Earth Defense Force 2025 is a third-person shooter from developer Sandlot. A sequel to EDF 2017, it sees the planet Earth once again threatened by giant bugs and an alien threat known as the Ravagers. That is all you really need to know about this game’s story. It’s a throwaway tale, filled with B movie dialogue and equally cheesy voice acting. The main focus of this game is to kill everything in sight and have fun. EDF generally delivers, though it is not without its annoyances.
EDF features four character classes to choose from and blast your way through the opposition. There is the Ranger, who can equip assault rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers and other standard weaponry. He is pretty much your standard solider overall, nothing special. The Wing Diver (My personal favorite), can fly thanks to her trusty jetpack and uses plasma based weapons that share the same energy pool. Calling in airstrikes and providing overall support on the battlefield is the name of the game for the Air Raider. The Fencer is a walking tank, slow and durable but wields powerful heavy weapons. Thankfully each play differently, adding variety to each mission should you choose to switch.
From left to right; The Ranger, Fencer, Wing Diver and Air Raider classes.
The first few missions in the game aren’t very impressive, especially playing solo. They’re repetitive; go to point A kill bugs, then go to point B and kill more bugs. Add in the super cheesy voice acting, subpar graphics with dumb and repetitive dialogue and you have a game that will turn off many players. Thankfully the early missions are quite short and can be completed in less than ten minutes. If you turn your brain off to all the dumb and keep playing, you’ll find that EDF 2025 is actually a fun game.
The pace picks up as the game throws even more enemies on screen to kill. Despite the repetition and B movie level quality, blasting through wave after wave of giant baddies is an undeniably good time thanks to all the wanton destruction you’ll be causing. Buildings will break apart and crumble while you destroy all in your path. The action gets pretty frantic but unfortunately when it gets to crazy the frame rate takes no nose dive and the game slows to a crawl. The slow down only last momentarily but will occur a lot, and it can even more so online when playing with three others as the amount of destruction on screen would make Zack Snyder and Michael Bay swoon.
Despite that, playing online is definitely the way to go in EDF. With the exception of the Wing Diver, the classes are not that great for playing on your own. While WD can fly and traverse the large areas quickly, the others are rather slow especially the Fencer. At least when online, if you have an Air Raider on your team, he can call in a vehicle for everyone to get around in. Vehicle controls are an annoyance so you’ll probably rather move around on foot. Despite these gripes, playing with others is a more fun than playing solo, so if you can grab a few buddies, do so. Just don’t play over 20 levels solo before trying online like I did. You’ll have to start from the first mission should you choose to host your own lobby. There is an versus mode that can be played locally with a second player but it isn’t very fun at all. Best skip that mode all together.
Wing Diver, taking the action to the skies.
Replay Value: High – EDF 2025 features a surprising amount of content; over 80 missions, five levels of difficulty and hundreds of weapons to unlock. The more missions you clear, the more weapons you earn. The higher the difficulty, the more powerful the weapons and you can increase the strength of your armor. The game doesn’t need a deep narrative as it has plenty of incentives to keep playing.
Earth Defense Force 2025, isn’t a beautiful looking game nor is it a technical marvel. It is a budget title and it clearly shows, with its terrible voice acting and buggy frame rate. Despite that the game is fun to play, especially with a group. If you don’t mind the B movie stuff or the $50 price tag (It’s fun but that’s almost AAA game pricing) and want to spend a weekend blasting away your enemies just for the hell of it then Earth Defense Force 2025 is right up your alley. If not, look elsewhere or at least give it a rent.
Overall Score: 7.5 / 10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Available On: PS3 | 360
Played On: Sony PlayStation 3
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.