The Caligula Effect: Overdose (by FURYU / NIS America)

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    The Caligula Effect: Overdose (by FURYU / NIS America)

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    Mobius. An idyllic world that lets people forget about the pain and problems of reality. Created by a sentient vocaloid program, μ (Mu), reality and fantasy have become blurred, allowing people to relive their high school years in bliss -- but just how real is a virtual happiness?

    Relapse into the virtual world

    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 vocaloid 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!

    * Key Features:

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    An Overdose of New Features - The Caligula Effect: Overdose boasts enhanced visuals and gameplay! Explore new scenarios, endings, and the “Forbidden Musician Route” while escaping the virtual world of Mobius.

    The New Faces of Kishimai High - Play as the newly added female protagonist! Plus, meet two new members of the Go-Home Club, who each have their own new Ostinato Musician to face.

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    Use the Imaginary Chain! - Turn-based battle meets exhilarating action in this refined JRPG battle system! Develop a flawless strategy after using the Imaginary Chain to predict what your enemies will do next!

    Unite and Escape - Sometimes, it’s hard to go it alone. Befriend over 500 other students in this imaginary paradise to improve your skills in battle and ultimately return to reality.



    * The Caligula Effect: Overdose (by FURYU / Engine Software BV / NIS America)
    Platform : Nintendo Switch / PlayStation 4 / Steam
     
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    #2 nyanpass, Mar 19, 2019
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    [Review] The Caligula Effect: Overdose (by YouNa)
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/889600/

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    The Caligula Effect: Overdose. This game was made by FURYU and published by NIS America. It was originally released in 2016 on PS VITA, but this time the JRPG was remastered as Overdose on PS4 & Steam. Overdose has new characters added and its graphics improved compared to the previous game. Its catchphrase is 'Destroy Ideal and Return to Reality'. The origin of the title was motivated by the Caligula effect, which means that the more something is prohibited, the more you want it. The scenario was written by Tadashi Satomi from ATLUS who participated in the Persona Series and Artworks by Oguchi. In addition, the original BGM in the game included the famous vocaloid composer 40mP and the OSTER project. In this way, many famous developers & artists from sub-culture, games, and animation participated in the creation of 'The Caligula Effect: Overdose'. Players can enjoy their great contents in this game.

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    1. GamePlay
    In the game, battle and story take up a large part. In the case of combat, a combo system is used to defeat the enemy. There are some games that already use the concept of combos in other RPGs, but in this game, the battle style is designed so that the player can select the direction and click buttons to make it easier to use. In addition, the player controls only the main characters and the rest of the team members can be set to move automatically. Or you can manually control everything. In other words, you can play combat simply or in detail, depending on your taste. The skills of your fellow characters are also well represented in the characters' unique features, and you can create combo routes through their special skills. But the balance of the battle is uneven. Later, without worrying about combo connections, you can easily clear most battles just by pressing a button.

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    2. Graphics
    The graphics give the impression that you are watching Japanese animation. Each character is well represented by their own unique traumas. Especially, the meaning of the symbol design for each character matches with its game theme. At first it's hidden what it means, but the more you play the game, the better your understanding becomes. In addition, game UI styles are presented intuitively and sophisticated in menus and battle scenes, and they fit well with this game atmosphere. Overall, the graphics that visualize the game concept, characters, and other features give the player a sense of satisfaction. However, the 3D graphics parts are somewhat unstable. Especially the scenes where the characters' motion is awkward are often seen. It would be better if they could be improved in future updates.

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    3. Sounds
    The sound part has great strengths in two aspects. One is the outstanding character voice acting and the other is background music. The voice support that brings the vibrance to the attractive characters makes the player more focused on the story. The game development team showed confidence with introducing famous actors appearing in this game before release. The high quality of character voice support is its core game content. And actually it was better than expected. In addition, the background music in this game is made to sound more attractive with a unique system by scouting a famous Japanese vocaloid composer. Normally, only the background music flows without vocals and when the player enters the battle, the vocals appear and raise its game atmosphere. It is common for the lots of JRPG games to gradually get boring because of the repeated similar battles. But this game is different. Its sound effects with vocals makes the battle more exciting when player fights the enemy.

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    To summarize, 'The Caligula Effect: Overdose' is a good JRPG game with more than average quality. Its story is fast paced and enjoyable without boredom. It is expressed in a sophisticated manner with an inner dark side that modern people can sympathize with. It may seem a little childish in some cases, but the narrative composition is dense and the characters are really attractive. As mentioned in the sound section and graphics, the player can be immersed in the game, thanks to the high quality voice support of the voice actors and beautiful anime illustrations. Although there were some deficiencies in 3D graphics and battle play, the other attractive parts are even more prominent. It's definitely an impressive game worth trying.
     
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