TODAY IS THE DAY I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL MY LIFE.
Okay, well, maybe that's exaggerating, but you all know I love Earth Defense Force 2017. So hard. And in fact, when that new teaser website popped up for Insect Armageddon, I was more or less sure that something really awesome was coming. But you know, I like to be sure.
So what have we got with Insect Armaggeddon? Well, the big thing is multiplayer. Campaign mode allows up to three people to play together online. There's also a local version of the game called Survival mode which allows up to six at a time to play -- I can't even imagine how that is going to look onscreen, but I can't wait to see it. And also, GIANT METAL SPIDERS.
So what else? 150 weapons to find, of course, but also four fully upgradable armor sets (including jet armor, which is a throwback from Global Defence Force) -- seems like a neat touch. The game comes to PS3 and 360 early next spring. It's being developed by Vicious Cycle, who have worked on titles such as Dead Head Fred and Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard. I had a feeling Sandlot wouldn't be back for this sequel. but let's hope Vicious Cycle can follow up on what made the last game so hilariously fun.
Will I get all the things I wished for in my 5 Things That Must Return in the EDF Sequel feature? Well, I don't know. It seems like buildings are still fully destructible, and the screams in the trailer sound pretty hokey (YES!), but the rest remains to be seen. I'm loving the look of the game's cover though (see gallery), so it seems like maybe we have something to hope for.
Say it with me now: EDFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!
DON'T LET THE INSECTS WIN! Join the Earth Defense Force in the Battle
Between Man and Giant Bug in Earth Defense Force(r): Insect
Armageddon(tm) This Spring
The bugs are back in Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, and its no
picnic for the world's elite soldiers as the most concentrated giant
insect invasion ever threatens human civilization unless the Earth
Defense Force (EDF) can stop them! Earth Defense Force: Insect
Armageddon from D3Publisher (D3P), is a co-op multiplayer Arcade Shooter
that gives the player the ability to destroy thousands of giant bugs and
turn an entire city to rubble in an unforgettable gaming experience
built for replay. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will be
available this spring in North America for Xbox 360(r) video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation(r)3 computer
entertainment system and is under development by Vicious Cycle and is
currently rated "RP" (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.
About Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
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.