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Earth Defense Force 2025 Review


Has it really been six years since I took up the call and joined the ranks of the EDF, fighting threats from below the earth and beyond the skies? Ever since picking up this budget looking title in the Xbox 360 infancy I have been a fan, taking the chance on a few word of mouth recommendations and never looking back.

Though now a full priced title, it has always been better to look as the Earth Defense Force games as more of a classic B-movie, yes it cannot compete with the graphical bit hitters and the story and acting is preposterous but the team at Sandlot get it and they sure know how to have fun with it.

Set seven years after the last major victory against the Ravagers, the remaining citizens of Earth thought the threat had been dealt with, returning to a semblance of a normal life, thankfully the EDF had other ideas, slowly stockpiling and creating new weapons. This forward thinking was not in vain, as lo and behold, the Ravagers are back, but this time with even more ferocious monsters and terrifying doom-machines at their command, sending their armies all over the world, leaving the EDF yet again to save the world and send the Ravagers packing.



In this third person shooter you will play as a selection of EDF troops, sent out to battle the invasion hordes first hand, dealing with giant ants that skitter all over buildings or UFOs that block out the sun. This time we are offered a wider variety of classes to control, starting with your classic Ranger; this well balanced grunt is best for newcomers, offering decent manoeuvrability, health and plenty of firepower; with rifles, shotguns, grenades and rocket launchers to choose from the Ranger is your bread and butter of the battlefield and can get you through most scenarios.

Next we have the Wing Divers; these fearless winged angels are able to use alien technology to jump and hover for prolonged periods of time, making them ideal for strategic assaults from higher positions. Due to these abilities the armour on offer is quite light, making them some of the more fragile troops on the field but do not let their fair appearance fool you as these girls pack a mean punch with numerous weapons directly linked to their jet packs, like laser lances, particle cannons and homing weapons, all of which are more than capable of dealing with most of the threats.

If you feel the need to really pour the pain on the unwelcome attackers then the Fencer is your man, who due to his power frame is able to carry a serious amount of weaponry. This class is for the more competent fighter, with you being able to dual wield or create a combination of weapons on each arm, carrying a shield on the left arm and a mortar launcher on the right, or a blasthole spear in one and minigun on the other; or if like me it is the more simple things in life that bring a smile to your face, just tear it up with a hand held gatling gun under each arm.

The fourth and final class is the Air Raider and I really struggled with this as he really is a class for online play. With Earth Defense Force 2025 there is an extensive online mode, mirroring the many single player missions but with the ability to create a team of four like-minded EDF faithful and this is where Air Raider really shines, offering the ability to call in airstrikes, vehicle drops and also tag enemies, enabling concentrated firepower from your compatriots.

Even with all this firepower to command, the troops at the EDF are still in for a ferocious battle as the Ravagers have spent the past seven years not only licking their wounds but slowly building their army, with thousands of swarms of giant ants and spiders that spew web strands, capturing and trapping unwary soldiers in their webs to the metallic swarm-like battle drones of the Ravagers or the towering Hectors, loaded with all sorts of devastating weaponry.


With a huge amount of levels to battle through, this third person perspective shooter has a few similarities with another long running series, Dynasty Warriors, with the game throwing hundreds of insects and aliens at you all at once as you slowly upgrade your characters with weapons dropped on the battlefield. Aside from the single player mode there are also local split screen modes and as mentioned earlier, plenty of online team missions to tackle, making this a huge game to get through to the very end.

Having played a few Earth Defense Force games over the years, I have noticed that some of the levels are rehashes of games past, though thankfully the mission objectives have been changed enough not to feel too similar. The visuals have had a bit of an upgrade over previous titles, with character animations looking smother and enemies looking even more ferocious than ever. The surrounding environments do still seem to be a little basic, but given that most structures are destroyable, if you do not like the look of a building, knock it down.

With missions mostly relying on shooting everything in sight the game can get a bit laborious at times, especially if you get killed over and over a again. To rectify this the levels tend to be short and punchy, plus you have a wide range of difficulty settings to try out, with the harder ones dropping very rare and powerful weapons.

Earth Defense Force 2025 is a fantastic, if a little basic shooter, offering some insane and frantic action across plenty of levels. As long as you do not go in expecting an AAA blockbuster graphical beast and more of a B-movie approach there is lots of fun to be had here.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)

Pros

+ Loads of levels to get though
+ Decent selection of classes
+ Hundreds of weapons to unlock
+ Handles screen full of aliens and giant bugs with ease

Cons

- Can get a little samey

Don't forget that once you have purchased this game you can review it for yourself on the product page.

Edited On 18 Feb, 2014

Comments
5
Maybe when its a bit cheaper, seems like a bit much for an EDF game even though they are really fun.
Zombieflamingo 6 months ago
not my sort of game
JoeToots 6 months ago
I'll wait till it's in the bargain bin, not paying that for an EDF game.
Gloria 6 months ago
I will pay full price for this, with my life if necessary
Hulohot 6 months ago
It may sound expensive for a Japanese budget title but when you realise there are literally hundreds of hours of gameplay on offer for a game that at least tries to be different from its generic space marine peers its an absolute bargain, can't wait to get this bad boy online on the highest difficulty, see you there!
alex 6 months ago
PS4,PS3,Xbox360,XboxOne,PC,3DS,Wii
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