Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Mar 5, 2018
    78
    Fear Effect Sedna brings back from the past the core elements of the series, with a nice story that manages to drag the player into it.
  2. Mar 22, 2018
    70
    Almost 20 years after the visceral Retro Helix, Hana & Rain are back in town. Fear Effect Sedna is really a sequel both in design and story, but its crowdfunding nature forces Sushee to tone down their ambitions. On the good side we have action, stealth, shootings, great puzzles, challenging Final Bosses, a few endings and nice cinematics. On the wrong side some visuals, supporting characters voices and a really lazy enemy AI. A good game that could've been better, but a Fear Effect in its core indeed.
  3. Mar 5, 2018
    70
    Sedna has a fair amount of problems, but it also has many positive aspects and good ideas that successfully bring back the spirit of the franchise.
  4. Mar 5, 2018
    70
    Despite not highlighting either its combat or stealth mechanics, Fear Effect Sedna is a pretty satisfactory resurrection of a franchise that we believed dead by its puzzles, plot and characters.
  5. Mar 5, 2018
    65
    Fear Effect Sedna is proof creativity can’t always overcome poor execution. The game is often quite enjoyable, but the inspired moments can be difficult to appreciate amidst Sedna’s mishandled nostalgia, ill-considered mechanics, and sometimes-wonky level design.
  6. 55
    Fear Effect Sedna is a stylish but ultimately mediocre tactical take on a franchise that arguably deserved better.
  7. Jun 6, 2018
    50
    It was probably developed with the best intentions in mind, but Fear Effect Sedna remains crippled by technical defects and gameplay problems, which always draw us out of the game experience.
  8. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 9, 2018
    50
    Perhaps this return is 17 years too late. [May 2018, p.80]
  9. Mar 12, 2018
    50
    Fear Effect Sedna is a game that does just enough to be considered basic. Unfortunately, for fans of the Fear Effect series, this is not a triumphant return for the franchise but more so a reminder that it exists.
  10. Mar 5, 2018
    50
    A game full of more than it's fair share of style unfortunately lacks any of it's fair share of substance. It may be worth a look if you are a long time fan of the series but there are much better examples of this style of game for everyone else.
  11. Mar 5, 2018
    50
    As mentioned earlier, a name carries expectations. Strictly in terms of game design, Fear Effect Sedna is quite possibly the strongest the series has ever been. However, it doesn't go far enough to make up for its deficiencies in atmosphere and storytelling. As it turns out, this title is as cold and distant as its locales and isometric perspective suggest. There's very little imagery to provoke thoughts or spark the imagination, just a high body count and a lot of swear words. Even if that were enough for a Cyberpunk game, it's handled in a manner that isn't stylish or memorable. All in all, this entry is a difficult recommendation, especially for Fear Effect fans.
  12. Apr 27, 2018
    40
    Big expectations and even bigger disappointment.
  13. Mar 12, 2018
    35
    Some cute references to the original games and well executed cut scenes don't prevent this title from being overly simplistic and -even worse- broken in the gameplay department. The AI is absolutely horrible, voice acting is atrocious and we don't even want to talk about the barely functional stealth gameplay. All in all a game that should be avoided like the black plague.
  14. 30
    If you are an old school Fear Effect fan it’ll be obvious the developers are too, but despite the changes this is no better than either of the PlayStation originals.
  15. Mar 5, 2018
    30
    A tedious slog that sullies the legacy of its vaunted predecessors.
  16. Mar 5, 2018
    30
    Fear Effect Sedna represented an opportunity to bring a well-remembered series – albeit not always for the right reasons – back to life. As is the case with many games arriving via Kickstarter, though, the ambition of the project fails to translate into the final product. While in theory it ticks all the boxes you’d expect for a story-driven real-time strategy game, the woeful voice acting, rubbish combat encounters, and a cavalcade of other frustrations make this more of a real-time tragedy.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Mar 6, 2018
    9
    Can't understand reviews from several medias here, even if just few very low scores make the general score fall down.
    The game is far from
    Can't understand reviews from several medias here, even if just few very low scores make the general score fall down.
    The game is far from perfect, but the gameplay is very interesting, once you understand you don't need to use the tactical pause, except for few bosses. The story is GREAT and cutscenes really nice. The visual aspect is one of the strong point.
    Not to mention the little price, that makes a must-have so far for this year.
    Full Review »
  2. Mar 13, 2018
    3
    I used to play the first 2 parts of the Fear Effect Series and have very fond memories of it. I backed the Kickstarter and even though II used to play the first 2 parts of the Fear Effect Series and have very fond memories of it. I backed the Kickstarter and even though I wanted to like this, I found the setting disappointing. The originals were Resident Evil style survival games, this one is a mix of isometric strategy and puzzle elements. None of those are done in a way that I would keep me playing, it's just not fun. The best about this game are the cut scenes which are very much in the spirit of the old games, but the game itself spoils the experience. Dear Sushee, thanks for trying to bring a new game in the Fear Effect series and I don't regret backing that project, but an action adventure would have been more fitting. Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2018
    9
    Combat is a bit messy (but wasn't that also the charm of the original games?) and there is some occasionally lackluster voice-acting, but theCombat is a bit messy (but wasn't that also the charm of the original games?) and there is some occasionally lackluster voice-acting, but the general atmosphere, puzzles, music, characters, cutscenes are great! It carries the original vibe from the original PSX Fear Effect games and that's what's most important for me. Don't let the bad critic reviews keep you from buying the game, especially if you're a fan of the old games. In an age where we are spoiled by AAA games with budgets bigger than some Hollywood movies, keep in mind that the budget of this game is waaaay less than the budget for the original PSX games and they still managed to create a cool sequel representative of the qualities of the PSX Fear Effect games. Support the developer, so that we can see more great games in the Fear Effect universe! Full Review »