Earthfall is a cooperative FPS game on PC and was originally released on the 13th July 2018. The game was developed by Holospark, a team known typically for their VR titles, but have finally jumped into the first-person shooter space. In typical FPS fashion, the world has been turned upside down and the player, along with some friends at their side must defeat anything and everything that comes their way in increasingly difficult waves.
You can download Earthfall from Steam. The base game is not the only downloadable choice, though. You can also have two DLCs: Earthfall – Hazmat Pack (additional outfits and weapons), and. Earthfall Soundtrack. On top of this, you can download Earthfall – Deluxe Edition which includes both DLC. To start click on the Download button at the end of this review. You can enjoy the game on Windows PCs, PS4 and Xbox One. Remember that when stuck it’s always a good idea to consult the online wiki.
The story of Earthfall is pretty simple with this game, as it simply boils down to this: aliens have invaded Earth and are quickly taking over the planet, decimating any and all humans that might get in their way. A group of 4 survivors have decided to up-rise against the aliens and threw diplomacy out the way and have decided the best way to solve the alien crisis is with guns. Other than that, there are small amounts of lore sprinkled around the game here and there, but the general gist of the game is “aliens have invaded, they’re bad, so kill them.”
When it comes to the gameplay in Earthfall, it’s relatively simple: it plays just like any ordinary, cooperative shooter. The player moves with WASD shoots with left-mouse and has access to medkits and grenades whenever they might need them. For each mission in Earthfall it starts off with giving the team of 4 players an objection – depending on whether or not they play online, it will be 3 AI partners instead of people when offline – and they must accomplish that objective to move onto the next segment of the level.
Each objective has a different requirement, such as hold out until evac, carry an item over to a marked location, or defend an area for a short period of time. The objectives are relatively simple and for anyone that’s played something like Left 4 Dead or Warhammer: Vermintide, they’ll know what to expect.
Once again, similarly to many other titles in the genre, Earthfall has a few special aliens that will either take the form of either boss or special aliens. The boss aliens typically have a large health pool and take a serious amount of firepower, all the while dishing it out as well. The special aliens, however, come in one of four categories, a sapper, a thresher, a whiplash, and an enrager.
A thresher will jump on the player, rendering them defenseless until a teammate shoots them off; with the whiplash doing something similar, just from a distance. A sapper will run towards the player at speed and will explode when either shot or in close proximity to a player. An enrager, on the other hand though, will try to avoid the player, as they can typically be destroyed in one or two shots but will enhance the damage of all nearby aliens until they are dealt with.
Easily the biggest comparison for this game would have to be Left 4 Dead, as a lot of the inspiration has come from it. Many of the special aliens are practically carbon-copies of the special zombies in Left 4 Dead, and the objectives, for the most part, are all the same.
Anyone that enjoyed either Vermintide or Left 4 Dead 1 or 2 is going to find plenty to enjoy with this game, providing they don’t go into the game assuming that it’s going to replace Left 4 Dead for them, as it simply isn’t going to be the case.