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  • Summary: 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 vocal program, μ (Mu), reality and fantasy has become blurred, allowing people to relive their high school years in bliss. Yet in this seeminglyAn 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 vocal program, 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mar 5, 2019
    90
    Japanese video games are often equal to anime and manga, it doesn’t matter in what format you’re enjoying the stories. The Caligula Effect: Overdose, too, makes you forget you’re playing a game but rather, experiencing a piece of Japanese popular culture.
  2. Oct 22, 2018
    75
    The Caligula Effect Overdose is a good example of what a « plus » version should be. More characters, more storylines, more side quests, it totally justifies the "Overdose" suffix in its name.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 10, 2019
    70
    Eventually this becomes a satisfying process, but it can take a while to get to grips with. [Issue#161, p.83]
  4. Mar 7, 2019
    65
    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.
  5. Apr 2, 2019
    60
    Even with an engaging combat system to some fun side characters, [The Caligula Effect: Overdose] just doesn’t have enough to carry all the dullness it brings with it in its story and environments.
  6. Apr 15, 2019
    50
    The Caligula Effect Overdose could have been so much more, I would never say no to more games bringing unique ideas to the Persona formula, but this game doesn’t deliver on that and is instead filled with repetitive and undeveloped systems. It can entertain and be fun, but I feel that The Caligula Effect Overdose truly is a game for the serious hardcore fans of the genre that like the idea of a less developed Persona title.
  7. 40
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 29, 2019
    8
    I really can't say much. The game is good, but is bogged down by the combat system. The way that they introduce new enemies is just by addingI really can't say much. The game is good, but is bogged down by the combat system. The way that they introduce new enemies is just by adding this thing near them that gives them a new attack. However, the combat system is pretty cool in that it operates a lot like Transistor. If you have heard of/played that game, you know that the combat was great. The game goes into a circular board like state, and you and your team all choose attacks and abilities while the game displays the best possible outcome, and the enemies next movement, letting you plan your attack accordingly. The characters are fun, most of them, at least, and the music is really good. The extra characters that you form bonds with are basically just reskinned main characters with worse powers and stats. I also have to say that unlocking bonds in the causality link system is horrid. Having to have these crappy knockoff teammates on your team while you do something is always bad. I would recommend this game if you really enjoyed Transistor, or if you enjoyed the original Vita version of this game. Expand
  2. Mar 13, 2019
    7
    Overdose est objectivement un jeu de production médiocre dans lequel on peut cependant trouver de belles idées et s'amuser.

    On sent la
    Overdose est objectivement un jeu de production médiocre dans lequel on peut cependant trouver de belles idées et s'amuser.

    On sent la volonté de faire un Persona-like et c'est selon moi une mauvaise idée.
    Parce que le niveau artistique de Persona 5 est colossal et qu'il a sans doute fallut de très nombreuses années pour le mettre en place et créer un équilibre.

    Visuellement le jeu a des hauts et des bas.
    J'aime assez l'esthétique du jeu, des menus, et les choix de couleurs, même si les designs, que ce soit de l'interface ou des décors restent assez simpliste et manque de personnalité.
    Aussi, certaine textures font assez crades tout comme les reflets causés par des normal map* trop appuyés
    (*ce qui permet de simuler des déformation sur une surface lisse)

    Bref, les nombreux défaut d'Overdose m'empêchent de conseiller l'achat du jeu à son prix actuel.
    Mais en tout honnêteté, j'arrive à passer de bons moment dessus, quand je ne le prend pas trop au sérieux, et je n'ai pas eu à me forcer pour relancer le jeu, à vrai dire j'ai même envie d'y jouer, parce que les combats sont cools et que c'est plaisant de découvrir un univers qui ne ressemble à aucun autre.
    Et ça c'est déjà beaucoup. Parce que mine de rien, des RPG originaux, qui sortent du lot, on en trouve peu...
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  3. Mar 14, 2019
    6
    I never got a chance to play the vita game so I don't know what is really different but so far the game is just okay. The story and charactersI never got a chance to play the vita game so I don't know what is really different but so far the game is just okay. The story and characters seem interesting and I like the combat but what makes it falter are the WIRE chat interactions don't feel like natural conversations I would have with anyone (including my real friends).

    The game locks away things called "trauma" quests behind certain students and to get to those students I have to try and get to know OVER 500 OTHER STUDENTS! Seriously?! I don't know if this game was trying to REALLY overshadow Persona 5 but more does not mean better NIS. P5 only gives me 16 people I need to socialize with, you add another 500 students (that all look exactly alike) on top of that and a part of me just hopes these aren't necessary to complete the game, plus I don't even feel these students are worth talking to since I just hold the L1 button to end the conversations faster. I don't know if this game is greatly improved compared to the vita version but I have feeling it isn't.

    Save your $50 and just watch the anime "Caligula". It will take less time (less than 5 hours) to watch and it is even free to watch on certain sites.
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