Earth Defense Force 2025 Reviews

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WeisGuy9
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WeisGuy9
TA Score for this game: 2,108
Posted on 29 March 14 at 01:38, Edited on 29 March 14 at 01:53
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So the next installment of the Earth Defense Force franchise is upon us. I know all of you are eager to find out what it's like, and I am here to help. To put it in a nutshell, it's bigger, badder, and more explosioney than ever before. Bigger maps, bigger bugs, more guns than you'll actually ever use, and more action than you can shake a stick at.

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As usual, there isn't much of a story, and it's the same one as last time. The Ravagers have returned with their giant insect buddies to once again attack Earth. And as usual, the Earth Defense Force is there to stop them. If you've played any of the previous games, then you'll already be aware that the story is not the attraction in these games, but rather the campy dialogue of the command center people and the cheesy commentary from your fellow AI troopers. EDF 2025 sees the return of this trend in spades. Anyway, let's break it down:

Genre:
Third-person Shooter

Gameplay:
While EDF 2025 is fairly standard TPS fare, veterans of the franchise will already be aware of EDF's special take on the genre. The basic game will pit you and your fellow troopers (AI or human) against hordes and hordes of giant insects and robotic enemies on huge maps with ridiculously powered weapons. Enemies are huge and numerous, and survival depends on wreaking as much destruction as humanly possible on everything around you. Sounds fun, right? Well, it is!

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There are 85, yes EIGHTY-FIVE, missions in the Offline campaign mode and the maps are truly enormous in the majority of them. Missions are in nice bite-sized pieces of anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes in duration, and get progressively more difficult as you advance. There are four character classes available to choose from, and the classes are specifically designed to work with and support each other in cooperative play. The first class, and the easiest to play, is the familiar Ranger class, your basic soldier with moderate health and a wide variety of standard weaponry. The jetpack-equipped Wing Diver makes a return and is equipped with a host of new energy, plasma, and electrical based weaponry, but starts at low health. The Fencer is the tank of the character classes, starting out with high health and wears a powerframe allowing him to equip powerful machineguns, cannons, and mortars. The newly introduced Air Raider class starts out with moderate health and plays a support role to the other three classes. He is relatively weak offensively, but can deploy a huge range of turrets, traps, health and energy stations, perform healing, and rescue fallen teammates. In addition, the Air Raider can call in devastating airstrikes and summon driveable vehicles. Yes, EDF finally gets vehicles, and the developers went all out by including a large range of armored vehicles, tanks, railguns, rescue vehicles, mechs, and even helicopters that range from single person capacity to vehicles that all four players can enter, with each manning a separate weapon station.

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The action is intense and the difficulty gets progressively harder. There are five difficulty levels to choose from, starting with Easy, and ranging up to the classic Inferno difficulty, which is staggeringly hard to survive, even on the early missions. The only way to survive is to get better weapons, and as usual, you can only get better weapons by playing harder missions and difficulty levels. The armor crate and weapon crate drops make a return in EDF 2025, and are the only ways to increase your health and acquire new weapons. Speaking of weapons, EDF 2025 has the most weapons so far in the franchise, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 800. Next to weapons, increasing your health is your other prime objective, and is also accomplished through picking up item drops. A nice, and brand new , feature is that the health cap has been removed in EDF 2025. You can literally grind your health up into the millions if you want to put the time and effort into it.

In addition to the familiar ants, bees, spiders, drones, and hectors, there are a wealth of new enemies introduced in EDF 2025, as well. These range from dragons (yes, I said dragons) and gunships to huge new spider enemies that can cast webs to pull you into their clutches. The Ravagers have gotten smarter, as well, and will deploy huge Shield Bearers to help protect the other Ravagers and giant insects from your attacks. You'll encounter the enormous Deroy and even bigger Argo, which are huge ravager robots, as well as gigantic new transport ships and even Motherships. Not to mention the new Eartheater enemies that literally cover the entire sky. You even get to shoot them down, and environments are fully destructible. The ability to level and lay waste to entire city blocks in the game really gives you a sense of power of your weapons, as well as the power of your enemies.

The laugh factor that makes these games such a cult classic is also back, and better than ever with the obtuse Command HQ narration and a vast library of campy chatter among the AI troopers. The combination of chuckling and laughing out loud while desperately trying to survive the hordes of huge enemies is an experience not to be missed, whether you are a fan of the franchise, or never played an EDF game before.
Rating 5/5 Stars

Controls:
Here the game falls down a little. It's not that the controls are bad, or clunky, or don't work well, it's just that they aren't explained very well, and they aren't displayed anywhere. It isn't a huge deal to figure them out by trial and error, because there aren't that many of them, but I fail to understand how a developer can omit putting in a controller layout. Some of the controls are not very intuitive, as well. For example, the LT is used to jump and dodge roll for the Ranger and Air Raider, to fly for the Wing Diver, and to fire the secondary weapon for the Fencer. In addition, the controls are different for each of the four character classes, which makes things a bit more difficult. While this can be a bit frustrating, it isn't a huge drawback.

Another failing of the controls is the lack of a targeting reticle while piloting most vehicles. This makes firing while in vehicles kind of a spray-and-pray experience, but again, while a bit annoying it isn't game-breaking.

Overall, the controls are solid and simple, but can be frustrating at times and have an unintuitive feel to them.
Rating: 3/5 Stars

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Sound:
The music in the game is appropriately coordinated with the action on the screen, from ominous tones of anticipation to pulse-pounding beats of action, and really helps to intensify the desperate struggles taking place on your television screen.

The cheese factor of the games dialogue is dialed up to 11 in this new installment, and you'll find yourself laughing out loud even while desperately trying to survive a difficult mission.
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Graphics:
If you've played any of the previous EDF titles, then you know what to expect. If you're new to the series, don't expect the cutting edge graphics of a AAA title, because that isn't what EDF is about. To be fair, the graphics in 2025 are a vast improvement over Insect Armageddon, and you won't be disappointed in the quality of the onscreen presentation.

When playing Online MP, you may run into some slowdown when there is chaos happening onscreen, but to be honest, it isn't much and it almost felt more like a time dilation effect than any sort of lag. Offline play is much better, and 100+ hours in I've only experienced slow-down once or twice. Overall, this game is a great improvement over the precious title in the graphics department.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Co-op and Multiplayer:
There is a fantastic array of co-op options in EDF 2025, and the game is geared toward cooperative players being more successful. In the Offline mode you can either play solo, or with a partner in split-screen.

In the Online mode, you have several options. There is matchmaking system that displays available matches that you can join at any time. Additionally, you can create your own "room" and make it either public or private. In a private room you can play solo if you wish, you can play split-screen with a friend, or you can invite up to three other friends to your room. In Online mode, enemy health is scaled to how many players are participating the match.

Overall a great selection of options are available for cooperative play, either locally or online, and matches are fully customizable.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Replayability:
Replayability is what EDF games are all about, and EDF 2025 is no exception. As stated previously, there are 85 mission in the Offline campaign mode alone. In Online mode, you have those 85 mission with an additional 8 to 10 new missions scattered throughout. Then you have the five separate difficulty levels to consider as well that include Easy, Normal, Hard, Hardest, and Inferno. EDF games are designed to entice you to play the game on all difficulty levels in order to unlock the best weapons and gear, and keep you playing and enjoying the game for many hours.
Rating: 4/5 Stars

ScoHo Info:
As any fan of the series can tell you, the achievement lists for EDF games are not for the faint of heart, and EDF 2025 is no exception. This may well be the hardest achievement list to date for an EDF game. For starters, you'll be playing through the entire game a minimum of 16 times to get all the difficulty achievements for each class as they do not stack (although there is a trick to reduce that number). There are the classic "kill a certain number of enemies of a certain type" achievements ranging from a reasonable 20 to a staggering 20,000. There are also achievements for getting each class to a certain health level, and a handful of co-op related achievements thrown in for good measure. If you set out to 100% this game, be prepared to invest several hundred hours into it. You have been warned!
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Earth Defense Force 2025 is a worthy sequel in the franchise and a must-buy for fans. If you are new to the series, this is a fantastic game for you to start with. Huge maps, huge bugs, huge guns, huge explosions, and huge laughs. What more could you ask for?

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

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