D3 Publisher has just released Earth Defense Force 5 on the PC so we’ve decided to take a brief look at it. Earth Defense Force 5 is an action game in which players battle against endless hordes of enemies, and its PC version appears to be running smoothly on a variety of PC systems.
In order to capture the following 4K gameplay footage, we used an Intel i7 4930K (overclocked at 4.2Ghz) with 16GB of DDR3 RAM at 2133Mhz, NVIDIA’s RTX 2080Ti, Windows 10 64-bit and the latest versions of the GeForce drivers.
NVIDIA’s most powerful gaming graphics card had no trouble at all running the game in 4K/Max settings with 60fps (the game is locked by default at 60fps). Not only that, but we did not experience any mouse acceleration or smoothing side-effects and the game displayed proper K&M on-screen indicators.
Since this is a third-person shooter, and thanks to the game’s spot on keyboard and mouse control mechanics, Earth Defense Force 5 plays incredibly well on the PC. Our only gripe with it is the somehow limited graphics settings that Sandlot has offered. Still, and to its credit, the game plays wonderfully from the get-go in 4K, and you don’t have to mess around with your desktop native resolution – like in some other games – in order to make it work.
In order to get a better idea of the game’s performance, we’ve also tested our AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and we are happy to report that even AMD’s GPU was able to offer a 4K/60fps experience on Max settings. What this basically means is that, based on these early tests, the game will run smoothly on a variety of PC systems.
Graphics wise, Earth Defense Force 5 is nothing really special. While the game looks better than its predecessor, it still cannot come close to what modern-day PC games are offering. The game originally came out in 2017 on Playstation 4 (so it’s already two years old) and my guess is that its visuals were not overhauled/improved for its PC release.
Still, the good news here is that the game runs silky smooth on a variety of PC systems and that its keyboard/mouse controls are amazing. We also did not experience any stutters or crashes.