— The EDF soldier's battlecry throughout the series
Earth Defense Force is a series of budget title Third-Person Shooter games developed by Sandlot and published by D3 Publisher.Taking place in around the modern era, scientist have discovered radio wavelengths from outer space, thus proving the existence of extraterrestrial life. Unfortunately, these aliens aren't here to give humans an olive branch and welcome baskets, they're here to take over the Earth. Not to sit idly by and let the aliens pave a path of destruction to take over Earth with swarms of giantbugs, robots, dinosaurs, and what else they decide to sic on Earth, the eponymous Earth Defense Force, unified multinational military force, was founded to stand up against the alien invaders.One of the main draws of the series is how the game makes the player feel like they're in a Japanese KaijuB-Movie as they take on legions upon legions of enemies and the occasional Godzilla-sized monstrosities (including monsters that lookslikeGodzilla). The gameplay throughout the series is relatively simple: for the most part, you take control of an infantry soldier of the EDF to shoot down any-and-all aliens throughout many stages of the game. It's as simple as that. Along the way, you can find armor power-ups that increases your soldier's maximum health and weapon boxes to obtain new weapon; more powerful weapons are usually found by playing through the missions in harder difficulties.The games in the series so far includes:
Monster Attack / The Earth Defense Force (2004, PS2) — Originally released in Japan in 2003 as Vol. 31 of D3 Publisher's Simple 2000 Series of budget title games for the PlayStation 2 and the first game in the Earth Defense Force series. It was never released in North America, but oddly enough, it was released in Europe in 2004 as "Monster Attack".
Global Defence Force / The Earth Defense Force 2 (2007, PS2) — Released in Japan in 2005 as Vol. 81 of the Simple 2000 Series and a sequel to The Earth Defense Force. The sequel expanded on the original with more missions, new enemies, and introduced the Pale Wings, female soldiers equipped with jet-packs with the ability to fly and reach higher ground. Like its predecessor, never got a North America release but it was released in Europe as "Global Defence Force" and "Terra Defense Force" in Korea. It later received an enhanced and Japan-only port in 2011 for the PlayStation Portable.
Global Defence Force Tactics / The Earth Defense Force Tactics — The oddball in the series. Released roughly around the same time as Global Defense Force but it was made from a different developer. The game was developed by thankArts, and unlike the two previous games, this game was a tactical turn-based strategy game. The story took place after the events of The Earth Defense Force 2.
Earth Defense Force 2017 / Earth Defense Forces 3 (2007, 360) — Released in 2006 in Japan, and while this is the third game in the series, it is first game to get a North American release. The game is more-or-less a remaking of the original Earth Defense Force since the game much like original. Like Earth Defense Force 2, the game received an enhanced port on Sony's handheld system, this time being on the PlayStation Vita and brought back the Pale Wings from the previous game.
Earth Defense Force Insect Armageddon (2011, PS3, 360, PC) — More or less a follow-up to Earth Defense Force 2017, however it was developed by Vicious Cycle Software instead and the first game developed outside of Japan. Unlike the previous games, Insect Armageddon lost some of the giant monster movie feel of the previous games but still keeps the spirit of the gameplay intact.
Earth Defense Force 2025 / Earth Defense Forces 4 (2013, PS3, 360) — Expected to be released in July 2013 in Japan and sometime later overseas, it is the true sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017. Taking place eight years after the events of Earth Defense Force 2017, the Ravagers have returned in an attempt take over Earth again. Applying elements from the previous installments, Earth Defense Force 2025 will feature four playable classes (Rangers, Wing Divers, Air Raiders, and Fencers) and online multiplayer.
Good luck out there, the Earth is counting on you! Has no relations to the Shoot 'em UpEarth Defense Force developed by Jaleco.
We will defend the Earth from the alien invaders with the following tropes!
Action Girl: The Pale Wings (Global Defence Force and EDF 2017) and Wing Divers (EDF 2025).
Bottomless Magazines: Subverted. Most of your weapons have infinite ammo, but just about every weapon have a limited clip size and have to reloaded once the clip runs out. There's no manual reloading whatsoever. Some weapons in the series cannot be reloaded at all unless you start a mission again.
Easy-Mode Mockery: Zig-zagged. You get the weaker weapons within Easy and better weapons on harder difficulties, but it's probably best to start on the easier difficulties to boost your health, as the hardest difficulties would be unwinnable without sufficient amount of health.
Everything Breaks: Just about everything in the outdoor areas can be laid to waste. Houses, skyscrapers, appartments, cars, trees, fences, you name it, and there's no penalty for riding them to get a better view of your enemies.
Fake Difficulty: Any difficulty past Harder Than Hard since the enemies can deal out insane amounts of damage to you and they have an absurd amount of health compared to yours, especially those God-forsaken spiders.
Friendly Fireproof: A mixed example with these games; while your allies can't hurt you, you can hurt them. This is averted in co-op mode where players can accidentally (or intentionally) shoot each other.
Giant Spiders: Oh yes, and they're often the most terrifying enemies in the game. And it is not just because they are damn ugly or can leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but their silk can kill you quickly (especially on anything past Hard) if you're not careful or really unfortunate to run into them.
Hard Mode Perks: You get more powerful weapons on the harder difficulties, but suffice to say, you'll need some decent weapons and LOTS of health before attempting missions on the harder difficulties.
Heroic Mime: Your player character, aside from a few grunts and death cries.
Heart Container: The Armor pick-ups. Grabbing one will increase your maximum health by 1, but you won't get the health bonuses until after finishing the missions.
Infinity+1 Weapon: Often the bonus weapons you get after clearing the in the harder difficulties.
EDF 2017 gives us the Genocide Gun, a Wave Motion Gun that deals 1,000,000 damage! The downside is that the blast could kill you (and your allies) too and certain non-mook enemies are immune to it and you have unlock it by beating all 53 missions on Inferno.
Jet Pack: Often the female soldiers in the games use them to reach places the standard infantry soldiers can't.
Smash Mook: The red ants will ram into you unlike the black ants that sprays acid at you.
Mook Maker: Often in the form of Drop Ships or a mounds on the ground where the alien bugs have made their breeding grounds.
Mini Mecha: In some of the mission in these games lets you pilot one. EDF 2017 and EDF 2025 have the Battle Machine Velgata, the latter has two variants of these mini-mechs.
New Game+: Of sorts. After beating all the missions, you can replay them again with all of your weapons and maximum health intact, which might help when it comes to tackling the game's harder difficulties to obtain some of the more powerful weapons.