Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain

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Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 64 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

39%

Critics Recommend

Based on 64 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Apr 11, 2019
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Scored Reviews

GamePitt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2019

With a new coat of paint and a shift in mechanics, Earth Defence Force: Iron Rain sets itself above previous EDF games. There have been some major changes within this title, such as the customisations, abilities, unit types, pick-ups, and loadouts, but once you get used to them, it feels like this way is much better than the old way. The visuals have not only had a coat of paint, but they’ve had an undercoat and at least three layers placed on top to make them look great during gameplay. The addition of subtitles made me happier than you can imagine as more people can now enjoy the story, even if it does get a little generic if you’ve played all the previous games.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

With a dollop of polish, a variety of new locations and much more challenging enemies EDF: Iron Rain might just be the best entry in the series so far, and while the trademark jank remains, new franchise developer Yuke's has done a fantastic job of tweaking the formula without breaking it. EDF: Iron Rain is a must for fans of the series and fans of fast-paced, deeply fun shooters alike.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

It's an insect party in the U.S.A.

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Cultured Vultures
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain shakes up the series at its core, and still manages to be a decidedly great EDF game. Character creation and the PA-Gear fit right in and offer a newfound sense of personalization and freedom, while the grim presentation and heightened difficulty will keep you engaged throughout. It's a real gem.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2019

Despite aggravating AI, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain's wealth of content, challenging difficulty, and empowering action make it the best EDF game to date. This is a tried-and-true EDF game for newcomers and veterans alike.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

Outside of maybe the difficulty of playing on normal (there are different difficulties) this is hands down the most accessible EDF has been to a wide audience

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

It had been several years since I had played Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon so I was a tad worried about doing the series justice in this review, but I can definitely say that outside of a couple of issues with giant insects blocking my camera view, repeatedly getting knocked down when surrounded by the critters, and the sensitivity of clicking L3 to turn around when moving backwards, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a solid entry into the EDF series and one that anyone wanting to blast the heck out of giant insects should enjoy.

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Boomstick Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019
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Digitally Downloaded
Apr 18, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is the perfect addition to the series.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a different beast than the standard series but still an incredible pure-action run & gun shooter.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

Honestly, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain might just be my new favourite Earth Defense Force game.

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Forbes
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2019

Iron Rain is a solid shooter and reminiscent of what made the mainline games so much fun. However, I think some of the backend changes don’t really work and the visual and aural impact of the weapons feel diminished.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 11, 2019

In the case of Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, in particular, the good definitely outweighs the bad. I love this game and I will probably be playing it until the next one comes out, which could be a bit since we just got EDF 5 and Iron Rain about four months apart.

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Culture of Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 17, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain continues the EDF tradition and lets you have fun blasting away thousands of alien monsters. Everyone might have their nitpicks, like repetition stemming from failing missions, but Yuke’s did just enough to advance the series. I hope that they have another chance with the franchise in the future.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 25, 2019

EDF: Iron Rain is big, it's dumb and it's also a ton of fun thanks to fantastic split-screen and online multiplayer. Pack your biggest auto-cannon, switch your brain off and you'll be chanting 'EDF! EDF! EDF!' in no time.

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Screen Rant
Oct 18, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a buggy masterclass in third-person shooter fun.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 11, 2019

If you want a game which is pretty much the polar opposite of the vast majority of modern AAA titles — in most of the right ways — I can wholeheartedly recommend Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain.

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Wccftech
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is certainly the prettiest insect-splatting simulation to grace the PlayStation 4 and there are a number of innovations to appeal to a Western audience, but Iron Rain still falls into that campy B-movie aesthetic.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

And that's pretty much it. Despite the marketing of a more "serious" tone this is still very much EDF - a bug-shooting Dynasty Warriors-esque hack and slash at heart. Given that it's a standalone game you can also just jump right in (not that you'd need to keep up with EDF lore regardless).

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Niche Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

If you’re just not quite sure about the franchise or genre, perhaps waiting on a price drop before picking up would serve you well. Either way, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain was a lot of fun for the most part, so I would suggest grabbing it at some point.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain has a lot of good ideas that mostly come together well but it still doesn't feel as fun to play as the mainline series.

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PlayStation Galaxy
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 24, 2019

EDF is probably never going to reach the heights of the mainstream, and that’s all right. It trying to be different from other games is exactly what makes it appealing to certain gamers. For the time being, being aware of its strengths and weaknesses are good enough for now.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 2, 2019

Despite the disappointment I, as a veteran EDF trooper, endured at first glimpse of Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain in action, it soon grew into one of my favorite EDF games in the series, right behind EDF 4.1 and 5. And even with the reduction in the enormity of enemy swarms, it still offers the fun and frantic bug genocide that only the EDF really knows how to provide. Now, not all fans or newcomers will value the compromises Iron Rain makes; however, it cannot be denied that this spinoff was a necessity. In time, it may prove to be filled with a lot of great ideas that progress this underappreciated franchise in profound directions.

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Gamefa
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2019

Similar to almost every installments in EDF series, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain delivers an enjoyable, engaging and fun gameplay and combat with good variety of weapons, gadgets and enemies. But again, like almost every EDF games, story is pointless, there are technical problems and some repetative missions. In the end, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Can be regarded as one of the most entertaining games of 2019 so far

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IGN
7.2 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.2 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2019

As flawed and as fun as ever, Iron Rain doesn't dull the core pleasure of EDF, but doesn't manage much more either.

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We Got This Covered
Apr 11, 2019

Although Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain attempts to take the franchise in a bold new direction, the latest installment in the long-running series makes too many mistakes to be anything other than a letdown.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 10, 2019

Despite huge changes, Earth Defence Force: Iron Rain remains loyal to EDF roots, and this is great news for the fans of the series. On the other hand, the graphical upgrades help to convince new players to join up as well. Iron Rain still needs improvements to be considered an elite action title, but it is arguably the best EDF ever made.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is some of the most pure, unadulterated fun we've had in 2019 so far. It's not pretty and it's not stable, but if you're able to look past its technical drawbacks, then you're in for a supremely wacky, boisterous, and delightful takedown of humanity's greatest threat. Earth Defense Force is proud of its simplistic nature, and that's probably the best thing about it.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2019

Overall, the game itself it the standard shooter from a third-person viewpoint. The controls are basic enough for younger fans to play, and not very difficult to learn. Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a PlayStation 4 exclusive and is set to release on April 11, 2019, priced at $59.99 USD. If you are a fan of the series, like a die-hard fan, definitely pick this up for yourself. If you are just someone looking at the game because it looks interesting, then I would wait until the price drops. I definitely would not have paid the price for this game just based on a gameplay trailer.

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GameSkinny
Apr 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is an interesting side entry with new mechanics and a new look. It's just too bad there's something missing from the formula to make it truly great.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

Iron Rain provides plenty of content, but Yuke's EDF debut doesn't change much

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AnaitGames
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 10, 2019

The way Yuke’s works with a series as peculiar and unchangeable as Earth Defense Force ends with a positive balance: different and with a unique personality, Iron Rain preserves the spirit of the originals.

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GideonsGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2019

It is still very much good old fashioned EDF fun and its refined fun at that. However, being punished for using your hard earned and awesome gadgets by deducting money from your mission rewards is purely anti-fun and the complete disconnect of the on-screen action in multiplayer is unacceptable and disappointing.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a marked improvement over its predecessors in spite being a spin-off by a different developer. Fans of the series will definitely appreciate the additions made to the game while still retaining what made the series so enjoyable. If further installments are able to improve on what Yuke's has done with the series while also fixing some of its issues to bring it up to speed of other modern shooters, it could expand the game's market well beyond its cult following.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain offers players with a nice change of pace from the hyper-connected and competitive nature of contemporary gaming, with a game that actually feels like a game.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 15, 2019

Earth Defense Force : Iron Rain is another vision of the franchise made by an other studio. The new approach is quite good, more serious and more accessible.

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Blast Away the Game Review
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 30, 2019

One of the best and worst things about Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is that it continues to use a tried and true formula, only changing a few necessary elements, and adding in a few minor ones to make itself really stand out from the rest. While it sounds as shameful as it could be, it isn’t, and it’s a welcome change in a series that had begun to grow stagnant over the past few releases.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Apr 26, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain lets you blast away at hordes of alien enemies, making you feel powerful. The framerate drops when too many enemies appear, but it doesn't ruin the game. The story isn't very compelling, but manning your PA gear in combat makes up for that.

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PSX Brasil
70 / 100
70 / 100
May 4, 2019

Iron Rain makes some changes to core features of the series, bringing a new and somewhat familiar experience. It's a great shooter game due to its absurdity, combat possibilities and, especially, for its cooperative modes with friends.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 7, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain introduces some big changes to to the B movie-style shooting franchise, including universal weapon use among classes, streamlined gear acquisition and improved visuals. Some of the changes might not necessarily please some series veterans, especially when it comes to the lower enemy counts. It does make the game more accessible to newcomers, though, so this can be a good time to try the franchise out if you've never played EDF before.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 2, 2019

Iron Rain re-modifies the series formula, but doesn't abandon the no-nonsense approach of the other games.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 15, 2019

Iron Rain is a good game on its own merits, but it's simply not as good as EDF5. It is a pretty different experience that's easy to recommend to series fans that are hungry for more, though.

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COGconnected
68 / 100
68 / 100
Apr 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is light on narrative and heavy on fast paced action.

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Just Push Start
3.25 / 5.0
3.25 / 5.0
Apr 21, 2019

When it comes to Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, a lot of things are set in, well, iron. It isn’t a good game, not by a long shot, though it also isn’t trying to be one either.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

Overall, Earth Defense Force: Iron Raid is rather lacking as a whole. While the gameplay is ok and I don’t particularly mind repetitive stages (heck, I finished Robotron 64), some of the unfair situations you can get into really put a damper on it. While not unplayable, the combination of choppy frame rates and frustrating mechanics leave you feeling like Iron Rain can often feel like more of a demo than a full game. While I would recommend picking it up if it’s on sale or packaged with something else, I would be a little more reserved about getting it flat out, unless you’re a fan of the series or are looking for a multiplayer game to play with your friends.

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Easy Allies
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2019
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Video Chums
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is definitely a very different experience to past games in the series.

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Thumb Culture
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2019

I personally think Earth Defense Force: Iron rain is pretty good, maybe not so much my style of gaming as I didn’t feel the “nag” of wanting to go back and play it more like I usually would with many other games, the storyline is nice but I also think if I were to play the previous games I would understand the game and enjoy it more! I am going to give this game the thumb culture silver award as it did open my eyes to a whole new genre of gameplay, I just didn’t have the ” I NEED TO PLAY NOW” feeling towards it.

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Slant Magazine
Apr 11, 2019

What hurts the game the most isn't the lack of follow through on its initial critical gumption, but rather a lack of compelling drama in its later levels.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

Unpretentious entertainment that drags too many technical and artistic aspects too outdated today.

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USgamer
Apr 11, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain plays around with the concepts players have gotten used to with previous EDFs. Classes are open, and the new Prowl Rider offers a new flavor of play that hasn't been seen in the franchise before. Weapons are open, giving more player freedom in terms of character loadouts. But Iron Rain loses some things from the main series, notably the huge swarms of enemies in favor of larger, more meaningful enemies. It's a fine entry in the EDF franchise, but it doesn't step far beyond its predecessors sadly.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2019

For more on Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, check out our interview with series producer, Nobuyuki Okajima, where we discuss the series and more.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 15, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain makes a few much-needed tweaks to the old formula, but it's still just another bug hunt.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain sacrifices the franchise standards of city scale battlefields and hundreds of enemies for the sake of flashier graphics, but in doing so loses some of the unique charm the series offers. The grind required to unlock exciting weapons undermines the fun potential, unless you're looking to spend a lot of time with the game.

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Worth Playing
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

When compared to the other entries in the series, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is a major low point. The various changes that improve on the formula are outweighed by other design choices that actively hurt the title's overall appeal. The actual combat still has some of the magic the series is known for, and even if online co-op is barely there unless you coordinate with others beforehand, the game is still fun to play with friends. If you're new to the series, playing Iron Rain won't be so bad, but if you've already killed bugs several times before, this title won't be able to scratch that itch again.

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Saving Content
May 21, 2019

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is more of the same Earth Defense Force, and that’s great for fans. You will still spend your time battling giants, trying the save the Earth from certain doom. Even for how cheesy the acting can be, for how slow it feels, and for how janky the animation looked, I still had fun doing it.

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Saving Content
Oct 15, 2019

It’s a different kind of EARTH DEFENSE FORCE, but not necessarily a bad one. IRON RAIN carries on the B-movie schlock in a new series, all in good fun. It’s like the newer Starship Troopers movies, they have newer CGI but it’s still not that great, and it has changed many things about it that you’re used to. You still watch of course, because it’s a good time. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: IRON RAIN is bug-squashing fun at its finest, with some changes to core systems you may or may not like.

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MonsterVine
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Apr 17, 2019

As fun as it can be on occasion, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain is too flawed for me to fully enjoy. The heaps of technical issues and unbalanced and repetitive missions, combined with a fairly dysfunctional online mode, make Iron Rain an unfortunately bland mess.

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Game Revolution
Apr 30, 2019

Everything about it makes sense, and it’s a better game at the end of the day due to the added polish. However, it’s not nearly good enough to get recommended with the games it’s now competing with and has lost much of its original appeal along the way.

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GameGrin
5 / 10.0
GameGrin
Chris Wootton

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2019

If you're a fan of the previous titles, go ahead and buy Iron Rain, you're not going to be disappointed by this one. If you're not a rabid fan of giant bugs, give it a miss or pick it up in a sale. It's a giggle after all if a little frustrating.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
4 / 10
Apr 11, 2019

A more grounded approach and a fresh coat of paint fail to address the series' inherent flaws, as the cheesy charm of fighting giant insects is lost in the process.

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Darkstation
Oct 28, 2019

Iron Rain echoes Insect Armageddon as a spin-off that tries to take the well-loved series in a new direction. Unfortunately, it drained out a lot of the charm that made the older titles so fun to begin with.

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TrustedReviews
Apr 25, 2019

I wouldn't recommend Iron Rain over Earth Defense Force 5, since it fails to deliver the distilled, charming experience I adore from the Sandlot series.

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