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Final Skylanders Swap Force character debuting next week at Times Square

Hundreds of ravenous Skylanders fans will swarm the streets of New York next week to herald the arrival of final Swap Force series character Doom Stone during a special giveaway event at Times Square.

On Wednesday, April 23, the first 500 customers…
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Earth Defense Force 2025 review: I like big bugs

2007′s Earth Defense Force 2017 ranks as one of my favorite multiplayer experiences on the Xbox 360. Pitting an army of tiny (but heavily armed) humans against massive waves of gigantic insects, the EDF games have a uniquely charming appeal, despite…
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Test Chamber – Earth Defense Force 2025

An alien army full of ants, spiders, robots, and spaceships has descended on Earth. Who can stop them? The Earth Defense Force! The most recent entry in the EDF series in available right now (read our review), and we suit up to send some Ravagers back home to space.

In this episode of Test Chamber, Andrew Reiner and Joe Juba take a look at this charming, fun, and rough-around-the-edges take on an alien invasion. With tons of ridiculous weapons, four different classes, and over 80 missions, Earth Defense Force 2025 is poised to become yet another cult classic.

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Test Chamber – Earth Defense Force 2025

An alien army full of ants, spiders, robots, and spaceships has descended on Earth. Who can stop them? The Earth Defense Force! The most recent entry in the EDF series in available right now (read our review), and we suit up to send some Ravagers back home to space.

In this episode of Test Chamber, Andrew Reiner and Joe Juba take a look at this charming, fun, and rough-around-the-edges take on an alien invasion. With tons of ridiculous weapons, four different classes, and over 80 missions, Earth Defense Force 2025 is poised to become yet another cult classic.

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For more episodes of Test Chamber, visit our hub.

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Earth Defense Force 2025 Review – A Successful Infestation

You don’t need to look far to find a video game with futuristic soldiers blasting aliens with high-tech gear. Earth Defense Force 2025 seems to fit in with this crowd, with its giant insects and ridiculous lasers, but Sandlot’s series stands apart. It may not be as polished or balanced as Gears of War or Killzone, but Earth Defense Force 2025 is full of gleeful carnage and B-movie charm that make it hard to put down.

If you’re familiar with Earth Defense Force 2017 (or Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, to a lesser extent), you know what to expect. The Ravagers – an invading army of enormous bugs and robots – have descended on the planet, and you need to shoot them. The skirmishes aren’t long; most of them take 10 minutes or less, and your objective for most of the 80-plus missions is “kill everything that moves.” This simplicity serves the action perfectly, making it easy for you to hit the battlefield and start pulling the trigger.

Your goal may be straightforward, but EDF 2025 has some surprising depth. Strategy and careful weapon selection are critical in later missions, and four different classes – each with a massive and unique cache of weapons to collect – give you a lot of possible paths to victory. The Wing Diver, with her jetpack-enhanced mobility, is my favorite of the bunch, but all of the classes are worth experimenting with. I found the Fencer and Air Raider to be better suited to support rather than solo play, but you need to try everything if you want to collect all of the weapons, since you only earn new gear and health for the class you're currently playing.

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I loved sifting through my newly collected weapons between missions, then testing them out to separate the good from the hilariously terrible. This level of freedom adds to the fun, but it is still far from a tactics-focused experience. The bad guys come out you in writhing swarms, and you blast them as efficiently as possible. It’s pure popcorn action – you just have more ways to wreak havoc.

All of this is best enjoyed as a team, in theory. With split-screen and online options, you’re able to play with your fellow EDF soldiers…but it makes the framerate take a dive. In the middle of the chaos, you are bound to notice some other technical shortcomings. The graphics, collision, and animations aren’t up to modern standards, but they usually don’t have a negative effect on the action. The occasional hiccup makes you feel more like you’re controlling a low-budget sci-fi movie, though some gamers might not find the errors as charming as I do.

The bottom line is that EDF 2025 is just plain fun. It has a clueless earnestness in the mission explanations and the exchanges between your fellow soldiers, and the combat delivers concentrated and accessible action. 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.

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Five Elements of Earth Defense Force We’d Like To See In Other Games

There’s really nothing else quite like Earth Defense Force. With the new title, Earth Defense Force 2025, almost here, gamers are about to get more giant bug-killing action…but it’s a shame that more titles don’t focus solely on dumb, chaotic, grandiose ridiculousness. With that in mind, here are five elements in Earth Defense Force that would be nice to see in more games.

Giant Enemies Everywhere

Everyone loves giant enemies. In most games, when a big boss takes up the whole screen, you’re like “Yeah, it’s on!” but then the rest of the game you’re fighting normal-sized baddies. In EDF, you fight giant enemies constantly. That’s the whole point. It's the premise of the whole game; I think this is the only franchise to realize that simply making everything gigantic is a surefire formula for entertainment. Giant ants, giant spiders, giant robots – it doesn’t have to make sense. If the objective is to fight off enormous enemies surrounding you, it’s automatically a great time. 

A Ridiculous Amount Of Weapons That Aren’t Realistic In The Slightest

The only game I can think of to have as much weapon choice as EDF is Borderlands. Borderlands basically copied Earth Defense Force is what I’m saying (just kidding). Anyhow, Borderlands' guns are great. However, the weapons in Borderlands are limited by silly things like finite ammunition. EDF has no time for running out of ammo. You have as many bullets as you want – the only regulation is the clip size. Also, EDF has no regard for how real weapons actually work. A rapid-fire sniper rifle? A glacially slow homing missile? A rocket launcher that shoots 30 tiny missiles all at once? Why not? There are usually about 200 guns in each EDF, so you’re bound to find a gun that suits you. 

Being Absurdly Powerful While Still Having A Challenge 

Earth Defense Force is a power trip. There are such powerful weapons early on – like the Stingray rocket launcher – that blowing through enemies at 20 rockets a clip feels great. EDF never takes that feeling of power away from you; it only increases the force of the enemies. Basically, every part of Earth Defense Force feels like a shooter on steroids. It starts out with chaos, and keeps upping the ante with more enemies every level. It’s like David versus Goliath, except David has a grenade launcher and Goliath has a hundred friends. Then, if you add a friend in there for co-op, it’s even better, because you feel bonded as two tiny soldiers taking on a ludicrous amount of opposition. All you have is each other, but you’re powerful enough that together you can wreak havoc upon everything, which is tremendously entertaining. 

Massive, Completely Unrealistic Destruction

Realistic destructible environments have become in vogue with modern gaming technology. But what about unrealistic destructible environments? In EDF, buildings go down with barely any damage; sometimes it takes only one or two rockets to take down a skyscraper. It’s completely stupid, but I enjoy it so much. Any game where the buildings get deformed with minimal force is fun.

Having An Absurd Premise, But Taking It Very Seriously 

Earth Defense Force is the Sharknado of video games. One of the reasons Sharknado became a cult hit was because it was such a dumb premise yet it rolled with it completely seriously without a hint of irony, which made it all the more hilarious and ridiculous. The same goes for Earth Defense Force. Someone on that team probably knows that an alien invasion that includes giant ants, robots, and spiders is pretty stupid. It’s a cheesy sci-fi movie wrapped into a video game. If there are more games like this in the future, sign me up. 

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The bugs are back in Earth Defense Force 2025, and they’ve brought friends

For those brief moments when blasting two-story-tall ants grows dull, Earth Defense Force 2025 takes a page from the Monster Hunter handbook and lets players stab giant alien dragons with ludicrously huge techno-swords.

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Earth Defense Force 2025 takes the bug hunt to Europe on February 21

The European branch of the Earth Defense Force will join worldwide bug-blasting efforts soon after the North American battalion deploys next month, as Sandlot’s Earth Defense Force 2025 will hit the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe on February …
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New Nintendo eShop releases: Mighty Bomb Jack, Life Force

So, two Virtual Console games this week. Careful Nintendo, you might pull something.

We saw classic shoot-em-up Gradius hit the eShop earlier this month, and following it up this week is spin-off Salamander, or Life Force as it’s known in our part …
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Earth Defense Force 2025 Release Date & DLC Announced

The alien insect invasion won't come as much of a surprise, as publisher D3 has broadcast the release date of Earth Defense Force 2025.

The game comes out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 18, and when it does, the game's first package of DLC will also be offered for $ 2.99. The DLC, entitled Special Ops, features five new, unspecified missions.

D3 has also outlined EDF 2025's future DLC roadmap: Mutant Rampage (20 new missions for $ 8.99) hits on February 25 and Beyond Despair (also 20 missions for $ 8.99) is released on March 11. The publisher says that all of the DLC will be available in a bundle, but it did not specify its price or release date.

Also be sure to check out the game's pre-order goodies.

 

Our Take:
It's nice to see a game's DLC laid out before us so we can plan our playtime accordingly. Then again, does this mean that the DLC is already finished and left off the main game?

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