Earth Defense Force 2025

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Earth Defense Force 2025
Earth Defense Forces 4 japanese PS3 cover.jpg
PS3 Japanese game cover
Developer(s)Sandlot
Publisher(s)D3 Publisher
Director(s)Toshio Noguchi
Takehiro Homma
Composer(s)Masafumi Takada
Jun Fukuda
SeriesEarth Defense Force
Platform(s)Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
ReleaseEarth Defense Force 2025
  • JP: July 4, 2013[2]
  • NA: February 18, 2014[1]
  • EU: February 21, 2014
  • AU: February 21, 2014 (PS3)
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
  • JP: April 2, 2015
  • NA: December 8, 2015
  • EU: February 12, 2016
  • AU: July 7, 2016
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: July 18, 2016
Genre(s)Third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Earth Defense Force 2025, known in Japan as Chikyū Bōeigun 4 (地球防衛軍4, lit. "Earth Defense Forces 4"), is a third-person shooter developed by Sandlot and published by D3 Publisher, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the follow-up to Earth Defense Force 2017.[3][4] A remastered version, titled Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair (地球防衛軍4.1 THE SHADOW OF NEW DESPAIR(ザシャッドーオブニューディスペア), Chikyū Bōeigun 4.1 Za Shaddō obu Nyū Disupea), was released for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows in 2016, which includes the original game as well as a new expansion.

Gameplay[edit]

The player takes control of an EDF soldier from one of four soldier classes. To fight these alien forces the player can access several weapons in the game, ranging from assault rifles and sniper rifles to rocket launchers, grenades, and laser weapons. Only two weapons may be selected for each mission with the exception of the Fencer, who can have four weapons, and the Air Raider, which can have three. The game has more than seven hundred weapons; roughly 175 weapons per soldier class. This the highest weapon count of any EDF. Some levels also contain vehicles which can be operated.[5][6] The game takes place across levels featuring destructible environments, taking place in settings such as cities, beaches, hills, underground tunnels and more. There is no penalty for collateral damage that is inflicted on the environment by the player, for instance when buildings crumble after sustaining a few hits from a rocket launcher or grenade. Other EDF soldiers can be recruited or followed, and attack enemies on sight, as well as provide radio chatter. You can also customize the color of your soldier.

There are several difficulty levels. More effective weapons are dropped by the enemies in the game at the higher difficulty levels, encouraging players to repeat the missions. In addition to weapons, armor enhancements which function as permanent maximum health bonuses are dropped along with healing items.

Story[edit]

The Earth Defense Force, a unified multinational military sponsored by nearly every country, is founded after detecting an impending alien visit in case the aliens prove to be hostile. In the year 2017, that proved to be true and the EDF fought against the Ravagers, an alien race that attacked Earth with giant insect-like creatures, UFOs, robots and gigantic, 120-foot-tall lizard-like creatures. Eight years after defeating the last Ravager in Arizona, they attack again with new creatures, evolved from their underground nest. Among them is the Retiarius, a spider-like creature which makes gigantic spiderwebs, and giant wasps. In the year 2025, the EDF must protect the Earth again from the alien invaders.[7]

Downloadable content[edit]

D3 has released several addons for this game. They were originally announced as bonuses for pre-orders of the Japanese version, including exclusive content for purchasing the game at some web retailers. The content is also available for free on PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace as of 2015 in a special bundle named "Unstoppable Shooter Satisfaction Pack" (in Europe) or as four separate bundles, one for each class (in North America).[8] There are a total of 8 weapon packs and 3 map packs (also bundled together in a "Season Pass") for a total of 45 additional missions.[9]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PCPS3PS4Xbox 360
DestructoidN/AN/A8/10[10]8.5/10[11]
EdgeN/AN/A6/10[12]5/10[13]
EurogamerN/A5/10[14]N/AN/A
FamitsuN/A34/40[15]32/40[16]34/40[15]
Game InformerN/A8/10[17]N/A8/10[17]
Game RevolutionN/AN/AN/A3.5/5 stars[18]
GameTrailersN/AN/AN/A8/10[19]
GameZoneN/A8.5/10[20]N/A8.5/10[20]
IGNN/A6.5/10[21]N/A6.5/10[21]
JoystiqN/A4/5 stars[22]N/AN/A
OPM (UK)N/A6/10[23]6/10[24]N/A
OXM (US)N/AN/AN/A7.5/10[25]
PC Gamer (UK)80%[26]N/AN/AN/A
PolygonN/AN/AN/A7.5/10[27]
The EscapistN/AN/AN/A2/5 stars[28]
Slant MagazineN/AN/A3/5 stars[29]2.5/5 stars[30]
Aggregate score
Metacritic79/100[31]69/100[32]64/100[33]68/100[34]

The PC version received "generally favorable reviews", while the rest of the console versions received "mixed or average reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[31][32][33][34] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one nine, two eights, and one nine for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions;[15] and all four eights for the PlayStation 4 version.[16]

James Cunningham of Hardcore Gamer called the PS3 version "a fantastic example of everything that makes pure action gaming so much fun, packed with replay value and over the top set pieces, and a more than worthy sequel that tops its predecessor in every way."[35]

Forbes gave the PS4 version a score of eight out of ten and called it "a raucous and fun shooter with a different as well as more open ended approach compared to the more scripted movie wannabe type games out there. The dialogue is both silly and endearing and the combat is very satisfying."[36] Shacknews gave the Xbox 360 version a score of six out of ten, saying, "Shortcomings aside, Earth Defense Force 2025 is an action experience that will put a big, stupid grin on your face. Like Starship Troopers, EDF is a campy adventure that doesn't attempt to redefine the paradigm, but offers a reliably good time."[37] However, The Digital Fix gave the PS3 version five out of ten, saying that it "has a fiercely loyal following, and fans are likely to be happy embracing this latest title, bugs and all. For everyone else though, EDF 2025 is the gaming equivalent of Sharktopus: a bargain basement, low-budget cheesefest of the highest order, mildly amusing for a short time, filled with awful lines, and completely forgettable."[38] The Escapist gave the Xbox 360 version two stars out of five, saying that it "tries too hard at not trying hard enough, like one of those awful SyFy mutant movies. It knows it's terrible, and thinks it can get away with it by doubling down on its own awfulness. Clearly, this has worked for some, as the series has a fanbase. I don't get it, though. This is not so bad it's good. It's just plain bad, and there aren't enough giant insects in the world to convince me otherwise."[28]

Slant Magazine gave the Xbox 360 version two-and-a-half stars out of five, saying that "Even though it tries so very hard to jam-pack a pick-up-and-play shooter with missions, weapons, and multiplayer options aplenty, it's a game that has limits to its staying power, leaving the player hungry for something more substantial."[30] However, the same magazine gave the PS4 version three stars out of five, saying that it "doesn't ever completely shy away from using filler material after successfully building so much momentum."[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zimmerman, Conrad (January 21, 2014). "Earth Defense Force 2025 lands February 18". Destructoid.
  2. ^ Spencer (March 19, 2013). "Earth Defense Force 2025 Jetpacks To Japan In July". Siliconera.
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  5. ^ "『地球防衛軍4』複数人で乗る大型武装兵器が明らかに!" ['Earth Defense Force 4' Large-scale armed weapons riding with multiple people is obvious!] (in Japanese). Famitsu. December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "『地球防衛軍4』進化した最強のバトルマシン新型BM03ベガルタ登場" ['Earth Defense Force 4' The strongest battle machine has evolved: New model BM 03 Vegalta has appeared] (in Japanese). Famitsu. December 6, 2012.
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