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The Caligula Effect: Overdose

NIS America, Engine Software, FURYU Corporation
Mar 12, 2019 - PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

19%

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Destructoid
6.5 / 10
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5 / 10
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65 / 100
GameMAG
6 / 10
Gameblog
5 / 10
We Got This Covered
2 / 5
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The Caligula Effect: Overdose Trailers

The Caligula Effect: Overdose - The Go-Home Club (PS4, Switch, PC) thumbnail

The Caligula Effect: Overdose - The Go-Home Club (PS4, Switch, PC)

The Caligula Effect: Overdose - Me Me Me Me Me! Clip (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam) thumbnail

The Caligula Effect: Overdose - Me Me Me Me Me! Clip (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam)

The Caligula Effect: Overdose - An Overdose of New Features Trailer (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam) thumbnail

The Caligula Effect: Overdose - An Overdose of New Features Trailer (PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam)


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Critic Reviews for The Caligula Effect: Overdose

The Caligula Effect: Overdose is still definitely a flawed, frustrating work. Its shortcomings are many, and might still be too intractable for some, but the refinements and additions have,for me at least, papered over the cracks just enough to make it worth putting up with. Patient and curious JRPG enthusiasts will find plenty to appreciate, if not necessarily love, if they try for a quick stay in Mobius.

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The Caligula Effect: Overdose has great ideas that are often marred by uneven execution. But with its unique combat system, as well as exemplary music and illustrations, the negatives are outweighed by the positives.

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The Caligula Effect: Overdose offers an RPG experience that pulls out a lot of great ideas but struggles to build upon dull storytelling and forgetful setpieces.

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In the end, there isn't much here that feels fully developed. While The Caligula Effect: Overdose has some interesting ideas, none of them really work. I suspect that after some time with The Go-Home Club, players will be longing to go home to the cozy comfort of a classic JRPG. Better to avoid this simulation from the start.

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If you can look past the many shortcomings of this imperfect game, then there's an experience here that contains some truly profound and meaningful messages. The unique take on traditional turn-based combat, the emotionally dark narrative, and the excellent musical soundtrack are the true rewards beneath poor dungeon design, an unimaginative causality link mechanic, and unclear objectives. The Caligula Effect: Overdose is a charming and worthwhile albeit niche JRPG as long as you go in with the correct expectations, given the game's low budget. Just know that this 2023 PS5 native port of the game adds absolutely nothing new to the 2019 PS4 version.

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GameMAG

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6 / 10
GameMAG

The lack of practical map can put you in a dead end. Initially, I wanted to give The Caligula Effect: Overdose a highter score because of an interesting combat system and nice graphics, but boring labyrinths, monotony side-quests and easy battles with ordinary opponents didn't let me do it.

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The Caligula Effect : Overdose is a decent RPG, with a lot of social link and an original combat system, but the exploration is poor and the global design is pretty weak and generic.

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The Caligula Effect: Overdose is so saturated with bland content that the meaningful moments get buried. Attempts to perk things up with a new engine and extra content just end up on top of the pile instead of actually fixing anything.

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