Percentile Rank

Earth Defense Force 5 is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 50 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

43%

Critics Recommend

Based on 50 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2019

5 can feel like a trade off between scale and polish at first, and although this throwback third-person shooter has some incredibly frustrating quirks, it’s still proof positive that a solid concept doesn’t need much polish to shine. Like a magnifying glass pointed at a hill full of giant bastard ants.

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Scored Reviews

Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Dec 7, 2018

I'll admit that I went into Earth Defense Force 5 a little concerned about series fatigue.

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Digitally Downloaded
Dec 7, 2018

For all its nonsense, giant monsters, and ever-escalating explosions, there's also a sense that this EDF, moreso than its predecessors, has also remembered that something can be B-grade, and still convey some kind of message of worth.

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Forbes
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2018

All of these elements together make this game easily the best in the series thus far and is something I can happily recommend for anyone that enjoys large explosions and destroying giant aliens en masse.

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GamePitt
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

Earth Defence Force 5 [EDF 5] is a satisfying genocide simulator where you eradicate the world of Giant bugs and Frogmen. Even though the game has taken a step back from its EDF 4.1 60fps gameplay, as it drops back to 30fps, there are more creatures on screen than ever before and the physics push the game to its very limits. This is evident by the screen tearing, slowdown and frame drops, but it’s not a common sight on the PS4 Pro, especially when comparing it to EDF 4.1 on the base PS4. With the choice between four classes, a multitude of weapons and support items, vehicles, and even up to four player co-op, EDF 5 is a bloody amazing game.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
PS3Blog.net
the_nmac
85%
Dec 25, 2018

Slay giant bugs, huge monsters, aliens, and robots and save the world as a member of the Earth Defense Force. Learn more in our Earth Defense Force 5 review!

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 11, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is the best episode of the franchise. The game is always very fun, with a lot of monsters and spaceships to destroy, alone or with friends. There is a lot of content, and despite graphics that feels old, and a lot of repetitivity, it's still a very good an satisfying game !

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2019

Earth Defense Force 5 doesn't do much to get away from the series standards of campy story telling and underwhelming graphics, but does improve upon the series' unique appeal by reducing grind, increasing enemy variety and giving soldiers some new tricks to get around the battlefield. There's nothing quite like EDF and this is the definitive entry in the series.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 mixes a compelling sense of power and powerlessness, creating chaotic, overwhelming battles filled with laughter and drama that make it hard to put down.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is brash and outlandish, making for an absurdly fun action shooter.

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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 19, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 impresses by its scale with hundreds of enemies in each stage, several weapons to test and the courage to make the player learn their particularities to eventually cause destruction according to their wishes. This is certainly one of the most special titles of the year.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 by far is the best installment in the EDF series and it has everything that a fan of series want to be in an EDF game. EDF5 is a high quality mixture of improved elements of previous games and some new mechanics that lead to one of the most fun shooters of these years, specially if you play it co-op. With amazing amount of contents, more than 100 missions to play and so many equipment and weapons, Earth Defense Force 5 absolutely worth your time and money, either you are fan of EDF or not. Hurry up and Join the forces of earth to save our beloved planet from giant bugs and monsters!

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Culture of Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2019

Chances are that if you’ve been a long-time fan of the Earth Defense Force games, you already made up your mind. For everyone else, this can be a harder sell to make. The charm of Earth Defense Force 5 doesn’t come from trying to be the best-looking game. It’s charm is all about having too much action crammed on-screen. In the past, this would’ve been difficult to help persuade people into trying out the game. With Earth Defense Force 5 though, I would say that it’s definitely a sleeper hit. With the amount of content in Earth Defense Force 5, it’s the perfect game to play in small chunks at a time. There’s an actual challenge to this game while also being as engaging and hilariously over the top as ever. It isn’t a game that many people would say is a standout in 2018, but if you’re looking for a fun side game to enjoy, Earth Defense Force 5 has you covered. So, pick up a gun and some explosives, and start blasting away as the alien menace!

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Ashley Shankle

Top Critic

Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 doesn't shake things up, but it presents a fun and highly customizable arcade shooter perfect for co-op play.

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GideonsGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 isn’t winning any awards for narrative. It doesn’t have a large open world with lots to do, stunning graphics or meticulous details. But it doesn’t want those things. It wants to be a shooter with epic battles against goliath sized enemies and make those battles fun. And in that, it passes with flying colors.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is absolutely, thoroughly, another Earth Defense Force. If you know what that is, you know what you're in for. It's the first one built for modern hardware, which means more stuff happening on screen, but it's not an upheaval of the formula, nor is it a magical facelift.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2019

EDF5 shows that this style of series can continue to thrive with some minor modifications to the experience. It's still fun to play years down the line, the premise is an easy one to follow and the gameplay is easy enough for anyone to slide into as the difficulty curve is a smooth one. Earth Defense Force 5 is a lot of fun alone but often you'll want someone beside you for your shenanigans or someone else from online.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is a fantastic games for fans of the series and a great starting point for newcomers looking for a B movie like experience with addictive gameplay.

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Daily Star
Dec 10, 2018

This is by far and away the best the series has ever been and is well worth a look if you want something a little different to jump into.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 10, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is as video gamey as they come. No frills, just kills. If you want to unwind after a long day and just blast some baddies and see explosions until your eyes go red, you can get no better than this game.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 stands in the face of pretty much every game released these days. It’s the game that doesn’t bother trying to keep up with the Jones’ because it’s happy doing its own thing and being just what it wants to be.

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Wccftech
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2018

As campy and over-the-top as ever, Earth Defense Force 5 remains the best not-Starship Troopers shooter we'll see. EDF still remains a niche title without amazing production values, but there's a definite charm to hunting down thousands of insects with your friends.

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IGN Italy
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2018

Seemingly the same as itself, Earth Defense Force 5 takes a small but significant step forward in terms of progression and multyplayer, masterfully combining furious action with grotesque scenery. The result, despite the graphic backwardness, proudly manages to keep up, giving us a great old-school action.

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The Games Machine
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2019

Earth Defense Force 5 is yet another iteration of a series that embraces the repetitiveness of the action to make it its own main strength, thanks to an enviable amount of unlockable content and an immediate gameplay formula capable of entertaining for tens, if not hundreds of hours.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 may seem like a mess but it all adds to its charm. The pure joy of taking on hundreds of monsters and watching the destruction unfold is something the franchise has always been good at. EDF 5 is easily the best in the franchise.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 11, 2018

If you're looking for an action-packed third-person PS4 release, then this is what Earth Defense Force 5 is going to give to you.

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ZTGD
7.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

It’s hard to recommend this title at $60 to anyone but the hardest of hard core EDF fans.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2018

It's dated, it's camp, it's occasionally annoying, but it still has a core mechanic that very few are still trying to do, and Earth Defense Force 5 does do it well. Take on the waves of monsters and tear into them with every last weapon in your arsenal for a great bit of mindless fun. The story and your progress will crawl through the 100+ levels but the types of enemies and the difficulty will ramp up alongside you.

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GamePro
74 / 100
74 / 100
Dec 14, 2018

Insane mass battles with excellent B-movie flair, that make a lot of fun with friends, but offer too little variety.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 13, 2018

Despite our issues regarding player progression, Earth Defense Force 5 largely delivers on the promise of over-the-top bug shooting action. It may not have the same depth as many other titles, but there are more than enough moments of big stupid fun across its 60 hour campaign to make you want to give it a go.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 18, 2018

At last the Earth Defense Force series gets a sequel worthy of its early promise, even if there are still a few unwanted bugs left.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 4, 2019

Earth Defense Force 5 is a tried-and-true entry in the franchise. It's cheap, cheesy, low-budget, and a ridiculous amount of fun. All the same flaws and foibles from the previous games are still present and accounted for, but some of the additional polish makes the game more enjoyable for casual play. All in all, EDF5 is a completely by-the-numbers offering that delivers exactly what it says on the box. If you want to experience the franchise for the first time, EDF5 is a great place to start. If you're a longtime fan hoping for something new, you might want to wait for a price drop.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is a great game for folks who don't need any good reason for just wanting to blow up a lot of bugs with a lot of guns.

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Gamerheadquarters
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2019

Earth Defense Force 5 brings massive, large scale bug splatter baths and just a ton of content.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 16, 2019

Earth Defense Force 5 is a blast through and through. Blowing away insects and spaceships with a shotgun or energy blaster never gets old, and the various classes are diverse and worth trying out to see which one best fits your play style. Admittedly, 110 missions of non-stop shooting does get a bit tiresome, but just when you think you've seen it all, the game introduces a new enemy type or throws in a big set-piece level to shake things up. Even with the added improvements and changes, though, this is still a typical Earth Defense Force. Besides, who needs plot when you have giant mechs fighting giant monsters?

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2018

A fun game despite it looks like a past gen videogame and doesn't has anything really new.

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Gamers Heroes
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 doubles down on its B-movie aesthetic to create an experience that is equal parts goofy and fun. The lack of enemy variety leads to some repetition, but those who grew up with cult cinema classics will enjoy taking down this alien menace.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 11, 2018

Even with it's inherited flaws, this is still one of the best installments yet for the series. EDF 5 makes no apologies for what it is and is more accessible than its predecessors. The game has just the right blend of cheesiness and action-packed gameplay that makes for a cult hit.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Even though the formula is familiar, teaming up with friends to exterminate the alien menace is enjoyable

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Video Chums
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is an EDF game through and through.

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Gamersky
6.8 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

6.8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

It's hard to believe that EDF 5 is a decent game because of the poor graphics performance, dull story, and repeated gameplay. But still, as a fan-based game, it's the best one in the franchise, and fans of the series definitely can find a way to enjoy it.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
Dec 9, 2018

If you’re new to the franchise, you’re not going to get much depth, but under the right circumstances and with the right mindset, you might be able to squeeze out a fun time.

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BaziCenter
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2018

tyron Lannister once told john Snow to know your weaknesses and wear them like an armor. That’s exactly what the creators of Earth Defense Force 5 are doing. They exactly know what problems and shortages their game is suffering from, and yet instead of just trying to hide them, they throw them in your face and even make fun of them, and that’s really brave. EDF 5 is not perfect, and everybody knows that. But it’s fun and offers everything you would expect from an EDF game.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2019

If you like watching B-movie's with friends, but would rather play them instead, then yes, Earth Defense Force 5 is the game for you. If you just want to blow shit up, then there are more entertaining games out there.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Arachnaphobe warning!Other than video games, my main passion is women dressed in suits, with drawn on pencil-thin moustaches movies. Whilst I haven't kept a complete tally of how many films I've watched, I know it's thousands upon thousands, with a personal best a couple of years back of about 200 in one year. I've seen a lot of the greats and most of the classics. But more importantly, I've seen plenty of the worst movies ever made.I don't mean some crappy horror sequel from 2006. I mean truly atrocious films of no redeeming quality. Shit like The Starfighters, Zombie-a-Go-Go and Americathon. I've also seen awful films that, somehow, remain wildly entertaining; R.O.T.O.R, Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Animal Protector and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.So many times, the question is asked "What is gaming's Citizen Kane?" Aside from this being one of the very worst questions ever to leave anyone's lips, we're also yet to find a true and fitting answer. But forget the artsy classics. What I want to know is when does anybody ever ask "What is gaming's Death Wish 3?" Well, if they ever do, you look 'em dead in the eye and you tell them it's Earth Defense Force 5, baby.

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TechRaptor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 takes what the previous games in the series were known for; Classes with huge customization, large-scale battles, and a story about mankind defeating enemy forces. If you're looking for a third person shooter that you can keep coming back to for different experiences, EDF 5 will keep you entertained for hours.

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DualShockers
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is a shallow entry in an enjoyable series that's reliance on older mechanics in and of itself has become outdated.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is an intentionally bad-looking and dated technical mess of a third-person shooter that boldly relishes in its campiness and mechanical simplicity. Mowing down the endless seas of extra-terrestrial arachnids and UFOs while melodramatic voice clips play in the background makes for an excellent stress reliever or a fantastically fun time with some friends, but its complete lack of depth causes the monotony of repetition to quickly seep into what's an otherwise joyous celebration of video game escapism. If this is your first giant bug slaying rodeo, there's plenty here to keep you keep you amused for dozens of hours, but it functions best as a distraction from our notably less zany reality.

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GameSpace
4 / 10.0
GameSpace
Sythrael

Top Critic

4 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2018

A sci-fi third-person shooter that sets the player against massive hoards of giant monster, insects, and aliens. EDF lacks in story and contains intentionally bad dialogue, but you get to blow up lots of stuff.

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PlayStation Galaxy
3.2 / 10.0
3.2 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2019

Earth Defense Force 5 is a stupid fun game that lets you kill giant monsters and aliens with tons of issues and flaws. At least I was invested in its story and I had fun, but I’m not going to play it ever again. I’ll be deleting it in my digital library or selling the physical copy, thank you very much.

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