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Earth Defense Force 2017 (Xbox 360)

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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 Helicopters are useful for airborne assaults.
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 Some loading screens give you tips and info.
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 E.D.F. headquarters is the hub of your operations.

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 Greg Mitchell (71) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic May 08, 2007 A- 91
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Apr 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Apr 12, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Xbox360Achievements Aug 04, 2007 78 out of 100 78
Gamigo May 30, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamesmania Jun 08, 2007 74 out of 100 74
IGN Mar 20, 2007 6.9 out of 10 69
Gamers.at Nov 05, 2007 62 out of 100 62
Game Captain Dec 22, 2007 60 out of 100 60
Cheat Code Central 2007 2.5 out of 5 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Xbox 360 version of Earth Defence Force 2017 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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Stratege (15342) added Earth Defense Force 2017 (Xbox 360) on Apr 02, 2007
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