The Caligula Effect: Overdose
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The Caligula Effect progresses at a fast enough clip that, for the second time over, I haven't wanted to put it down.
Overall, I have to say I really loved how “relatable” or “real” the characters in Caligula Effect Overdose felt. A lot of good improvements were made on the original, and there were a lot of new and innovative gameplay ideas. While the game may get a little repetitive at times, if you intersperse with trauma resolution, it becomes significantly more manageable. I’m really hoping the team that made this continues on to do future work.
It personally resonated with me, as someone who struggles with facing their personal shortcomings, but tries their best to overcome them, even with adversity standing in their way, with strength, passion, and desire. It may start a little rough around the edges at first, but the title came through for me after getting through that first hurdle. It definitely has left a lasting impression, and still has me thinking after completing it.
The Caligula Effect Overdose has some of the most inventive combat I have ever played in a turnbased JRPG. If you can get beyond the grind a lot of the dungeons feel like and the poorly implemented social systems, you will be treated to amazing combat, great music, wonderful character interactions and a story that will really make you think.
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.
The Caligula Effect: Overdose is pretty much the same game, just with more content and fewer technical issues.
I’m glad the team at FuRyu didn’t give up on The Caligula Effect after it received such a poor reception when it first released. While still far from being amazing, this enhanced edition is a step in the right direction for the team and the franchise if they want to continue moving it forward.
With a lot of great content, much of it new, including added characters and a high volume of additional story elements, The Caligula Effect Overdose is a remarkable example of a valuable remake.
When everything's said and done, however, I think fans of the genre will find something to like in the game. That noted, those who tried the Vita version may be less inclined to give it another chance, but those coming in fresh may find a mostly enjoyable title.
The only sentence that I can say about this game is: "Don't expect it to be a new Persona game"! The Caligula Effect Overdose is a remaster that's not very commendable but it's still worthy of being played. It can be a good starting point for newcomers of JRPG genre and a mediocre experience for veterans of this genre.
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