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REVIEW: Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain

REVIEW: Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain
Title Earth Protection Pressure: Iron Rain


Writer D3 Writer
Launch Date April 11th, 2019
Style Third individual shooter
Platform PS4
Age Score T for Teen
Official Web site

Earth Protection Drive: Iron Rain is the newest entry within the EDF collection, and is a spin-off of types. The said aim of the sport appears to be to attraction to westerners with a extra “critical” story. It nonetheless principally looks like an EDF recreation when it comes to story and tone, although the gameplay feels a bit one step ahead, two steps again.

In the event you’re acquainted with these video games, the story is strictly what you’d anticipate. For these not within the know, the Earth is beneath siege from aliens referred to as Aggressors. Or typically the sport refers to them as Ravagers. It may well’t appear to make up its thoughts. Anyhow, you play as a generic soldier that managed to take down one of many motherships. Sadly, you have been caught within the ensuing explosion, and have been in a coma for seven years. You get up and instantly are thrown again into battle.

From there, it goes on a collection of somewhat predictable story beats with the objective of simply annihilating as many aliens as humanly potential. This recreation contains a story beat I didn’t anticipate although with the addition of a human faction that really opposes the EDF. I don’t assume their inclusion actually provides an excessive amount of within the grand scheme of issues, however I assume it’s good seeing new issues in these video games.

EDF Iron Rain | Alien ships

The core gameplay stays because it ever was. It’s a 3rd individual shooter towards hordes and hordes of enemies. Enemies vary from the essential big ant, all the best way as much as towering robots. The capturing feels acceptable, however kinda lacks influence. Assault rifles and notably shotguns simply really feel very weak and underpowered. There isn’t loads of enemy suggestions when shot, both. The enemy AI could be very primary, sometimes touring in a straight line to wherever you’re to break your day. Most enemies have just one or two assaults which are pretty straightforward to keep away from. To make up for this although, you’ll be having to cope with them by the handfuls.

The sport progresses by means of a mission construction, every one lasting just a few minutes. It has a really arcade really feel to it that makes it good for shorter play periods. In previous EDF video games, you’d discover weapon drops and well being upgrades dropped by defeated enemies. This recreation does issues a bit totally different. You discover power gems from defeated enemies and also you obtain cash on the finish of every mission. New weapons appear to be obtained by way of finishing a mission as soon as. You possibly can’t grind for weapons, or a minimum of once I’d replay levels, I wouldn’t get anything from them. You’ll need to deal with the stage at a better problem to get something extra from that mission.

I can’t actually inform for positive if the weapons are handed out completely at random, or if every mission has particular rewards. I think about when you full every stage on every problem you’ll find yourself with a 100% full arsenal. Although with 5 difficulties to select from, that may take fairly awhile. I sometimes don’t like grinding for random loot, although I’m unsure this technique is enough. EDF could be very a lot a numbers oriented recreation, you want robust weapons to take out enemies quick sufficient. In previous EDF video games, in the event you weren’t feeling any of the weapons you had at present, you can simply replay missions to attempt to get one thing higher. That’s merely not an choice on this recreation, and I don’t assume the weapons are doled out in a really constant method. There have been even some forms of weapons I by no means received till I began doing missions on Arduous mode.

EDF Iron Rain | Prowl rider

One other situation there’s that even after getting a weapon after a mission, that solely makes it out there for buy. You’ll need to spend cash and power gems to purchase them. At first, the price is pretty affordable, however in the event you begin attending to Arduous mode, you’ll shortly discover that you simply’ll should grind levels for cash. So if handing out weapons solely as soon as after beating a mission was meant to chop down on grinding, needing cash to purchase issues completely renders that moot. If you get greater rank weapons from greater difficulties, you’ll should grind a stage a number of occasions simply to purchase one weapon. In comparison with getting 5-10 weapons per stage in previous EDF video games, that feels relatively restrictive.

Not with the ability to grind for weapons additionally kinda hurts the core gameplay loop and replayability that different EDF video games have. In previous EDF video games, it was virtually all the time value your whereas to replay missions, as you may get new weapons. Within the current EDF5, getting copies of a specific weapon will even improve that weapon a bit of bit. So there’s all the time rewards for leaping again in. On this recreation, the reward for leaping again in is simply extra money and extra power gems. You’ll want them in fact to buy weapons and gadgets, nevertheless it’s only a lot much less immediately satisfying.

A nicer function is the added character customization. You possibly can change your character’s bodily look from a handful of various choices. Even your gender could be modified at will. Tying into this customization are the 4 totally different “PA Gears” you equip. These are like little mech fits that alter a few of your talents. The default gear provides you respectable mobility and a particularly quick dodge you should use to evade enemies. Flight gear does precisely what you’d assume, it permits you to fly, however solely comparatively brief distances. Heavy striker reduces your mobility considerably, however will increase your protection, doubles up no matter weapons you have got outfitted, and provides you an power defend you should use to nullify enemy assaults. The final one, prowl rider, is probably the most distinctive. Activating your Overdrive mode on this gear, a one-time use per mission potential that makes you stronger, offers you a sure enemy you’ll be able to management. You’ll be able to solely select between an ant, a scorpion, and a spider. It mixes up the gameplay fairly a bit and provides one thing actually totally different. Along with this, the gear additionally has grappling hooks they will use to maneuver across the battlefield.

EDF Iron Rain | Giant ants

In previous EDF video games, separate courses had totally unique upgrades and weapons. To improve a category, you had to make use of it. On this recreation, you possibly can freely swap between all these gears everytime you need. No weapons or gear is unique to them. That is in all probability one of many higher options of the sport. You’ll be able to select totally different gears to go well with no matter mission you’re doing. Heavy striker appeared the most effective, however for not the fitting causes. Even with doing twice as a lot injury, enemies really feel like they’ve an excessive amount of well being. Even utilizing weapons I unlocked on Hardest problem, enemies on Straightforward and Regular would nonetheless take a bit too lengthy to kill.

One concern does crop up from the weapons being common although. In previous EDF video games, just one class used power weapons, so enemies weren’t actually immune to any specific weapon, it simply wouldn’t be truthful. This recreation although, some enemies are immune to power weapons. It’s actually unlucky for me, since power weapons have been simply a few of my favourite weapon varieties. The enemies immune to power weapons additionally occur to be the hardest enemies within the recreation. There aren’t any enemies immune to regular weapons, or no less than the sport made no point out of it. Which means it’s simply higher typically to run together with your typical assault rifles, shotguns, and rocket launchers. Something that doesn’t simply shoot regular bullets is principally a legal responsibility within the late recreation.

There are additionally far too gimmicky weapons I really feel. EDF weapons are definitely no stranger to odd weapons, however this takes issues to the acute. An assault rifle that’s extremely weak, however 1 out of 1000 bullets will immediate kill an enemy. A rocket launcher that offers insane injury however has laughably dangerous accuracy. The shotguns get it fairly dangerous. There have been solely two sorts of shotguns I discovered that acted like regular shotguns. Each have been sadly suffering from ridiculously lengthy reload occasions. Between all this, the 2 weapon restrict, enemies being immune to sure weapons, it will probably truthfully be onerous to seek out one thing you truly take pleasure in utilizing.

EDF Iron Rain | Giant robot

Is the attraction of previous EDF video games current on this one? Nicely, for probably the most half. A lot of the gameplay modifications I’m unsure if I can say are flat out higher or worse, simply totally different. The story has a principally totally different really feel to it, it’s much more low key. It nonetheless has a low-budget sci-fi film high quality to it, however only a reasonably totally different tone. My largest criticism of the story is that it has this core forged of characters, those that presumably battle alongside you. You solely study what their deal is thru little blurbs in loading screens although. Additionally in the event that they have been truly preventing alongside me, I used to be by no means capable of inform aside from the generic troopers. It might’ve been neat in the event that they stood out indirectly, each within the gameplay and the story.

One other challenge, or maybe function, should you’re a fan of those video games, is the efficiency. This recreation will dip right down to 20fps on the drop of a hat. It could make preventing a horde that has you surrounded somewhat troublesome when the sport turns right into a slideshow. The voice appearing efficiency is as stiff and as awkward as ever, although you’re given the selection of simply Japanese voice audio as properly. Both selection fits the sport simply wonderful.

Visually, this recreation isn’t precisely beautiful, although followers don’t actually come to those video games for AAA manufacturing worth. There’s additionally a really noticeable quantity of texture pop-in when fashions first load, however it’s a minor challenge. The character designs and general fashion of the sport is a bit more sensible. Some courses in earlier video games just like the Wing Divers had a extremely stylized look. This recreation opts for a extra perform over type look to it. This may flip some people off, however I actually didn’t thoughts. They nonetheless seemed good, simply differently. The alien designs are pretty totally different and barely much less outlandish than a number of the stuff you’ll discover within the mainline video games. Once more, I don’t assume any of it appears dangerous although. When it comes to music, the soundtrack matches the general fashion of the sport, however I’d be mendacity if I stated any monitor was notably memorable.

EDF Iron Rain | Raznid

Is that this an EDF recreation that EDF followers will take pleasure in? Truthfully, I ended up feeling pretty disillusioned. Which is a disgrace as a result of I feel there are lots of neat concepts right here. Weapons really feel fairly underpowered throughout the board, and enemies simply have far an excessive amount of well being for their very own good. Couple this with extremely annoying AI, and it’s only a very irritating expertise. Suffice to say, it’s fairly lackluster in comparison with the mainline EDF titles. The sport took me 10 hours to beat, although I put a few complete of 30 into it with more durable difficulties. At a $60 price ticket, I can’t actually advocate it. A sale may make this a extra tempting supply. General, for those who’re in search of a very good EDF recreation, I’d give this a cross and look into the mainline titles as an alternative.

Evaluation copy was offered by the writer.

About Jason Quinn

Been enjoying video video games since earlier than I might type coherent sentences. I really like all kinds of video games, from quick, technical motion video games to sluggish RPGs. Except for video video games, I’ve a love of music, movie, and anime.

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