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Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Review

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Yuke’s latest installment within the Earth Defense Force sequence is definitely extra of a spin-off than it’s a sequel. The title having no quantity must be the giveaway for that however there’s really a number of causes for coming to this conclusion. The principal one is as a result of Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is definitely sort of an experiment in some ways.

I’ll begin with the obvious stride that Yuke’s made which was within the visuals of the EDF franchise as an entire. The Earth Defense Force video games have a acknowledged nostalgic look that reminds gamers of both an arcade sport or a PlayStation 2 title principally. While this may be unappealing to an individual unfamiliar with the sequence, it all the time does promote with diehard followers of the sequence. It additionally suits with Earth Defense Force’s quantitative nature.

With Iron Rain, nonetheless, Yuke’s needed to take it a step ahead. Of course, they do have a large fanbase that exists already, however what if the sport was marketed to much more individuals? How will we get new individuals into the Earth Defense Force franchise? The first reply that got here to Yuke’s thoughts was to replace the sport’s graphics. While they didn’t accomplish that very radically, they did step it up a notch by bringing the Unreal Engine into the combination to provide the gameplay a extra refined look.

Iron Rain subsequently does look fairly extra prominently like the present gen video games the business is pumping out these days. It doesn’t have that barely unpolished arcade look anymore. Was this the fitting step to take however?

The factor with slick seems for what’s primarily not a practical and really detailed sport does create a reasonably unhealthy combo. This is because of how the animations and motion sorts really look in a sport like Earth Defense Force, one which is on the goofier facet of Japanese gaming. The motive it by no means bothered us earlier than is how the gameplay matched as much as the dopey graphics.

But now we acquired this actually easy and HD look coupled with lanky inflexible gameplay that appeared particularly bizarre on the character fashions. It type of appeared like an unfinished Unreal mission with how stiff the character’s limbs have been the entire time. It jogged my memory loads of Jump Force really, together with the very cool lighting results in that sport’s protection.

As for efficiency, the graphical overhaul did deal a blow to how steady the framerate of the sport stayed. With a sport like EDF the place there’s all the time a lot occurring concurrently, low upkeep graphics really served their goal very nicely. The FPS did dip a number of instances even on my GTX 1060 resulting from what number of big ants would typically horde me on display screen or how completely different buildings blew up with flame and lighting particles spreading all over the place. They undoubtedly appeared completely different and arguably higher than earlier installments, but it surely’s nonetheless type of a trade-off.

In the tip I suppose it comes right down to a matter of participant choice. Some like their franchise to stay nostalgic and arcade like whereas others wish to see progress and alter in how their favourite sequence seems. Graphics and visuals weren’t the one factor they modified, nonetheless.

The class system of the sport was additionally fairly modified up than the standard norm of selecting between issues like air raider and assault. Instead, you make a customized character that may seamlessly change between the category choices based mostly on what you improve and use extra. Another factor so as to add is the way you purchase weapons and equipment. Since the category system was modified up, so was this. Instead, you needed to grind your favourite weapons from assigned missions now by seeing what they’ve to supply.


The quantity of combos of your character talents and weapons you have been utilizing did make for potent combos. I additionally admired the liberty granted by Yuke’s within the customization you had over your character in Iron Rain. This freedom actually shined when it got here to the sport’s on-line multiplayer. You now not had that syndrome of wanting precisely the identical because the man you have been enjoying with.

Furthermore, the completely different combos of weapons and equipment you might have together with how otherwise you used them added to the distinctiveness. Other than this class system revamp, the sport continues to be basic EDF. That being within the type of a third-person shooter centered round preventing aliens.

The sport labored in ranges/missions however each really had a really open ended sandbox surroundings to combat your foes in. An surroundings that additionally allowed gamers to be very extremely damaging. Whether it was with their excessive caliber weapons or heavy artillery loaded automobiles. Roaming round and blowing alien bugs into large chunks whereas unintentionally inflicting tens of millions upon tens of millions in property harm was undoubtedly very encapsulating as an expertise.

The reality that you would be able to change lessons and playstyles on the go additionally means you gained’t miss out on any of the expertise with the sport. It could barely lock out a layer of replayability that the earlier EDF video games used to have.


Regarding the setting, writing and story, Iron Rain follows the basic Earth Defense Force components. You understand how the tacky Japanese humor the place the English voice actors actually throw themselves out to simply sound as goofy as they probably can.

It’s one thing I actually adore concerning the EDF franchise for the reason that writers and actors aren’t taking themselves significantly both. It’s even higher if you understand the setting itself and may’t make sense of it in any means. All you recognize is that there are aliens and you must go cease them.

Earth Defense Force Iron Rain is an effective place to begin for any new participant to the franchise resulting from its up to date graphics and versatile gameplay. You can get it on the PlayStation four or on Steam at present.

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