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  • Summary: Become an EDF Soldier and Save Earth. Become one of the soldiers of EDF and exterminate the invading aliens. Protect peace on Earth. Human-Looking Aliens Appear for the First Time in The Series
    What are the unprecedented and intellectual alien beings from another planet called the 'Primer'?
    Become an EDF Soldier and Save Earth. Become one of the soldiers of EDF and exterminate the invading aliens. Protect peace on Earth. Human-Looking Aliens Appear for the First Time in The Series
    What are the unprecedented and intellectual alien beings from another planet called the 'Primer'? A series-first enemy alien finally appears. The battle with this intelligent enemy produces unprecedented deep despair, while leading the player to the most fun yet as EDF must confront them with courage and wisdom.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. 90
    EDF is back and as mad as ever. The changes from the previous game are relatively subtle and the grind is certainly still present but no series delivers the sort of insane moments that this one does and EDF5 does it better than ever.
  2. Dec 9, 2018
    80
    Earth Defense Force 5 is a fantastic game for fans of the series and a great starting point for newcomers looking for a B movie like experience with addictive gameplay.
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    80
    If you’re into this type of game, EDF 5 is the absolute pinnacle of the franchise thanks to its absurd humour, an excellent online multiplayer, an insane amount of content and the overall madness of never ending onscreen chaos. It is a niche game however and many people won’t understand what the fuss is about. Poor graphics, poor physics, the eternal grind for better gear and old school gameplay are an acquired taste in the case of EDF 5. Tread with caution.
  4. Dec 10, 2018
    74
    The highest compliment I can give is that this game is probably the closest I'll ever get to that Starship Troopers shooter I've always wanted to play but will probably never realize. If I squint my eyes just a little bit I can make believe I've left the EDF and joined the Mobile Infantry. Welcome to the Roughnecks. Would you like to know more?
  5. Dec 14, 2018
    70
    A fun game despite the fact that it looks like a past gen videogame and doesn't do anything really new.
  6. Dec 12, 2018
    68
    It's hard to believe that EDF 5 is a decent game because of the poor graphics performance, dull story, and repeated gameplay. But still, as a fan-based game, it's the best one in the franchise, and fans of the series definitely can find a way to enjoy it.
  7. Dec 7, 2018
    40
    A sci-fi third-person shooter that sets the player against massive hoards of giant monster, insects, and aliens. EDF lacks in story and contains intentionally bad dialogue, but you get to blow up lots of stuff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 4, 2019
    10
    Soooooo much content and all of it so satisfying! I honestly haven't had this much fun with a game in decades. And the dialogue... oh godSoooooo much content and all of it so satisfying! I honestly haven't had this much fun with a game in decades. And the dialogue... oh god it's so wonderful and straight-faced and perfectly ridiculous... Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2019
    10
    ***AMAZING***
    BUY/RENT THIS FUN FUN FUN GAME...
    This game has several amazing aspects that put it soo high on being EPIC.. ~1~ the weapon
    ***AMAZING***
    BUY/RENT THIS FUN FUN FUN GAME...
    This game has several amazing aspects that put it soo high on being EPIC..
    ~1~ the weapon grind..It gives EVERY level purpose besides furthering the story etcetc…
    ~2~ different classes all play different & each alone is a full game..
    ~3~combat feels so satisfying. the way the bugs/enemies absorb bullets feels great.
    ~4~ weapon vaiety~ talk about weapon diversity.if weapons we're people then this game would be a SJW wet dream.....
    From Snipers which are uber powerful + range but penalty is slow rate of Fire/reload.
    from brainless rocket launchers to smart missles which holm in,,,to sshotguns to weird things like 100 marbles which become uber powerful close range like a super shotgun except you throw em like a grenade,,,to acid guns,,to mines of every kind...

    **so far ive only played Ranger & WIng Diver & the WD has a total different weapons system..
    Ive yet to encounter a same weaon as Ranger....

    Final Point= this games graphics are Xbox 360 but w/ a HD ocat of pain..
    The enemies look awesome but the layouts look cardboard..
    And every building is destructible is fun..

    I kick myself for ignoring this series all last generation..i always thought it was some lame Japanese corny game....don't sleep on this game...You will get instantly addicted..

    ~~talk about rpelay value...You get higher quality weapons on higher difficulty,,,and this scales on the higher the mission..
    So you play on hardest (inferno) on mission 17 only offers high grade wepans up till a certain tier,,,then say Inferno on mission level 87 will offer waaay higher tier weapons...
    *and the wepaons improve...something that wasn't there in EDF4.1...……..
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  3. Dec 14, 2018
    10
    This rating is based against other EDF titles and against games like Fallout 76, Red Dead Online, and Battlefield V.

    In a year where many
    This rating is based against other EDF titles and against games like Fallout 76, Red Dead Online, and Battlefield V.

    In a year where many major game companies seem to only care about $$$ more than quality, it's refreshing to get EDF 5 a game which actually improves on the EDF formula without adding ridiculous game mechanics, annoying insane grinds, or pandering to the game ruining streamers.

    Based on all of that, EDF is a solid 10. It's insanely fun to play, especially with friends, it uses the PS4 to great effect, and it stays true to it's formula. Thank you EDF for restoring my faith in gaming!

    EDF, EDF, E, D, F!!!
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  4. Nov 1, 2019
    9
    What can I say this game is bonkers and highly enjoyable. It is a prequel to EDF 4.1 but made to be better in many ways.

    You have 4 classes
    What can I say this game is bonkers and highly enjoyable. It is a prequel to EDF 4.1 but made to be better in many ways.

    You have 4 classes of soldier to chose from and you must repel an alien invasion where you can fight anything from giant insects to ufos. There are hundreds of weapons and over 100 levels to play, you can pilot vehicles to create carnage and destroy many parts of the level. It does not have the best graphics but the frantic gameplay more than makes up for the game especially on the harder difficulties. I enjoying this game very much and will continue to support the devs and the franchise.

    +Awesome action and variety in gameplay.
    +Kill Giant ants and spiders! great to get over arachnophobia!
    +tanks, helicopters and mechs! what is not to like
    +Cheese and more cheesy voices but I love it
    +So many weapons to try
    + 4 player co -op is great
    +split screen is great too!

    -helicopters still fly too low and control is very bad.
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  5. Dec 18, 2018
    8
    This game is pure video games, for lack of a better word. It's the most hectic and enjoyable gaming experience a person can have, especiallyThis game is pure video games, for lack of a better word. It's the most hectic and enjoyable gaming experience a person can have, especially with friends. It never takes itself seriously and only endeavors to do one thing: throw literal hundreds of silly sci-fi monsters at you to blow up with an increasingly varied and ridiculous arsenal of weapons. It does this one thing quite well. The four classes are all distinct from one another and from what I've seen everybody has a different take on which is best. While not every type of weapon is a winner, most feel really great to fire. Additionally, many of the missions are situational meaning that you actually need to take the right weapons for the job at hand, which is more strategy than you'd expect from a game like this. And all the while you get to listen to the most gloriously cheesy dialogue from your fellow soldiers and radio broadcasts.

    The game isn't flawless though. The graphics aren't great, but that's a necessity due the sheer amount of chaos on screen at once, as well as all the models having collision detection from miles away. The game can get pretty repetitive too, especially if you're playing alone. The vehicles all control like poo. The menus are basic and ugly, especially the online lobby system. Sometimes the levels feel too spread out and it takes a long time to get to the next important spot. The performance is spotty with frame drops galore when the **** hits the fan. And you will definitely see some glitches like enemies stuck inside buildings and running in circles. But none of that is enough to distract from what a complete blast this is to play.
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  6. Apr 15, 2019
    8
    WE ALL KNOW what to expect from EDF-5, if you haven't played before; you kill bugs. Big ones. 'Nuff said. So what I want to focus on are theWE ALL KNOW what to expect from EDF-5, if you haven't played before; you kill bugs. Big ones. 'Nuff said. So what I want to focus on are the changes this time around.

    * About 20 additional levels on the vanilla campaign
    * The ability to earn weapons/armor across all classes, regardless of what you play as
    * The ability to upgrade weapons and vehicles through extended use
    * New weapons, dialogue options, settings - but still no extra customization!!! (play Iron Rain for that)
    * Refined mechanics for class actions - EG the pull back and rotation camera for Air Raider during bomb drops
    * More dynamic level progression / more multi-tiered levels
    * More enemy, weapon, vehicle unlocks

    This is it more or less, besides this everything is a little more polished, a little smoother and just a tiny bit closer to what I suspect is the ideal EDF game. Here's the one issue with that - these are VERY minor changes, I can't really imagine an even FURTHER fine-tuned game making it as a stand-alone release.

    Much like the gripes emanating from many other long running franchise fans - D3 needs to find a way to quell the people looking for a meatier departure from the mainstay formula. Iron Rain was a failed attempt - not for being bad but for being too much the same. EDF-5 is definitely another tiny step forward, but its getting harder and harder to tell. 9/10
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  7. Nov 16, 2019
    7
    The game doesn't really stray far from it's predecessors, fully embracing the schlock that has defined the series since it's inception. ButThe game doesn't really stray far from it's predecessors, fully embracing the schlock that has defined the series since it's inception. But now the technical shortcomings have started to truly grate and show their age. Getting stuck on the geometry, enemy bodies lasting forever and blocking your shots (always fun to kill yourself cuz a corpse falls on your rocket), some truly TERRIBLE RNG needed upgrade weapons make this game more of a drag to play solo then the others. But with some friends it's still good fun. Expand

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