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  • Summary: The sci-fi action of the EDF series comes to the PlayStation4 for the first time in this reimagining of Earth Defense Force 2025, now with improved framerates and graphics, and over 50% new content. After selecting from one of four unique playable classes and customizing their weapons,The sci-fi action of the EDF series comes to the PlayStation4 for the first time in this reimagining of Earth Defense Force 2025, now with improved framerates and graphics, and over 50% new content. After selecting from one of four unique playable classes and customizing their weapons, players lead NPC troops into city-wide battles against hordes of seemingly endless giant bugs, robots, and other colossal enemies. 2 players can enjoy local co-op and versus modes, while online co-op supports up to four players to increase the odds against a massive swarm of enemies. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Jan 19, 2016
    90
    Still the same incredible experience it was two years ago, only better. For new players it's a game full of twists and turns, daring level design and terrifying foes. For veterans it's the best version yet of an amazing formula, just as fresh and thrilling. It's a stunning experience from beginning to end, but I do hope the developers can fix the metagame elements and bump perfection up to the next level.
  2. Dec 8, 2015
    80
    If I were to stick with a single installment going forward, this would be the one. Some of the upgrades fall short of expectations, and a good deal of the content is overly familiar at this point, but The Shadow of New Despair still represents the series at its best.
  3. Jul 10, 2016
    80
    4.1 is a raucous and fun shooter with a different as well as more open ended approach compared to the more scripted movie wannabe type games out there. The dialogue is both silly and endearing and the combat is very satisfying.
  4. 70
    Varied and fun to play, Shadow of New Despair captures the intensity and feel of 70's and 80's monster/sci-fi movies, though its difficulty curve is sometimes hard to swallow.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Feb 2, 2016
    60
    It’s gaming’s equivalent of the earnest-but-terrible B-movie; its manifold flaws made enjoyable and riotously funny by its good intentions. [February 2015, p75]
  6. Dec 9, 2015
    60
    While Earth Defense Force will likely continue to have a strong cult following, at $49.99 it’s hard to recommend to anyone looking for a little more depth to their gameplay experience than just insect extermination. - See more at: http://cogconnected.com/review/earth-defense-force-4-1-the-shadow-of-new-despair-review/#sthash.1b3S1y1C.dpuf
  7. Dec 21, 2015
    30
    This is not so bad it’s good. It’s just plain bad, and there aren’t enough giant insects in the world to convince me otherwise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Dec 10, 2015
    10
    Wow this game. You know its not often I have that same feeling I did when I was 10 and bringing home a new game. This game delivers andWow this game. You know its not often I have that same feeling I did when I was 10 and bringing home a new game. This game delivers and exceeds all expectations I had for it. Want content, how is 98 missions of the co op online campaign. Want variety, how about 4 classes and 150+ weapons per class all with different uses and functionality. What I will say is this game is best played with friends. Playing alone the game is very difficult and I found myself hitting a wall even on normal and I am a veteran of the series. You have to play up through about lvl 10 before you can really get a feel for the game and what it is. The environment is entirely destructible, though when destroying 8 skyscrapers at once the game does have a noticeable slowdown due to the physics calcs. Enemy types are also quite varied, ants, hornets, 2 very different spiders, giant robots, space ships, mother ships, Godzilla creatures, Dragons, ect. Played it about 15 hrs now, and I don't see myself stopping in the near future. Get this game, convince your friends to get this game, you wont regret it. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2016
    10
    The whole purpose of a game is to entertain and that's what this game does with flying colours and that's why this game is a 1010 for me. itThe whole purpose of a game is to entertain and that's what this game does with flying colours and that's why this game is a 1010 for me. it was hard to rate because the game itself isn't oscar worthy.
    The pros: it is hugely addictive i mean obviously its not for everyone, some people will find this boring and repetitive. boring it isn't repetitive it is but in a good way it never gets old. The gameplay is so much fun there is nearly a 1000 weapons to collect for the 4 classes (which the classes are all unique) most of the weapons feel different which is great and the enemy a.i isn't bad either especially on the harder difficulty's. most of the time they do go straight at you but sometimes they creep around your back which is cool. the edf soldiers are hilariously cheesy but great. I also get so hooked on collecting all of the item drop offs every mission to upgrade your armor and to get new weapons. in this game you never feel under powered in fact more often than not your over powered unless you play on the harder difficulty's which you gonna have to get way more armor and way better weapons than what you start off with( trust me you'll die a lot). Its so much fun going deep under ground in the dark and firing off a grenade launcher flamethrower at the enemies in tight tunnels or to be hiding under a small alcove in a bridge from dragons bombarding you with fire. Its simply exhilarating unlike other games in the genre like Alienation which was a snooze for me. This game on the other hand keeps you on your toes.

    The cons: well the frame rate does drop sometimes in intense battles which shouldn't happen with graphics like these. the graphics are acceptable, textures are not very good, its a very sharp looking game but it looks like an early ps3 game but if it was next gen the ps4 wouldn't handle. I'm not kidding the screen is literally covered sometimes to the point where you can't see which isn't a bad thing its just cool blowing your way out. The edf a.i isn't very good, they'll be shooting at a wall to kill aliens robots etc on the other side which is a bit of a pain. The soundtrack is alright it goes with the game but thankfully it doesn't drown out the gameplay. Some of the screaming does grate my ears, oh by the way this game is noisy. it sometimes gives me headache after about 2 hours.

    Verdict: this game is brilliant an arcade one at that so don't expect triple a title (but when i think about its way more fun than most triple a games). I'm not a huge fan of Japanese games and if your not much of a fan either then i would definitely recommend this game. there is no other Japanese game like it, i would go as far to say there is no other game like it. it truly is a unique game
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  3. Sep 24, 2018
    10
    My Honest opinion
    ~This game is AWESOME.
    -Can't believe I never played it, or any EDG game until the month before Destiny 2 comes out..
    My Honest opinion
    ~This game is AWESOME.
    -Can't believe I never played it, or any EDG game until the month before Destiny 2 comes out..
    -Destiny 2 has been out for a week and I have yet to play it once because I'm soooo sucked into this game..
    ~ which makes No Sense cause it's to a popular game.....

    ~ here's why it's awesome
    ~ RANDOM WEAPON DROPS like all games..
    Enemies can drop 1 of 3 boxes.
    Green-weapon
    white -health
    Red - permanent health boost.
    - it's random which they drop, or if they drop at all..
    At the end of a round you're boxes are unpacked and you find out if you found a NEW WEAPON.. and how much permanent health
    You increased..usually 30-60. And as you're health increases it's easier as you have more &a more hit points..
    --5 difficult settings. Easy -to-inferno
    -the higher the difficulty the faster and re advanced the enemies and the whooole reason for playing on harder or inferno. Is because the weapons you get from drops are higher level based on the difficulty..
    --THERES ONLY 1 LEVEL FOR EACH WEAPON..
    SO a flamethrower thermal is a level 65 and powerful. Ur can only be randomly unboxed from a weapon box on inferno difficulty and on the latter half of the games levels...
    And this is why the game has such amazing replay value..
    I/you can't always beat a mission/level on inferno or even harder,,so you play it on hard or normal until you figure out which weapon...

    ---best part of this game is the weapons!!!
    There's firecrackers- 5 different kinds..each its own weapon..
    Firecrackers are light grenades. But the uber highest version of the firecrackers are amazing. Like 30 mini grenades that u can throw wicked fast one after another...
    --there's 8 categories of weapons.
    Assault rifles,,,snipers,,shotguns,,rocketLaunchers,,misses,,grenades,
    Specials, specials are where flamethrower, all kinds of full heal guns..their guns that fire health at u & teammates or vehicles and it heals em..only way AI teammates get health..
    Oh yeah, u can only bring two weapons into a round/level and can only use those two the whoooole Round..

    -so the rockets pretty much fly straight and fats and umph..
    Misses tend to fire many at one time to area attack or highlight 20 insects and off goes the misses. Lighter power but easy way to
    Cheese-snipe. Fire a 2nd time and most are dead..
    Snipers are powerful ur slow reload. Same with shotguns..

    I haven't played Multiplayer..which is PVE or coop..
    I will though, PS4 name is Mcsipp

    Guess the addictive part is the grind for new weapons sinc they are soooo unique.. I never know how the new weapon will work..
    -the weapons do such unique,weird stuff. Like shoot double shots that go out in a V,,or bouncing shots off walls,,

    And the environment is fully destructible..
    In a fun way..it means you can now walk through a area where the building made you go around,,and it means if a box drops on the roof= you can blow up building and get it on the ground...
    Also means the insects can't walk onto the building and sneak attack or snipe u...

    --I haven't had any glitches and bugs that effected immersion..
    -- they announced a NEW eDf game coming out soon..
    To my surprise :)

    If you like LOOT hunting games,,or games with simple rules and basic controls,,and high quality control schemes then this is it..
    Probably why I like it so much...and I never do many xboxOne or PS4 reviews anymore.. If you click my name you'll see all my reviews are to help someone decide.. Not just a blind 10 or ZERO... So worth it!!!
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  4. Dec 10, 2015
    10
    No other game does what this series does. The sheer weapon variety is outstanding alone, but what really makes it awesome is that each type ofNo other game does what this series does. The sheer weapon variety is outstanding alone, but what really makes it awesome is that each type of weapon is useful in some of the different scenarios that the game puts you in. Too many games end up with one class of weapon that outshines the others and ends up being used the whole time.

    The action is crazy, intense, and just pure FUN. The game doesn't focus on graphics, although it looks great on PS4 in my opinion, but it does focus on gamelplay that keeps me playing this game long after I have grown tired of the average "AAA" releases. I have been playing 2025 since it came out and now that 4.1 is out i'm ready to do it all over again in HD at 60fps.

    The atmosphere in EDF is also very endearing and it always puts a smile on my face when I hear the ridiculous scientist lamenting over the giant insects destructive abilities over the radio or when I stop mid battle to sing a song with my recruited troops and we all break out into dance.

    I will be buying EDF games on release day for as long as they make them as long as they stay as fun as this game.
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  5. May 18, 2019
    9
    This is basically old EDF 2025 with better FPS and some graphical tweaks. Oh and some extra added content. Intentionally cheesy hoaky B movieThis is basically old EDF 2025 with better FPS and some graphical tweaks. Oh and some extra added content. Intentionally cheesy hoaky B movie science fiction fest. Facing off against huge insects and robots to combat the mother of all alien invasions in destructible environments. Four diverse classes with loads of weapons to unlock and weapon/health upgrades to grind. Very repetitive, but it never really gets old grinding for loot/health and 85 missions just like wow. Intense fun alone and loads of fun in local co-op with IRL people. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2017
    9
    Super campy game. Crap graphics, terrible voice acting, frame rate drops (sometimes to almost zero), no storyline. And yet, completelySuper campy game. Crap graphics, terrible voice acting, frame rate drops (sometimes to almost zero), no storyline. And yet, completely addictive.

    There's not a ton to say about it. You play it and either you love it or you hate it. I think where it really shines is in splitscreen mode. There's nothing more fun than hanging with your buddies, killing giant insects and blowing up buildings. We're ordering t-shirts for the release of the next release. EDF!!!
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  7. Apr 15, 2017
    0
    holy **** how did this get good reviews? I bought this game because most reviews said it was a good entry. Ive beaten 2 other earth defenseholy **** how did this get good reviews? I bought this game because most reviews said it was a good entry. Ive beaten 2 other earth defense games, they were amazing. I could not beat eve the second stage on this game. The weapons system? terrible. The classes? unbalanced as all hell. In fact most of them are useless. graphics are crap. controls haven't improved. reload system has changed for the worse. gameplay features have actually been taken out? This is the worst video game sequel Iv'e ever played, nothing like insect arm. Worst 60$ game ive ever bought in my life. Expand

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