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  • Summary: Be part of a new Fear Effect adventure with Fear Effect Sedna, a new game in the classic series made popular on the original PlayStation console. With a whole new story, and shifting to a pausable real-time tactical action style, players will be able to control the team strategically andBe part of a new Fear Effect adventure with Fear Effect Sedna, a new game in the classic series made popular on the original PlayStation console. With a whole new story, and shifting to a pausable real-time tactical action style, players will be able to control the team strategically and tackle enemies and puzzles alike.

    Fear Effect Sedna is set four years after the events of the original Fear Effect game, and things have changed for the team. Hana, freed from the Triad, lives with Rain in Hong Kong and works as an occasional mercenary, while Deke has grown apart from them since Glas returned to the US.

    Hana accepts a small mission for a shadowy organization asking for her services. Her target: a mysterious ancient statuette held by the Chinese ambassador in France. She sees it as a good opportunity to visit her birthplace... But this 'easy' mission is about to lead Hana to something way bigger than she expected.

    Meanwhile Glas is approached by a client who catches his attention enough that he soon sets out for Greenland.

    How will these events bring the old team back together?

    Fear Effect Sedna is dedicated to recreating the atmosphere and characters from the original Fear Effect. However, while there are familiar aspects of the game to previous incarnations of the franchise, you'll find yourself immersed in a completely unique and new world with Fear Effect Sedna - one that will appeal to fans both old and new.
    Features:

    * New environments in isometric view: Explore the deep caves of Greenland, abandoned scientific complexes, underwater stations and ethereal realms based on Inuit mythology.
    * A real-time tactical action game: Exploit your heroes' special abilities and combine them to maximize your team's effectiveness in attacks.
    * A deep and mature story: Learn more about Fear Effect's iconic characters' past as they delve into this new mystery.
    * Explore a whole new culture: Myths from the Inuit people are imbued with power of the elements and the cold sea. Meet and fight unexpected creatures from the spirit realm!
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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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Mar 8, 2018
    10
    FEAR EFFECT 1 was so amazing that initially, I was disappointed that this game was nothing like it. That mild resentment quickly went awayFEAR EFFECT 1 was so amazing that initially, I was disappointed that this game was nothing like it. That mild resentment quickly went away after I actually spent some time playing.

    This game falls somewhere between SHADOWRUN and INVISIBLE INC. You have complete knowledge of enemy movements and capabilities, and your job is to counter it before it happens. Unlike FEAR EFFECT 1, very little is left up to pure aiming.

    The story and cutscenes are reasons to buy by themselves.
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  2. Mar 6, 2018
    10
    Love this game that remind me the first one on PlayStation. can't wait for the reinvented version !
  3. Mar 7, 2018
    9
    Critical reviews have missed the point. Fans of cult classic Fear Effect are happy, and that’s what counts the most, right? Sedna is an indieCritical reviews have missed the point. Fans of cult classic Fear Effect are happy, and that’s what counts the most, right? Sedna is an indie revival of a dormant IP, and it’s bound to come with some inherent development limitations, and yet Sushee has managed to craft an original, ambitious, and wholly satisfying experience in a timely fashion. That’s far more than most indie studios have accomplished, especially following unrealistically lofty crowdfunding campaigns. Sushee has preserved the aesthetics and character personalities that made us love the original Fear Effect games on PlayStation. There’s a change in gameplay perspective not unlike another cyberpunk classic Shadowrun, and while quite different from the originals, it suits the series perfectly. Combat is a bit clunky at times, especially when trying to use stealth, but puzzles are as clever and fun as they are challenging. I especially love the death cutscenes, which make repeated failures a welcome learning experience instead of a source of frustration. The game shines brightest on Switch in my opinion, but PS4 is solid too. Frankly, I’ve enjoyed Fear Effect Sedna far more than the sum of its parts and more than I expected even after I backed the campaign. That’s in no small part due to nostalgia, but Sushee still deserves the credit for managing to capture that feeling almost 2 decades later. Expand
  4. 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.
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  5. Mar 8, 2018
    8
    Of all the games I've played this year, I've had the most enjoyment with this one. It's paced just right, there's a good mix of puzzles,Of all the games I've played this year, I've had the most enjoyment with this one. It's paced just right, there's a good mix of puzzles, action, stealth, cutscenes and exploration. Despite not having played the previous FE games, this one's story has got its hooks into me, and it's got me wanting to go back and play the old FE games. I appreciate that they don't try to cram exposition down your throat--that would be unnatural and forced. Instead, they drop subtle clues about the previous games.

    All in all, this is a great game. The puzzles are great, the environments are great (seriously, this is not a mobile game--the environments here are so detailed), the plot is very interesting, and it's paced very well. I enjoy scouring the levels for all the hidden goodies as well and the littles notes you can find scattered around the level are great too.

    The only thing is that the combat is a little half-baked but still fun. Worth the purchase for sure, and I would play it again.
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  6. Mar 27, 2018
    4
    The game sucks! There is no strategy or tactical about this game. All the gameplay is broken, you just press the button of shooting, heal &The game sucks! There is no strategy or tactical about this game. All the gameplay is broken, you just press the button of shooting, heal & shoot again... You may try to sneak, but gets pretty repetitive and boring. The dialogues are lame and the story gets pretty boring. The art is gorgeous and the best thing of the game. Save your money! There are plenty other games you could spend it. Expand
  7. Mar 14, 2018
    3
    I had high expectations for this game based on the buzz.... Unfortunately, the game does not live up to its previous fame. The stealthI had high expectations for this game based on the buzz.... Unfortunately, the game does not live up to its previous fame. The stealth mechanics is broken, the plan move mechanics is useless because you'll have to guess where the enemies will be in time that you can't really judge. The characters in view are so small, you can barely see them, the special abilities don't work because by the time you get to use them you're dead, you can't even see what you're aiming at. Good cut scenes however. I can not recommend this game. Expand

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