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Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games - Earth Defense Force 2017

Updated on May 15, 2012
My copy of Earth Defense Force 2017
My copy of Earth Defense Force 2017

Information and Summary of Earth Defense Force 2017

Style: Third-Person Shooter

Platforms: Xbox 360

Platform I played on: Xbox 360

Publisher: D3 Publisher

Developer: Sandlot

Brief summary of game...

Aliens attack earth. The Earth Defense Force fights the aliens. That's pretty much all there is to it. The player controls a member of The Earth Defense Force and runs around shooting hordes of gigantic aliens.

Summary of Review method

I can assure you that these will be my honest opinion I'm going to try to get detailed and try to present a total picture of the game. Of course this will be completely based off of my opinion so that doesn't mean that you will feel the same way. I would love to hear how people feel about my review whether they agree or not, and everyone is welcome to leave their opinions in the comment section of the review.

My system has 10 sections worth 10 points. 100 total. I also include 4 bonus sections worth 25 points.

The games total score is based on the combination of all of these points. For a more detailed explanation of my system for reviewing video games see my hub... Some Random Hillbilly Reviewing Video Games – My Method For Reviewing Video Games

Fun 10/10

Now based off the cover picture and if you see any game play, you may think I'm crazy. Get the game and play it with a friend. It is epic. This is seriously one of the funnest games I've ever played.

Storyline 8/10

The story line is very simple, yet it's perfect for the game. This game doesn't take itself too seriously and the silly basic story line fits it very well.

Storyline Depth 8/10

Because the game doesn't take itself to serious, if it had a very in depth storyline it wouldn't work. Fortunately, they didn't go out of their way to try to make an involved story. Simple works for this game.

The backside of my EDF 2017 case. Note the giant robots... that is how it looks during game play.
The backside of my EDF 2017 case. Note the giant robots... that is how it looks during game play.

Length 10/10

Most of the missions can be ran through in just a few minutes, but there are a ton of them. This is is perfect because you won't want the game to end. Each mission provides new hordes of giant bugs or other aliens to battle with.

Controls 6/10

The controls are kept simple too, but this is one area that could of used some more polishing. An option to reload your clip would have been nice. All of the vehicle controls are hideous and hard to use so some of the fun is lost when trying to dominate aliens by tank, helicopter, or mobile suit.

Graphics/Sound 10/10

The graphics aren't anything special, but again their simple look works for this game. When I first started playing I thought they were crap and while I thought the game seemed somewhat fun I didn't get the graphics. A few missions in you come across a part where they are saying over the radio that UFO's are coming in to attack, and while you are in control you can watch a huge swarm of UFO's get closer and closer until you engage them in combat. It is epic. After that point I really came to appreciate the simple graphics and how much they add to the game.

While your playing the other computer controlled EDF guys will be shouting corny hilarious lines at the enemies that just adds to the experience.

The inside cover of my copy of EDF 2017.
The inside cover of my copy of EDF 2017.

Mechanics 9/10

During the game you will be in control of this one random little soldier with the weapons you chose. The controls are simple, the graphics are simple, and whole concept just doesn't take itself seriously. While playing you may feel reminiscent of an old Japanese Godzilla movie or something. Entire buildings can be cleared out of your way with a little rocket launcher. The enemies come at you in waves of hundreds and you have to run around gunning them down. It's glorious.

Replay Value 10/10

This is a game that you will want to keep around to play with friends from time to time. You also may find yourself craving to know what new weapons are out there to pick up. The game can be played on several different difficulties, and with the set up of this game you find yourself wanting to go back and try it on other difficulties.

The Sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017

Ingenuity 10/10

The simplicity of this game is not necessarily ingenious, however the way it all comes together is. There really isn't another game like it. Also, it is worth mentioning that during game play you are constantly picking up new weapons and the further you get in the game along with higher difficulties presents new weapons. I'm not sure exactly how many different weapons there are but I would guess I have at least 50 unlocked.

Dollar vs. Time 10/10

I paid $20 for this game, and It's easily been worth the value. This is a game that I can see myself playing over and over for the foreseeable future.

The Bonus Points

Download Content + 0

There isn't any that I'm aware of

Co-op + 5

The Co-op is part of what makes this game so great. It can be fun by yourself, but the true enjoyment is in playing it with a friend.

Multi-player + 0

No Multi-player

Other + 5

For the Co-op. Seriously Co-op is that good in this game.

101 Total Points ... Earth Defense Force 2017 is Epic

If you expect this game to have the bells and whistles of most top shelf well known games you may be disappointed. However, if you don't take it too seriously and play with a friend you are looking at countless hours of epic game playing. There really isn't enough I can say about how fun this game is.

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    • Phillbert profile imageAUTHOR

      Phillip Drayer Duncan 

      6 years ago from The Ozarks

      Yeah you might enjoy then. Its pretty surprising how fun it is.

    • dmop profile image


      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      I couldn't vote in your poll as I have not played the game. I may check it out if I ever find time. I'm old school, and it sounds like I may enjoy this one.


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