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Earth Defense Force 2017

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Xbox 360
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Description

Earth Defense Force 2017 is the third game in the Chikyuu Boueigun series well know in Japan, and the first one released in North America (the previous two Chikyuu Boueigun were released in Europe under the names Monster Attack and Global Defence Force respectively). The game is a third-person 3D shooter featuring fights with floods of large enemies on gigantic, sprawling maps.

The game's story, which seems to be a re-telling of Monster Attack as it is set in 2017 (Global Defence Force takes place in 2019 and indicates that Monster Attack occurred two years earlier), places the player in the role of an EDF infantry man tasked with defending the Earth from hordes of alien invaders. The game features 53 missions where you fight against aliens on city streets, in underground caves and on coastal zones. You have access to 170 weapons divided into 7 categories including assault rifles, rocket launchers, flamethrowers, grenades and more.

You unlock new weapons throughout the game by picking up Weapon objects, dropped by killed enemies. Weapon objects provide you random weapons including those the character already has. On some maps there are also helicopters, battlemechs, tanks and bikes that can be controlled.

The Xbox 360 version features 2-player split-screen multiplayer where you can play cooperative or versus battle. The PS Vita version has an online cooperative multiplayer mode for up to four players.

Earth Defense Force 2017 is the first game in the series that features AI controlled EDF forces on its maps; in both previous games, the player fought completely by themselves, despite supposedly being in an army. Unlike Global Defence Force, the radio chatter from the Japanese version was retained for the English release.

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Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 All shotguns in E.D.F. are devastating at close range.
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 The top of the range flamethrower burns up black ants in no time
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 Attack ships are weak on their own but deadly in large groups.
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 One of the more basic loading screens

Alternate Titles

  • "Fuerza de defensa terrestre 2017" -- Spanish title
  • "Forza Di Difesa Terrestre 2017" -- Italian title
  • "Force de Défense Terrestre 2017" -- French title
  • "Earth Defense Force 3 Portable" -- PS Vita title
  • "Earth Defence Force 2017" -- German & English title
  • "Chikyuu Boueigun 3" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Spectacular-looking, simple playing giant-bug and robot shooting festival Xbox 360 Greg Mitchell (71)

The Press Says

Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Apr 05, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Mar 27, 2007 8 out of 10 80
1UP Xbox 360 Mar 21, 2007 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Apr 12, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamigo Xbox 360 May 30, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
GameSpot Xbox 360 Mar 22, 2007 7.1 out of 10 71
IGN Xbox 360 Mar 20, 2007 6.9 out of 10 69
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Jul 02, 2007 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamers.at Xbox 360 Nov 05, 2007 62 out of 100 62
Game Captain Xbox 360 Dec 22, 2007 60 out of 100 60

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