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Super EDF (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Don't be fooled by the name, this Earth Defense Force has nothing to do with giant ants stomping on Earth's greatest cities. Instead this is a traditional 2D shoot-em-up from Jaleco. In this Super NES game you fight the Azyma Empire, a group of aliens who are populating the dark side of the moon. Why does that sound so familiar? Rating: 57%
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What Is It? Don't be fooled by the name, this Earth Defense Force has nothing to do with giant ants stomping on Earth's greatest cities. Instead this is a traditional 2D shoot-em-up from Jaleco. In this Super NES game you fight the Azyma Empire, a group of aliens who are populating the dark side of the moon. (Why does that sound so familiar?) It's your job to swoop in, dodge bullets, blow the enemy out of the sky and save the day. Even though you're flying solo, players will have a choice between eight different power-ups, which can be activated at the push of a button. If you're looking for a little extra fire power, then you can deploy extra ships on the screen to shoot down the hordes of cliche shooter bad guys.

Does It Still Hold Up? Although I'm not a fan of the way continues are handled, Super E.D.F. holds up as a horizontal 2D shooter. This doesn't do anything especially noteworthy, which may explain why Nintendo "forgot" to announce the game last week. The controls are responsive, the graphics are colorful and the bosses are worth checking out. If that's all you want out of a 2D shoot-em-up, then Earth Defense Force has you covered.

Is It Worth The Money? While I respect the solid gameplay and attractive visuals, there's something about this game that leaves me cold. Everything about this game screams generic action game, something that is only made worse after playing through Kyuiin, a significantly more interesting shooter. Fans of the genre may get a kick out of this brief (though extremely challenging) game, but the eight power-ups aren't enough of a reason for me to recommend Super E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force.
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