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  • Summary: The furious battle against the invader Aggressors is full of chaos. Includes 50+ severe missions, where you must fight against gigantic enemy creatures and huge invader weapons in 5 different difficulties. You will become the legendary mobile soldier which controls 4 different PA Gears,The furious battle against the invader Aggressors is full of chaos. Includes 50+ severe missions, where you must fight against gigantic enemy creatures and huge invader weapons in 5 different difficulties. You will become the legendary mobile soldier which controls 4 different PA Gears, several hundreds weapons, arms and items. Regain hope to human beings. Includes character creation mode. You can select your favorite gender, face, hair style, weight, voice and outfit. You can also change the personality of yourself. When playing the off-line mode, the split-screen will be supported. Also, when playing the on-line mode, you can co-op with other EDF members around the world. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Apr 11, 2019
    85
    It had been several years since I had played Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon so I was a tad worried about doing the series justice in this review, but I can definitely say that outside of a couple of issues with giant insects blocking my camera view, repeatedly getting knocked down when surrounded by the critters, and the sensitivity of clicking L3 to turn around when moving backwards, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a solid entry into the EDF series and one that anyone wanting to blast the heck out of giant insects should enjoy.
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    80
    Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain may be a different type of EDF but its heart is powered by the epic bug-blasting, kaiju fighting combat that has always been the hallmark of the series’ incredible combat.
  3. 80
    The perfect addition to the series. Earth Defense Force 5 made improvements but it still felt like it was slavishly committed to the way earlier EDF titles operated. Iron Rain is different. It finally taking itself more seriously, which may or may not resonate with every player, but the end-to-end revamp in the way the game works on every level is exactly what the series needed to keep pushing forward.
  4. 70
    Although Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain attempts to take the franchise in a bold new direction, the latest installment in the long-running series makes too many mistakes to be anything other than a letdown.
  5. Apr 12, 2019
    70
    Fun, mindless entertainment with plenty of diverse missions which are a blast to play due to the large arsenal of weaponry at your disposal. Technically the game follows the rest of the franchise by which we mean that the game is still as messy as the other EDF games. Unstable frame rates, long load times, pretty much all the things you'd expect from an EDF game. There are some difficulty spikes as well which can lead to some frustration but overall this is a fine addition to the franchise.
  6. Apr 15, 2019
    65
    Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain has its heart in the right place. Instead of simply treading water, it wants to push ahead. Such a drive makes the game entertaining, especially if you're already invested in the series and are curious about the evolution. Sadly, the game doesn't match its own ambition, grasping at greater heights without fully solving the problems its ideas create. Even so, there's something valuable here, and hopefully Yuke's gets another attempt to refine its direction.
  7. Apr 11, 2019
    40
    A more grounded approach and a fresh coat of paint fail to address the series’ inherent flaws, as the cheesy charm of fighting giant insects is lost in the process.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 12, 2019
    10
    Long overdue..
    The game is addicting for sure..
    Sucks that it isn't on Xbox & PC/steam. Exclusives benefit nobody!!! Yeah I own a PS4, but
    Long overdue..
    The game is addicting for sure..
    Sucks that it isn't on Xbox & PC/steam.
    Exclusives benefit nobody!!!
    Yeah I own a PS4, but no I don't own stock in the company nor do I work there.
    So why would I pretend as much..This exclusivity hurts all.
    And esp most kids who only have 1 console..

    Aside from that rant, EDF is fun.. im still sucked into the amazing EDF 5...
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  2. Apr 11, 2019
    9
    If you want to compare to the mainstream EDF series like EDF4.1 EDF5. Of course it cannot beat them. However it is still same additive onlineIf you want to compare to the mainstream EDF series like EDF4.1 EDF5. Of course it cannot beat them. However it is still same additive online coop game, I have been playing since day 1 release, I haven't switched to play other game since then. The only thing I want to complain is the price. Expand
  3. Apr 11, 2019
    9
    As a longtime fan of the EDF series, I love this game. I like the way the new mechanics and enemies mix up the classic formula, whileAs a longtime fan of the EDF series, I love this game. I like the way the new mechanics and enemies mix up the classic formula, while retaining the core elements that make it so fun. The graphics are very good, especially compared to the main series entries.

    Overall, this is a very solid action shooter and a great new EDF entry.
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  4. Apr 14, 2019
    8
    as my first edf game i like it. though there are some thing that are bad like how the co op online does a auto fail it you team runs out ofas my first edf game i like it. though there are some thing that are bad like how the co op online does a auto fail it you team runs out of lives. which sucks if you have gung ho or new player rushing ahead and dying alot. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2019
    8
    I want to give EDF a perfect score, it always makes me smile and I've been playing since the SHMUP entry on SNES. The thing is, EDF is like anI want to give EDF a perfect score, it always makes me smile and I've been playing since the SHMUP entry on SNES. The thing is, EDF is like an anti-game in a lot of ways, just with a "normal" game skin. Sure there is shooting, and leveling and all the stuff you come to expect from a gaming experience - but it feels purposefully campy.

    There's no reason why this should be the first entry on the newest version of Unreal, but it is - and it STILL looks dated. If that's not intentional, not sure what's going on. The voice work, tone of the game, everything oozes that B-movie feeling (Starship Troopers: The Game) you have come to expect.

    The changes in this entry really set off the gameplay, and for the first time ever I found myself actually pleasantly surprised by the pacing of the game. Don't get me wrong, the changes aren't drastic - but ramping up the party size online, removing class restrictions and generally making each class smoother and more fun to play were all good moves.

    The trade in of a 90+ level campaign for a more modest 50 levels at first did not strike me positively. However seeing how quickly the missions ramped up to be multi-tiered and interesting I see why they opted for a tighter experience overall.

    One thing I'll say in the negative, there is not a great use of level space. The areas look different (not the same muddy greens and browns I'm use to seeing), but there is a LOT of wasted space.

    That's also normal for an EDF title - its just something I would expect to be fixed in this entry. A tighter space would have allowed for more detail and variation, but what's there is still a step above the last few entries.

    This isn't the game with the best story, the best graphics or the best gameplay - but its still the best game that's not best in anything.

    The EDF deploys again! 8/10
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  6. Apr 15, 2019
    7
    Pros :
    + Visually the most beautiful EDF game so far
    + Technically better than previous PS4 entries (still few frame drops but no more
    Pros :
    + Visually the most beautiful EDF game so far
    + Technically better than previous PS4 entries (still few frame drops but no more screen tearing)
    + Modernized gameplay and mechanics
    + Still a lots of content (52 missions, 4+1 difficulty settings, 4 classes and a bunch of stuff to unlock)
    + You can choose between English or Japanese dubbing, with multiple language subtitles
    + There are plenty of options (camera angle, sensitivity, blur, screen shaking, button mapping...)
    + You can play online co-op (up to 6 players) and offline split-screen (2 players)
    + You can unlock cool suits and gears to customize your character

    Cons :
    - Kitsch Japanese 60-'s Sci-fi design is no more :(
    - Maps are awfully small
    - It's sometimes difficult to see what is going on in the heat of the action (maybe the FOV is too narrow?)
    - Missions are shorter, and loading times longer than before
    - The character creation tool is very limited and only offers ugly faces and ugly haircuts (fortunately, you can cover it with an integral helmet)
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  7. Apr 12, 2019
    0
    Absolute rubbish! As a big fan of the previous games, I wish I'd never purchased this – it's an insult to the series. Everything that made EDFAbsolute rubbish! As a big fan of the previous games, I wish I'd never purchased this – it's an insult to the series. Everything that made EDF fun is gone. The story and dialogue is juvenile, the controls are clunky, the weapons feel weak, and the graphics are actually worse. It's a complete fail in every respect. Please Yuke's, don't ever make another EDF game. Expand

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