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Earth Defense Force 5

Norrec

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I saw this over the weekend when I was bored and convinced my brother to give it a go with me. I didn't know what to expect but the old "Steam 2 hour demo" argument is an easy sell. Now we've both been hooked and are having a lot of fun!

The gist is earth is under attack by giant bugs and you have to stop them. We're not talking dog sized bugs, not even car sized bugs. We're talking school bus sized ants and 3-story tall frog-men. Bees the size of 10 story buildings and motherships straight out of Independence Day (the movie). It starts out as you'd expect fighting basic ants but quickly grows in scale. Yesterday we did a mission with our army versus an army of frogmen with spiders and ants swarming around. Then we had one where we're in a town square playing king-of-the-hill with a swarm that keeps teleporting in and we had to somehow find time to take out the teleporters. That one took us several tries to find a combination that could take out the teleporters fast enough to not get us overwhelmed. There are 110 missions, 5 difficulty levels, and 4 classes with loads of weapons and vehicles to unlock. I'm pretty confident we'll have enough fun with this one to justify it.

You go on missions and get armor (health) upgrade, weapon upgrades, and new weapons. It's a little like Borderlands but without the open world bits.

The four classes are very distinct to.

The Ranger is a regular soldier with rifles, snipers, rocket / grenade launchers. My brother is playing him and is starting to get vehicles like a rail-gun tank and now a helicopter.

The Wing Raider is the anime class, she has a jetpack and her weapons seem to be energy based. Neither of us is playing as one but we get them as NPC allies and they jet around shooting lightning. Unfortunately they forgot to outfit her with pants (the civilian model has a jumpsuit, but after being promoted they take that away.)

The Fencer wears a big exoskeleton and can mount gattling guns, rocket launchers, hammers, swords, flamethrowers... he's your heavy artillery. With a jetbooster unlock for hulk jumping around.

Lastly the Air Raider is your explosions expert. He calls in air strikes, howitzer bombardments, gunship strafes, and has various support items for special cases. I'm playing as him and can call in vehicles like a giant 2-story tall mech suit or a spider-tank that can crawl around on ceilings and buildings. And I can't leave out the satellite laser-beam call-ins and cruise missile barrages! The first time I tried the cruise missile I'm holding the targeting laser waiting to see what shows up when this barrage of tank-sized missiles flies in and... unfortunately blows my brother up because I underestimated how big they'd be.

It's been a lot of fun. I didn't have any experience with it and we've both been pleasantly surprised by the scale and mission variety. From caves to cities to rice patties. From sneaking around commando style to fighting off a swarm to taking on a mothership to large-scale battle-line warfare. Buildings are destructible and crumble as you rain down barrages. Some of the enemies will have limbs blow off. Ever wanted to see a frog man with no legs and 1 arm hobbling around shooting a train-car sized plasma cannon? This game has that! Just don't laugh too long we've found out their limbs will regrow...

I thought I'd post here to let anyone else looking for a Co-Op game know this one has merit. We've encountered no technical issues outside of our Friends Only room filling up with non-friends. A passworded room caused a crash. We landed on the type that you have to type the exact room name (case-sensitive) which for our purposes may as well be passworded. In-game though no crashes or slowdowns. There is clipping of graphics, but this isn't really a graphical fidelity type game. It's a blow up lots of aliens game!
 

Rainfall

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EDF! EDF! EDF! :D

Welcome to the series. It has a small but VERY enthusiastic following.
 

Fade

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With rush-cancelling the Fencer is actually your mobility specialist.
 

Rainfall

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By the way Norrec, if you have a few NPC suqds following you it's worth it to use the vocal comms menu. Your guys will sing along with you. :D
 

Norrec

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I'd already discovered that the troops would shout along to the emotes, but I'm on Discord with my brother so mostly we've been ignoring the NPCs in favor of shouting at eachother. "The big red ones got me, it's got me do something! I'm going to artillery it! Now I'm flying through the air, this can't be good, Ricky Bobby is flying through the air!"

At the end of these latest missions we look around at the destruction and say "Where's everyone else?" "Guess they didn't make it."
 

Norrec

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Tonight I unlocked the Titan tank. It's a 2 story tall tank with a gun so powerful the entire thing slides backwards several feet when it fires. When the shell connects the screen goes orange like a nuclear explosion went off in the distance and fills with fire. Going to be tough to top that but somehow I think the game will find a way.
 

JoanieSappho

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On the subject of NPC chatter, though, you might want to listen to the lady who fires off the Spritefall weapons.
She really loves her job and is just a delight. Especially her moments of crazed laughter.

If you're going heavy on vehicles, though, be wary of the helicopters. Controlling those is definitely a bit of a challenge.
 

Norrec

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On the subject of NPC chatter, though, you might want to listen to the lady who fires off the Spritefall weapons.
She really loves her job and is just a delight. Especially her moments of crazed laughter.

If you're going heavy on vehicles, though, be wary of the helicopters. Controlling those is definitely a bit of a challenge.
Yes, I've encountered "Beams! BEEAAAAMMMS!"

I'm staying clear of the helicopter. My brother has been using one as the Ranger and I compare it in effectiveness to the signaling helicopter from the movie Independence Day. It floats around, some lights flash, "Wait... I think we're getting a response!" (aliens blow it out of the sky)
 
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