The Caligula Effect: Overdose Image
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics What's this?

User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Mobius. An idyllic world that exists for the sake of letting people forget about the pain and problems of reality. In this world created by a sentient virtual idol, μ (Mu), reality and fantasy has become blurred, allowing people to relive their high school years in bliss. Yet in thisMobius. An idyllic world that exists for the sake of letting people forget about the pain and problems of reality. In this world created by a sentient virtual idol, μ (Mu), reality and fantasy has become blurred, allowing people to relive their high school years in bliss. Yet in this seemingly beautiful and perfect world, something is amiss. Escape from this false paradise with your fellow students and return to reality in The Caligula Effect: Overdose. Expand
Buy On

Trailer

Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
The Caligula Effect: Overdose - Announcement Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 100
    An unapologetically smart and thoughtful game, one that's happy to be philosophical, and one that's willing to make you work to truly dig into what makes it so wonderful. It's like a work of literature in that way, as opposed to a page-turning novel, and it commands (and deserves) respect for that.
  2. May 13, 2019
    75
    If you would call this a poor man's Persona, you would not be far from the truth. But is there really no beauty in poverty? Yeah, this game made us think about stuff way too much, but that does not mean it is not a great and fun title. It lacks a bit of polish but still offers plenty of reasons for you to grab a Switch and delve into its world of lies, mystery and moral dilemmas. Oh and some catchy j-pop too!
  3. Mar 15, 2019
    70
    As an homage to the Persona series, The Caligula Effect: Overdose tries to utilize the same mechanics and mannerisms that made the Persona games unique, yet fails to improve over its past shadow. While it does improve many aspects, including a fantastic battle system, it still struggles to improve its storytelling and interaction mechanisms, which ultimately fail to engage players to the dark secrets of the human soul. Not a bad effort, but definitely with room to improve.
  4. 60
    Even without prior knowledge of the Persona series, it’s hard to walk away from this game without criticizing the quality. A boring story, uninteresting characters, and a soundtrack that begs you to play with the sound turned off are just a sample of the myriad reasons to avoid The Caligula Effect. For a select niche, the incredibly fun combat system may be worth overlooking all of the faults, if at least for a few hours. While I had a terrific time beating my opponents into dust, everything else is just too egregious to recommend to anyone.
  5. Apr 22, 2019
    58
    While it is the strongest version of The Caligula Effect, it is hard to recommend Overdose to anyone but the most hardcore of fans given its flaws.
  6. Mar 22, 2019
    55
    The new additions to the story and combat are welcome and they definitely make the experience better than the original Vita release. This is better than playing it on the PS Vita for sure but you’d rather just get this on PS4 or PC if you’re really interested in Caligula.
  7. Mar 12, 2019
    40
    The Caligula Effect: Overdose has one good idea, and it squanders it with a bunch of other terrible choices.

See all 12 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Apr 3, 2019
    9
    I love this game. So many diverse characters, play as girl, upgraded graphics, great combat, great social commentary. It’s no wonder this gameI love this game. So many diverse characters, play as girl, upgraded graphics, great combat, great social commentary. It’s no wonder this game is a cult classic in Japan. Some minor technical issues and not the most high budget production, being a vita port. Expand
  2. Mar 13, 2019
    8
    The beauty of The Caligula Effect: Overdose is its simplicity. A lot of JRPGs are complicated, cumbersome, and require a lot of grindingThe beauty of The Caligula Effect: Overdose is its simplicity. A lot of JRPGs are complicated, cumbersome, and require a lot of grinding before you can progress further. The combat system here is easy to pick up on, the leveling system is streamlined, and the item menu navigation is easy to understand. Add to that the intriguing story, the amazing music, and the outstanding voice acting and you got yourself a solid JRPG. Fans and newcomers alike should really consider adding this to their collection. Expand
  3. Mar 16, 2019
    2
    This an awful game. The combat system is great and I wish I could be used in a better game. Let me give you the run down medicore story, oneThis an awful game. The combat system is great and I wish I could be used in a better game. Let me give you the run down medicore story, one deminsional main and side characters, awful pacing forced and uncomfortable anime tropes shoved in, janky animations, weird looking 3d character models, and destablzing textures. After 8 hours of play I felt physically ill just playing and while notcing how the texture looked the spread out jngs. And The Difficulty curve (on Normal) goes from too easy to the game almost preventing you to attack enemys due to some **** accurcy percentage and no the percentage does not change based on how close you are to the enemy but random. Lesson here folks just play Persona 5 because at least that game wont want to make you hang your self. Expand