getting that instead. Otherwise, if you're looking for a more old-school Persona-style game, then The Caligula Effect can be worth checking out.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
May 8, 2017

The Caligula Effect has a turn-based battle system that is refreshingly fun.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
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Top Critic

6 / 10
May 5, 2017

In the end, The Caligula Effect has some cool ideas and a cool battle system that is often weighed down by other areas of the game lacking. There is simply far too much fluff that gets in the way of enjoying the good parts, keeping it from being truly great. Gamers with a high tolerance for grind will find this a really enjoyable game, but JRPG fans looking for a smoother ride will be put off by how often the pace slows to a near-glacial crawl.

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PSX Brasil
60 / 100
60 / 100
Jul 26, 2017

With an uninspired story, leaning on several cliches,relying on just a few aspects to stand out like the soundtrack and the art, The Caligula Effect is a game that's just worth checking out after the other, more interesting releases of the year.

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Level Down Games
55 / 100
55 / 100
Jul 13, 2017

The game fell flat at times and I wish they would’ve spent more time on the characters all together to help make the story a little better. With all the flaws present, you could still find yourself enjoying a game that others may question because of the slow yet fast paced of everything and the way it doesn’t really tell you where to go exactly. You’re forced to just explore every single section of the area you’re in to get to the next point in the game. All in all, The Caligula Effect is a fun game but it could’ve been better.

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Video Chums
5.4 / 10.0
5.4 / 10.0
May 4, 2017

The Caligula Effect tells an engaging story that has a deep thought-provoking message.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 1, 2017

If you're a JRPG fan and can see past its dull dungeon design and grindy friendship system, then there is still fun to be had here, but you'll have to push through layers of tediousness to get to it. The Caligula Effect is a game with plenty of good ideas, but sadly, they're just not executed very well. It feels like developer Aquria has tried to implement so many ambitious concepts, but it doesn't actually take the time to flesh them out, and instead, repetition has been used to fill in the gaps.

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Gadgets 360
5 / 10
5 / 10
May 22, 2017

Overall, you could do far worse than The Caligula Effect, but you could do far better as well. Due to its myriad of issues both technical and otherwise - and despite the solid story and music - there's little reason to check out this RPG until it's deeply discounted.

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Hey Poor Player
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
May 10, 2017

I know it may sound like I’m being a bit hard on The Caligula Effect. The problem is that with so many great RPGs available right now, FuRyu’s latest adventure does very little to stand out from the pack. With ho-hum dungeon designs, a half-baked Social Link system, and numerous technical issues (don’t even get me started on the constant frame drops and lengthy load times), this Vita exclusive is a pretty hard sell.

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RPG Fan
45%
45%
Jun 4, 2017

The Caligula Effect is intended for a niche crowd that's made even smaller by the lack of fun it offers.

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CGMagazine
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
May 10, 2017

Technically messy and relentlessly shallow, The Caligula Effect is one taboo better left unbroken.

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God is a Geek
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
May 9, 2017

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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Destructoid
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
May 15, 2017

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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RPG Site
4 / 10
4 / 10
May 2, 2017

Offering little excitement and interest, The Caligula Effect is easily skippable.

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Gamer Escape
4 / 10
4 / 10
May 9, 2017

With all of the great JRPGs that have been releasing lately, I see no real reason to seek out this title. It’s a game that imploded on its ambitions, creating a title that doesn’t really offer anything worth experiencing.

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Game Revolution
May 2, 2017

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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RPGamer
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
May 5, 2017

Sadly, The Caligula Effect really just amounts to a waste of time.

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