Review

Earth Defense Force 2025 Review

  • Game release: February 18, 2014
  • Reviewed:
  • X360

Slightly too big for the Orkin man to handle.

When will the aliens learn? It doesn't matter how much more advanced their technology is than ours, or whether they attack us from the stars or from deep under the surface of our own planet. They can never hope to defeat us, because we have one weapon whose sheer might they can never overcome: the indomitable human spirit. As it turns out, though, all those assault rifles, rocket launchers, and other weapons we have lying around come in pretty handy, too. Like its predecessors, Earth Defense Force 2025 is a gleefully destructive romp in which you use powerful weaponry to kill aliens and to lay waste to city blocks, all in the name of saving humanity.

Those city blocks don't look the way we expect environments in games to look in this era of sophistication and refinement; like the laughable special effects in many of the alien invasion movies that clearly served as EDF's inspiration, everything seems cheap. Appendages of giant insects poke through level geometry, and trees, once knocked over, blink out of existence. But then, there's absolutely nothing sophisticated or refined about Earth Defense Force 2025. You can't say that its chintzy graphics are an asset, but they're not quite the detriment that they'd be in many games, because every aspect of EDF 2025 wholeheartedly embraces the series' B-movie inspirations. The giant insects and massive enemy spacecraft recall the low-budget monster movies and sci-fi flicks of the 1950s, so when you hear the voice actors hamming it up with every cheesy line, their goofy delivery works to support everything else about the game.

You start each mission by selecting one of four classes, then outfitting your chosen defender of Earth with weapons from the arsenal of firearms you've collected in earlier outings. If you're playing solo, the well-rounded ranger is usually the best choice, since the other three classes function better as support than as one-person armies. Air raiders can summon vehicles and handle the targeting of missiles, mortars, and the like, but don't have very effective weaponry for defending themselves in the frantic skirmishes that are so common in EDF. Fencers are the most heavily armored and can wield the heaviest weapons but lack the mobility of the other classes. By contrast, the mobility of the wing divers, who use their jetpacks to leap and soar about the city, makes them fun to control, but they're also the most vulnerable class. (Unlike the well-protected, all-male ranger, air raider, and fencer units, the all-female wing diver unit has to wear skimpy, revealing armor; that's the only way to make it light enough for them to fly in! It makes perfect sense!)

No matter which class you choose, your goal is the same: slaughtering slews of giant insects or destroying the spaceships and robots of the alien invaders' armada. As a solo player, it's fun to mindlessly mow down tons of huge, skittering ants, and even though the graphics are rudimentary, the sheer scale of some of the larger enemy ships means that it's still impressive to see them come crashing earthward and then explode in a tremendous ball of flame after you've fired that last rocket into their glowing core.

Even though none of your opponents require much strategy to deal with, the variety of your attackers helps stave off a sense of repetition, and as you progress, you keep acquiring new, more effective weapons to take with you into battle. However, the simplicity of the game's silly, large-scale combat--initially an asset--becomes a detriment as the game drags on across 80-plus missions, and you'll have had your fill of defending Earth long before Earth has been successfully defended.

Oh, the carnage! Oh, the humanity! Oh, the graphics!

The appeal of EDF is increased significantly when you play with others, both because most classes function best in a supporting role and because there's so much more opportunity for unpredictable comedic mayhem when there are four of you than when there's just one. You might be minding your own business and gunning down some giant spiders when one of your comrades "accidentally" drives a tank right into a building and brings it crashing to the ground. Or you can work together, combining your destructive might to turn that row of buildings into rubble. After all, who's going to complain about a little collateral damage once you've saved humanity from extinction?

The fact that you can revive your teammates when they go down in multiplayer also makes it preferable to playing solo. It's frustrating in single-player to be several minutes into a mission only to be crushed under the leg of a gigantic walking fortress and have to start the battle all over again. EDF 2025 gives you a number of ways to play multiplayer, letting you do local split-screen co-op with one other player, or hop online by yourself or with a friend playing on the same console. There's also a two-player versus mode, but it's hardly worth your time; the entire appeal of EDF is in slaughtering aliens and destroying cities.

The simple mechanics don't lend themselves to the long-haul, 80-mission-plus campaign. This is the video game equivalent of a mindless and enjoyable popcorn flick, not a captivating epic. Even if the shallow action can't sustain the game for its entire length, EDF 2025 is committed enough to its vision of cheesy, B-movie-flavored destruction to be fun for a while, particularly with a few friends in tow.

The Good
Enjoyable, large-scale destruction and alien slaughter
Consistently sets a silly, B-movie tone
Enemies have a good variety and an impressive scope
The Bad
Extremely dated visuals
Shallow gameplay loses its appeal long before the game is done
6
Fair
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About the Author

Earth Defense Force 2025 represents the first time that Carolyn has seriously dived into the EDF series. For the purposes of this review, she spent about 10 hours destroying--err, defending--Earth.

Discussion

48 comments
FighterforJC
FighterforJC

A messed up review by a very messed up human.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i bought this and dark souls 2 at the same time and although ds2 is a phenomenal game in its own right, after i beat the game once, i decided to take a break from it and give edf 2025 a go. ive been playing it ever since. to all you edf 2025 fans, youll get an idea of the amount of time that i have spent on this game so far. so far i have beaten all 85 missions on all difficulty levels for the ranger and wing diver classes as well as on normal and hard for the air raider class. to know how difficult the inferno difficulty is in this game is to know pain. i thought it was crazy in 2017 but 2025 is just plain nuts. this game is definitely not for the easily frustrated, lol.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

"The all-female wing diver unit has to wear skimpy, revealing armor; that's the only way to make it light enough for them to fly in! It makes perfect sense!"

You expect logic in a video game about alien invasions and giant insects?

dutchgamer83
dutchgamer83

"Extremely dated visuals"

Two things about this that bother me.

1. Is the game fun to play yes or no? Yes? Then who cares about the graphics. I know i know this is 2014. But it is gameplay over graphics. Don't distract points for that. 

2. The poor graphics always been a part of the design choice. It has been on purpose as they refer to b movies and those crappy looks. It's not that they can't do better, it was a pure design choice. It is all part of the charms and joke of Earth Defense force. It has been designed to look bad, cause they want to give you the feel you have also when watching those old B movies. It looks so bad that its fun. Why is that getting point reductions?

daniel79
daniel79

Crap review. This game has fun by the bucket loads, and thats why we play games, for fun. I'm starting to lose a lot of faith in so called 'Reviewers' and their crap opinions. If your honestly thinking about not buying the game based off this review then I feel sorry for you.

00J
00J

This game is Awesome, but I've found out that Sandlot? Is working on a PS4 version!!! An EDF 5!!! 

00J
00J

This game is way better than a 6... I've had more fun in the past week than I can remember in a quite a while with a game... You just keep coming back for more, and the multiple difficulty levels and the hunt for bigger and better weapons is the draw. Can't believe there are over 50 levels... This game is so much fun!!!

X-RS
X-RS

"and fencer units, the all-female wing diver unit has to wear skimpy, revealing armor; that's the only way to make it light enough for them to fly in! It makes perfect sense!)"

stopped reading. Why?

Because I don't see how this effects scoring of a game (as ever present in almost all games)

jazero1987
jazero1987

look boring only 2 weapons though the whole game anyway. yea there many guns but only 2 weapons usable are the rocket launcher and Military Rifle basically it all the weapons don't do much damage 

theblackfrog
theblackfrog

carolyn and the cool, fun japanese game.....at least she didnt gave it a 4.5 like for Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes.

00J
00J

i don't care what anyone says, EDF is a cool game, simple shooter fun, and when your moving along with a group of soldiers and they start singing, you'll get it... lol

nparks
nparks

EDF was one of the first absurdly fun games on the 360.  Given the timing, I wonder why they didn't do the sequel for PS4/XB1 instead?  Imagine how many bugs those machines could push at one time?

Oloryn
Oloryn

This game is so terrible, and that's why I love it. The perfect guilty pleasure, especially with friends.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

I'm about 60 missions in with the ranger, and while I wish there where a few small tweaks made from 2017, 2025 is chock full of what has made this series the cult sensation that it is. If you liked 2017, Sandlot deserves your money, and this game deserves the millions of rounds of ammo you'll shoot in it.

Raxyman
Raxyman

The Good / The Bad
No coop mention in either

You didn't reviewed the game right... Just saying...

curiousarman
curiousarman

*sigh*

please.. just... stop this mess...


i mean th review is a mess

Securator
Securator

The only reason there isn't a video review of this game is because the narrative dissing the game would be completely contrary to the awesome chaotic gameplay happening on screen.

Ash2X
Ash2X

I hoped they whould port ist to XBox One,because as simple at it is, you still got egnough to do for months anyway,so it´s a Title you will still pop in the Box in one year just to kill a large amount of Insects with friends.

Maybe you don´t play it for 10h in a row,bit you will play it for an Sunday afternoon - that´s more then any AAA-Title in the last years for me.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

To each their opinion Carolyn, but this game is ridiculous, over the top and mindless insane shooting and destruction... which is exactly what the game is aiming for.
Also I would not call "shallow game-play" when different classes are enough well done so they require a different approach and gameplay stile.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Why does Carolyn Petit get all the cool games?!

prats93
prats93

This game is horrible, lol.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

This is a big joke, i refuse to play games like that, Saint's Row it's another example.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

I say that's the kind of remarks that ought to be made about skimpily-clad characters, Carolyn. Kudos for poking fun at them. XD

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

dated visuals? might as well por it to xbox one then

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

I'm here for the bad graphics, cheesy voice acting and shallow addictive gameplay. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Innovazero2000
Innovazero2000

Agreed, I love EDF! Especially when you have buddies to play with it! 

darkljolly
darkljolly

Don't care have it pre ordered. Anyone who has played EDF before knows what to expect from it. Its pure chaotic fun

00J
00J

@jazero1987  you haven't played it enough... The Wing Diver becomes super powerful, and can stand off against 20 charging monsters just by backing up and shooting. She starts to eventually get laser weapons, continous beams that eat the insects alive... lol

00J
00J

@nparks  imagine the level of detail in the geometry. Maybe if this cult classic catches on Sandlot can make for the new systems.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Raxyman  What are you talking about? She dedicated an entire paragraph to multiplayer. Read where she starts, "The appeal of EDF..."

Or did you just skip to the end to read the bullet points?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Diegoctba  

But Earth Defense Force has a military dictatorship in its fictional Earth. Don't you want that?

kohle36
kohle36

@gazza_gamerNZ Is this basically a sci-fi shooter version of dynasty warriors? If so, where do I sign up?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@gazza_gamerNZ Bad things aren't always bad, but I find it easier to enjoy a bad movie than a bad game.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

@gazza_gamerNZ

You enjoy crap games? there are better gamesout there

Raxyman
Raxyman

@RedWave247
1st - 1 paragraph out of 8, doesn't seem enough
2nd -  I didn't said about the review, i said "Good/Bad", whoever's here reading this review likely played one of the other two. We would want to know if coop's better or worse, and that section doesn't mention anything. Understand?

So TL;DR, i did went straight to the bullet points, whenever you don't want to read the entire review you just check the score and Good/Bad.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@guardianofhonor Sorry, but the word of one-liner trolls like you means nothing. Get back to youtube.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Gelugon_baat But but, this one has annoying insect that will sting you from behind and... (remembers TF's spy)
It has giant ants coming for you!!

Silverline62
Silverline62

@Raxyman  If you don't wanna read, you're in the wrong place buddy, go watch some video review.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Raxyman  

And that is why GameSpot would probably never make reviews that you like. ;)

Raxyman
Raxyman

@RedWave247 OK GS knight, i know the honor of the reviewer depends on you, but i find discussing it with stubborn people far too tiring. Time for me to be lazy and not waste my time anymore. See ya.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Raxyman @RedWave247  One paragraph out of eight dedicated to a gameplay mechanic is plenty. There are many more aspects to a game than just the co-op or multiplayer, so discussing it more than that would be overkill.

Basically, you're just admitting to being lazy. Speaking as a long-time reader of GS, bullet points don't always cover all the points mentioned in a video or fully-written review.

Basically, you're just admitting to being lazy and entitled.

Earth Defense Force 2025 More Info

  • First Released
    • PlayStation 3
    • Xbox 360
    The bugs are back in town in Earth Defense Force 2025.
    7.3
    Average User RatingOut of 17 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    Sandlot
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    Genres:
    Shooter, Third-Person, Action, Team-Based, 3D
    Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
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