Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Apr 9, 2014
    70
    EDF has never been quite as spectacular, nor as charmingly wonky, as this. [Issue#146, p.121]
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    65
    However bad it gets it's never an enraging experience. [May 2014, p.78]
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    40
    As a pitch, EDF2025 sounds like buckets of fun. But once the novelty inherent to the concept wears off, EDF2025 is boring, and it long outstays its welcome.
  4. Mar 14, 2014
    50
    EDF has a fiercely loyal following, and fans are likely to be happy embracing this latest title, bugs and all. For everyone else though, EDF 2025 is the gaming equivalent of Sharktopus: a bargain basement, low-budget cheesefest of the highest order, mildly amusing for a short time, filled with awful lines, and completely forgettable.
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    90
    The hours of laughter and frustration are well worth the money you’ll pay, and I challenge anyone who picks this up to not enjoy themselves in the worst kind of way.
  6. Mar 7, 2014
    85
    A brand-new copy of Earth Defense Force runs you $50, which is one of the best entertainment values out there so far this year. As long as you can overcome your own biases and enjoy some old-fashioned plotless alien blasting, you’ll get hours of fun out of Earth Defense Force 2025.
  7. Mar 3, 2014
    70
    This game is aimed at a very specific audience, but if you're ok with loads of fun and just a correct technical side, then it does deserve a try.
  8. 60
    If you’re willing to brave the wonky controls, bland looks, repetitive sounds and wholly uninspiring story, there’s a content-rich base-level appeal to Earth Defense Force 2025 that will draw you in.
  9. The visuals may be as appetizing as earwax, but this is still inexplicably fun, especially with a cohort. [March 2014, p79]
  10. Feb 26, 2014
    91
    It's a game that's never about anything more than having a blast (and, of course, blowing up bugs, space robots and buildings) — what more could anyone want?
  11. 90
    Earth Defense Force 2025 is a fantastic example of everything that makes pure action gaming so much fun, packed with replay value and over the top set pieces, and a more than worthy sequel that tops its predecessor in every way.
  12. Feb 24, 2014
    90
    Despite a few frame rate issues and dated graphics, Earth Defense Force 2025 is an insane amount of fun.
  13. Feb 24, 2014
    60
    Sandlot tried to make the best episode ever for Earth Defense Force, delivering a very long campaign that can be played both in single or multiplayer. What a pity the graphics can't get the job done.
  14. Feb 21, 2014
    60
    Like a cheesy 80s pop record, Earth Defense Force 2025 is so bad that it’s almost quite good.
  15. Feb 20, 2014
    70
    A fun and simple shooter experience. The multiplayer factor is the key in this new sequel of the well-known EDF saga.
  16. Feb 19, 2014
    80
    Every bit as fun as Earth Defense Force 2017 was, and it's a great improvement over Insect Armageddon. Though its rehashed content disappoints initially, EDF 2025 emerges as the best in the series in its latter half, delivering freakish new enemies, over-the-top weaponry and a solid and expansive multiplayer experience.
  17. Feb 19, 2014
    80
    The team behind the original Earth Defence Force games finally deliver the sequel that fans have been waiting for. Others may take some convincing, but EDF 2025 is undeniably good fun.
  18. Feb 18, 2014
    50
    No longer the Deadly Premonition of action games, just an outdated, half-broken, shooter that offers only glimpses of what it could’ve been.
  19. Feb 18, 2014
    60
    Earth Defense Force 2025 isn't great, but it is good. The game dispenses with anything that would get in the way of pure shooting, bringing players forcibly back to old arcade shooters like Robotron and Smash TV. If you have a friend to play with and you both jive with the B-movie vibe of EDF 2025, there's some fun to be had here.
  20. The shooting just happens to be glorious so you end up shooting until you realise you haven’t done anything that resembles ‘skill’ in around 50 levels, and you’ll go loopy. EDF 2025 is proof it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.
  21. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    Sandlot have crafted another ludicrously entertaining, utterly bonkers sci-fi romp. There are more enemies, more guns, more nutty speech, and more missions. It does have limitations. It isn’t going to trouble the best that your PS3 has got to offer in the aesthetic stakes, but I dare anyone – even the most staunch graphics-fan or gaming snob – not to get a kick out of EDF.
  22. Feb 18, 2014
    50
    EDF 2025 is a shorthand for every game. Just shooting GIANT INSECTS, whilst someone shouts SHOOT THE GIANT INSECTS from your TV.
  23. Feb 18, 2014
    59
    Earth Defense Force 2025 is a mediocre game, especially from a technical point of view, but it can offer some moderate fun if you're into destroying cities and exterminating giant insects.
  24. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    You can find more ambitious sci-fi shooters out there, but you won’t find anything else that captures EDF 2025’s delightful mixture of action and atmosphere.
  25. Feb 18, 2014
    65
    I can forgive (and even enjoy) the quirky physics and awkward voice acting EDF is known for, but the terrible frame rate turns this fast-paced action game into a slow-motion chug-fest when it matters most.
  26. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    Fans will tell you that you do not play to EDF for graphics or technology, but for what it is: a funny thing done seriously. We like EDF as we like a good B-movie, where you can clearly see the hidden actor under the Godzilla disguise, destroying a cardboard-made city.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 19, 2014
    9
    Any game reviewer who does not see the beauty of this game is bad at their job and probably dead inside. EDF 2025 is everything good about EDF 2017 updated with the few good elements of Insect Armageddon. If you do not like mayhem and endless hours of a game that is actually fun to play with real life human friends this is not the game for you, but you might have a future writing knee jerk bad reviews of a game you probably played for less than an hour. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2014
    9
    Earth Defense Force 2025 is like a weird mixture of various Monster Attack movies such as Godzilla Final Wars (complete with human combatants with sick skills and weaponry) and arcade action-y titles like Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Dynasty Warriors where your clear goal is achieve your objective and murder all the various hoards of enemies that will come to stop you from doing the "life thing" people seem to enjoy these days.
    You can control one of the 4 available classes (Ranger, Wing Diver, Air Raider, and Fencer), each one with their own perks and load-outs, and you proceed through cities, forests, underground tunnels, beaches, etc. and kill everything that doesn't look like you and are normally 5-20X your own size. The enemies in the game become more and more ridiculous the further you get into it, and since your starting enemies are giant ants, that's saying something (slight spoiler: at some points you are fighting against enemies almost big and numerous enough to completely block out the skybox).
    There is a 2-Player Local Coop and 4-Player Online CooP with various weapons designed for use with other player such as health and stat boosts. (I sadly haven't gotten around to testing this, so no comment on how well it works)
    The amount of weapon pick-up in the game is massive. There's no sharing weapons between classes as well, so each player would have a completely different selection to choose from to handle the various situations that EDF2025 will put you in to, from Snipers Rifles, Shot Guns, Turrets, Mechas, Helicopters, Giant Shockwave Hammers, Gatling Guns, Even Bigger Shockwave Hammers, a large red 1-use missile on a small shoulder-rest of some sort, Plasma Rifles, Rocket Launchers, more Rocket Launchers, Grenade Launchers, a Super Soaker filled with sweet sweet healing goo, etc... the variety of the weapons is so large that my mouth was floor after many MANY hours of play, I had just received an Achievement for just getting "10% of Weapons."
    If I had to criticize anything in this game, it's the graphical fidelity and the frame-drops. The limited visuals is a bit of a bummer, but not game-breaking for me... the frame-rate droppage on the other hand will annoy a lot of people. Sometimes the chaos is so thick that your game will tank for up to 20-30 seconds before enemy bodies and destroyed buildings starts disappearing from the screen allowing you to continue having fun.

    Even despite these problems, EDF2025 is currently one of my favorite games to be released (in the US) this year.
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  3. Feb 25, 2014
    9
    OK just so you understand this correctly, the game is a bunch of insects that have come to destroy civilization as we know it. The graphics are OK, the music is good. The controls are great and the plot is hilarious. You have to play it. Full Review »