8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Giant ants + big explosions = FUN,
This review is from: Earth Defence Force 2017 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
If you have a Xbox 360 and a suitably inclined friend, then kick back with this and you'll easily see a few hours slip by every day as you fight back the invasion of the alien bug horde.
Probably the most bizarre release this year: a pseudo-budget title with dodgy 50s B-movie aspirations, or simply a development misfire? Either way you won't care, the camp voiceovers, ridiculously over the top action and thousands of alien invaders are a worthy foil for any of the latest blockbuster titles. This is pure arcade fun in the truest sense, hilarious challenging and addictive - 55 levels, 5 difficulty levels. Easy and Normal for solo play, Hard and Hardest are, well, HARD, but great for co-op. Inferno is a gaming Everest for completists! Each level takes roughly 10-15 minutes to complete, with a few longer exceptions, and on each difficulty level above you will receive better weapons, which keeps you fighting onwards.
As a solo experience it pales in comparison to playing with a friend, mainly because on Hard difficulty and above it is extremely difficult and it usually helps to have someone else drawing the insects their way! This was made for two players fighting side by side, killing bugs, accidentally killing each other, laughing at the stupid dialogue..
It might be a budget title but as long as you don't expect anything more complicated than thousands of bugs invading Earth story wise you won't be disappointed with the gameplay - pick a weapon, point and shoot, destroy buildings and obstacles, fight harder enemies (giant robots etc), repeat ad inFUNitum. The graphics are completely passable, not bad looking at all, sometimes beautiful, and it's the only game where you'll see literally hundreds of units all on screen plus massive explosions and buildings falling down. The framerate goes south sometimes but it just adds to the hilarity of it all.
4 stars for the lack of multiplayer options which would have catapulted it above and beyond, and for many small things which could have been added (even in a budget title) to make it a quirky masterpiece.