Parents' Guide to

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent sci-fi action exterminates lots of alien bugs.

Game PlayStation 4 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Dont Listen to ESRB

While this game is violent none of the blood is realistic and the blood that comes out of the people is so small you can only see it if you are lookinh for it. The Review said that Sh*t is present in dialogue but the characters say it very rarely and due to how the games sound works you can barley hear the dialogue anyway. This game in no way should be rated R

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 14+

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

It's usually considered bad to play a game with lots of bugs in it, but that's far from the case with this remastered release from the cult-classic franchise. The Shadow of New Despair takes everything that was fun in the Earth Defense Force 2025 game for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and cranks it up to eleven. The best way to describe the experience is to imagine Michael Bay directing a Starship Troopers movie ... then adding more explosions for good measure. It's nonstop action from start to finish.

One thing the EDF games have always been known for is pitting the player against overwhelming numbers of oversize baddies. Unfortunately, this could usually lead to some slowdown and glitchy performance. None of that is the case here, though. The game runs great and rarely skips a beat, regardless of how much is happening on-screen. The controls can take a little getting used to, particularly with certain character classes. Getting the hang of the flight controls of the Wing Diver or figuring out how to aim air strikes as the support-oriented Air Raider can take some time, but it's worth the effort. This is Earth Defense Force the way it was meant to be played, with all its over-the-top quirkiness wrapped inside a silky smooth HD package.

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