Earth Defense Force 2025 developed by Sandlot and published by D3 Publisher is hitting our home consoles. It wasn’t long ago I was reviewing a portable version of this series, 2025 just felt like a bigger better looking version with lots of guns and explosions. Whilst this sounds cool, it would have been if the entire game didn’t feel like one big fat Horde mode in slow motion, but I’ll get onto that later. It’s one of the few games I have played where the biggest fight sometimes is seeing through rigid corpses and where the main enemy is actual bugs rather than angry alien bug men.
You are the elite military assigned to take down anything that threatens the destruction of our home planet whether it is aliens, monsters or giant bugs and robots. A year after the last attack on earth, the bugs come again in force and it’s up to you and your band of merry soldiers to stop them. Yeah, its cringe worthy stuff, made even worse by terrible voice acting that just makes you want to cry and your comrades don’t seem to carry any believable personalities. Luckily though the gameplay isn’t as bad, blowing up bugs, robots, and smashing up buildings from a third person perspective. You have the choice of four classes all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages and they are worlds apart from each other making each class feel like a different style of gameplay which gives EDF 2025 a nice variety. The biggest bug you will face in EDF 2025 unfortunately is the ridiculous frame rate drops reducing action that should be fast, frantic and exciting into a chugfest. It’s a shame considering how hectic it gets onscreen, especially when you play locally with a friend in split screen co-op, it’s a blast. Missions don’t really get original enough to keep interest, it takes a lot of bug killing repetitive missions before you even get to the more exciting tasks but even they get old quite quickly and it doesn’t help with the lazy level design. Still though, EDF 2025 does provide some great action if you can overlook these issues. Missions don’t really get original enough to keep interest, it takes a lot of bug killing repetitive missions before you even get to the more exciting tasks but even they get old quite quickly and it doesn’t help with the lazy level design. Still though, EDF 2025 does provide some great action if you can overlook these issues. EDF 2025 does look great in parts, bugs are nicely detailed and the buildings look……..like buildings. The environments are pretty and seeing a giant tarantula perched on its web in between 2 skyscrapers is quite the sight.
Earth Defense Force 2025 provides great action, even better with a friend but it does get old quickly as repetitive missions become stale before things change up a little bit. A feeble versus mode and awful story and painful voice acting are just a few of the faults on display here but the fast and frantic action will turn you away from them. It looks nice too!
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Earth Defense Force 2025
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Release Date 21st February 2014
Story – 2/5
Graphics – 4/5
Gameplay – 3/5
Overall – 3/5