Hands on Earth Defense Force X

By Spencer . December 13, 2006 . 9:22am



D3 Publisher turned some heads when they announced they were bringing the Earth Defense Force X to North America. The EDF series was only released in Japan on the Playstation 2 under their Simple 2000 label. The third game in the series moved on to the Xbox 360 and we’re getting that renamed as Earth Defense Force X. In Earth Defense Force X your mission is to protect the planet from an invasion of giant ants, spiders and robots. It’s a simple game to play, where you blast away everything in a level with your two guns. Weapons range from machine guns, to rocket launchers and the final weapon is a nuke shooting gun. Your character can carry two weapons and alternate between them. When you blow away giant ants they drop armor, which increases your HP by one point and weapon symbols that unlock new weapons. There are 400 different weapons to collect, but they are really a variation of the seven different types. Earth Defense Force X isn’t Gears of War, nor does it try to be. It is a campy, arcade game that pays homage to giant monster movies with the simple goal of destroying everything in sight. Imagine Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay, now replace swords with guns and armored warriors with huge ants. That’s pretty much what Earth Defense Force X is. To keep the feel of the game, the localization team is considering leaving the Japanese voice acting in Earth Defense Force X. It’s a fun game to play in short bursts or when you have a friend around. The success of Earth Defense Force X really relies on one thing, the price. There is no way anyone would recommend Earth Defense Force X if it had a $60 price point. D3 Publisher knows this, but they haven’t announced what price Earth Defense Force X is going to come out at. How much is shooting giant ants worth? Maybe $30 or so. Hopefully D3 Publisher will set the USA release around that price point.

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  • Hatake Kakashi

    An XBOX360 game for ~ $30?! Awesome! Leaves more cash for Wii VC games. :D

  • Sam

    this looks like an awesome game. im still playing gears of war at the moment but this is next on my list of gaming stuff to buy…after the wii of course!

  • ragingdwarf

    Giant bugs. Gargantuan robots. One man killing machine. All for under $60? Someone get Kirt Russel to voice the player, ’cause I’m ready to blow shit up.

  • ragingdwarf

    Kurt Russell…I really should learn to spell check more often.

  • Wait! Don’t get too excited about the price point. I was saying I HOPE that it’s around $30. D3 Publisher hasn’t given a price point yet. Just for reference Earth Defense Force 3 was released in Japan for 7,140 yen ($60), which is the same price as Blue Dragon or any regular Xbox 360 game. Hopefully, when Earth Defense Force X is released in North America it is priced at $30 or $40.

  • Tetsmega

    reminds me of lost planet except a more modern time with futuristic technology

  • thewiiguy22

    gears of war is an awesome game, i played it at my friends house, now i want it.

  • justin

    you’ve got that right, gears of war is one of the best games i’ve ever played…

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