A long running series in Japan, the Earth Defense Force series made its debut in the US with D3Publisher’s Earth Defense Force 2017 on the Xbox 360 in 2007. Just last week, it’s insect-blasting sequel hit both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. To find out more about it, we ask senior producer Brian Etheridge a couple of Quick Questions. Fans and strangers to the series will want to give this a good read as he goes quite in-depth about the game and its features.
Available on: 3DS; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Art Co. Ltd.; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 10, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
With the recent launch of the 3DS, we’re finally getting a taste of what the system is like, with a multitude of games that seem like a tech demo tagged on to a decent game. Dream Trigger 3D is the embodiment of that; it mixes average gameplay with great use of 3D visuals that gives its players an almost psychedelic trip.
Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Treasure; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 4, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
The digital market’s continuing trend of delivering both great indie games and ambitious yet risky titles. Thanks to this, gamers are able to get their hands on Bangai-O HD Missile Fury, a new iteration in the classic variety shmup. The niche nature of the game made it impossible to be released outside of a digital market. Some may call it masochism, but hardcore gamers and shmup fans are definitely getting their fill with this iteration of Bangai-O.
Available on: PSP; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Namco Bandai; Players: 1 – 4; Released: March 15, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Gods Eater Burst stands out amongst its monster hunting, Arcana touting brethren with its anime-like visuals and character designs. Instead of monsters, players hunt Aragami beasts in Gods Eater Burst, which roughly translates to the same thing, so players know what they’re getting themselves into. Beyond that though, the gameplay offers little that players haven’t seen before and is a mediocre game at best.