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Earth Defense Force 2017 (Xbox 360)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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The Video Game Critic
Only the occasional glitch will remind you that EDF is a budget title. In one instance, a bug was hiding under an overpass, but you could see parts of its body jutting through the road above. Another time my soldier appeared to inexplicably take flight, when in fact he was swimming (with the camera situated underneath). It may be a little rough around the edges, but Earth Defense Force is still exceptional. Incorporating simple controls, substantial firepower, and amazing eye candy, this is a break-through shooter for the 360.
Gaming Age
In the end, EDF 2017 is just but a simple game that pits man against an unstoppable alien menace with a whole lotta guns. Whether or not you dig the Ed Wood production values, it's hard to deny the massive amounts of action, adventure, and mind-boggling fun that can be had in the fulfilling campaign. Besides, it's a good place to start for American gamers unfamiliar with the franchise—because if the next game takes the same path as Earth Defense Force 2, the franchise could become a new cornerstone of shooting lore.
It's worth doing, though, because Earth Defense Force is pure awesome fun. It shows its budget nature on a regular basis, with silly physics, limited enemy types, a ridiculous amount of clipping (especially with debris), a variable framerate, and a handful of huge battlefields that get recycled endlessly. The gameplay is so fun and polished though, that these issues just don't matter, and the only nagging flaw ends up being the lack of online multiplayer. Thankfully, there's single-screen co-op available, so it's not a total wash. Whether in single or multiplayer, the fast action, perfect controls, and amazing 50's schlock sci-fi atmosphere is a joy to play in, and the levels have that "just one more" feel that's the hallmark of all the best games. Earth Defense Force is an addictive blast, and honestly that's all I've ever asked from any game.
90 (UK)
You may think that Robotron x Rampage + Serious Sam doesn't equal ACEIOSITY.

You might believe violence solves nothing when - in fact - it solves over fifty levels of action, across multiple difficulty levels.

You may have friends and family who are ants. I understand. It's difficult.

You might not like smiling.

You might be stupid. Because there's always that, isn't there?

If none of these apply, you've got no bloody excuse.
Even though I love this game, I still have to address the flaws that run pretty rampant in EDF2017. It is a budget title, after all. Getting stuck is most definitely not fun, no matter what price you paid for the game. And collision detection just doesn't feel... right. Overall, EDF is a good game for a cheap price. Make sure you have a friend with you though, as EDF is missing Live compatibilty.
Monoton, trashig, langweilig? Nein! Das ist Dauerfeuer der unterhaltsamen Sorte! Es macht richtig Laune, sich durch Unmengen überdimensionalen Ungeziefers zu ballern, ganze Städte in Schutt und Asche zu legen und sich spektakuläre Shootouts mit gigantischen Stahlkolossen zu liefern - vor allem zu zweit. Bei EDF 2017 wurde selbst meine Shooter verpönende Freundin zur unersättlichen Alienjägerin. Wer anspruchsvolle Actionkost und fordernde KI-Gegner sucht, ist hier natürlich völlig fehl am Platz. Aber wer auf unkomplizierte Ballerorgien steht, bei denen man alles dem Erdboden gleich machen darf und sich nicht an hölzernen Animationen, prähistorischen 2D-PowerUps oder antiquierten Soundeffekten stört, wird hier für wenig Geld überraschend gut unterhalten. Schade nur, dass man dem Spiel keinen Online-Modus spendiert hat, dann hätten vielleicht auch die via Splitscreen eher drögen Deathmatchs noch für Abwechslung gesorgt.
UOL Jogos
Inicialmente, "Earth Defense Force 2017" pode causar um certo estranhamento, principalmente por seu estilo retrô e soluções gráficas ultrapassadas. É uma questão de tempo, no entanto, para ser conquistando pela diversão e ação frenética e impactante, provando que jogos de baixo orçamento também podem existir na nova geração.
With 53 missions of shooting and running, one would think that it gets old after a while. Maybe for some, but honestly many may find the game much more fun than their more complicated counterparts. It's unexplainable. It is what it is really, and what it is is fun, and is that not what games are about?
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Still, the sense of mass chaos, sheer number of attacking enemies and the ability to make the player feel like they’re in full control of it all keep EDF at its peak. With a partner, this one is a perfect time waster in short or extended sessions. This is as epic as a budget release could ever imagine being, and in some ways, handles this task better than some heavily-hyped, mega-dollar release.
Deaf Gamers
If you're looking for an arcade-style third person shooter then Earth Defence Force 2017 is well worth the asking price. Incidentally the asking price is a modest £24.99 and can even be found online for as low as £17.99 which is an absolute bargain. The game may lack a deep storyline and the AI may lack the finesse that you've come to expect from most shooters these days but Earth Defence Force 2017 swaps frills for thrills and in many respects is all the better for it. Whether you're playing solo or with a friend the game is a lot of fun and quite unlike anything else on the Xbox 360 at the moment. At the bargain price this is going for, every 360 gamer should give it a go.
Armchair Empire, The
Earth Defense Force 2017 overcomes its weaknesses by being brainless and ridiculous fun. It’s as simple as that. Play, have fun. For a measly $40US any action fan or B-movie enthusiast can be enjoying themselves right now with this game.
If there's a heaven, I think it's full of giant spiders and rocket launchers. It's a place where skyscrapers collapse if you breathe on them too hard and you never run out of ammunition. When I die, I want to go to Earth Defense Force 2017.
Games Radar
Then, it's easy to see what this is: a corny, geeky dream come true that's destined to be an underground classic.
While it doesn't one-up the awesome EDF2, Earth Defense Force 2017 is still a great game in its own right, particularly for those who haven't played the previous title. It's a unique, well-realized action game that's like nothing else on the 360. If EDF2 didn't exist, we'd like it even more.
While EDF most certainly won’t win any gaming awards, they also don’t have a category for “Most Enjoyable” which is truly a shame, because this could have a great shot at the title.
Jeder der von einem Spiel abwechslungsreiche Umgebungen, einfallsreiches Gameplay, eine fesselnde Story und eine technisch perfekte Präsentation erwartet, wird bei Earth Defense Force 2017 leider enttäuscht. Trotz des etwa ein viertel günstigeren Preises, wurde sicher nicht an den Inhalten gespart. Mit den über 100 Waffen und 53 Levels auf fünf Stufen, die sowohl für komplett unerfahrene Spieler, als auch für Spielhallen-Zombies das richtige Maß an Herausforderung bieten, ist stundenlanger Spielspaß garantiert. Den gibt es bei schnellen Spielen zwischendurch und Marathon-Sitzungen mit einem Co-Op Partner gleichermaßen. Die Einsparungen bekommt man allerdings beim technischen Part zu spüren. Mittelmäßige Grafik, nervige Ruckelattacken bei bestimmten Gegnergruppen und die fast schon kriminelle Abwesenheit eines Online-Modus schmerzen.
Game Chronicles
If Earth Defense Force 2017 were a movie, Ed Wood would have directed it. It would star Bruce Campbell. The folly artists would be hard at work with the pots and pans of your average kitchen. The special effects would come courtesy of the cheap toys and props of your garden-variety dollar store. This is a “B” movie from start to finish, it’s about as cheesy, hokey and ridiculous as they come and it’s totally awesome!
Let me state this upfront; this game will not be to everyone’s taste. However if you want to just sit down on the couch and feel the rush of bringing down a huge alien spaceship or blowing up hordes of alien bugs with rockets or grenade launchers Earth Defense Force 2017 certainly fits the bill. It’s too bad that the game doesn’t look better or doesn’t have online multiplayer support; improvements in both areas might have boosted this game’s score into the low 80s. As the game stands, however, it’s a surprise that a Japanese import title with a relatively low price is as entertaining as this game turned out to be.
Earth Defence Force 2017 ist ein Shooter der ganz alten Schule. Wie man damals immer wieder Münzen in den R-Type Automaten geworfen hat, so lässt einen auch EDF nicht mehr los. Das simple Spielprinzip, das trashige Setting und oben drauf noch ein Co-Op Modus, machen süchtig. Durch viele Waffen, Levels und Schwierigkeitsstufen ist der Dauerspaß trotz günstigen Preises garantiert. Leider bekommt man durch Designschwächen und fehlenden Xbox Live Multiplayer immer wieder vor Augen geführt, dass der Titel rund 25% günstiger ist, als andere 360-Spiele.
As archaic and clumsy as it can be, Earth Defense Force 2017 succeeds because of what a ridiculous bit of dumb fun it is.
The Review Busters
Earth Defense Force 2017 is the best kept secret on the Xbox 360. Some Xbox 360 users might be turned off with the lack of Xbox Live features but with a game that can be as addictive as Halo how can you say no? Whenever you do play this game just make sure you don't play too long, the loading time in-between some levels may annoying you a lot, plus some of the enemy AI in this game can lead to some extra minutes in certain wide area stages. In general Earth Defense Force 2017 is worth the try. Being able to destroy giant ants and spiders is too fun, make sure you don't pass this game up.
Now, I know this review went up and down, but that is what you get when you play Earth Defense Force 2017. You are going to want to hate it, but the simplicity and mindless fun behind it will probably have you coming back. This game had generic graphics and animation, dry gameplay mechanics, and voiceovers that will make you want to yank an ear off, but the bottom line is, it was fun, and that is what gaming in general is all about, so I have to give it a better than mediocre score. I won’t say you should run out and snatch the first copy you see, but this is one of those games that would be great to have around if you’re looking for a quick fix; a filler game for those times when you’re not looking for the intricacy of Oblivion or the simplicity of Bankshot Billiards. The best thing you can do is give it rental and make your own assessment, but all in all, Earth Defense Force 2017 is a title you will either love for the fun it brings or hate for its surface.
Tâche difficile que de donner une note à ce jeu de niche qui ne parlera qu'à une minorité de joueurs avertis, et que les autres qualifieront probablement de honte vidéoludique. Nanar de pixels assumé, bouillie technique d'effets cheap, Force De Défense Terrestre n'en reste pas moins un titre intensément fun et complètement barré.
It's tough to give a game like this a score. It's a fun game for sure, but a flop from the technical standpoint. Let's be clear here. If you're looking for a big budget shooter with a great story and flashy graphics, GRAW 2, Rainbow Six: Vegas or Gears of War will deliver your needs a thousand times better than Earth Defense Force 2017. It doesn't hold a candle to some of the more technically savvy games on Xbox 360 and that may be more than ample reason to give this one a pass depending upon your tastes. For good mindless shooting, this game delivers. If you can look past the technical issues, there is a lot of fun to be had here. Now if somebody could dish out the money to bring this game up to speed, we'd be in business.
If you enjoy old-school shooters in the vein of Contra or more recently, Serious Sam, you could certainly do worse than EDF 2017. Those who demand a little depth and storyline to go along with their blasting are advised to look elsewhere. Since the game is best played in short bursts, it feels like the game would likely be more at home on a portable system like the PSP. However, when I played the game in front of a few friends, they were constantly screaming at me that I was getting surrounded by ants and yelling "constructive" advice in my direction. Any game that can elicit that sort of reaction from an inactive audience must be doing something right. It's also nice to have a new 360 game released with a reasonable price tag.
Xboxdynasty (XD)
Earth Defense Force kann kurzweilig unterhalten, verliert aber aufgrund des monotonen Spielprinzips schnell an Reiz. Zwar macht es Spaß, Häuser zu zerlegen und Hunderte von Gegner auszuschalten, auf Dauer langweilt die stumpfe Ballerei allerdings. Wer auf sinnlose Ballerei von Anfang bis Ende im japanischen Trashlook steht, könnte evtl. fündig werden. Alle anderen investieren ihr Geld lieber in andere Spiele.
GBase - The Gamer's Base
Earth Defence Force 2017 ist ein reiner Trash-Titel mit all seinen simplen Vorzügen und eben auch gravierenden Mängeln. An allen Ecken und Kanten mangelt es dem Titel an Feinpolitur, und das langweilige Missionsdesign verblasst schon angesichts der in den letzten Monaten vorherrschenden Flut von abwechslungsreichen Top-Titeln. Allen Mängeln zum Trotze kommt hier aber trotzdem ab und an Spielspass auf, den ich mir eigentlich nur mit der schon fast parodistisch wirkenden Ähnlichkeit zu Metzelfilmen à la Starship Troopers und Konsorten erklären kann. Besonders der kooperative Zweispielermodus sorgt zeitweise ordentlich für gute Laune und sei es bloss wegen der Unmengen an grünem Blut, welches die Ameisen und Spinnen versprühen. EDF 2017 ist ein typischer Titel zum Ausleihen, Fans von trashiger Action-Kost werden dem Spiel vielleicht den einen oder anderen unterhaltsamen Abend abgewinnen können.
As the film Supersize Me demonstrated, Man does not live (long) by McDonald's alone; sometimes, though, that Quarter Pounder with Cheese satisfies like nobody's business. Earth Defense Force 2107 isn't a great game, but it's a really fun one and unlike the grease bomb you score from the local burger emporium, it won't have any long-term deleterious impact on your health.
Earth Defence Force 2017 ist ein schwächliches, frustrierendes und schlechtes Spiel mit mehr Minuspunkten als ich für möglich gehalten hätte. Es ist ein geniales, süchtig-machendes Spiel welches jeder Gamer mindestens einmal gespielt haben sollte. Beide Aussagen sind wahr. Wie kann das sein? Nun, trotz all seiner Schattenseiten bringt es EDF 2017 fertig den Spieler vor den Bildschirm zu fesseln, wenn auch nur für maximal anderthalb Stunden am Stück, bis man sich dann doch fragt ob das glibbrige Zeug welchem einem aus der Nase rinnt nun in einer um diese Jahreszeit häufig auftretende) Erkältung seine Ursache hat – oder ob das eigene Gehirn schlussendlich das Handtuch wirft und versucht über den Riechkolben zu entkommen. Deswegen sage ich: Leiht es euch aus, kauft es euch nicht. Ich kann nicht wirklich erklären warum…aber ich, für meinen Teil, werde mich jetzt wieder auf Ameisenjagd begeben.
Game Couch
The way you feel about Godzilla movies is probably a good indicator of how you’ll feel about Earth Defense Force 2017. If you don’t mind giant monsters stumbling around fake looking cities being attacked by inefficient troops, then Earth Defense Force 2017 is the game for you. On the other hand, if you think B-movie equals bad movie, then pass this one up.
Game Captain
Horrido, Petri Heil und Waidmannsdank – darauf ein „Gut Schuss!“ Wer an hirnloser Arcade-Action Gefallen findet, der muss hier zuschlagen, zumal sich Earth Defense Force 2017 keine Blöße gibt und jedes Niveau problemlos unterbietet. So wird dieser Titel das Lager der Spieler in zwei Hälften spalten: Entweder ihr findet das lustig oder ihr verdreht die Augen. Ich gehöre eher zu den Augenverdrehern und frage mich, wer so etwas toll findet. Aber ich fand auch schon den Film „Tarantula“ ziemlich schlecht, während andere sich darüber totlachen. Wenn ich nun also eine eher magere Punktzahl vergebe, dann dürfen Freunde der hirnlosen Kost gern mal 15 Punkte draufschlagen und ihren Spaß an diesem Gemetzel von Außerirdischen finden. Jedwede Form der terrestrischen Intelligenz ist dann aber auch beim Kauf an der Supermarktkasse abzugeben.
Cheat Code Central
I feel that Earth Defense Force 2017 is a game that's pros and cons are truly in the eye of the beholder. Yes, I know that's somewhat true for every game, but it strongly applies here. If you're into run-and-gun, thoughtless action then I'd say check out EDF 2017. If you want to destroy hundreds and hundreds of bad guys with hundreds of weapons, I'd say check out EDF 2017. However, EDF 2017 can't hold a technical candle to big budget shooters like GRAW 2 or Rainbow Six: Vegas and for some that's reason to steer clear. For balls to the wall, mindless shooting this game will satisfy, if you can focus on the destruction you cause and not the technical short comings. If Sandlot and D3 could get a generous loan, I'm sure they could attract a lot more people with what they could produce.