Sushee‘s Fear Effect: Sedna brings back a PS1 action-adventure franchise as a tactical isometric shooter.
It has been a very long time since the original Fear Effect and its sequel Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix were released in 2000 and 2001 respectively. They might not have had the same impact or following as the Resident Evil games despite their obvious sharing of fixed camera angles and survival action, but they still presented something memorable with female protagonists Hana and Rain who showed a less than subtle lesbian relationship. In a videogame world of male dominance and even Lara Croft being sometimes portrayed in an over-sexualized way, it was certainly a refreshing deviation from the norm, even if it came across a bit gratuitous. Now thanks to the involvement of Square Enix Collective and Forever Entertainment S.A., the mercenary team is back, but not as fans would have imagined.
The cel-shaded look is still present and correct in both cutscenes and in-game graphics, and the mix of action and stealth obviously harks back to the good old times. But now an isometric viewpoint has been introduced, while the third-person controls have made way to a pausable squad-based strategy action game. This is quite a lot to take in for those who grew up with the classic gameplay, and it might just be too much change. Considering that so many team-based strategy games have made their rounds in the indie scene and also with Kickstarter projects (of which this is one), the developer has much to prove with this installment. It’s also strange that Fear Effect: Reinvented, a remake of the original, will be released in 2018 as well. Taking into account that this introduces characters that are very new to the modern audience, it would have made more sense to first release that game. There isn’t much information about it at the moment, but if you want, you can check out the teaser that looks quite promising. No matter if this alienates fans or makes it more difficult for newcomers to understand the nods to past games, the amount of violence is kept intact, while the inclusion of a fear meter that makes the characters easier to injure, but gives them access to special abilities and hit harder with their weapons all sounds as if the legacy of the original games is still continued despite cosmetic changes.
Fear Effect: Sedna is now available on PC and consoles, with the former having a 10% launch discount that will last until March 13, 5PM UTC.
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