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Earth Defense Force 2025 preview: co-op creature extermination
In addition to taking out the oversized baddies, there's a good amount of fun to be had decimating the environments (which you're technically supposed to be protecting, but shh). In the Tokyo environment, you can easily bust up large overpasses and tall skyscrapers with any homing weapons, or terrorize the poor, albeit strangely invincible, civilians running frantically around you. While gameplay remains largely the same, online multiplayer interactions reveal the most noticeable differences between this game and its predecessors. Producer Miki Takahashi says that they wanted players to "enjoy" multiplayer modes, so "some weapons can only be used [during] co-op." She explains that "Air Raider, for example, has a weapon that doesn't have any attack power, but... Air Raider can lock on and then Fencer can attack. So sometimes combinations [are] very important between characters." Developed by Japanese developer Sandlot, Earth Defense Force 2025 has been three years in the making, and is now in the early stages of the localization process. According to Takahashi, since the game was originally developed for Xbox, it took some "effort" for Sandlot to convert to PlayStation 3. And, of course, for nostalgia's sake, the "EDF! EDF!" cheering is still intact. "In this new title, soldiers are actually singing around you," Takahashi says, "so [players] probably can enjoy that." The game is due early next year.