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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
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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 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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 7, 2011
    10
    Mad props to the developers and publishers for being realistic rather than arrogant regarding their game. So many fail to admit their titlesMad props to the developers and publishers for being realistic rather than arrogant regarding their game. So many fail to admit their titles do not require a 60 dollar price tag and fail because of it. EDF sits nicely at $39 and I picked it up immediately. And what did I get out of it? Pure Gaming Goodness that is what I got! I challenge anyone to play this game with friends and not enjoy it. If you fail to enjoy the game for what it is...then you are just a cynical jerk most likely who snubs their geek nose at anything you deem not worthy. This game is a blast and anyone who considers themselves a Real Gamer will have a blast with EDF. I wish gamers would buy this game and send a message to the industry that if you price your games reasonably people will buy them. Expand
  3. 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
  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
    I never played EDF: 2017. In fact, I hadn't even heard much about it until I started seeing previews for Insect Armageddon. I now wish I hadI never played EDF: 2017. In fact, I hadn't even heard much about it until I started seeing previews for Insect Armageddon. I now wish I had picked up 2017. Even without the expectations as an EDF fan, I'm still having a blast with this game. I love the B-movie look and feel of the game, and the constant on-screen action is absolutely insane. If you're looking for an old-school arcade shooter that delivers the goods via insect guts, then this is your game. Consider me a fan. Expand
  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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