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Review – The Caligula Effect 2

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The Caligula Effect 2 is a unique RPG that takes you on a journey through the memories of a man named Ren. In this game, players will be able to explore new worlds and collect items along the way.

The caligula effect 2 metacritic is a game that has received mixed reviews. It was released in 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The original The Caligula Effect was launched on PS Vita in 2017, however it failed to create an impression. It came out far too late in that system’s life cycle, and it happened to be published the same year as Persona 5, another JRPG featuring adolescents battling demons and overcoming adolescent issues. It was re-released on PS4 and Switch a few years later, and although I liked it, it had a number of flaws, most notably its dreadful visuals. In The Caligula Effect 2, it’s time to discover whether FuRyu and NIS America have learnt from their errors in the first game.

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The Caligula Effect 2’s fighting system, like its predecessor, is its centerpiece.

The Caligula Effect 2 is not a sequel with the same cast as the first film, but it is set in a Matrix-like virtual reality where individuals live their lives free of the constraints of reality. The primary cast of characters consists of a group of youngsters who ultimately realize their lives are a lie and attempt to break free from the simulation. The biggest change in this sequel is your “partner,” a virtuadoll (basically a sentient Hatsune Miku-style vocaloid) that wants to rip this virtual world apart with you. She doesn’t battle with you directly, but she does assist your squad by playing incredibly annoying J-Pop songs that somehow improve your party’s stats.

The Caligula Effect 2’s fighting system, like its predecessor, is the game’s centerpiece. It’s a complicated system that allows you to predict where and when your opponents will strike, allowing you to arrange your movements around theirs. You can see the kind and direction of assault your opponents will employ, allowing you to select a particular countermeasure and the precise second at which you will launch your strike in order to properly parry and render your opponents helpless. Sure, the battle system is lengthy and complicated, which may lead to weariness in the long run, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s satisfying to see your opponents unable to assault you with a well-planned sequence of movements.

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The characters are as well-animated as they were in the first Sims game… But, hey, the game isn’t as hazy as it used to be!

The Caligula Effect 2’s major flaw is that its fighting system is essentially its only redeeming grace. The original game featured a fantastic narrative that dealt with forbidden topics and adolescent problems. Sure, they’re in here, but they don’t have the same level of writing or intriguing NPCs to back them up. Either things don’t escalate at all or they do so too fast. The narrative never moves forward at a reasonable pace: it’s either a deluge of information or hours upon hours of nothing occurring onscreen. To make things worse, despite not being bound by the Vita’s hardware restrictions like its predecessor, The Caligula Effect 2 looks and performs similarly to its 2017 predecessor, at least on the Switch.

I will appreciate ONE aspect of the graphics: they aren’t as grainy and muddy as they were in Caligula Effect: Overdose on the Switch. That isn’t to say the game isn’t visually appealing. At best, this seems to be a mid-tier PS2 game, with character animations as sophisticated as those seen in the original Sims game. To make things worse, the game runs at 30 frames per second but still drops a few frames now and again. I realize it’s the Switch we’re talking about, but I’m sure the little device can do better.

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You’ve only known each other for three seconds…

Although The Caligula Effect 2 has the fantastic fighting system that made its predecessor worth any JRPG fan’s attention, it lacks a compelling narrative with memorable characters and is not as well-paced as its predecessor. Unfortunately, it’s as bland as a dystopian JRPG featuring Japanese teens (a subgenre that’s much more popular than one would think). If you liked the first Caligula Effect, there’s still some fun to be had here, since the basic battle mechanics are still quite excellent, but even fans of the first Caligula Effect will feel that its sequel went a half-dozen steps back to take one stride ahead.

 

This game hardly looks better than a mid-tier PS2 title from back in the day, even if it isn’t as fuzzy as the original Caligula Effect… It can’t even get beyond 30 frames per second.

The Caligula Effect 2’s greatest feature, like its predecessor, is its challenging yet rewarding fighting system. It’s pretty much the same as previously.

The voice acting is still good, but the annoying J-Pop songs that play throughout the game are much worse than in the previous installment.

The Caligula Effect 2 has an amazing fighting system, but it lacks a compelling narrative with memorable characters, unlike its predecessor.

Final Score: 6.5

The Caligula Effect 2 is now available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

On Switch, the game was reviewed.

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The the caligula effect: overdose 2 is a game that was released on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. It is a sequel to the original, which was released in 2016.

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