Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space Review (PlayStation Vita)

"Never have you felt weird and joyful at the same time"

Game Title: Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space
Genre: Third-person shooter
Developer: Sandlot

Get ready to feel one of the weirdest feelings that you'll ever encounter in your entire experience with the PlayStation Vita. Let's face it, Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space (yeah, mouthful!) isn't your typical third-person shooter, not when giant insects and running is involved. Much like the myriad number of third-person shooters, it doesn't rely on a deep-seated backstory, what keeps you reeled-in for the long haul though is it's quirky themes.

Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is, in pure sense, was a part of the "Simple series" of games, budget-priced console games, created by D3 Publisher. Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is developed by Sandlot, published by XSEED, also a port of the PlayStation Portable game, Earth Defense Force 2 Portable. It is subsequently a direct sequel to Earth Defense Force for the PlayStation 2.

The game's mechanics is very typical; Go out there, and save the world, simple right!? Wrong! Think of it as "Ultraman... without Ultraman," a thought that automatically places you between a rock and a hard place. You assume the role of a soldier send out to save the world, where, most of the time, you fight large-as-life insects and horrid-extraterrestrial spaceships and robots... your day can't be this fun right?

You can play three of the preset characters available in the game, tailored to function differently to give players a variety of play-style to choose from. What's great about the game is it's weapon loadout, that ranges from simple rifles to satellite-guided lasers, a feature that gives the player the freedom to choose their own play-style. As far as I can assess, the controls are really flexible and easy to get used to. One of the biggest difference of this game from it's original is that they've added features that are exclusive to PlayStation Vita and isn't reflective on the PlayStation Portable version. Enhancement such as; an expanded weaponry system, where you can now change the color of your character and an added weapon slot for Air Raiders, enhanced multiplayer that adds online co-op/competitive to it, and a way to customize your Armor limiter.

As a part of the "Simple series," it stays true to it's element as a "budget-priced" game. You won't see grandiose visuals in the game, instead you get visuals that looks and feels like it's from the PlayStation 2-era. Nonetheless, with it being a port from the PlayStation Portable game, the visuals have been cranked-up that it now pales in comparison with the original game. As opposed to the original game, it now showcases high-resolution textures and smoother gameplay.

And again, further enhancements have also been applied to the audio elements of the game. Each section in the menu are now fully voiced, eliminating the need of a manual or a guide, a big plus for kids whom would like to play the game. A rare feat that this game throws into you is it's soundtrack, instead of the usual dabble of dark-jungle themes that are a fad to not only a few video games nowadays, the game showcases a soundtrack that closely resembles to that of 1970s' UFO themes. One thing to take a note of is that the soundtrack perfectly compliments the overall context of the game.

*This review was made possible by XSEED for providing us a copy to review. As always kudos!

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Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is not a game to be messed with, in spite of the fact that it is classified as "budget-priced," the game manages to hold itself as an awesome game to play with. Although, one may feel that the game begins to feel repetitive, the it quickly cures that by presenting a variety of difficulty to choose from, providing an ample challenge to take on the long run.
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