PS1 Classic Fear Effect Gunning for PS5, PS4 in 2025 1

Fear Effect, especially its sequel, is perhaps best remembered for its titillating magazine ads – but this was a decent PS1 action-adventure series for its era. And now, courtesy of original publisher Square Enix and Limited Run Games, the original outing is making a comeback on PS5 and PS4 in 2025.

“A lost classic finally returns,” the blurb reveals. “Fear Effect challenged assumptions on game aesthetics and art style when it debuted on PlayStation, and decades later its extraordinary blend of cell-shading and motion video still dazzles the eye – and the mind. Gunplay and magic meet in this groundbreaking action-adventure coming to a console near you in 2025.”

It should be noted that Fear Effect hasn’t been entirely forgotten in recent years, as isometric tactics title Fear Effect Sedna launched on PS4 in 2018. Unfortunately, it wasn’t especially well received, earning a dismal 3/10 in our Push Square review. “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,” we wrote.