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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: 17 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Apr 26, 2019
    85
    It is probably the purest throw back to the run and gun shooters of old.
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    80
    If you want a game which is pretty much the polar opposite of the vast majority of modern AAA titles — in most of the right ways — I can wholeheartedly recommend Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain.
  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. Apr 11, 2019
    70
    Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is some of the most pure, unadulterated fun we’ve had in 2019 so far. It’s not pretty and it’s not stable, but if you’re able to look past its technical drawbacks, then you’re in for a supremely wacky, boisterous, and delightful takedown of humanity’s greatest threat. Earth Defense Force is proud of its simplistic nature, and that’s probably the best thing about it.
  5. Apr 16, 2019
    70
    Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain offers players with a nice change of pace from the hyper-connected and competitive nature of contemporary gaming, with a game that actually feels like a game.
  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: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  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
    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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  3. 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
  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 20, 2019
    8
    And that is really what it all comes down to. You may make nitpicks that previous entries did this or that differently or that the graphicsAnd that is really what it all comes down to. You may make nitpicks that previous entries did this or that differently or that the graphics aren’t perfect. Heck, you could even choose to focus on how insurmountable everything can feel at times. But Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is just a joy to play. Sure, there are things to become annoyed about. I had too good of a time to put much stock in it. And if you let yourself have fun with EDF, you will. Expand
  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. May 15, 2019
    0
    This is not an EDF game.

    The gameplay feels sluggish- who came up with the ”fantastic” idea of making overdrive a one-time use mechanic?
    This is not an EDF game.

    The gameplay feels sluggish- who came up with the ”fantastic” idea of making overdrive a one-time use mechanic? Which makes it useless in high difficulty. Battle items limits are bloody annoying, and usage penalty makes it worse.

    The enemy scaling is god damm ridiculous ranging from dying from a soft asthmatic blow to tanking literally nukes. I'm fine with elemental resistance enemy, variety is the spice of life, but who the absolute wanker thought that giving elemental immunity was fun? Drones are incredibly annoying, not only do they have a small body profile (making it them difficult to hit), they have **** teleportation, why? Why give basic drones teleportation? **** them.

    Health pickup is an absolute joke, it so funny that I'm not laughing, for some reason they are the rarest type of drops, I’ve seen more giant energy crystal than I’ve seen any health crystals. Additionally, the health they restore is abysmal, correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure they heal a set amount and not %.

    Mission types that are not the usual EDF wave combat is a joke, defence mission is **** because of higher difficulty enemy tendencies to break that ****ty blue bar like a god-damm kit-kat.

    Map sizes are fine, but what isnt fine is the threat of shutting PA gear when leaving the area, couldn't an invisble be a better choice?

    The weapons are boring, weak, handle like **** and the better grades don't improve much and in fact, makes the weapon even ****ier i.e. Lower damage, firing rate, firing range, reload speed and recharge.

    The class feel way too underpowered due to the energy limit, that is not upgradable. (For me the only viable class in hader difficulty is Jet-Lifter).

    There's a lot of analogies and comparison between this game and Monster Hunter World in that this game. But I disagree in that Monster Hunter World is fun, and it made me a person who played MHGU, MHXX and MHX for hundreds of hours till burnout wanted to replay them again because my it reinvigorated my love and enthusiasm for them. EDF Iron Rain makes me never want to touch another EDF game in my life.

    Overall, the game feels needlessly restricted with all of its mechanics,guns,overdrive and PA gear, making having fun difficult and frustrating. The only redeeming quality for me is the side characters, only because i have a solf spot for EDF side characters.
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