Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Hands-on: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

11:00 AM on 10.01.2010 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
  @CTZ

Earth Defense Force is a very beloved series here at Destructoid. Various members on the team, especially Colette Bennett, adore this franchise to death. I've never played any of the games before so I've never quite understood the appeal.

After checking out Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon though, I totally get it. I now see why this franchise is so loved and fans are going to really dig the new improvements and changes. Better graphics, online co-op, Horde mode and more are all detailed below.

[Update: Forgot to mention, don't expect to hover around in the air constantly with the jetpack like in the videos. The jetpack and weapons will use the same rechargeable energy bar in order to work.]

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Developer: Vicious Cycle Software, Inc.
Publisher: D3Publisher
To be released: Spring 2011

The new EDF has been in the works for over a year and one of the first things D3 Publisher and developer Vicious Cycle did was look at all of the fan feedback on the past games. Joe Fletcher, Producer on Insect Armageddon, told me that they "looked back at what all the fans said about the game, took the elements that we could and actually were implementable, see what we could do about putting them into the game and make the game better because of it."

Some of the changes are big, but don't let that scare you. The serious, but cheesy B-movie-like feel will be present as ever. The biggest change to the series is the inclusion of drop-in/drop-out online three-player co-op. Lacking friends, two AI-controlled bots will always fight alongside you throughout the campaign and they'll actually be helpful.

The story (not that it's actually important) sees the Earth Defense Force in the city of New Detroit taking on the biggest insect invasion the planet has encountered yet. Giant ants, spiders, wasps, robot mechs and more are all laying waste. Luckily for the EDF, they have new special armor, vehicles that don't control like shit anymore and over 150 weapons to utilize against the invasion.

Before every level, players will select their EDF's armor ability and two weapons to take into a battle. There's the tank-like armor that makes players slow but they'll be able to take more damage. They also have a special energy shield that they can deploy. The jet armor let's a player fly in the air. The tactical specialty is the most balanced of the four and they'll be able to place turrets. The trooper class doesn't have much in armor, but can inflict a lot of damage.

Players score points in the campaign that can be spent in upgrading an EDF's stats such as their armor, hit points, increase their energy, etc. The points will also go into upgrading and purchasing weapons from the weapon's shop. Oh yes, there will be an equivalent to the Genocide Gun that will let you destroy the hell out of everything. And on the subject of weapons, there's now a Gears of War-like quick reload feature.

Another big change -- as evidenced by the videos above -- is that Insect Armageddon looks great, especially for being an EDF title. Everything in the game is destructible and buildings will crumble in more varied ways depending on how the building is hit. Up to 80 enemies can appear on the screen and the game will keep running smoothly at 30 frames-per-second.

The main campaign will take players on average about eight hours to complete on normal mode. There are different difficulties, including the insanely hard Inferno mode. There will be lots of reply value too, especially when it comes to unlocking new weapons. Expect to see some DLC down the line as well.

Additionally, there's going to be a six-player "Horde" mode where endless waves of enemies will attack you relentlessly. There's also a Remix mode where random enemies will spawn instead of the normal enemies that appear during the Campaign.

Like I said earlier, I totally get why this series is so much fun now. It's cheesy, over-the-top fun and a breath of fresh air in a market that's just saturated with super-serious shooters.

Photo Gallery: (12 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys






 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Parismio avatarParismio
This is a PSA: Never trust anyone who doesn't wet their toothpaste before brushing their teeth! Those people are clearly evil and their waifus are probably shit too!
Lawman avatarLawman
Going back to Gravity Rush, I think I forgot how much I love it. The visuals, the interesting designs, the dreamy music, likable characters, and of course, just floating all over the place like it's no big thing. It blends together so well.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
One of my personal favorite pokemon.
taterchimp avatartaterchimp
I had a rough night and I hate the fucking Eagles, man
Niwannabe avatarNiwannabe
Okay, here's one last Fuck, Marry, Kill to determine the truest of waifus. Donald Trump, Jed, Dreamweaver. Go.
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
I don't normally bitch about life on the internet, but I need to vent. It's been a REALLY shitty week. Hopefully life's been treating my fellow 'toiders better.
Torchman avatarTorchman
Mandatory reading
Joe Parlock avatarJoe Parlock
Ursaring is the best pokemon, followed shortly by Meganium. Duh.
Roxas1359 avatarRoxas1359
Gotta go with Vaporeon as it is absolutely adorable and makes for a great Water-Type. I'd upload a photo, but my internet is being screwy.
Torchman avatarTorchman
Regice!
Jcan avatarJcan
Cool site never heard of before
Torchman avatarTorchman
absolutfreak avatarabsolutfreak
My new least favorite type of team mate in Heroes of the Storm: they guy that declares the game is over after the enemy succeeds on one objective completion.
Heat avatarHeat
Gengar!! Poison type FTW!
ScionVyse avatarScionVyse
Luxray is the only best Pokemon.
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
Quick post your favorite Pokemon!
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Hell yes. Nekro just pulled this from a Pokemon card booster pack. Don't judge me, I find the game to be fun, even if my deck is terrible.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
So I decided to tinker around with some assets in Source Filmmaker and make a still image. Kind of a Jurassic Park-inspired thing with dino assets from that Ark game. Care to offer some comments, critique, etc.?
LaTerry avatarLaTerry
I think I broke it...
Torchman avatarTorchman
I have joined the discord group! Now I can call your waifu shit in more than one place!
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -