When I first got the review opportunity for a game called Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into. My first thought was, “Planet Space. Really?” I soon realized that this game was going to be everything I would ever hope for in a game about an alien invasion and more. While the game has its ups and downs I think it is safe to say that this game is a lot of fun and should not be looked over by anybody looking for a fun, interesting game for their PlayStation Vita.
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space was published by XSEED Games and is a third-person shooter in which aliens have invaded various cities and it is your job to help stop the invasion. The game includes 78 missions that each have 6 different difficulty settings. The game also has different character classes that require you to master different types of gameplay styles. Throughout this review I will go over a few different aspects of the game and give my impressions on them.
The first aspect I will talk about are the missions themselves. The missions seem to be very dry and as a whole they don’t really develop into anything more than just killing aliens and giant bugs that are invading the world. While I wish there was more of a cohesive story throughout all of the missions there isn’t, but I wouldn’t say that necessarily takes away from the game a whole lot. When I want to play a game with a context much like this game has, I necessarily don’t need much of a story. While I personally enjoy a game with a good story, this game does just fine without one. The lack of a story makes playing the game online a lot easier to jump into, but I’ll discuss that later.
The next aspect of Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space I will talk about are the game mechanics as a whole. When I think of playing a shooter on my PS Vita I usually cring at the idea because of how cramped the buttons are to one another and how sore it can make my hands while trying to play it. While the cramping in my hands is a personal issue, I did find that playing this game did not strain my hands too much. The mechanics make the game fun to play and the controls themselves are easy to get used to. The way your character moves around while slaying the alien/insect creatures makes the game very enjoyable from the get-go.
The final aspect of the game I will go into is the multiplayer. I found the multiplayer to be very entertaining. While playing the game alone is a lot of fun itself, being able to play with up to three other “Earth Defenders” makes the game a lot more fun. You can join someones lobby and play with them on their mission journey or you can create your own lobby. I found that the online co-op was a lot of fun and made the game easier to play through since you can play all of the missions online and can even change to any of the six difficulties per mission to challenge you and some friends or strangers.
Overall Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is worth checking out for any Vita-lover out there who is looking to expand their PlayStation Vita library. This game is all-around fun from the beginning and doesn’t let up the slightest bit. For those gamers who are looking for a story-driven game this may not be for you. This game has little to no story throughout the missions, but the game itself holds up very well because what it lacks in story, it makes up for in its mechanics and online cooperative gameplay.
Mechanics - 8/10
Online Co-op - 8/10
Story - 7/10
Earth Defense Force 2 offers some great gameplay along with a lot of replay value and online co-op to anyone looking for a fun game to play on their PlayStation Vita and expand their Vita library.