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Earth Defense Force 5 is coming to Steam this week

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Earth Defense Force 5 is scurrying over to PC this week, a year and a half after its console release. The arcade shooter once again pits squishy, vulnerable humans against hordes of giant enemies, including the classic gargantuan ants and the first humanoid enemies in the series. 

"Face the enemy with wisdom and courage," the Steam store page says, which is excellent advice. Start every day with wisdom and courage—you don't even need to be gearing up for a fight. 

To defend Earth from this alien invasion, you'll have four EDF classes to pick from, and you'll be able to bring three mates along with you in online co-op or one buddy in local splitscreen.

EDF has long been my go-to 'I'm drunk and have a house guest' game, being both jam-packed with stupid spectacle and blessed with little need for exposition or explanation. 'Big monsters are invading, so go shoot them' is a simple order anyone can understand.

Like its predecessors, it's a bit ugly and a bit janky, but gosh is it a ridiculous amount of fun. This entry in the series has a bit more of everything, from aliens to guns, and also introduces stuff like battle damage, so you can shred monsters with your bullets. 

Earth Defense Force 5 is due out on July 11.

Fraser Brown
Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.