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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: 18 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  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
    I just can’t quit Iron Rain. It’s just too addictively fun to give up on and any EDF fan that’s been around long enough is most likely used to these games having a few blemishes. In the case of Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, in particular, the good definitely outweighs the bad.
  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 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 29, 2019
    61
    Character creation could have had a little bit more variety, but the feature does make it easier to empathize with your character, which benefits the more serious tone of the scenario. However, the balance between item prices and the amount of currency you can obtain make it hard for the player to spend money when needed, which makes the game less enjoyable as a whole. There are several other issues such as bullet-sponge enemies, resulting in an experience that can be hard to enjoy.
  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 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  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 12, 2019
    9
    Really fun twist on EDF, a bit westernized. If you're going in expecting EDF 6 you will be very dissapointed. The game is still a good timeReally fun twist on EDF, a bit westernized. If you're going in expecting EDF 6 you will be very dissapointed. The game is still a good time however and does keep some of that classic EDF corniness and silly gameplay we all love.

    The character customization is awesome and one of the things i'd love to see in the mainline series.

    If you are an EDF die hard then i totally suggest you play this game.
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  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 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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  5. Jun 25, 2020
    6
    I enjoyed my time with this game, but it is technically flawed and many design choices are rather baffling.
    I loved the advances it made in
    I enjoyed my time with this game, but it is technically flawed and many design choices are rather baffling.
    I loved the advances it made in many areas, but it feels like they also make the clunkiness even more apparent.

    Often it feels like the game is just flat out cheating to make you lose, and PvP is barren and clearly half-baked with no real thought put into it.
    PvE is excellent, though netcode feels clunky.

    I still enjoyed it, but it has severe technical difficulties.
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  6. Oct 7, 2019
    3
    This game is terrible. Seriously, it’s not EDF! I’m not sure what it is, but it is **** Got bored after a single play through, which, for anThis game is terrible. Seriously, it’s not EDF! I’m not sure what it is, but it is **** Got bored after a single play through, which, for an EDF game says a lot! The aiming is clunky and far from being snappy, the guns/weapons just aren’t fun to use, no satisfying thump to them. And the hordes of enemies across sprawling maps are gone, the maps are now incredibly small in comparison. Another really annoying point to mention is the absolutely terrible writing and voice acting! Just the worst I’ve ever heard! EDF games, especially 5, are genuinely funny at times! It might be daft and sometimes cheesy but they pull it off to the point where it’s actually fantastic in a B-movie kind of way. One other point to mention is that hardly anyone is playing online. My friend and I were playing for about four hours and not one person joined our game, also, not once have we found an active lobby, not once and it’s no wonder. Play EDF 5 it’s great fun! And the lobbies are always active. Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2020
    0
    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS

    Acceleration of the rotation, you can't disable. rubbish AI Limited everything stupid PENALTIES for
    DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS

    Acceleration of the rotation, you can't disable.
    rubbish AI
    Limited everything
    stupid PENALTIES for using any EQUIPMENT ( I didn't use ANYTHING since started because of it)
    no communication phrases
    no song
    no commands
    can't point at stuff like in 4.1
    boring stupid weapons with dull design you have to unlock and then f**g BUY
    90% mobs are ignoring AI soldiers
    NPC AI is a trash
    piece of hot garbage in comparison to any other EDF games
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