Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Plays Well on PC

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It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was playing Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain on PS4.

Developed by Yuke’s, the latest entry in the cult Earth Defense Force series is notable for being the nicest looking so far. And on top of that, it has some new gameplay elements up its sleeve to make it a little more interesting.

But no longer do you need a PS4 to play it: it’s now available on PC via Steam.


As ports go it’s not a bad one, but there are some issues that could do with ironing out. For example, when I booted up the game for the first time, it defaulted to Japanese display language which wasn’t apparent until I was actually in game. Some text was in English but a whole lot was in Japanese. Make sure the display language is set to English before you start playing.

Next up, I found that V-Sync doesn’t actually work until you toggle it on and off. So do that if you don’t want so see the screen tear.

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What will be disappointing to many, however, is that you can’t take the resolution beyond 1080p. That’s a real downer if you have a monitor supporting higher resolutions.

Other than that though, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain on PC is a solid port of a good game. Playing with an NVIDIA RTX2070 paired with an old i5, it easily manages to maintain 60fps at max settings. And it really does look great for an Earth Defense Force game.

If you want to find out more about Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, you can read our review of the PS4 version here. Our opinion on it remains the same on PC. If you like shooting hordes of gigantic bugs, aliens and robotic monstrosities, and get a kick out of ridiculously cheesy dialogue, you’re going to have a lot of fun with Iron Rain regardless of the platform you’re playing it on.