If you're looking for a rather unique Japanese RPG stuffed with reasonably interesting ideas, then The Caligula Effect 2 is certainly worth a look. You play as a high school student who comes to the sudden realisation that the world around them isn't real. In a Matrix-esque twist, it turns out that you're part of a simulation of sorts — an illusory realm where people are free from the worries and traumas that haunt their real lives. However, being able to see through the facade makes you a target — a miscalculation that must be corrected by the simulation and those who enforce its existence.
Right off the bat, it's an intriguing premise, and perhaps surprisingly, the plot moves at a pretty brisk pace. Characters are introduced fairly quickly as the story progresses, and the dialogue's actually quite snappy — which can be a rarity for modern JRPGs. It's not long before you're voted the leader of the Go Home Club — a group of like-minded students who are pushing for a return to reality.
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