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The Caligula Effect Review – High School Just got Harder

Posted on May 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Travis Demyan

The Caligula Effect

When the Matrix meets Japanese High School life and a dash of mixed up emotions, you get what’s called The Caligula Effect. Taking place in a city named “Mobius”, you are living out your normal High School life, when bam, you are finding out you live in a world created by two entities named, μ (Mu) and Aria. After finding out Mu won’t just let you to go back to reality, you team up with Aria and the Go-Home Club to find your way home. Mu enlists the help of her Ostinato Musicians and Digiheads to help you realize you need to stay in Mobius. What occurs next is Coming-Of- Age Drama that will warp your sense of reality.

The Caligula Effect is a RPG developed by Aquria and published by Atlus. The story behind this was written by Tadashi Satomi, who is famous for writing Revelations: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. The Caligula Effect shares in the rich story heavy gameplay that you can expect from these games with their own unique twists to the battle system.

The Caligula Effect Combat

There are different ways to combat the enemies you face, and every character has their own unique purpose in a fight. There is a combo system built in to the attack system in order to increase your damage. The bread and butter of this combat system is the Timeline and how you use it. This can make a battle with precision timing or break it with lack of attention. The actions are then shown to you with the accuracy of their hit and an idea of what will occur.

The game features its original Japanese audio, with voice-over work for most of the cutscenes. Thankfully, English subtitles are available in case you don’t happen to understand Japanese to help guide you along your journey. The fully animated cutscenes definitely help drive the big plot points home–giving even more depth to the story.

The Caligula Effect Mobius

The content of The Caligula Effect is multiplied by over 500 unique characters throughout the game, each with their own skills and abilities for your team to learn. At times the gameplay can feel like it is on rails. However, with the sheer amount of content and great story, you will find yourself coming back for more.

The Caligula Effect is a Playstation Vita exclusive, available only for digital download for $39.99. This Deluxe Digital Bundle includes: Swimsuit DLC, Original Vita Theme, and 19 PSN Avatars.


  • Gripping Story
  • Unique Gameplay
  • High Replay Value


  • Linear level design
  • Graphics


When Travis is not playing video games you can find him twirling his mustache and plotting to take over the world. Follow Travis on Twitter @triulex for more geek news and reviews.

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