• The original Earth Defense Force was something of a niche sleeper hit. It was a simple third person shooter, with B-movie stylings having you face-off with giant killer insectoid and robotic aliens. While most of them didn’t make it to North America, Europe got it’s two sequels, albeit under new names, for the PS2. But it wasn’t until the third entry that North America received it under the title Earth Defense Force 2017. Fast forward to 2015, and the Vita remake of the second game was finally released on US shores. It’s probably a good thing too, as it does benefit from better graphics, but more importantly, a new class that shakes up gameplay. But aside from all that, it’s a decent yet simple shooter that’s great for on the go, just like it’s predecessors.

    The game is pretty much set up like the others, with you picking a class and weapon loadout, then playing through levels where the goal is usually just to kill all alien forces that come in waves. It starts out relatively simple enough, but soon the size, strength, and aggressiveness becomes so great that you will need help. Aid does come in the form of loot drops from the enemies which range from health increases, or stronger versions or older weapons or entirely new ones. There’s also armor power-ups that permanently increase your max health, but sooner of later you will likely need the help of a friend.

    You can either play local couch co-op via ad-hoc, or though online multiplayer modes. Classes all play differently, and make for some interesting examples of teamwork. Rangers are the base class that are pretty balanced and have the most killing potential. Pale Riders can fly and use powerful plasma weapons, but they have the least amount of health and take more damage from attacks. There’s weapon energy is also tied to their jetpack energy, so be careful. There’s also the new addition of the Air Raider from 2025 and 4.1, who works more like a support unit, being able to sometimes call in air strikes or summon vehicles to use. They can also command AI controlled NPC’s to assist him.

    If you want to do competitive play, you have that option as well, but no matter which mode you play, the net-code is pretty solid, and lag is a rare occurrence. The lobby system is decent as well. Much like the rest of the game it gets the job done, but it’s nothing all that special. The game is more of a quick-burst session style, so it works best in a hand-held setting. The graphics or music won’t dazzle you despite there upgrades, but the cheesy B-movie quality is sometimes the thing you need when you want to play something simple but fun.

    Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space - Review
    The game is a decent follow-up to Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable, now with 1 more class to mix up the gameplay.
    Our Score7.5
    • The Pale Rider Class is fun to mess around with.
    • Same great B-Movie fun from the 2017 release returns.
    • Harder difficulties are basically impossible to play online unless you grind a lot.
    7.5Overall Score
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