About this game
Content Rating: Mature
The Earth is attacked by aliens again. The players, as members of the eponymous Earth Defense Force, have to repel this invasion. The special military unit was formed in order to protect the planet from threats from the space which, as the story told in the series shows, was a successful investment.
Critic Reviews33 Reviews
Ashley Shankle — Dec 07, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 is easily one of the best co-op games on the PlayStation 4, without a doubt. The sheer amount of customization, playtime, and fun to be had in EDF 5 is undeniable. If you want a co-op game on the PlayStation 4 you can just sit down and play for a mission or two or 15 at a time, you could do a lot worse than Earth Defense Force 5.
Zack Stout — Dec 11, 2018
I feel almost dirty recommending Earth Defense Force 5. Even though it tends to run more like a PowerPoint presentation than a full priced video game at some points, it’s such a fun guilty pleasure, packed with dozens of hours of content, that I can’t help but give it a pass.
Christian Kobza — Dec 07, 2018
If this is your first giant bug slaying rodeo, there’s plenty here to keep you keep you amused for dozens of hours, but it functions best as a distraction from our notably less zany reality.
Andrew Stretch — Dec 07, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 takes what the previous games in the series were known for; Classes with huge customization, large-scale battles, and a story about mankind defeating enemy forces. If you're looking for a third person shooter that you can keep coming back to for different experiences, EDF 5 will keep you entertained for hours.
Sythrael — Dec 07, 2018
My personal impression for most of it is that the game was intended to be an artfully and amusing sub-par production. The problem with artistic endeavors of that nature is that they are very difficult to accomplish with any form of precision and acceptability. Keep in mind that the variance of possible audiences, of which there are many, can affect individual perception.
Alex Everatt — Dec 09, 2018
My two kids, both under the age of 10, had an absolute blast playing co-op together – for them, the visuals and audio didn’t matter, but the “cool” massive spiders and ants did. Earth Defense Force 5, like previous Earth Defense Force games, clearly have a following – and if you’ve enjoyed the games before, you’ll enjoy this one just as much. If you’re new to the franchise, you’re not going to get much depth, but under the right circumstances and with the right mindset, you might be able to squeeze out a fun time.
Anthony Mann — Dec 12, 2018
I like this game a lot, but solo play will wear on some for sure. There is luckily co-op play, both online and split screen and with friends. With such a small barrier to entry (point and shoot) it should be easy to find others to play with even if they aren’t super familiar with video games. The only odd control option is the touch pad and the d-pad activating pre-made quick chat lines.
A.J. Maciejewski — Dec 07, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 is an EDF game through and through. Although it doesn't feature anything particularly new and exciting, it still makes for an enjoyable and ridiculous time that's best played with friends.
James Swinbanks — Dec 07, 2018
Despite the series' long-running nature, Earth Defense Force 5 is a standout action game, revelling in its own absurdity while crafting a brilliantly fun and lively action game around it. Its huge battles are a joy to watch play out both from up close and afar, and the wide variety of weapons and play styles with each player type offers plenty of reason to come back for more after the final bullet has been fired.
Richard Seagrave — Dec 13, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 stands in the face of pretty much every game released these days. It’s the game that doesn’t bother trying to keep up with the Jones’ because it’s happy doing its own thing and being just what it wants to be. And that’s brilliant. And you know what else is brilliant? Shooting hundreds of enemies while listening to humorous quips. That never gets old. Never.
Kai Powell — Dec 08, 2018
This iteration of PlayStation 4 features a great number of positive enhancements, and while the negatives are more pronounced (being unable to start on Inferno difficulty) this time around, the purity of slaughtering everything in sight with progressively bigger and more badass weaponry shines through. Don’t just consider getting a copy for yourself; get three for your friends and tackle Earth Defense Force 5’s online campaign together. After all, the EDF doesn’t leave a man behind.
James Cunningham — Dec 07, 2018
As every new encounter gets bigger and more dramatic, it’s met with rising force from the Earth’s defenders, until eventually the entire sky becomes a pulsing mass of fire and smoke from the explosions of battle. Add a friend or three for online multiplayer and it only gets more chaotic, with everyone pulling out the biggest weapons from their collection to try and dominate the higher difficulty levels. Earth Defense Force 5 is easily the best in the series and an incredible high point for pure action gaming.
Lucas White — Dec 07, 2018
At that point it becomes a game of constant motion, of swiveling the camera all around, of making sure the shots you pick are the ones that matter the most, of ducking in-between buildings and into alleys, and of avoiding geometry deliberately designed to trip you up into getting cornered. This is a game that is largely spectacle, but can become deceptively unforgiving if you aren’t careful, or if you don’t have a solid handle on both what you and the alien menace are capable of.
Corey Gavaza — Dec 13, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 is a fun title that doesn’t aim for anything more than that. It sets out to give you many monsters to shoot and many weapons with which to shoot them. In that estimation, it succeeds. If the idea of doing this over and over again with the only real progression coming from new weapons gained at the end of each mission, then this is the game for you.
Chris Moyse — Dec 07, 2018
It has been a long time since I've played a game so self-aware of its own flaws, yet so proud to embrace, even celebrate them. This alone makes Earth Defense Force 5 worthy of a few hours of your time. But at the end of the day, they are flaws, and there are many of them. So while there is fun to be found in this latest bout of intergalactic mayhem, just make sure you pay a fitting price for the ticket to ride.
Jordan Boyd — Dec 07, 2018
Ultimately, Earth Defense Force 5 boils down to a very shallow entry in a series that I’ve typically enjoyed in the past. Single-player only works in short spurts, as this is a title that’s meant to be enjoyed with others. I think it’s time for Earth Defense Force to evolve into more than just a game that relies on nostalgia and monotonous killing. There’s definitely potential here and it shines through at multiple points throughout the game.
Joe Juba — Dec 07, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 has none of those things – but that’s okay. This series has always had a single-minded commitment to one simple truth: It’s fun to use weird weapons to blast lots of aliens. That fact may never change, but in an industry that has been steadily raising the bar, Earth Defense Force 5 allows the series to fall further behind.
Eric Ace — Feb 13, 2019
While a massive upgrade over 4.1 in many respects, some notable areas are weak such as sound, songs, and voices - perhaps most importantly the 'EDF Song' is missing, much to the chagrin of long-time players. These issues aside, the better graphics, gameplay and overall mission structure makes this a great sequel and a fine game for new players to get into this third-person shooter.
Ethan Butterfield — Jan 30, 2019
So, with all that taken into account, is Earth Defense Force 5 worth picking up? Well, if you like watching B-movie’s with friends, but would rather play them instead, then yes, Earth Defense Force 5 is the game for you. If you just want to blow shit up, then buy the other game I’ve named dropped two or three times. All in all, this game isn’t a terrible experience, but there are better ones out there.
GameCentral — Dec 18, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 is as far from perfect as it’s possible for a still enjoyable game to be. Even with all its improvements its low budget and barely-competent technology only just holds together. But that, even more so than the cheesy dialogue and setting, is where a lot of the charm comes from. If only it was a little cheaper, we’d recommend it unequivocally but at least Global Defence Force has finally got the sequel it has so long deserved.
William Lowery — Jan 16, 2019
Earth Defense Force 5 is a blast through and through. Blowing away insects and spaceships with a shotgun or energy blaster never gets old, and the various classes are diverse and worth trying out to see which one best fits your play style. Admittedly, 110 missions of non-stop shooting does get a bit tiresome, but just when you think you've seen it all, the game introduces a new enemy type or throws in a big set-piece level to shake things up.
Kalle Max Hofmann — Dec 17, 2018
Of course, EDF is not for everyone, as a certain affinity for B-Movies is mandatory, but on the other hand, EDF games are unlike any other game series out there. So if you're in the mood for an orgy of destruction of epic proportions which offers weeks of entertainment with friends, check out this latest instalment as it is the most accessible yet. For any fan of the series, this fifth entry is definitely a must-have.
Garri Bagdasarov — Dec 07, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 is just pure joy to play. Sure, it has problems but they don’t distract the from what the game is trying to be: an over-the-top sci-fi epic. When all is said and done, it’s easily the funniest and most improved title in the franchise.
Joel Couture — Dec 07, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 is ugly, badly-voiced, and poorly-plotted. It’s supposed to be, though, creating a perfect mixture of hilarity and tight action that few other games can manage. There is little else out there that makes players feel powerful and powerless all at once and offers moments of roaring laughter and heart-stopping drama as players fight together with the ridiculous EDF.
Ramón Varela — Dec 11, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 consigue que muchas de las características que definiríamos en otros juegos de errores graves aquí sean aceptadas como parte de su fórmula. Un cóctel épico, casposo, ridículo pero siempre divertido. No se trata de uno de esos juegos llamados de placer inconfesable que hay que ocultar: EDF es, en el fondo, un buen juego de acción multijugador con una presentación muy mejorable. Pero no es mal juego, y eso es más de lo que pueden decir otros títulos de más renombre.
chiconuclear — Dec 17, 2018
Es justo ese estar fuera de lo esperable, de funcionar a su manera, lo que hace que Earth Defense Force 5 sea tan seductor, tan rabiosamente fresco. Es por esta condición subterránea e indomable por lo que la serie funciona tan bien, y esta quinta entrega quizá sea la mejor hasta el momento; decía mi compañero Fran de EDF2025 que conseguía «trascender los prejuicios y hacer que su atrocidad técnica y visual sea parte indispensable de su fórmula como arcade espirituoso y gritón y destelleante».
Matías Guajardo — Feb 07, 2019
Tiene aspectos a pulir como las largas y enredadas misiones en cavernas, o el poco ortodoxo control de vehículos, pero mantiene el espíritu de ser un videojuego diferente, desenfadado y único, con una personalidad propia que le da un interés especial en el panorama actual.
MIGUEL ÁNGEL ESCUDERO — Dec 14, 2018
Aquí hemos venido a arrasar con los extraterrestres que han invadido la Tierra. Sin medias tintas y armados hasta los dientes a lo largo de un centenar de misiones. Avanzar, disparar, matar ya sea en solitario o en uno de los divertidos modos multijugador tanto online como offline. Ojo, no lo parece pero resulta muy adictivo y muy rejugable. Unas partidas al día de Earth Defense Force 5 curan el estrés mejor que cualquier terapia, lo corroboramos.
Kamui — Dec 28, 2017
L'année 2017 a été marquée par le retour en grâce du shooting game au “par cœur” avec Cuphead. Earth Defense Forces 5 est complètement à l’opposé de cette philosophie. On ne peut pas l’apprendre par cœur, il faut ressentir le champ de bataille, improviser. C’est le jeu vidéo quand il va au plus essentiel, un trip complètement viscéral.
Jonathan Bushle — Dec 11, 2018
Amateurs de série Z, réjouissez-vous : une des meilleures sagas vidéoludiques du genre revient plus forte et plus complète que jamais avec Earth Defense Force 5. On y affronte toujours, dans un style TPS, un bestiaire délirant constitué, entre autres, de hordes d'insectes géants et de gigantesques nuées de soucoupes volantes.
Tommaso Pugliese — Dec 10, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 non è quel passo in avanti che speravamo di vedere per la serie sviluppata da Sandlot, bensì uno sgangherato more of the same che sembra non saper fare altro che riproporre le stesse situazioni, gli stessi nemici e gli stessi personaggi di sempre, senza alcuna sostanziale variante: un problema bello grosso per chiunque abbia giocato con i precedenti episodi.
Biagio Etna — Dec 11, 2018
Apparentemente uguale a se stesso, Earth Defense Force 5 fa un piccolo ma significativo passo avanti in termini di progressione e multiplayer, coniugando magistralmente un'azione furiosa con uno scenario kitsch e grottesco. Il risultato, nonostante l'acerba cornice tecnica, riesce con fierezza a reggersi in piedi, regalandoci un action vecchia scuola degno di attenzione per i fan del genere.
Jimmy Kemkes — Dec 17, 2018
Earth Defense Force 5 weet, ondanks het te verwaarlozen verhaal en de achterhaalde graphics, precies de juiste snaar te raken om door te blijven spelen. Toegegeven, het spel voelt grotendeels aan als zijn voorganger, maar weet het op punten als details en vijanden toch net even stap voorwaarts te zetten.