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Earth Defense Force 2017 review

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


  • Campy B-movie charm
  • Variety in enemies
  • Tons of content and value


  • Isn't the prettiest game ever
  • Vehicles handle badly
  • Almost certainly tough to find

Giant ants shoot orange acid from their butts, but explode into green goop when blasted with a grenade. 30-story-tall robots with plasma cannons for arms explode in fireballs so big, they obscure your entire field of vision. You can bring down an entire skyscraper with a single, well-aimed rocket, and then climb into the helicopter that used to be on its roof to make it easier to pump a mutant alien dinosaur full of missiles without being torched by its flame breath.

If anyone ever tells us again that video games aren't educational, we're going to point to these and other important lessons we've learned from campy, third-person sci-fi blaster Earth Defense Force 2017. Then we're going to say, "So, now who do you want guarding your backside when the alien invasion force shows up and starts laying it down, Ms. Cragazzle? Huh? Yeah, that's what we thought" because we've wanted to say that ever since grade school, but never got the chance before.

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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)