About this game
Content Rating: Teen
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.
Critic Reviews13 Reviews
Tyler Treese — May 02, 2017
It may suffer from some annoying load times and a frame-rate that occasionally makes characters look as if they were wading through water, but that doesn’t take away from the touching story that Tadashi Satomi has come up with. Vita owners would do well to play Aquria’s best game to date, and remember that life is always worth the struggles.
Kyle Bradford — 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. At the end of the day, your enjoyment in The Caligula Effect will come down to how much you enjoy its quirks.
Azario Lopez — May 02, 2017
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.
Cody Perez — May 02, 2017
The Caligula Effect is full of promising ideas that are bogged down by poor execution and lackluster presentation. The game tries too hard to do too many things all at once, resulting in obvious compromise. 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.
Michael Chow — May 08, 2017
Overall, The Caligula Effect is an ambitious PS Vita JRPG that falls just short of expectations. While the game may not be the outstanding experience some have come to expect, it remains a decent title on an otherwise barren platform that can still be enjoyed. Despite being repetitive in a few aspects, The Caligula Effect’s story and battle system will be sure to keep you coming back for more.
Jason Bohn — May 02, 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. Once acclimated, though, this is a game that will demand attention and affection from the player. It’s a strange, interesting tale that explores the nature of joy, sorrow, and choosing knowledge over bliss for those that want to think about it, or all of that can be ignored in favor of a silly anime-like story of friends overcoming long odds with superpowers. Either way, it’s a game that will probably gain more recognition and popularity as time goes on. Also, do not read page 24 of the game’s digital instruction manual.
Ed Orr — May 09, 2017
In this manner, The Caligula Effect is broadly consistent. It brings an interesting twist to combat, a great soundtrack, a huge world, and a solid story and very effectively undermines them with some really poor design decisions. The Caligula Effect is a mixed bag and it is all the more disappointing because developer Aquiria has produced far better work with far less creative freedom, under the guise of the Sword Art Online license.
Josh Tolentino — 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.
Eric Ace — May 05, 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.
Jenny Jones — Jun 01, 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.
Dylan Chaundy — Jun 07, 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.
Ramón Nafria — May 22, 2017
Su parecido, y a la vez diferencias notables, con la saga Persona pueden actuar a la vez de atractivo o de motivo de considerar el juego no tan bueno, pero lo cierto es que resulta un experimento relativamente interesante, y en general un juego que ofrece mucho más de lo que podemos pensar en un primer momento. Una buena historia, mecánicas atractivas, muchas horas de juego y un aspecto artístico muy correcto nos dejan un juego que tal vez se haya visto lastrado por el hecho de no tener una distribución del todo correcta por tierras occidentales.
ryuzaki57 — Apr 02, 2017
C'est le genre de jeu qui marque par ses qualités artistiques et un cœur de gameplay innovant. Mais dans le même temps, on peut être déçu par le laisser-aller sur le plan technique, et découragé par une progression assez fade, voire énervante. Un Persona-like néanmoins assez compétent, y compris du côté tactique, et un bon coup d'essai pour Furyu qui a déclaré dans ses voeux de début d'année travailler sur cette base.