D3 Publisher and Sandlot dropped a doozy on PC gamers when they launched Earth Defense Force 4.1 on Valve’s digital distribution service. The game arrived with a 30% discount off its $49.99 price tag, dropping it down to $34.99 for the first week of its release.
The game features a massive buffet of weapons, whoring itself to the varied flavors of destruction that gamers have come to know and love about the series.
There are four different playable classes in the game, third-person combat, 80 different missions to complete and more than 800 weapons to collect and utilize on the battlefield. The Earth Defense Force games have all been known to utilize simple core mechanics that are designed to be fun and picked up and played with ease. There’s no complicated, stiff learning curve to master. You can see what the gameplay is like with the trailer below, courtesy of Operation Rainfall.
The game originally launched on the PS4 a while back, but D3 Publisher decided to make the effort and put some time into porting it to PC. The game still retains it cooperative modes, along with split-screen play, which is a rarity.
Cloud saves, achievements and controller support help round out the features. Now if you were concerned about what the actual gameplay is like, YouTube user Tim Lever posted up a video that gives you 22 minutes of unedited gameplay footage. If you were leery about it or not sure how it truly plays, you can check out the video below to get a really good idea of what you’re in for.
The user reviews are mostly all positive at the moment. Out of the 88 reviews published so far, 82 of them are giving the game a thumbs up and praising it for being a proper port.
Mistawankas summed up the gameplay experience by stating…
“Simply put this game is awesome. Single player is fun and split screen or online coop is awesome. With a cheesy story and b tier graphics, sound, and pretty much everything, the game still manages to be plain fun to play. Controllers recommended. Very few other games can be this mindlessly enjoying to play.”
A lot of gamers are reporting that the keyboard and mouse controls are done proper, with appropriate mouse smoothing making up for the analog controls, along with decent frame-rates and solid playability.
According to HardcoreGamer the title has launched in the number one spot on Steam and could potentially maintain that spot if positive word of mouth keeps spreading.
You can grab a digital copy of Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of the New Despair from over on the Steam store.
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