TGS 2017: Earth Defense Force 5 Hands-on Impressions

These alien bastards are gonna pay for making a mediocre game!


Shacknews is on location in Tokyo for TGS 2017 and tried out a demo of the latest installment of the EDF series, Earth Defense Force 5. The game was announced at last year's show and Sony showed off a new trailer at this year's Tokyo Game Show PS4 Press Conference.

Earth Defense Force 5 is a shoot-em-up style game that pits players and their NPC team of soldiers against an array of alien bastards that are trying to shoot up your planet. The TGS 2017 demo takes place in some sort of building that is a series of hallways and ramps with some storage bays. The level textures are decent, but the enemies appeared very pixelated. This is most likely due to the amount of enemies that the game has on-screen at any given moment.

The graphics aren't the only part of the game that stuck out as less than ideal. Players are able to summon a motorcycle that has a gun attached to the front. I was excited to try out the motorcycle, but was instantly disappointed by its wonky control scheme. If you even scraped the ground with their knee, your character goes flying like a ragdoll in a completely illogical manner. I ditched the motorcyle after a few minutes of being frustrated by its absurd collision detection. Players are able to run, but the camera zoomed in behind the character model in a way that made it almost impossible to see anything. While the core game is decent, these gameplay detracted from the potential fun of murdering hordes of aliens. 

Earth Defense Force 5 feels like an arcade rail shooter from a different time. Hopefully the developer, Yukes, will be able to polish the game and add some more variety to gameplay when the game launches next year.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    September 21, 2017 5:00 PM

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      September 21, 2017 6:43 PM


      I love me some edf

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      September 21, 2017 7:26 PM

      Good graphics were never the point with edf games.

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        September 21, 2017 7:29 PM

        2017 was one of the most fun games on the 360 and it probably had the worst graphics of any game on the system.

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      September 21, 2017 7:30 PM


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        September 21, 2017 7:40 PM

        As long as they have a billion different crazy weapons I'll be buying this for sure.

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        September 21, 2017 8:07 PM

        It just is weird to see the levels look current gen and the enemies look like an arcade game from the early 2000s. The game will be fun if they mix it up, but I wasn't that impressed with the demo.

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          September 22, 2017 5:28 AM

          Have you played the other EDF games? I remember when I first fired up ED2017, I thought it must be some kind of bad joke because it looked absolutely awful. My wife and I both started laughing it was so bad.

          Turned out to be an amazing game, we put close to 100 hours into it.

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            September 22, 2017 5:29 AM

            I haven't played the series in quite some time. I was simply commenting on how low quality the graphics looked on a system that supports 4K. The game could end up being a fun shoot-em-up.

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      September 22, 2017 12:54 AM

      Bad graphics and wonky vehicle controls is faithful to the EDF series. I don’t understand what the “rail” shooter and the bad camera thing is about.

      I could play EDF4.1 on the PC until the end of time since it’s the best EDF.

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