A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Though player is part of a planetary defense force working to save humanity from invading aliens, ultimately it's little more than an excuse to shoot giant alien bugs.
Positive Role Models
Player characters essentially nameless templates in battle against aliens. They aren't "bad" role models, but there's not enough development to call them "good" role models, either.
Ease of Play
Some weapons, action require multiple buttons, awkward placement. Camera less than ideal.
Violence & Scariness
Though smaller screen, lack of blood reduces impact of violence, nonstop destruction as players constantly shoot waves of alien bugs with everything from rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, even air strikes.
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Occasional use of minor language, though no explicit profanity.
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Products & Purchases
Remake of a previous entry in Earth Defense Force franchise, which has spawned multiple titles.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is a third-person sci-fi-themed shooter for the PlayStation Vita. Invaders from Planet Space is an extended remake of Earth Defense Force 2, originally released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan and Europe. Armed with an array of military and sci-fi-themed weapons, players have to shoot waves of oversize enemies. Defeated enemies generally explode or, in the case of many insects, flip over twitching before fading from the screen. The game does include multiplayer support for up to four players via online or ad hoc play, potentially exposing younger players to some offensive language.
Is It Any Good?
For over a decade, this sci-fi franchise has been a cult hit, filled with all the cheesy, sci-fi B-movie schlock that fans just can't get enough of. With such a devoted fan base, it's surprising that it's taken 10 years for this highlight of the series to make its way to North America. Unfortunately, this remake ultimately does more damage to the EDF than anything the Ravagers could ever throw at them. Though Invaders from Planet Space does have some extra content, such as multiplayer and a third playable class, it feels like everything else was just thrown together and rushed out the door. The visuals feel stripped down and bland. Even worse, during review there were a couple of occasions when technical glitches had characters falling through buildings and even defying gravity by running sideways. On top of this, the controls don't quite make a smooth transition from a PS2 controller to the Vita. This is particularly noticeable with the action buttons that wind up mapped to the Vita's Select and Start buttons. Despite this, when the game isn't falling apart at the seams, there's actually some fun to be had. If only you didn't have to fight through so much virtual muck to get to it.
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