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.
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.
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 has a lot of bugs. They rear their ugly heads just seconds after you select one of the five difficulty settings, and they hound you with increasing intensity as you progress through 60 levels. It's a good thing, then, that they're not the technical sort. Much as in Earth Defense Force 2017's original release in 2007, these are bugs of the Japanese monster movie variety, the kind that scamper up tall buildings and inspire campy lines in a nation's...
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.
Size matters in EDF 2017 Portable, but not the way you think
Quarter to Three
11 January 2013
Excerpt: Earth Defense Force 2017, portable or otherwise, doesn’t look very good most of the time. It doesn’t even sound very good (“Hey, Joe, stop coding for a sec and read this dialogue into the mic.”). It’s simple and dopey to a fault. Except when I’m comparing the stats of the shotgun I just unlocked to the six other shotguns I’m never going to use.
Excerpt: Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable delivers exactly what you'd expect from a game with its title. If you ever wanted to take EDF on the road with you, here's your opportunity. If you've never played one of these games before, it's shallow, mindless, and strangely addictive. My only real problem with this release is that it's entirely too expensive for a game that doesn't come close to realizing the Vita's potential.