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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 ArmageddonTaking 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: 15 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    85
    I love EDF to death. It delivers a metric ton of stupid fun.
  2. Jul 13, 2011
    80
    All cake and no icing. As long you're prepared to handle that, this could be the best $40 you'll ever spend.
  3. Aug 11, 2011
    75
    Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a fun game, especially with the armor system they implemented.
  4. Jul 8, 2011
    70
    Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon has lots of explosions and destruction, but not quite enough variety to keep things moving.
  5. Jul 22, 2011
    65
    Insect Armageddon is missing the magic B-movie sensibility of its predecessor -- Insect Armageddon looks too sophisticated! -- but it's still an okay action game to play with friends and strangers who would rather blast giant monsters than serve as cannon fodder in Call of Duty or Battlefield.
  6. Jul 18, 2011
    60
    Earth Defence Force 2017 is a strange drug. You hate yourself while you are playing it, but you can't quit the game. It's boring and dull, but... fun and addictive at the same time. If you like B-Movies, this is your game.
  7. Jul 7, 2011
    40
    Even the most brainless of braindead fare can aim higher than this rat-hitting-the-feeder-bar inanity. You deserve better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jul 5, 2011
    10
    At a retail price of $39, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a TREMENDOUS value. My friend and I are having an absolute blast playingAt a retail price of $39, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a TREMENDOUS value. My friend and I are having an absolute blast playing the co-op campaign (on the hard setting) online, literally blasting our way through everything we see. Unlocking the literally hundreds of weapons and leveling up my soldier class (Trooper) is extremely addicting and rewarding. Once I got my hands on that missile launcher that locks on, and that grenade launcher that fires six at a time, well things got very interesting. There's so much replay value after you've beaten the campaign, tons of weapons to unlock, plenty of soldier classes to level up, and a variety of game modes and difficulties including...INFERNO!!. When you see an online buddy fire a weapon that turns your entire TV screen into a blinding light, all the surrounding bugs go up in flames, and all the surrounding skyscrapers slowly collapse, you'll go, "Wow, this game is awesome". Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2011
    10
    Insect Armageddon improves on the (already great) original EDF game in almost every way. It has better music, graphics, sound, controls, enemyInsect Armageddon improves on the (already great) original EDF game in almost every way. It has better music, graphics, sound, controls, enemy AI, and replay value. The biggest additions are customizable character classes, upgradable armor, and online play. Online games are hard to connect to right now, but the developer says they're working on a fix. The multiplayer games I did manage to play were a blast with no lag. This is a great arcade shooter game, especially the online and offline (split screen) co-op. The battles are intense and require some strategic weapon and class selection, and positioning on the battlefield. It feels like participating in a cheesy disaster movie, with giant bugs and robots destroying the city. The developer fixed a lot of bugs from the first game and deaths never feel "cheap"; the enemies present a good challenge without charging you all at once and killing your squad like the first game. This isn't some epic story-driven 100-hour RPG game; it's about having fun blasting giant alien creatures with crazy weapons for a few hours at a time with friends. From beginning to end it's nothing but pure arcade action. Check it out and maybe you'll enjoy it. Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2011
    10
    This is the perfect game for anyone that enjoys pure fun. The background story is minimal, all you need to know is that everything is yourThis is the perfect game for anyone that enjoys pure fun. The background story is minimal, all you need to know is that everything is your enemy and you need to blow it up. 3 player co op online is just that much more fun. Expand
  4. Jul 16, 2011
    9
    A lot of critics are missing the underlying point of this game: It's supposed to be mindless fun, and it succeeds in that regard. Not everyA lot of critics are missing the underlying point of this game: It's supposed to be mindless fun, and it succeeds in that regard. Not every game has to be a triple A masterpiece to be enjoyable. Some people enjoy murdering giant ants and spiders, listening to crappy one-liners, and destroying large buildings for no discernible reason. Plus, the game is $40 new, how can you beat that? I will say this isn't the most eloquent review ever, but then again this isn't the most eloquent game ever. It's mindless, it's fun, it's addictive, it has co-op. What else do you people want? Expand
  5. Jul 5, 2011
    9
    First, if you're looking at this, you might have played EDF: 2017. If this is the case, you need to know that vehicles are fixed, spider websFirst, if you're looking at this, you might have played EDF: 2017. If this is the case, you need to know that vehicles are fixed, spider webs can't hit you through walls, the mechs are worthwhile, you can revive your primary squadmates (and they can revive you), and there is online co-op. That should address all your complaints about EDF: 2017. Go buy EDF: Insect Armageddon now.

    If you didn't play EDF: 2017, and you want a deep game with serious business and artful stylings of a world yet unrealized, move along, nothing to see here.

    This game is the definition of stupid fun. 'STUPID' - There is no deep storyline, no emo characters wearing uniforms with a thousand zippers and buckles, no quirky sidekicks, none of that. There's just you, a few hundred guns, giant insects and robots, and cheesy one-liners just like a B-Movie. 'FUN' - You make stuff go boom. There's very little between you and the carnage. The only downside is that the game is a bit short, and to me one of the armor types is fairly useless. Within a few days it will probably get a bit repetitive, but the online co-op, difficulty modes, campaign remix, and survival mode with a total of 6 players make it still worthwhile.
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  6. Jul 5, 2011
    9
    Buy this game. I don't care if you're broke, I don't care if big hits are coming out in the next few months. Buy this game. It's been a longBuy this game. I don't care if you're broke, I don't care if big hits are coming out in the next few months. Buy this game. It's been a long time since I played EDF 2017 on Xbox 360, I loved that game, it has that "B-movie" charm that none other games had back in the days. Now that EDF: Insect Armageddon it's out, I'm proud to say that the charm is back, full f*cking force. The gameplay is mind blowing, and that's a good thing because this game is all about gameplay. It has a lot more story than the first one, and it's more enjoyable that way because it seems to be less repetitive. Sure alot of players will say that this game is repetitive at first, but all games are, especially shooters. Try this one, it's a blast, especially if you have friends to play with both online and offline. Survival mode is an awesome way to expand the lifetime of this already worthy package. The three difficulty modes are great additions and each difficulty add up something new to your inventory, for exemple, the level cap for each armors are increasing, making them more lethal. My only complain would be that when you shoot, there's no vibration in the controller like other shooters, so sometimes you feel like you're not shooting, but it's minor, after 15 minutes you won't even complain about it. Simply love this game, I'll give it a 9, it's not perfect, but it tries to be what games were back in the days; fun, addicting, without 45093 engines to run them, pure, old-school, action. Pick it up, it's only 40$. Expand
  7. Jul 27, 2011
    4
    The more I play and think about this game the less I like it. This game takes more steps backwards than forward for the series while losingThe more I play and think about this game the less I like it. This game takes more steps backwards than forward for the series while losing the heart and soul that 2017 had. From 2017 you sacrifice varied environments, collecting, awesome bosses, epic battles, LOTS of levels, and more bugs (double entrentre- zing) for better graphics, better controls, "classes", revives, and online mode which seems silly as the winning formula of buddy/s+beer+edf does not require internet. The new controls, "classes", and revives are welcome, but the spiffy new graphics come at far to high of a cost. I would gladly have traded the crysis-esq way buildings collapse for some cave levels or the fluidity of my character's movement for a few more baddies on the screen or even the carefully crafted detail of my weapon for a level that isn't a series of checkpoints. Ultimately this game probably has more mass appeal for being as halo as it is 2017, but will never be as beloved by anyone as its predecessor. Expand

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