Reviews and Problems with Earth Defense Force 2017
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Earth Defense Force 2017 PS Vita Review
16 January 2013
Excerpt: When I first heard that D3 Publisher planned to port the years-old action RPG Earth Defense Force 2017 to Vita, I really didn't understand the point, but now I'm kind of glad they did it. The publisher has always been a great source for interesting, but quirky Japanese titles, but there was something unique about EDF 2017 as it came to US audiences and Xbox 360s at just the right time with a brand of action-RPG gameplay that was a rare find on consoles.
Summary: Well the price is certainly a factor in deciding an overall score. At full price this would be ridiculed and mocked, a dodgy frame rate and animation alongside some awful voice acting does not help matters. However, based on gameplay alone this game is great and if you like no-nonsense shooters like Serious Sam then you’ll love this. If not then by now you’ll have decided this isn’t for you anyway, and besides it wasn’t made for people who want a serious game.
Excerpt: Imagine a wholly simplistic shooter that lets you carry two weapons into battle, pilot clunky vehicles to do extra damage, collect two-dimensional armor and weapon power-ups, and fight off hordes of giant alien bugs, robots, and UFOs, while also blasting away the occasional comically massive boss for good measure. Can you guess what decade this game could be from? The answer might surprise you.
Pros: Huge enemies of the insect and robot variety to blast to death, 53 missions, with five difficulty settings to tackle, Tons and tons of wanton alien destruction, Two-player cooperative mode
Cons: Gameplay is achingly simple and can get monotonous if played for too long a stretch, Graphics are on the low-rent side, Battle mode is junk, Achievements are lame
Conclusion: Some would say that Earth Defense Force 2017 would benefit from having a larger budget and, in turn, higher production values. But I’m not so sure. Part of what is so incredibly endearing about this game is that it’s so technically abhorrent. You’ll feel like you’re playing something from Xbox Live Arcade, but the fun factor is where EDF 2017 makes the leap to a standalone title.
Excerpt: I am supremely disappointed in Sandlot. When I played Robot Alchemic Drive on the PS2, I thought it was sheer genius. The game's giant transforming robots left cities in rubble and their enormous sense of scale completely won me over. I had nothing but praise for that title, and I earmarked the house as a developer to watch for. When I heard that they were behind Earth Defense Force 2017 , I was ecstatic.
Excerpt: To start with, this game can barely be categorized as "next-gen"; the characters all look the same (including your generic uniformed defender dude, who has no name). There aren't any outrageous or flashy animations. The graphics are sometimes nice, and other times not so nice (like when you take down an enormous UFO ship and it passes through the ground as if by magic). Most of the graphical glitches are fairly obvious, and show that this is indeed a budget title.
Conclusion: The game itself is mindless B movie hilarity- and you get to shoot your fill of ants, spiders, and UFOs. Graphically, the game almost looks like Katamari Damacy if it was made into a third person shooter. You won't find yourself blown away by any one particular aspect of this game- but it is amusing to a point- and one of the better Japanese imports on this console.