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  • Summary: Taking place in the fictional city of New Detroit, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a completely new game developed by Vicious Cycle that takes on the concept of Earth Defense Force 2017 (Japanese Title "Earth Defense Force 3" developed by SANDLOT). Insect Armageddon continues to follow the rich history of casual fun and addictive gameplay that made the franchise a cult classic. Insect Armageddon also adds a new aspect to the Earth Defense Force series that was born in Japan, with additional elements for all EDF soldiers to experience. The Campaign mode that lets up to three players team up online to battle the insects and aliens across a completely destroyable city. Every EDF soldier is armed with over 150 weapons and four upgradeable armor sets and engages in nonstop arcade action that is the fastest and deadliest in the series. In addition, the game also features a six-player Survival mode that pits a human squad against a nonstop onslaught of the largest enemies the aliens have to offer. New Detroit's giant bug problem is unavoidable, and mankind's last hope lies with the Earth Defense Force to defend the world from the insect swarm, even if it means blowing up the entire city as part of the extermination process. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jan 11, 2012
    94
    It offers a fantastic adrenaline rush, great mood and dialogue to go with it, all while providing a considerable number of post-campaign and co-op challenges for those who want more.
  2. Mar 1, 2012
    80
    The guiltiest of pleasures. Indulge yourself and a few friends, but go read a book afterwards or something. [March 2012, p.62]
  3. Jan 3, 2012
    75
    On its own merits, the PC version of Insect Armageddon is a strong port of the most modern and proficient Earth Defense Force yet. The downloadable version is even cheaper than its console counterparts too, currently "e-tailing" for £14.99 on Steam.
  4. Jan 9, 2012
    70
    For $20, though, this game offers a lot of fun. Compared to a typical $50 to $60 title, it's an incredible bargain for what it offers, and since it's so easy to pick up and put down, there's a spot for Earth Defense Force in practically every gamer's library.
  5. Feb 14, 2012
    60
    A frenetic, old fashioned monster blaster best played with friends. Creepy-crawlyphobes, look elsewhere.
  6. Jan 19, 2012
    60
    If you're fond of mindless carnage and have friends to play with you in co-op mode, you might enjoy Earth Defense Force. Otherwise stay clear of it. [February 2012, p.64]
  7. Jan 12, 2012
    42
    Even with a budget price, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is tough to recommend. The mediocre graphics and monotonous gameplay bring down an otherwise solid premise. This is only worth playing if you have friends to play with, solo players should take a can of Raid to this repetitive mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jul 14, 2012
    10
    An over the top, incredibly satisfying shooter. It's not very complex or deep, but it certainly delivers on enjoyment. The armors provide a nice array of choices for players who want to be nimble or powerful, and they're balanced well enough for a PvE game. The weapon system is done well, with incentive to replay levels to unlock new gear. The story is nothing spectacular, but that doesn't hold back the gameplay at all. Overall a great shooter well worth the cost--and I've bought it on two systems. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2012
    10
    Like watching an old fashioned monster movie.
    Great graphics , good engine and lots of colour.
    One of the best co-op games I've played
    yet.....just pure silly shoot em up fun! Expand
  3. Dec 15, 2011
    9
    I am pleasantly surprised by this game so far (5 hours of play). The missions are pretty basic: Go here, destroy that, have a stand off with swarms of giant bugs and alien robots, ect. Nothing complicated. You pick (or unlock) one of 4 slightly diversified classes. Trooper, Tactical, Jet, and the big nut buster brute. Each, of course, has it's pros and cons. Next, you have 2 weapon slots to fill with about 6 classes of weapons, everything from SMG's and shotguns, to rocket launchers and sniper rifles. As you progress, you can unlock/buy/pick up new weapons for each class. The Tactical class gets to choose a third slot for turrets, mines, ect. Now, onto the fight! You have unlimited ammo....and for good reason. The bugs and alien robots don't stop coming. Swarms. Massive waves of pincers, mandibles, webs, acid, and plasma. You do, however, have to reload. It works almost like Gears of War, except when you hit the bonus section on the reload bar, the only bonus you get is a faster reload. That's good enough for me, because just a few more seconds of not squeezing that trigger could mean being overrun. Now, the baddies (well, not the ticks) can knock cars and such at you (much like the tank in L4D), but because the entire environment is destructible, and if you're quick, you can blow that Honda right out of the sky...or step aside. Buildings, including the skyscrapers, will come crashing down with the right amount of explosive firepower. Benefit? A clear line of grenade launcher fire at the next mass of ants. In addition to a deadly arsenal of bug busting guns, you may come upon a mech, tank, or turret every now and then. The tank even has two gunning positions for your buddies. Good stuff. I can't say it's hard to die (or at least lose the mission on Normal) because in the wake of insect guts left behind by your frantic firing, there might be health pickups. If you run out of health, a buddy has to defib you (which the trooper does fastest). Teamwork is key in this game, but not entirely required (such as L4D). It's hard to set a demo charge on an anthill when nobody is blasting the ants off your back.
    Bosses, or just 'the big guys', are rough. You have quite the variety, and in most cases, more than one to fight at once. Some can be hit anywhere, some have sweet spots, some have sweet spots that you have to wait for an opportunity to hit. All will try to make your life hell. Whether they shoot directly at you, or constantly drop lesser baddies to overwhelm you, they all have one thing in common: Squish the humans. Many of these big guys are HUGE! (think Painkiller) For instance, the sweet spot opens, you fire your missile, and you watch the rocket......and watch....and hope the spot doesn't close before your rocket gets WAAAY up there. Timing makes a big difference. Oh, and it sounds like they took audio from Cloverfield or something for the really big bosses...that low pitched groan or "wtf?! You shot me! That HURT!!' scream every now and then really adds to the anxiety of getting out of the way.
    My only real issues with EDF is that the dialog gets too repetitive. You know, the dialog that happens randomly just so it's not dead silence between fights? The rest of the dialog, like from OPS, or Intelligence is clean, slightly humorous, and kinda pokes fun at mission based games with commo links between operative and intelligence. I bought this on special for $15. It was worth it to me (I'm not very picky anyway). Regular price, I believe, is around $20. The trailer gives you a good idea of the action, but I would suggest trying this game out first before you drop $20 on it. I think this is one of those games where you either love or hate it. I love it, but I can see a lot of negative reviews coming from those that nit-pick about everything, hate themselves, and are never happy with anything unless it is perfect in every way and free. Enjoy :)
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  4. Jan 31, 2012
    8
    This is a fun, inoffensive, action shooter. The enemy are giant insects, there is no swearing, no blood and gore, and the bodies of downed insects just disappear. The graphics are a bit dated, the sound is OK, killing millions of giant bugs feels a bit repetitive, and the story is cheesy, but that's alright for a family game. Dads will enjoy playing on-line coop with their kids minus any inappropriate content. Expand
  5. Mar 17, 2013
    7
    I can't give it any higher than 7, It is fun but lacks the level difference from the original. The story is crap. The fact that there are 4 classes and many weapons is a HUGE improvement. The frantic fighting is awesome. This is a friend game though, so don't play without friends Collapse
  6. Mar 16, 2013
    7
    Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (EDF) is a third-person co-operative shooter that can be played with up to 3 players or bots. Each level consists of several stages where the main objective is shooting gigantic bugs from space and moving from A to B through city blocks that can usually be levelled. The players are fenced in by invisible walls but at the end of a stage, these are usually shifted to allow the game to progress. Players gain experience ("credits") by killing the invaders and if enough credits are acquired the player automatically levels up, unlocking new abilities and the authorization to use more powerful weapons. New weapons can also be acquired with these credits, these weapons are usually found in the game itself. There are 4 different classes ("suits"); scout, tank, summoner and trooper. The scout is fast, agile and comes with a jetpack; the tank is very slow but has powerful defensive abilities; the summoner has access to turrets, mines and a radar and the trooper has access to a lot of destructive weaponry but no special abilities. Shooting the bugs is a lot fun and the controls are fluent. It is recommended that you start the game on "hard" if you're familiar with third-person shooters (TPS) because "normal" is far too easy. Inferno can be quite a challenge and it might require you and your team to do a few missions again to grind for more credits. If you enjoy shooting gigantic bugs with friends and tweaking outfits, EDF is your game. It does feel like the end is rushed as the story just ends, paying absolutely no mind to the circumstances the player finds himself in. This was possibly done to accomodate future titles but it also makes the game feel rushed once you do finish it. Expand
  7. Mar 12, 2012
    2
    Earth Defense Force Insect Armageddon has very little to recommend. It's kind of like dynasty warriors without the strategy, or serious sam without the personality and level design. The pc version also has a 30fps cap. I played this game for as long as my sanity (And eyes at 30fps) could endure. Which was about 45 minutes. Out of all the games I have reviewed so far - this has been played for the shortest length. I understand this game is not being sold at a full retail price. However I find it hard recommending this game to anyone at any price. Even children deserve more credit than this. Expand

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