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Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sci-fi extermination game plagued by too many glitchy bugs.

Game PlayStation Vita 2015
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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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