Earth Defense Force 5 details Fencer and Air Raider weapons - Gematsu
Earth Defense Force 5 details Fencer and Air Raider weapons
posted on 07.27.17 at 11:52 AM EDT by (@salromano)
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D3 Publisher has updated the official website for Earth Defense Force 5 with information and screenshots on the Fencer and Air Raider soldier class weapons.

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■ Fencer Weapons

Fencers are able to use heavy equipment due to its military use exoskeleton known as the “Powered Skeleton.” Although the Fencer is a foot soldier, it can use heavy weapons common to tanks and melee attack weapons that can exterminate the enemy in a single shot.

Blasthole Spear

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A mechanical spear that projects at high speed. While rotating, the spear pierces any substance. After that, high voltage plasma is instantly released from the tip of the spear and the substance collapses from inside. Because the expansion and contraction of the spear is instantaneous, it is possible to attack quickly to the point that the naked eye does not realize that the spear is expanding. Its range is short, but it has overwhelming destructive force. Because it also has piercing strength, it can pierce multiple enemies at the same time. It is also advantageous in that it can be used while holding a shield. It is said to be the Fencer’s main equipment. It is necessary to practice with due to its short range, but there is value to mastering it. By continuously attacking, you can break into a second attack and unleash a long interval blow.

Flashing Spear

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A mechanical spear that incorporates an acceleration mechanism. As a result of improvements specialized for continuous attacks, it is lower in power compared to the Blasthole Spear, but it makes up for its disadvantages in its ability to continuously attack. By holding the trigger, it can perform continuous attacks. While rotating, the spear pierces any substance. After that, high voltage plasma is instantly released from the tip of the spear, and the substance collapses from inside. Because the expansion and contraction of the spear is instantaneous, it is possible to attack quickly to the point that the naked eye does not realize that the spear is expanding. Its range is short, but it has overwhelming destructive force. Because it also has piercing strength, it can pierce multiple enemies at the same time. It is also advantageous in that it can be used while holding a shield.

Vibro Hammer

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A hammer with a built-in super vibration generator device (vibro drive). It generates tremendous vibrations and pulverizes not only the substance it hits, but also the area around it. Since vibrations transmit and spread through substance, it has no effect on airborne enemies. Also, between the time it is wound up and swung down, its ultra vibrations form walls of air around it, which have the effect of reducing damage when attacked. By holding down the “attack button,” the output of the vibro drive increases. By raising the output to its maximum value and releasing the attack button, it can perform a long range, maximum voltage attack.

Force Blade

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A battle use blade created through force field technology. It changes the force field generated by the blade into swords that can pierce through substance. By swinging the blade, the force field is projected forward and cuts through to enemies at a distance. While it does not have as much destructive force as the Vibro Hammer, it has fast attack speed and can strike airborne enemies. By holding down the “attack button,” its output increases. By raising the output to its maximum value and releasing the attack button, it can perform a powerful slash maximum voltage attack.

Assuming you are dealing with an overwhelming number of large creatures, it is recommended to equip two Force Blades at the same time. The continuous attacks of two blades will show the true value of the Force Blade.

Deflection Shield

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A shield made of special alloy. While it boasts excellent defensive strength, its heat rises the more it receive attacks. When it reaches its limit, it can no longer be used until it cools down completely. When holding the shield, it reduces the amount of damage received. Depending on the weapon, it is possible to “attack while holding the shield.” This is not possible with hammers and blades that require the whole body when attacking, but for the Blasthole Spear and weapons that can be fired with one hand, attacking while holding the shield is possible.

The inside of the shield incorporates a device called a “Deflector.” This device forms a magnetic field that reverses physical motions by 180 degrees. While the Deflector operates only momentarily, it can repel any attack if used with the proper timing.

Ion Mirror Shield

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A shield equipped with a high performance Deflector. Due to its small size, its ability to reduce damage when held is somewhat low. However, its Deflector ability is high and activates quickly, making it easy to match the proper timing.

FG7 Hand Gatling

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A personal use Gatling gun. It is a heavy weapon which became portable for the first time due to the Powered Skeleton. There is a disadvantage in that it takes time until it fires the first bullet, but its rapid-fire speed and destructive force are tremendous. By holding the trigger, the barrel begins to rotate and fires when rotation reaches a certain speed. Because it has strong recoil, the muzzle of the gun springs up when firing, meaning that aim must be manually adjusted mid-fire.

NC101 Hand Cannon

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A personal use heavy firearm. It fires a special shell with excellent piercing strength. It is the largest personal use weapon, and its weight is at the level of “barely transportable,” even for a Powered Skeleton. Because of its large caliber, the recoil alone can cause serious injuries if used by a regular person. While the Powered Skeleton absorbs the recoil, time is nevertheless required for shock absorption and the soldier is unprotected in the interim. Also, the muzzle of the gun springs up when shooting, which will shift the aim. When shooting again, it is necessary to manually adjust the aim.

Powerdyne

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A high output beam cannon. It is mounted directly onto the power frame. It fires a high output beam that pierces the enemy. It has tremendous destructive force. Its output is excessive and it requires a large amount of power to refill. For that reason, it cannot be reloaded on the battlefield.

Arm Hound

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An arm mount-type missile launcher. It can attack multiple enemies at the same time. Holding down the “attack button” displays the sight in order to lock-on enemies within the sight and lock-on range. It can lock-on multiple enemies. When the attack button is released, it fires missiles at the locked-on enemies. The missiles fly while following the enemy. When the missiles land, they explode.

Arcane 6-Shot Missile

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A high power missile launcher with six missiles. It consecutively fires six missiles. Holding down the “attack button” displays the sight in order to lock-on enemies within the sight and lock-on range. It can lock-on a maximum of six enemies. When the attack button is released, it fires missiles at the locked-on enemies. The missiles fly while following the enemy. When the missiles land, they explode.

■ Air Raider Weapons

The Air Raider is the only branch of the army that can lead airborne soldiers from ground level. It is the leader of the battlefield that designates attack targets, and can request attacks from bombers, aircraft, and gunners to exterminate the enemy.

Heavy Bomber Charon A1

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Request an aerial bombing from Heavy Bomber Charon A1 to a designated area using a dedicated communications device. It is possible to designate the bombing area, including the bomber’s entry position and direction. In order to request another attack, certain achievements are required on the battlefield (defeating a large number of enemies). Any defeating of enemies done by your fellow troops are included as part of those achievements.

Heavy Bomber Charon FB10

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Request support from the Heavy Bomber Charon FB10 loaded with napalm bombs to a designated area using a dedicated communications device. Napalm bombs burn at a high temperature, and burn and destroy a fixed range of area to nothing. It is possible to designate the bombing area, including the bomber’s entry position and direction. In order to request another attack, certain achievements are required on the battlefield (defeating a large number of enemies). Any defeating of enemies done by your fellow troops are included as part of those achievements.

Fighter Bomber Phobos

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A communications device to request an airstrike from Phobos, the explosive fighter aircraft. Compared to heavy bombers, Phobos has less bombs loaded. However, it excels in mobility and flies onto the battlefield at high speeds. It is possible to designate the bombing area, including Phobos’ entry position and direction. In order to request another attack, certain achievements are required on the battlefield (defeating a large number of enemies). Any defeating of enemies done by your fellow troops are included as part of those achievements.

—How Airstrikes Have Evolved from Earth Defense Force 4 and 4.1

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Airstrikes have evolved from previous Earth Defense Force games. It is now possible to designate the bombing area, including the bomber’s entry position and direction. With this, there should be no worry of the airstrike ending in misfire or bombing fellow troops.

Rocket Gun A

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A beacon emitter. It requests the fire of a “rocket gun” from the gunship circling above. A rocket is fired at the beacon impact area. Only a single rocket is fired. However, it is loaded with several rockets, allowing it to continuously fire. The rocket explodes when it makes impact and deals damage to a wide range of enemies. The work needed to reload for another fire is done within the gunship. Therefore, reloading will commence even when the Air Raider is not equipped with the weapon.

The injected beacon begins guidance by hitting an impact area. For that reason, it will not work if it is shot into an empty space. Also, an out-of-range beacon will activate its safety device and stop functioning. In other words, a beacon needs to make impact with a substance within range. The beacon emitter is equipped with a laser device in order to see the range. As long as the laser light hits a substance within range, shooting it will enable activation of the beacon.

120mm Scattershot Gun A

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A beacon emitter. Using an ejector gun, it shoots a beacon at a target to request fire from the 120 scattershot gun on the gunship circling above. The shells fired are small and scattered, and deal damage to a wide range. The work needed to reload for another fire is done within the gunship. Therefore, reloading will commence even when the Air Raider is not equipped with the weapon.

150mm Single-Mounted Gun A

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A beacon emitter. Using an ejector gun, it shoots a beacon at a target to request fire from the 150mm gun on the gunship circling above. (If the beacon does not impact a substance, it will not work.)

The 150mm single-mounted gun will only fire once per request. However, if many shells are loaded then continuous fire is possible. The 150mm gun can be equipped with the highest grade artillery, which powerful enough to pierce the enemy. Thanks to its high precision, the shells will hit the beacon’s position without error. However, since it lacks ranged attack power, it is necessary to accurately place the beacon where you want to strike.

Mortar

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Request a mortar strike from the gunners. Mortars are small in terms of artiller, but because of that they are easy to use and makes it possible to repeatedly fire. When a smoke grenade is thrown, the area it lands in will be bombarded. As the shells make impact, they will explode and cause damage to the surrounding area. IIn order to request another attack, certain achievements are required on the battlefield (defeating a large number of enemies). Any defeating of enemies done by your fellow troops are included as part of those achievements.

Mortar – Concentrated Fire Tactics

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You can request concentrated fire from an organized mortar team. When a smoke grenade is thrown, the area it lands in will be bombarded. As the shells make impact they will explode and cause damage to the surrounding area. In order to request another attack, certain achievements are required on the battlefield (defeating a large number of enemies). Any defeating of enemies done by your fellow troops are included as part of those achievements, but because concentrated fire uses many mortars, the requirements for being able to strike again is higher.

Earth Defense Force 5 is due out for PlayStation 4 in Japan in 2017.

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