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Good Games That Are Good: Earth Defense Force 2017

Earth Defense Force 2017 is about bad physics, bad voice acting, bad dialogue, and giant ants and spiders and dinosaurs and mechas inexplicably attacking Japan for no reason.

And it’s the greatest couch co-op game of all time.

Earth_defense_force_2017_box_artThe entire point of this game, you see, is just to shoot things.  Shooting things has never been easier because basically you have two buttons, one to shoot and one to swap between two weapons of your choosing.  This straightforward, arcade-style simplicity is one of the biggest draws of the game and why it’s so easy to pick up and play.

The other draw is the wide variety of ridiculous weapons you can collect in this game (like missiles that you can literally outrun, or bullets that bounce off of cave walls like ping pong balls), and even after hours and hours of playing you’ll still be excited when you happen to snag a new bizarre weapon.

189130-edfUltimately, this game is just utterly absurd.  It’s the very embodiment of a shoestring budget in video game form.  And that’s exactly why it’s so freaking good.

I’m not sure what else I can say about it, because you really have to experience the magic for yourself.  Grab a buddy and a couch and this game.  You won’t regret it.