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EDF 2 Vita

Earth Defense Force 2 strikes Vita this autumn


Go back to space!
May 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Everyone knows about Earth Defense Force 2017. For many of us, it was our first introduction to Sandlot's series of campy shooters, which involves saving the world from giant alien bugs. But that isn't where EDF got its star...
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I bet you're recoiling in shock
In the course of covering videogames, sometimes you go into an appointment knowing exactly what's going to happen. You know precisely how the game will play and what the demo will be like -- everything's just crystal clear. ...

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EDF

Here's a giant robot fighting a monster in the new Earth Defense Force


Japan-only, for now
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
I completely missed that there's another Earth Defense Force on the way. Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair is an updated version of EDF 2025 for PlayStation 4 with additional content. Does that sound compel...
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PS4 and Vita

PS4 getting Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force, Ys, Gundam and Senran Kagura


A bunch of these are coming to Vita, too
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
More news from Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference. NIS is working on Disgaea 5 for PS4 after the recent Vita port of Disgaea 4. It's coming out in 2015. A new Hot Shots Golf meant to capitalize on the PS4's socia...

Review: Earth Defense Force 2025

Feb 18 // Ian Bonds
Earth Defense Force 2025 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer; SandlotPublisher: D3 PublisherRelease Date: February 18, 2014MSRP: $49.99 It's been seven years since the alien Ravagers and insect armies attacked, and the EDF has kept the world safe. However, it seems the insects weren't completely eradicated, and colonies were lying dormant beneath the Earth's surface, waiting for the next moment to strike. These insects are more heavily armored, stronger, and more dangerous than ever before. Luckily, the EDF is prepared with new soldier class types, and even more weapons than before. In fact, Earth Defense Force 2025 features the most weapons ever in the series, at a whopping 700 different implements of buggy doom with which to dispatch the gigantic creepy crawlers. Unlocking these weapons harkens back to the initial title, where unique weapon drops depend on difficulty level and soldier class type. [embed]269582:52354:0[/embed] EDF 2025 features the most fun soldier classes yet, and each one has their own unique advantages. The Ranger class is your typical EDF soldier, shooting from a distance with machine guns, grenades, and shotguns but not one to shy away from the heavy weapons. The Wing Divers (similar to the Palewing character of Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable) fly high above the action and rely more on high-tech long-range laser and plasma-based weaponry. While there's not much difference in your play style for these classes -- beyond the Wing Diver's limited flight ability -- the remaining two soldier classes offer a wholly new sense of control, and using them changes the way you traditionally play EDF. The Air Raider can deploy shields and health generators while attacking with more explosion-based weapons such as grenade launchers, mortars, and even call in vehicle support and air strikes. This class is best used in a support function within the game's multiplayer. Finally, the Fencer class has you getting down and dirty up close with your foes with its giant spear and thrust attack, and is heavily armored to withstand being in close proximity to the big bugs. The Fencer is also the only class that has four weapon loadouts rather than two, which allows for use of its giant shield, or even the ability to dual-wield twin Gatling guns -- while sadly sacrificing speed of movement for raw power. As with everything in EDF 2025, bigger is better. The mission types don't really vary too much from "destroy the enemy," but how you go about that, and what enemies you encounter is always full of "holy shit" moments. New spider types that drag you into their giant webs, flying enemies such as bees and swarming Ravager ships, and of course the giant walker mechs and even dragon-like creatures pull you quickly into pants-soiling moments. Ready to combat these larger foes are your own big vehicles, such as single-soldier power suits, armored transports, and tanks that carry up to three players, each with their own turret or railgun. There's just something so satisfying about shooting giant bugs that it really doesn't matter how you do it, just that you can do it. And since that's pretty much all this game is, it's a good thing it's so much fun. Shoot bugs with rockets, punch them with giant mechs, blast giant spaceships out of the sky, zoom past creatures while riding a motorcycle and sidecar: the game has it all, and yet it really boils down to blowing up bugs. And that's always more fun with friends. There's a heavier focus on multiplayer this time around, as the game not only offers two-player split screen co-op, but also four-player online co-op as well, letting each player take a different soldier class to balance out the action of taking on the game's enormous 90-level count. There's even a two-player versus mode as well, where players fight each other, though it's no nearly as enjoyable as destroying giant bugs together cooperatively. As for how it looks and sounds...let's be honest: no one plays EDF for the story, graphics, or voice acting. You're going to get a b-grade videogame equivalent of the cheapest Starship Troopers rip-off you can find. That said, this is the best-looking game in the series, and the voice acting didn't have me immediately cringing -- though the dialogue itself warranted plenty of chuckles just for the sheer cheese-factor. At least the level of destruction matches the output of your weaponry. Buildings come down after a few rocket blasts, and enemies go flying in every direction when blown up. The amount of mayhem on-screen never stops being fun, though once or twice I hit some slowdown in the framerate, but nothing as bad as the original game. I'll put it simply: if you've enjoyed the Earth Defense Force games in the past, you'll love this one. It has more missions, more weapons, more ways to play with the new soldier classes, and just more fun. If you've never played EDF, check your brain at the door and enjoy blowing the shit out of some ugly bugs. I defy you to NOT have fun with this game.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same
In 2009, American and European Xbox 360 players got their first taste of the popular Earth Defense Force PS2 series from Japan with the game's third entry, 2017, by developer Sandlot. The cult classic budget title featured fr...

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EDF

New trailer and screens for Earth Defense Force 2025


Four-player cooperative play touted
Jan 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
D3 Publisher is gearing up to release Earth Defense Force 2025 on February 18 in North America, and they've dropped more hype-inducing promotional material today. A new trailer, seen above, serves to remind once more th...
EDF 2025 photo
EDF 2025

Earth Defense Force 2025 lands February 18


With launch-day DLC and two more expansions to follow
Jan 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
D3 Publisher has announced the launch date for Earth Defense Force 2025 in the US. You'll be able to blast those bugs on February 18 when the game releases for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.  That's not all that is rel...
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EDF! EDF! EDF!

Earth Defense Force 2025 touches down in February 2014


EDF! EDF! EDF!
Oct 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Strike Force Lighting, EDF Operations here. The ravagers are preparing for another attack run in Earth Defense Force 2025 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The bugs are planning a joint strike on both North America and Europe i...
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Bugging out over new Earth Defense Force 2025 screens


EDF gallery
Sep 26
// Dale North
Prepare for a new infestation this February with Earth Defense Force 2025, coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. Check out these new screenshots from Namco Bandai in our massive gallery and bug out with me. Help me get ready to blast m...
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Earth Defense Force

The dual-wielding 'Fencer' of Earth Defense Force 2025


So-called "fourth pillar" of the EDF revealed
Apr 03
// Conrad Zimmerman
Here we have a video describing the capabilities of a whole new bug-crushing addition to the Earth Defense Force 2025 roster of unit types, which I believe is called the "Fencer," based on the trailer. The name's a bit ...
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EDF 2017 Portable

Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable is going on sale


Through the end of the month
Mar 05
// Jordan Devore
We've been given the heads up that Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable will be getting a temporary price reduction through April 2, 2013. While the original price is something I absolutely would have paid if I owned a PlayStati...
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EDF 2025

Earth Defense Force 2025 due in June 2013


EVERYONE GETS BEES!
Feb 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
The latest issue of Famitsu has some juicy details on the upcoming Earth Defense Force 2025, including a release window. In Japan, at the very least, bugs and buildings alike will see their downfall this June. Hopefully, thos...
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Giant bugs from space return in Earth Defense Force 2025


Shoot a nuke down a bug hole, you got a lot of dead bugs.
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Just when you thought you were safe from the terrifying ravagers they've have inexplicably returned in Earth Defense Force 2025. Appealing to your baser instincts this game is, once again, all about killing robots ...
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New releases: Anarchy Reigns and not much else


Start the year off with a chainsaw
Jan 07
// Fraser Brown
Have you suitably recovered from bringing in the New Year? I hope so, because the first new releases of 2013 are upon us, and they may require your attention. This week's offerings aren't particularly bountiful, but you will...
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This EDF 2025 trailer has more of the good stuff


I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all!
Jan 02
// Jordan Devore
If you were perhaps disappointed by Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and the tweaks made to this very particular series, the embedded footage of Earth Defense Force 2025 will be a pleasant sight indeed. For the record,...
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Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable release date get!


I think I had a video game like this once
Dec 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Strike Force Lightning, EDF operations here. You may notice that your PlayStation Vitas have been equipped with machine guns. Feel free to use them to shoot the hell out of the ravagers when they return in Earth Defense ...
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Earth Defense Force 2025 descends upon the West in 2013


'The best thing to do is attack them while avoiding their attacks'
Dec 13
// Kyle MacGregor
A wise man once said "The only good bug is a dead bug." Truer words have never been spoken, and its best that you remember them. The conflict with the terrifying ravagers looks primed to spread to both Europe and North Americ...
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New batch of Earth Defense Forces 4 screens surface


Robots and explosions
Nov 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
Siliconera posted a whole mess of new screenshots for Earth Defense Forces 4, showing off the Air Raiders, a sort of support class providing health and targeting benefits to teammates while using air strikes, automated turret...
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Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable targeting February


Let's save the world from aliens by destroying it, one city at a time
Nov 07
// Jordan Devore
Between the four-person multiplayer, seven new levels, and inclusion of Pale Wing, I am so ready to play through Earth Defense Force 2017 again on the PlayStation Vita. Mentally, that is -- I still don't have a Vita to play i...
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Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable coming to North America


Sep 27
// Conrad Zimmerman
Less than a week after I got to play the new handheld port of Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable in Japan, it has been announced through the game's official Twitter account that the title will be finding its way to my home...

TGS: Arachnophobic after Earth Defense Force 4

Sep 21 // Conrad Zimmerman
The webs can trap you, as well as your fellow soldiers and civilians, and must be destroyed to liberate its captives. No movement is possible at all while in a web, beyond looking to aim. Spiders will still use their silk to try and drag you in (dealing constant damage as they do) and the webs now provide another obstacle to keep track of while this is happening, as the only thing worse than being pulled toward a spider is getting stuck, health draining away, and having to focus efforts on clearing a web. Earth Defense Forces 4 is a direct sequel to 2017 and represents something of a return to form for the series, following the western-developed Insect Armageddon. Loot hunters will be happy to learn that armor power-ups and weapon drops are back in full effect, with lots of stuff littering the environment. On the flipside, however, the destructibility of the environments has changed considerably. No longer can the player just fire a rocket at a building and watching it crumble to the ground as if part of a controlled implosion. I swear that I did see one such demolition, but subsequent efforts to take down a structure with as many as twenty rockets had no noticeable effect on my target. I can't decide if I like this element. From a gameplay perspective, the heartier buildings will make the game more challenging to play, forcing the player to run through the maze of streets in a city. But when I think about it as a fan of the series, I cannot help but feel just a smidge disappointed. I take a ridiculous amount of joy from the lack of realism in this element and I fear I'll miss it in Earth Defense Force 4. That said, the game does play well and it's a significant graphical improvement over EDF 2017. With luck, we'll hear soon from D3 that they're bringing it out of Japan and into everyone's homes.
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There's a new Earth Defense Force game on its way, recently announced by D3 Publisher and Sandlot, and there are few things here at Tokyo Game Show that I was more excited to see. Here on the show floor, the Xbox 360 version...

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I never tire of shooting giant bugs, so I was thrilled to see D3 publisher with not one, but two EDF titles on the Tokyo Game Show floor. Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable is port of the game we know as Earth Defense ...

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Earth Defense Force 4 detailed in latest Famitsu


Sep 13
// Conrad Zimmerman
The new issue of Famitsu currently on stands in Japan features a preview of Earth Defense Force 4 with a whole mess of exciting information. The title, currently in development by Sandlot for Xbox 360 and PS3, is set 8 ...
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Earth Defense Force 4 announced, giant insects celebrate


Jul 12
// Allistair Pinsof
Earth Defense Force 4, the latest entry in the world's favorite giant insect killer simulator, was announced today via a teaser website. Other than that spiffy logo above, we don't know anything else about the project. From m...
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Earth Defense Force for Vita gets jetpacks and miniskirts


Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
What could possibly be better than killing robots and giant bugs? Oh, that's right, doing it with a jetpack of course. Word comes from Famitsu that the Palewing character from Earth Defense Force 2 will be making a return in...
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D3 brings Earth Defense Force 2017 to Vita Sept 27


Jun 26
// Dale North
I'm happy to defend our Earth from giant bugs whenever necessary, as the Earth Defense Force franchise makes it fun. We told you earlier this month that Japan would see the release of a PS Vita port of Xbox 360 title Earth De...
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Go back to space with Earth Defense Force for PS Vita


Jun 16
// Kyle MacGregor
There's nothing quite like a port of a five year-old game to get you stoked about your brand new system. Hey! Wait! Come back! I'm being serious! D3 Publisher is bringing Earth Defense Force 3 Portable to PlayStati...
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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon now up on Steam


Dec 14
// Jordan Devore
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon has found its way on to Steam and is available for purchase at a reasonable price of $14.99. This discounted rate will remain active through January 2, so there's plenty of time to hold ...
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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon coming to Steam


Nov 07
// Dale North
D3Publisher has announced that Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will be available on Steam for PC this holiday season. Bugs: the best Christmas present ever! This will be the first time we'll see EDF on PC. Th...
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EDF: Insect Armageddon gets two downloadable weapon packs


Aug 09
// Jordan Devore
As of today, you can download the "EDF Battle Armor Weapons Pack" and the "EDF Jet Armor Weapons Pack" for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. These were previously offered as pre-order incentives and can be bought for $3...






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