The Caligula Effect – Review (PS Vita)

How is it going Dudes and Dudettes, bringing first impressions on The Caligula Effect, new gem coming out May 2nd in North America and May 9th in Europe. It is good to note that this was already released in Japan June 23rd, 2016.

Developed by Aquria with the help of FuRyu Japan publisher, and Atlus NA and EU publisher, with an amazing artwork by Oguchi, story by Tadashi Satomiand music by Tsukasa Masuko.

This took me back to the PS2 era, with a heavy driven story, not a lot of action, but rather based on the options you choose as the game progresses. The game is in Japanese, so right away you’re submerged in the world, especially the way it begins. It is beautifully crafted, with its Manga style cut scenes and overall style, the game is truly well done.

 

The Caligula Effect is set in a virtual reality program known as “Mobius”, created so people can escape pain in their lives and live in an idyllic high school setting, forced to live out their 3 years Indefinitely. The main protagonist is one of a group who realizes that they are in a virtual world and from the “Return Club”, a group dedicated to escaping from Mobius and its god-like overseer program, a vocal program called “μ“. They oppose the “Ostinato Musicians”, a group who supports μ and sees the Return Club as traitors.

The gameplay is classic turn-based RPG, but this one adds a new way to attack, where you can choose multiple targets and execute them with a possible attack; this is where you enter a “state of possibility” called “Chain Action” where it shows you how the attack will damage your opponent, this allows you to plan your attack and choose the right move.

The Caligula Effect is a role-playing video game featuring turn-based combat in dungeon environments. Combat is triggered upon encountering enemy characters during dungeon exploration.

Right from the beginning, the game made me feel uncomfortable, I won’t lie; perhaps because I am not used to these types of games, where you completely detach yourself from reality? I don’t know, it’s weird, the game is weird, but then again, most Japanese games are. For the JRPG fans out there it is right up your alley and in that, I give it 3.5 out of 5.

If you haven’t gotten a PS Vita yet, I highly suggest buying one, especially if you own a PS4/PS3, it is such an amazing addition to the PlayStation family, allows you to do much more than gaming, portable, comfortable to use, uses same PSN style user interface, and you can play PS4 games on the go if you have a solid internet connection. I am not sponsored by PlayStation in any way, I just love their products.

That is all for meow, Keep on rocking world!

 

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