Reviews and Problems with Earth Defense Force 2017
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Earth Defense Force 2017 – Review (PS Vita)
25 February 2013
Conclusion: This score is dragged down by the games deficiencies in the graphics and sound department, but if you can look past that there is a lot of fun to be had. It’s the price that will have you on the fence.
Review: Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable (Sony Playstation Vita)
8 February 2013
Summary: : Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable is a strong Vita port of the Xbox 360 original that adds in solid new content and online play while retaining all the charm of the original, and while it’s not the most slick game and fans of the original may find it a bit of a retread, it’s still a pretty good game overall.
Excerpt: The Earth Defense Force name is not a new one to gamers who feel the need to explore beyond just the latest big-budget releases. Originally appearing on the Xbox 360 in 2007, Earth Defense Force 2017 became something of a cult hit after critics ripped apart its last-gen graphics and simplistic third-person gameplay. But even with the negative reviews, daring gamers found themselves drawn to the title's undeniable fun factor and addictive gameplay.
Conclusion: The biggest flaw in EDF (other than graphics and gameplay) is the pricing. Charging more for a six year old game than you did on release is a tough sell for something so clearly rooted in the "budget" category from Day 1.
Excerpt: The world is in danger. The question of whether extra terrestrial life exists has been answered with a bona fide yes, and immediately replaced with something more urgent: Can the human race survive the arrival of their interstellar guests? Giant ants, giant spiders, robots as tall as skyscrapers and more have arrived to decimate the population. The aliens have come for our planet and it’s up to you to kill them all.
Conclusion: Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable improves upon the formula which mad the Xbox 360 version the instant classic it is today. While the game still suffers from some of the same issues that were apparent on the Xbox 360, the Vita version receives some extra polish to make the experience more enjoyable and highly addictive.
Summary: Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable never gets deeper than shooting and looting, but it succeeds because it does it so well.
Pros: Simple and fun arcade shooter gameplay with lots of huge monsters and explosions, New unlockable Pale Wing character offers significantly different gameplay, Five difficulty modes offer plenty of replay value, Four-player cooperative mode makes wanton destruction even more fun
Cons: Simplicity and repetition of core shooting gameplay grow tiresome in long sittings, Too pricey at $40
Excerpt: If Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable were a movie, it would probably be nominated for a few Razzie Awards (and win some). But chances are, you would've paid money to see it in theaters. Its poor graphics, bad acting, and pathetic premise are rather laughable, but the game is fully aware of its goofiness and is laughing right there beside you. EDF 2017 Portable isn’t a technically savvy game, but, somewhat paradoxically, that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to play.
Pros: Simple arcade shooter gameplay, Seamless and enjoyable online modes, Challenging replay value
Cons: Campy voice acting, Repetitive missions, Dated graphics and textures
Conclusion: Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable is the equivalent of a gun safety demonstration where the instructor accidentally shoots off a finger; it’s still a lot of fun, often in spite of itself. For better or worse fans of the original cult classic will find their game 100% intact, but with minimal upgrades and an insane price tag it’s tough to recommend to any audience.