EARTH DE­FENSE 2017 POR­TA­BLE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

16 cert, Namco Bandai, PS Vita In about four year’s time, things are go­ing to get a bit hairy. Ac­cord­ing to the plot of Earth De­fense 2017, that’s when aliens and their gi­gan­tic bug-like side­kicks will try to over­run the planet, and you will have to keep them out. Orig­i­nally re­leased for the Xbox 360 in 2007, the lat­est ver­sion has made its way on to the PS Vita. It still feels like the orig­i­nal, which is both good and bad. While it keeps the same sense of fun, it also looks a bit too much like a six year old game. The ad­vances in graph­ics and game-physics since have been largely over­looked. While this may be ex­actly what they were go­ing for, lit­tle things like tight­en­ing up the con­trols would have been wel­comed. Still, it pro­vides all the good el­e­ments – hordes of en­e­mies re­lent­lessly bear­ing down on you, weapons to pick them off with. If you want some­thing that’s fun and easy to pick up, it’s not a bad op­tion.

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