When Insects Attack: Earth Defense Force 4.1 Out On PC

To save our Mother Earth from any alien attack,
From vicious giant insects who have once again come back,
We’ll unleash all our forces! We won’t cut them any slack!
The EDF deploys!

Which is to say that Earth Defense Force 4.1 The Shadow of New Despair [official site] is out now on Steam. These space-bugs won’t kill themselves, so hop to it.

EDF is a game about shooting a great many giant alien insects and arachnids and robots and UFOs until they explode. If that’s what you want (and why shouldn’t you?) then EDF does that better than almost any other. It also supports co-op, and larking about with your mates is usually enough to overcome any tedium that might creep in.

This particular EDF game was initially released in the west as Earth Defense Force 2025 on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2014 but this release has the awfully grand name of Earth Defense Force 4.1 The Shadow of New Despair. We are so very lucky here on PC, I know. EDF41TSOND is basically 2025 with fancier graphics, extra missions, extra weapons, a few tweaks to older missions, and so on.

A launch discount brings EDF 4.1 down to £20.99/32,19€/$34.99 on Steam until July 25th. Also on sale is its large amount of DLC. Maybe you want to buy guns with cool names like Blood Storm, drive a tank with a sweet anime maid airbrush job, or deploy eerie maid decoy balloons.

I’m into the idea of this game existing within the world of EDF as a safe simulation of actual real battles against alien insects, for the purposes of this trailer at least:


  1. Da5e says:

    I’m not so sure about the whole ‘simulation’ thing – one of my favourite aspects of EDF 2017 was the sheer bleakness of it all, the narrator who at the end of missions would say stuff like ‘ok, you saved that town, but while you were at it EVERYONE IN BRAZIL DIED OF ANTS.’

    It felt like fighting against a properly impossible swarm, and I bought into it fully.

    • fish99 says:

      The ‘simulation’ thing is just a theme for the trailer, it’s got nothing to do with the actual game. The missions aren’t supposed to be VR training exercises or something. 4.1 has the same bleakness of story and the same style of narration that 2017 had. They haven’t changed up the formula at all, except for going back to multiple classes.

      If you enjoyed 2017 you will absolutely enjoy 4.1.

  2. GWOP says:

    In the end we find out that all those bugs used to be travelling salesmen…

  3. fish99 says:

    Great time to get into this series if you’ve never played one. Straight forward arcade style gameplay, tons of enemies – many of them huge, tons of weapons, a deliberately corny B-movie style story with plenty of laughs, and as you get onto the harder settings these games get very challenging and tactical. Admittedly there’s some grinding for weapon drops in there too, but only if you want to beat ‘hardest’ and above.

    Also one of the best co-op games.

    I might pick this up again (already beat it on xbox360 and PS4). Curious to see how it plays on a mouse.

    • fish99 says:

      Oh, and you can also blow up all the buildings. Let’s face it – the EDF cause far more civilian casualties than the insects ever did :p

  4. clippa says:

    60fps cap, no fov settings but the mouse and keyboard controls are great, surprisingly.
    A very good port by the looks of it so far, framerate hasn’t dipped from 60 for me yet.

  5. Roald Hoffmann says:

    And, poof, just like that, every single game I picked up during the summer sale vanished into my backlog, possibly never to be seen again.

  6. Folv says:

    For AMD Phenom II users (relating to the SSE 4.1 used in the game), the game is unplayable. There is a megathread on their steam discussions page that has gone unaddressed, and many users have emailed them with no response. Any users or potential buyers should be aware of this issue.

    More info discussed here – link to steamcommunity.com

  7. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    For those who have played this, do you think it is worth the current price? It has always been my understanding that the EDF games fit into the ‘budget’ category of games. Not that that’s neccesarilly a bad thing but $55 ($39 on sale) seems steep for what I understand these games to be.

    • Sandepande says:

      My personal fun-per-euro-index reports that the 30€ I paid for it will be just fine.

    • GWOP says:

      For what it’s worth, EDF 4.1 has split screen co-op. A rarity even on consoles now, let alone the PC.