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Earth Defense Force 2017 review

A shooterrific attack of the sci-fi clichés that you won't want to miss

Be warned: if you don't love sci-fi movies like Independence Day, Them!, and Godzilla, run away screaming. Because, there's actually plenty wrong with this game: the graphics often look more like a really good Xbox game than a 360 title, with objects sometimes popping into sight and movements that stutter on rare occasion. The voice work is shabby. Your little dude jumps funny, and the physics are wonky - once dead, the bodies of space tarantulas the size of a Winnebago can be pushed around with normal machine gun fire. Three of the four in-game vehicles - the speeder bike, gun copter, and mech - handle like crap, and the tank isn't much better. The health and armor pick-ups are 2D sprites. There's no online play - just split-screen co-op on the same system.

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GenreAction
DescriptionA glorious third-person shooter that blends campy sci-fi staples like monster ants and giant robots so enthusiastically - and with such huge bursts of gears and guts - that you won't mind if it doesn't look quite as amazing as other games.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Alternative namesEDF: 2017
Release date20 March 2007 (US), 30 March 2007 (UK)