Earth Defense Force

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Earth Defense Force
Japanese Earth Defense Force Logo as of 2012.jpg.png
Japanese series logo as of 2012
Genre(s)Third-person shooter, turn-based strategy
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4
First releaseMonster Attack
June 26, 2003
Latest releaseEarth Defense Force: Iron Rain
April 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force, known in Japan as Chikyû Bōeigun (Japanese: 地球防衛軍, lit. Earth Defense Forces), is a series of third-person shooter video games. The series is published by the Japanese company D3 Publisher as part of the Simple series.

Story[edit]

In 2013, radio waves from deep space are picked up by scientists, proving the existence of extraterrestrial life. The Earth Defense Force, a unified multinational military sponsored by nearly every country, is founded a few years later, in case the aliens prove to be hostile. In each of the games the player assumes the role of an EDF soldier during an alien invasion.

Games[edit]

Release timeline
2003Monster Attack
2004
2005Global Defence Force
2006Global Defence Force Tactics
Earth Defense Force 2017
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
2012
2013Earth Defense Force 2025
2014
2015Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
2016
2017Earth Defense Force 5
2018
2019Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain

Main series[edit]

Monster Attack (2003)[edit]

The first game in the series was originally released in Japan as Simple 2000 series Vol. 31: The 地球防衛軍 for the PlayStation 2. Chikyū Bōeigun or Earth Defense Force was created by Sandlot as part of D3 Publisher's Simple series of budget-priced games on a compact disk. It was later distributed in PAL format on CD in Europe by Agetec, Inc. under the title Monster Attack.

Global Defence Force (2005)[edit]

Chikyū Bōeigun 2 is the second game in the series, released for the PlayStation 2. The game was released in Europe as Global Defence Force but was not released in North America. A PlayStation Portable version of the game, titled Earth Defense Forces 2 Portable was released on April 7, 2011 in Japan. A remake for the PlayStation Vita, entitled Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space (or Earth Defense Forces 2 Portable V2 in Japan), was released on December 11, 2014 in Japan, with a North American port released on December 8, 2015.

Earth Defense Force 2017 (2006)[edit]

Earth Defense Force 2017, known in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun 3 is the third game in the series, released for the Xbox 360. It was the first game in the series to be released in North America. A PlayStation Vita version of Earth Defense Force 3 was announced on June 5, 2012 as Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable.[1] The new version includes both local and online co-operative play,[2] as well as the return of Palewing from Earth Defense Force 2.[3] The game was released on September 27, 2012 in Japan.[4]

Earth Defense Force 2025 (2013)[edit]

Earth Defense Force 2025, known in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun 4, was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on July 4, 2013 in Japan. Developed by Sandlot, it is a direct sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017. It features four player online co-operative play. It was released on February 2014 in the US and Europe.

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair, an updated port, was released for the PlayStation 4 on April 2, 2015 in Japan[5] and on December 8, 2015 in North America.[6] Europe has an estimated release date for February 12, 2016, and European players are able to play with North American players online according to Ryan Graff from publisher XSEED Games.[6]

Earth Defense Force 5 (2017)[edit]

Earth Defense Force 5 was announced at TGS 2016,[7] and was released on December 7, 2017 on PlayStation 4 in Japan.[8] The game was released on December 11, 2018 in North America and Europe.[9]

Spin-offs[edit]

Global Defence Force Tactics (2006)[edit]

Chikyū Bōeigun: Tactics, known as Global Defence Force Tactics in Europe, is a turn-based strategy game, taking place after the events of Global Defence Force.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (2011)[edit]

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is the fourth game in the series, released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It was the first game in the series to be developed outside Japan and also the first to feature online co-operative play.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain (2019)[edit]

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain was announced at TGS 2017. Under development by Yuke's, the game has been described as "more serious than the series’ traditional campy tone."[10] The game was released on April 11, 2019 on PlayStation 4 worldwide.[11]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of April 12, 2019.
Game Metacritic
Monster Attack
Global Defence Force
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space

72[12][a]
Global Defence Force Tactics
Earth Defense Force 2017 (Xbox 360) 69[13]
(PS Vita) 68[14]
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (PC) 69[15]
(Xbox 360) 68[16]
(PS3) 63[17]
Earth Defense Force 2025 (PS3) 69[18]
(Xbox 360) 68[19]
Earth Defense Force 5 (PS4) 72[20]
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain (PS4) 69[21]

Despite generally mixed reviews, the Earth Defense Force series, particularly from Earth Defense Force 2017 and onwards, has been described as having a cult following. Joe Juba of Game Informer defined Earth Defense Force 2017 as a cult classic, stating that "the developers at Sandlot clearly want to tell a story about humanity's struggle against giant invading ants and robots, and the passion for that story shines through despite its technical shortcomings";[22] in reviewing Earth Defense Force 5 five years later, he similarly opined that the series has "always had a single-minded commitment to one simple truth: It's fun to use weird weapons to blast lots of aliens."[23] Though Jim Sterling gave Earth Defense Force 2025 a negative review, he did acknowledge that the series "has managed to earn itself a fierce cult following through audacity alone".[24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is the PlayStation Vita re-release of Global Defence Force.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Earth Defense Forces Set for PlayStation Vita". AndriaSang. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  2. ^ "First Look: Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable". AndriaSang. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  3. ^ "Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable Trailer Featuring Palewing". AndriaSang. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  4. ^ "Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable Date Officially Announced". AndriaSang. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  5. ^ http://gematsu.com/2014/09/earth-defense-force-4-1-shadow-new-despair-revealed-playstation-4
  6. ^ a b http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/12/08/earth-defense-force-4-1-and-2-launch-today-on-playstation/
  7. ^ Purchese, Robert (September 13, 2016). "Earth Defense Force 5 announced for next year". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Makuch, Eddie (September 19, 2017). "Earth Defense Force 5 Release Date Announced For Japan". GameSpot. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Romano, Sal (September 20, 2018). "Earth Defense Force 5 launches December 11 in North America and Europe". Gematsu. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  10. ^ McWhertor, Michael (September 19, 2017). "New Earth Defense Force looks like a more serious take on fighting giant ants". Polygon. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Romano, Sal (January 25, 2019). "Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain launches April 11 worldwide". Gematsu. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space for PlayStation Vita Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  13. ^ "Earth Defense Force 2017 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  14. ^ "Earth Defense Force 2017 for PlayStation Vita Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  15. ^ "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  16. ^ "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  17. ^ "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  18. ^ "Earth Defense Force 2025 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  19. ^ "Earth Defense Force 2025 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  20. ^ "Earth Defense Force 5 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  22. ^ Joe Juba (May 27, 2013). "Cult Classics – Earth Defense Force 2017 – Features". Game Informer. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  23. ^ Juba, Joe (December 7, 2018). "Earth Defense Force 5 Review – A Weakening Resistance". Game Informer. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  24. ^ Jim Sterling (February 19, 2014). "Earth Defense Force 2025 Review - Giant Insects". The Escapist. Retrieved October 31, 2015.

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