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TGS: Arachnophobic after Earth Defense Force 4 photo
TGS: Arachnophobic after Earth Defense Force 4
by Conrad Zimmerman

There's a new Earth Defense Force game on its way, recently announced by D3 Publisher and Sandlot, and there are few things here at Tokyo Game Show that I was more excited to see. Here on the show floor, the Xbox 360 version was available to demo with six different missions to play.

The mission I chose was focused on the new type of spider enemy. In EDF 2017, spiders were among the most frustrating enemies in the game, bouncing around, firing webs and pulling you in every direction. The new spiders feature thick yellow stripes on their abdomen and produce massive webs that stretch between buildings.

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TGS: Earth Defense Force 3 perhaps more awesome on Vita photo
TGS: Earth Defense Force 3 perhaps more awesome on Vita
by Conrad Zimmerman

I never tire of shooting giant bugs, so I was thrilled to see D3 publisher with not one, but two EDF titles on the Tokyo Game Show floor. Earth Defense Forces 3 Portable is port of the game we know as Earth Defense Force 2017 in North America and retains all of the B-movie charm of the original, just smaller. The organization of the game's content as individual stages plays well to the strengths of a handheld and it controls just as well as it did the first time around (maybe better).

The biggest difference over the original is in how it looks. All of the assets appear the same, but the color is so bright and vibrant on the Vita's OLED screen that it's a much better-looking game than the prior console releases.

I don't own a Vita yet and and the possibility of playing EDF on one hasn't sold me on purchasing one, but (recognizing the purchase as an eventuality) I know I will eventually pick this one up if it releases in the States.

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9:30 PM on 09.13.2012

Earth Defense Force 4 detailed in latest Famitsu

The new issue of Famitsu currently on stands in Japan features a preview of Earth Defense Force 4 with a whole mess of exciting information. The title, currently in development by Sandlot for Xbox 360 and PS3, is set 8 ...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:15 PM on 07.12.2012

Earth Defense Force 4 announced, giant insects celebrate

Earth Defense Force 4, the latest entry in the world's favorite giant insect killer simulator, was announced today via a teaser website. Other than that spiffy logo above, we don't know anything else about the project. From m...

Allistair Pinsof

5:00 PM on 07.05.2012

Earth Defense Force for Vita gets jetpacks and miniskirts

What could possibly be better than killing robots and giant bugs? Oh, that's right, doing it with a jetpack of course. Word comes from Famitsu that the Palewing character from Earth Defense Force 2 will be making a return in...

Kyle MacGregor

10:45 AM on 06.26.2012

D3 brings Earth Defense Force 2017 to Vita Sept 27

I'm happy to defend our Earth from giant bugs whenever necessary, as the Earth Defense Force franchise makes it fun. We told you earlier this month that Japan would see the release of a PS Vita port of Xbox 360 title Earth De...

Dale North





2:00 PM on 06.16.2012

Go back to space with Earth Defense Force for PS Vita

There's nothing quite like a port of a five year-old game to get you stoked about your brand new system. Hey! Wait! Come back! I'm being serious! D3 Publisher is bringing Earth Defense Force 3 Portable to PlayStati...

Kyle MacGregor

5:30 PM on 12.14.2011

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon now up on Steam

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon has found its way on to Steam and is available for purchase at a reasonable price of $14.99. This discounted rate will remain active through January 2, so there's plenty of time to hold ...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 11.07.2011

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon coming to Steam

D3Publisher has announced that Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will be available on Steam for PC this holiday season. Bugs: the best Christmas present ever! This will be the first time we'll see EDF on PC. Th...

Dale North

7:00 PM on 08.09.2011

EDF: Insect Armageddon gets two downloadable weapon packs

As of today, you can download the "EDF Battle Armor Weapons Pack" and the "EDF Jet Armor Weapons Pack" for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. These were previously offered as pre-order incentives and can be bought for $3...

Jordan Devore



Review: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon photo
Review: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
by Conrad Zimmerman

Following on a cult hit is a dicey proposition. On the one hand, there's an expectation that the following product need to be superior to the original. But if you make too many changes, you risk damage to the success of your game among that rabid fan base that your original release garnered. And if you don't have them, who have you got?

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon enters this very uncomfortable territory by presenting a game which is not only a dramatic overhaul of its predecessor but manages to capture the very essence of what makes it fun to shoot bugs in the face.

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1:00 PM on 07.05.2011

Winners of the Earth Defense Force: IA contest!

Last week we asked you all to make some Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon creations in order to win the brand new game. Congratulations to killertofu for creating the above image, "Earth Defense Force Ville." killertofu ...

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Contest: Win Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon! photo
Contest: Win Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

The bugs are taking over the planet in Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and it's up to you and your team to stop the invasion. We have five copies of the game to give out before the July 5 release date for either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

To enter, we want you to take the images in the gallery below and create your own bug invasion with a photo editing program. Take a picture of the Earth, other videogame worlds -- anything is good so long as you use at least one picture from the gallery below. Feel free to include real bugs in your creation too!

The best submission will get a copy of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon AND a copy of the ultra rare retail version of Earth Defense Force 2017. Four runner-ups will each get a copy of EDF: Insect Armageddon. You have until June 30 at 11:59PM CDT to enter and contest is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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8:30 PM on 06.29.2011

How to destroy New Detroit in EDF: Insect Armageddon

D3 Publisher dropped off another video promoting Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. This one puts our steely gaze on the destructible elements of the environment. Which looks like pretty much everything, as it shou...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 PM on 06.22.2011

EDF: Insect Armageddon's mechs look competent enough

Let's hope I'm not being overly optimistic here. Based on this new trailer for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, the mechs look fairly useful. Huge improvement over the previous game. Did anyone use the mechs -- or any...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 06.15.2011

New Destructoid Episode: Duke Nukem, Catherine, and Wii U

Hey gang, long time no typing. In the wake of E3, I am suffering from what the experts are referring to as "nerd flu," but which is more likely a hybrid of the T-Virus, Captain Trips, and the Legacy Virus. In spite of Kinect...

Max Scoville