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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: 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 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, 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 your enemy and you need to blow it up. 3 player co op online is just that much more fun. Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2011
    9
    If you liked EDF: 2017, you should get this game. If you were annoyed by the cheap scale of EDF: 2017, it's worth a second chance. If you've never played the original, I'd highly reccomend this game. I'll break down the game into sections and try to grade them as best I can, considering the material.

    Story: There is more of a story than 2017 here but not much. Earth is being invaded by bugs and you are supposed to kill them. You are dropped to try and clear a section of new detroit when your lander is shot down and you need to find a way to get to safety. This involves blowing up a ton of bugs and ultimately leads to alternate objectives. Graphics: The graphics are leaps and bounds above 2017. I've seen so many games get more attention and money end up looking only marginally better. The environments are destructible, the designs are very clever and the animations surprisingly fluid. There are some effects that I was shocked by, considering how low the expectations for this game is. The arrival of carriers coming out of warp speed, the realistic motion of same of the creatures and the weight of monsters as they move are pleasant. It's not to say there isn't glitches to be found, models will clip and sometimes monsters with hang half off an object, but overall it's easy on the eyes in my opinion.

    Gameplay: Despite the game not coming with an instruction booklet, I was able to learn the controls in a matter of minutes. Everything is an improvement over 2017. Surprisingly, the only changes I found that were made to the game that annoyed me were the inclusion of Steve Blum as a voice actor and the fact that there is less stages overall. 2017 didn't have a reload button, IA does. 2017 had lingering corpses which caught your bullets and stopped you from fully shooting the rest of the horde, IA's bug's burn away after death. 2017's drop ships fell through the earth and hurt nothing, IA's burn and come crashing to the ground before exploding, causing damage to anything nearby. Nothing was removed from the original style of 2017 that was enjoyable for better or worse. Bad voice acting, tons of weapons, huge bugs, unlimited ammo. They even added a gears of war style reload, where if you time the reload right, it shortens the time. This does nothing but add to the gameplay. I could go on and on. They really paid attention to what was right and what was wrong with the previous game.

    Audio: There really isn't much to be said here. The audio is actually pretty decent. What I mean by that is, voice acting is terrible, as they intended it to be. It even features the voice of Steve Blum who is a very well known voice actor. Where the improvements are made of course is in the special effects. Everything from the explosions to the walking of the battle armor sounds awesome. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that there is no rumble when you are shooting. The powerful sounds of the battle armor's heavy machine gun fills a little empty without the controller rumbling.

    Length: There is 3 chapters with 5 missions a piece. A total of 15 missions, each with a boss fight at the end of them of sorts. Normal, hard and inferno difficulty modes with incentives to replay the game such as leveling up to unlock new weapons, increased difficulty and gaining credits. Once you have completed the game, you unlock campaign remix, which switches up the monsters in the mission to offer additional challeneges. Then there is surival, which is a horde mode for up to 6 players. The DLC menu also hints to the possibility of downloads in the near future. Honestly what I would of loved to have seen was a level development kit. So the community could create their own stages from the materials available in the game.

    Overall: The game is fun, simple as that. It's good alone and even better with friends. Survival mode is a nice touch and everything seems to be in the right direction in terms of keeping true to the nature of the game. Insect Armageddon KNOWS what type of game it wants to be, whether you want to play it or not. I could spend 60 dollars on something like COD and end up with a hollow and shiny game that tries so hard to be cool or pay 40 for a game that doesn't have anything to prove. It's meant to be a B movie game that got some more loving on the development side. If the trend continues like it did in Insect Armageddon, it might just grow out of it's B movie shoes.
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  5. Jul 5, 2011
    9
    This is a very fun game. I've played through all the campaign except for 1 level, the last one, and I greatly look forward to it. The voice acting is hilarious. Each line is placed at random throughout the level, which makes for some amusing combinations. The variety in weapons is fairly good, what with there being around 300. Each one has a nice description when you equip it, giving it a bit of a backstory as well. This is not a game that makes you think, it's a game that makes you destroy everything. Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2011
    9
    This a great game for the $39.99 price point. It comes with a campaign that consists of three chapters with five missions in each for a total of fifteen missions. These fifteen missions contain a variety of types of enemies for you to slaughter, and you don't come ill-equipped. The game lets you choose from hundreds of weapons that fall under one of five categories: Assault Rifles, Rocket Launchers, Missile Launchers, Shotguns, and Snipers. You obtain these weapons by first leveling up a certain armor type, then purchasing them using currency you earn. The four armor types are pretty varied in terms of amount of health, speed, and special abilities. There is a lot of fun to be had in campaign mode if you have the right mindset. This game is meant to be a casual arcade game, so don't expect much fluff like fancy graphics, tactical gameplay, and other hardcore aspects. This game is almost the bare minimum of gaming. But that's not a bad thing, because it's excellent for taking a break from hardcore games like Call of Duty. Personally, I thoroughly enjoy tuning into my iPod, laying down on the couch, and mindlessly blasting away at hundreds of bugs. For the price point, this game is definitely worth it if you're looking for some good, lazy casual fun 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 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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