Earth Defense Force 2025
(known as Earth Defense Forces 4
in Japan) is an upcoming Third-Person Shooter
developed by Sandlot and published by D3 Publisher. The game is a sequel to 2007's Earth Defense Force 2017
taking up the story 8 years later.
The Ravagers have sprung up from underground to invade Earth
once again and it's up to the Earth Defense Force to stop them. If you're familiar with the series' predecessors, you should know what to expect. Players will take control of a foot soldier and gun down any-and-all Godzilla
, and other monstrosities the Ravagers sics at Japan (and you).
Unlike Vicious Cycle's Insect Armageddon
, this installment retains the kaiju
charms of the series is known for. Taking cues from all three of its predecessors (most notably Earth Defense Force 2
), the game will feature four playable classes this time around. Rangers, the standard infantry unit; Wing Divers, female soldiers equipped with jet packs to fly; Air Raiders, support soldiers that can call in air strikes, vehicles, and other support items; and Fencers, walking Powered Armored
men with long-range artillery, a sledgehammer, pile bunker, and dualwieldable chainguns. Enemy variety has also been stepped up along with the addition of online multiplayer for up to four players, allowing you and your three other EDF team-mates take on the Ravager horde together.
You can expect to eradicate the Ravager horde again on the fourth of July in Japan for Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3
. D3 Publisher has been confirmed the game will see an overseas release. If you purchase the game direct from D3 Publisher, you also get special balloon decoys resembling Mina and Setsu
from Dream C Club
for your Ranger and Air Raider respectively to use in combat.
Release in the US and EU is slated for February 4th, 2014.
The EDF will show the Ravagers what we've got with these tropes:
- Action Girls: The Wing Divers. All of the Wing Divers are females who fly and jet pack hop around the battle field attacking enemies. They are also the primary users of the energy weapons in the game.
- Alien Invasion: What you're trying to prevent, again.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: There are many large giant enemies that stalk the battlefield looking to crush the EDF sometimes literally.
- Beam Spam:
- Several enemy types have energy weapons that fire several shots or are "Laser Machine Guns".
- Some of the Wing Divers weapons give the player the ability to spray energy weapon fire at their enemies.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The many bug enemies that can be found throughout the game.
- Bloodier and Gorier: One of the trailers shows a Ranger getting picked up by an ant from the jaws and being throw like a ragdoll with blood gushing from his body. The same trailer showed a Ranger blowing up an ant into pieces with a rocket launcher while trying to fight off the horde of ants.
- Bug War: A large number of your enemies are giant bugs of various types.
- Combat Medic: The Air Raider can act as a combat medic with either the Caliban Armored Relief Vehicle or one of the healing employable items.
- Everythings Better With Motorcycles: There is a two person motorcycle vehicle that had a side care with a machine gun. Yes you can drive a machine gun armored motorcycle to fight hordes of giant bugs, 50 foot tall killer robots, and any other enemy they throw at you.
- Death from Above:
- Several enemies attack the player from above. The various bugs will climb buildings and attack or shoot the player as well.
- Several weapons have projectiles that attack their target from abobe.
- One of the weapon types of the Air Raider is to call in various air/support strikes often raining fire from above the battlefield.
- Die, Chair! Die!: Just like in the previous games. You can wreck random buildings with no consequences whatsoever.
- Drop the Hammer: The Fencer's sledgehammer.
- Everything Breaks: Many of the structures in a city-scape can be blasted into rubble.
- Everything's Worse With Bees: You'll be going up against giant hornets this time around. Hornets that resembles the Asian giant hornet.
- Flying Saucer: The pseudo saucer drop ships make a return and this time they are accompanied by plate like ships that can lock together to form a larger ship.
- Gatling Good:
- Gatling guns make a return on the mechs.
- The Fencer Character can wield up to two Gatling gun weapons at a time.
- Giant Spider: If you thought the giant spiders from the last game weren't bad enough, the Ravagers have also brought in a new spider type this time around.
- Horde of Alien Locusts: The believed behavior of the aliens and their chief motive for the invasions.
- Humongous Mecha:
- The Hectors, otherwise known as "Walking Arms".
- The Aliens Giant Walking Fortress makes a return.
- BMX 10. Large player pilotable mech that almost resembles something out of Warhammer 40k armed with rail guns and missile launchers.
- It's Up to You: And up to three of your EDF comrades this time to stop the Ravagers!
- Jet Pack:
- The Wing Divers use them to fly.
- Some of the Giant Mechs the players can pilot appear to have jet packs mounted on them.
- Kaiju: Some of the giant monsters are kaiju.
- Kill It with Fire:
- One of the variations on the character pilotable mecha is armed with flamethrowers.
- Flame throwers for troops are in.
- Incendiary grenade launchers.
- Leotard of Power: The Wing Divers' uniform are more Stripperiffic the Pale Wings' uniform from Earth Defense Force 2017's PS Vita re-release.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: The Fencers can use a large metal looking shield along with another weapon.
- Deflector Shield:
- A new type of enemy creates a shield bubble forcing players to walk inside to destroy any targets and the generator.
- Some of the enemies Hectors now have a large energy shield to help protect them against the players fire.
- Macross Missile Massacre:
- Some of the players weapons function like this by locking onto multiple enemies and spamming multiple missiles.
- Player pilotable Missile tank is a missile artillery tank that spams missiles.
- One of the Mini-Mech vehicle types has shoulder mounted mini missile pods that look like something right out of an anime like Macross. The launcher even looks like something you would find on the mecha in macross ony smaller.
- Mini Mecha: Ans assorted variety of min-mech variants with various weapons mounted on them. They can be armed with flame throwers, large bore BFG like shotguns cannons, missile pods, howitzers, Gatling Guns, and other weapons.
- More Dakka: There are a large variety of automatic and rapid fire weapons that spray bullets with the press of a trigger.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: You will never take any damage from falling, regardless of height.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Oddly there is a flying dragon like reptile enemy that will buzz the players and spray them with fire.
- Pile Bunker: Another melee weapon for the Fencer. It pierces the target and causes an explosion.
- Powered Armor:The player character type Fencers. A up-close-and-personal unit with katanas, sledgehammers, Electric Gatling Guns, and various [[BFG Shoulder mounted artillery.
- Samurai: From the game's third trailer, the Fencers are "the Samurai of the 21st century".
- Randomly Drops: Has returned with a vengeance and a new graphics to replace the old 2d images of the last game.
- Shoulder Cannon: The Fencer can use various shoulder-mounted weapons including shoulder mounted cannons.
- Sword Beam: Emitted by the Fencer's sword weapons.
- Tank Goodness:
- Twenty Minutes Intothe Future: Part of the plot of the games general story is the game takes place 8 years after the events in Earth Defense Force 2017. The EDF and the rest of the earth have taken the technology of the Ravagers after having defeated them and used it to rebuild the earth. Elements of that same technology also went into rebuilding and improving the EDF.