Earth Defense Force 2025

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PlayStation Plus March games announced

PlayStation Plus March games announced

Tearaway Unfolded! Lumo! Severed! More!

Sony's announced the free games coming to PlayStation Plus subscribers in March.

PlayStation 4 owners get Tarsier Studios and Media Molecule's Tearaway Unfolded, and fast-paced action sports game Disc Jam.

Isometric adventure Lumo is available for PS Vita and PS4 with Cross Buy. Vita users also get dungeon crawler Severed.

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Earth Defense Force 5 announced for next year

Earth Defense Force 5 was announced during Sony's Tokyo Game Show conference this morning.

A new trailer showed giant spiders, ants and more falling from spaceships to destroy things on Earth - because that's what always happens in Earth Defense Force. This time there was a giant frog with a gun. Repeat: there was a giant frog with a gun.

Earth Defense Force 5 wil be out in 2017 on PS4 in Japan - maybe on other platforms, too, but there's no confirmation yet. Western release to be confirmed.

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Earth Defense Force 2025 review

It started with my Ranger holding an assault rifle and running towards the red dots on the radar. The graphics were a soupçon of PlayStation 2 mixed with a smidgen of grey texture updates. The loading times had been ludicrous. The terrible voiceover was touting the arrival of some GIANT INSECTS. GIANT INSECTS were swarming the city, GIANT INSECTS that haven't been seen in over SEVEN YEARS. GIANT INSECTS were last seen here SEVEN YEARS ago. SEVEN YEARS?! GIANT INSECTS.

Oh, I thought, I bet a praying mantis is on the loose or something. I bet a butterfly has got gigantism and landed on a house. What eventually crawled into view, feeling about on skyscrapers, were quite a lot of giant ants. "Is this game perhaps," I said, holding the controller hesitantly, "all about ants? Giant ants?"

"Yes," said my friend, who had played an Earth Defense Force game before, the last time they tried to sell us this silliness. In fact he had played all of the countless EDF titles before. They were all pretty much exactly like this one: fairly rough-and-ready animations and character models, some 'new' weapons to collect and slightly tweaked trophies. "It is all about giant ants. You shoot giant ants. That's all you do. Shoot giant ants."

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New Earth Defense Force announced for PS4

New Earth Defense Force announced for PS4

I for one welcome our new insect overlords.

A new title in the Earth Defense Force series was announced for PS4 at Sony's Japanese press conference earlier today.

The upcoming title has yet to be named, and while D3 is still handling the publishing duties, we don't even know the developer. Sandlot handled 2007's Earth Defense Force 2017 and the upcoming Earth Defense Force 2025 - which came out earlier this summer in Japan - while Matt Hazard studio Vicious Cycle developed the series' last iteration Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon in 2011.

Though no info was given about this PS4 EDF game, we can postulate that it will have more giant bugs, killer robots, and possibly giant killer robot bugs than ever before. In the meantime we'll have to settle for Earth Defense Force 2025 when it comes out on Xbox 360 and PS3 in February.

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Earth Defense Force 2025 announced for Xbox 360 and PS3 next year

Earth Defense Forces 4 will see a western release after all as Earth Defense Force 2025, D3Publisher has announced.

Due next year on Xbox 360 and PS3, EDF 2025 is being developed by Sandlot, the creators of the series whose last entry in the bug-shooting franchise was the fantastic Earth Defense Force 2017. Since then Matt Hazard studio Vicious Cycle handled the sequel Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.

As with the upcoming Vita-exclusive Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable, EDF 2025 will feature up to four-player co-op - a first for the series on a home console. And like Insect Armageddon before it, EDF 2025 will allow players to choose a character class at the off, though there's no mention of what these classes are just yet.

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Ulala vs. Ryu and a thousand giant ants: the games of TGS

The best games that you may never play from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

There was a single image that summed up this year's E3 perfectly, and with a little alteration it pretty much does the trick for Tokyo Game Show 2012 too. Whereas western developers seem transfixed with Naughty Dog's semi-interactive model, in Japan there's still a rush to emulate Monster Hunter's unending success. Every game announced at Sony's conference seemed to be about tackling huge beasts in expansive environments - a theme that carried through to many parts of the show floor itself.

Earth Defense Forces 4 trailer scuttles into view

Details on the fourth official entry in the Earth Defense Force series have started to scuttle out of Japan, thanks to a preview in Famitsu magazine.

As translated by Gematsu, the game sounds like it will be staying close to the gloriously goofy B-movie tone that has made the series a cult favourite, with more giant ants, spiders and robots called Hector.

New features include a player class known as Wing Divers. These female troops take to the skies and use alien weaponry. They seem to be based on the Pale Wing character from the second game in the series, released in the west as Global Defence Force.

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