You can almost smell the carnage

Earth Defense Force is one of the those franchises that clicks because of its simplistic, focused nature. Our planet is in danger, we grab guns, we shoot absolutely everything within a five mile radius, and we get a bigger gun as a reward for our services. It knows that it's a daft game, and it doesn't strive for anything other than its trademark ridiculousness.

Fortunately, if you haven't yet found the chance to take the series for a test drive, you'll be glad to know that it's heading to the PlayStation 4 next year in Japan. Despite being a big bundles of chaotic fun, the games tend not to run all that well, with the frame rate dipping into dangerously low numbers when things get hectic.

With a little luck, though, the power of Sony's new console might make Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair the most technically stable instalment that we've seen. Take a look at the teaser trailer that we've embedded, and let us know if you'd like to sign up for bug stomping duty in the comments section below.