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.


Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 Giant black ants have a nasty bite!
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 The battle robot can take out walking arms with no trouble.
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 Levels can be replayed at any skill level once you have completed them.
Earth Defense Force 2017 Xbox 360 Items picked up ingame are shown here and added to your tally.

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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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic May 08, 2007 A- 91
VGcore Aug 21, 2007 8 out of 10 80 May 08, 2007 80 out of 100 80
1UP Mar 21, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Game Chronicles Apr 07, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77 Jun 08, 2007 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot Mar 22, 2007 7.1 out of 10 71 Jun 15, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
GBase - The Gamer's Base Jan 14, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Captain Dec 22, 2007 60 out of 100 60


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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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