One of the good things about reviewing games is that you’ll sometimes get games that will put you out of your comfort zone. Sometimes they are from a series of games that you are not familiar with, a bit like Earth Defence Force 2025. Naturally I went off to Google to find out what I could about the previous games. There have been 5 titles previous to this with only one developed outside of Japan, and it turned out to be the worst of the lot. The games are mostly third person shooters there was a turn based strategy game developed too.
Earth Defence Force 2025 is the sequel to EDF 2017, in which the EDF, a multinational military discovers hostile aliens on earth. The enemy were called the Ravagers who used giant insects, UFO’s, giant lizards and robots. Fast forward 8 years after the EDF victory, the Ravagers return to attack again. It’s now up to you to help save the planet again.
I didn’t know quite what to expect as the game installed on my PS3, but within about 20 minutes or so, I realised I should throw all expectations out the window. Before each mission you can configure your loadout of two weapons, 4 if you play as the Fencer Class. You can then modify armour and the colour of your suit too. There are 4 classes to choose from, Ranger, Wing Diver, Air Raider and Fencer.
The ranger is a follow up to the soldier class from the previous EDF games. This “all-around” class will typically be found using assault rifles, shotguns and snipers. The Wing Diver is a jetpack-equipped aerial unit fitted with an arsenal of powerful weaponry at the expense of low physical strength. The Fencer is a heavily armoured soldier equipped with a Power Frame that allows them to carry big weapons and two small weapons on each arm,making the controls are a bit more fiddly with the Fencer but not enough to cause any problems. Finally, the Air Raiders who can lay down turrets, plant beacons that provides buffs to all squadmates and force shields, call in air strikes and air drop vehicles at will. It’s worth playing through with classes to see how different the game feels based on your abilities.
As you play your way through the levels, enemies will drop crates of ammo, first aid, armour and new weapons, if you play the game on the higher difficulties you’ll unlock rarer weapons to use in the campaign, this at least gives you the incentive to go back through the levels to unlock more of the 700 available. EDF 2025 does a great job of trying to put you off playing in the first few levels. Kill some ants move around the city and kill some more, kill one more set, level cleared.
You won’t need much skill to get through this game, unless you struggle to hold down the fire button for long periods of time, ammo is constantly there so it’s not something you even have to consider. Some enemies are frustrating, such as spiders that will throw their silk at you and drag you to them unless you can shoot them down in time, the difficulty being they can get you from 4 or 5 blocks away and are able to get you through buildings, which is massively annoying as you can’t shoot them through buildings. Thankfully with a few shots from a rocket launcher a building simply collapses, although don’t worry about moving out the way of falling towers, it appears they are made of polystyrene.
There is a massively lack of effort in the games presentation, the city streets have textures that appear to have come from an old PS1 title, the frame drops significantly when there is a lots on the screen, and it really slows the game down and drags what little enjoyment I’m having with it down too. The dialogue is awful, funny awful though, oh and a bit repetitive.
“It’s been seven years since the last invasion”
“Aliens? It’s been seven years since we last had to deal with them!”
“In the seven years since the last fight, they appear to have evolved”
You get the picture.
There is a co-op mode available, but you’ll be lucky to find someone else playing, which is a shame because you could still have fun with the game, one of you could fight from the ground while the other played as an air raider and between you the enemies would have even less chance.
I’ve have mixed feelings about this game, on one hand it’s mindless fun and something to laugh at and on the other hand I really struggle to get over the really shoddy presentation. This game will hit the bargain bin soon enough and really only at that point could you safely say it was worth it.
MLG Rating: 5/10 Format: PlayStation 3 Release Date: 21/02/2014
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Earth Defence Force 2025 by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of two weeks on a PlayStation 3. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.