Unlike the realistic graphical style of the main series of games, E.X. Troopers is presented entirely in a manga-esque style. The game's cutscenes even come complete with panel frames and written onomatopoeic sound effects. The gameplay, on the other hand, stays mainly in the realm of the third person shooter. You start a mission, head out with your A.I.-controlled partners and capture points, defeat monsters, and collect rare items.
Aside from normal missions, there are also occasional giant robot battles and even a few rail shooting sections.
Outside of the missions, the game plays much more along the lines of an RPG. You move around your military academy base, talking with other students, doing character quests, or upgrading weapons and armor.
E.X. Troopers also sports a coop mode that gradually unlocks as you progress through the main game, giving you additional opportunities to level up and gain rare items.
To see the PS3 version of the game in action, check out the video above.
E.X. Troopers was released in Japan on November 22, 2012, for the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS. There are no plans for an international release.