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 Reviews14 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.