The world of video games is a vast and wonderful place. There can be countless sequels of a game and there can be games that can be considered masterpieces even though barely anyone has played that game. Earth Defense Force 2017 by first impression would probably not be considered a masterpiece, but it definitely lives up in the fun department. That’s why it deserves a sequel. More people need to know the greatness of this game and a sequel would provide that for gamers.
Taking a page from every alien invasion movie, EDF has the feel of a 50′s B-Movie but still looks like it belongs on current gen consoles. The choppy graphics and sudden drops in frame rate add to this aesthetic. The movie could be summed up as Starship Troopers without the political themes or co-ed showers.
The game is one of the most pure video games out there, it doesn’t get bogged down with confusing controls or a convoluted story. It’s just a story of one soldier fighting hordes of enemies. In today’s gaming culture there should be some mindless fun every now and then. I’m all for complex games but it never hurts to have a game that doesn’t require much thought.
The game follows Storm One, a soldier for the Earth Defense Force. During the game you will have the support of several soldiers who will inevitably perish due to being cannon fodder. The overblown dialogue from your peers is one of the best parts of the game. Their shouts are either screams of pain or cliche ridden tough guy dialogue. Either way, it provides the game with added flavor and humor that you normally wouldn’t find in a game.
In terms of gameplay, the game uses the third person persepective. It feels like a throwback to side-scrolling games like Contra, where you mindlessly shoot at nonstop enemies. The acquisition of weapons is also one of the great draws of the game. There are several types of weapons in the game, which . There are five different difficulty levels in the game, with each one getting progressively harder than the last. Even with its budget title status, this is seriously one of the hardest games that I have ever played. Inferno mode (very hard) is perhaps the hardest difficulty level I have ever faced.
Even though this is a budget title, EDF is one of the most fun games I have ever played. It’s wacky charm and addictive gameplay make me hope that a sequel is on the horizon.
If there is a game out there that is begging for a sequel, it’s Earth Defence Force 2017. Long live the EDF!
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