The lights are on
Earth Defense Force 2017 is known for many things: crummy
graphics, laughably bad dialogue, and ridiculous numbers of enemies. Every
human structure can be destroyed with a single rocket and enemies spring into
the air in a cloud of green blood when killed. Needless to say, the game is a
When you play through Earth Defense Force 2017, you experience
an incredibly surreal moment. Usually this occurs when you find yourself
overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the hordes of giant ants, spiders, robots,
flying robots, even bigger spiders and ants, and Godzilla rip-off monsters. You
discover that wading in with infinite-ammo guns blazing no longer successfully
gets you through a mission. Once that realization hits, something strange
occurs in the human brain. Plans start to formulate for how to best overcome
the insect-robo army. What is singular about this is that you suddenly stop and
understand exactly what you are doing: you are planning how to best outsmart
giant alien ants that possess the AI of a three month-old chimpanzee.
This person clearly had a plan.
This is perhaps best experienced with a friend in the co-op
mode. Two people coordinating and developing tactics to defeat giant fire ants
is one of the most priceless memories a person can have (even if you fail).
These two people did not have a plan.
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