Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Review for PS3

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Jet Armour is the most interesting of the bunch (as well as the coolest to look at). As well as being the fastest of the four suits, it offers the ability of flight. This is particularly handy during more frantic battles, allowing you to put some much needed distance between you and the swarm of bugs below.

Each suit can be upgraded, although working through all eight ranks requires a significant investment of time. Insect Armageddon boasts over 300 weapons - almost double what was on offer in the original – which are tied into a tier system. This means that certain weapons – even if you've already collected them from the corpses of fallen enemies - can't be equipped until you're of an appropriate rank. The best weapons, the tier-eight badboys capable of levelling entire city blocks with a single squeeze of the trigger, won't be unlocked until much later in the game.

Completing the campaign on normal, which takes around seven hours, will only take a suit to rank four or so, and subsequently only fourth tier weapons are available. To unlock the beefier guns you'll need to play through the game again on Hard. Here, insects are not only more numerous, but considerably tougher, too. Inferno mode is a step up even from that, reserved for the EDF 'elite' only. This is where the real challenge lies.

Doing this all on your tod is difficult, to say the least. While your AI teammates do a reasonable job of reviving you should you fall, things are much easier with real EDF troops at your side. The campaign supports three players online, as well as split-screen play. Insect Armageddon is a game that becomes exponentially more enjoyable with a chum or two. Outside of the campaign, there's also Survival mode, which strips the game back to basics: surviving wave after wave of enemies. Here, up to six players can take part - and all six will be needed if you hope to get the achievement for surviving 100 waves...

It can feel like a mighty slog at times, mindlessly shooting ant after ant after spider after ant, but there's a strangely rhythmic quality to it. I found myself frequently zoning out, only to be roused by the level complete or mission failure screens. The latter will haul you out of a daze pretty gosh-darn quickly, inspiring fierce bursts of swearing and anger: Insect Armageddon has no checkpoints. To complete a level, you'll have to complete it all in one go. A mission can take anything up to half an hour, and dying right at the end (which I've done several times) is no fun at all, let me tell you.

Let's bear in mind though, Insect Armageddon is a budget release; you'll be able to pick it up for a paltry £24.99 at launch. Whilst this is a reflection of the production values, there's a lot of game on offer here. Slaughtering enough insects to satisfy the tall orders of the Achievement and Trophy list will take a long time indeed. This isn't a game that demands your undivided attention, though; it can be played sporadically, either on your own or with a few friends and some beers. It can become monotonous – mindless even, if you let it – but with the right frame of mind, there's a remarkable amount of fun to be had here.

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Wido@ CheekyLee

I think the rest of my summer will consist of this game, and I do like killing horde's of enemies!
Posted 18:12 on 07 July 2011
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CheekyLee@ Wido

Jeni and I completed many of the levels on Hardest together because they were just too hard for me solo, and we did it by working together. I would take a Lysander and a Shotgun, she would take two sets of turrets. She would keep us alive whilst I picked off the Spider nests or UFOs. Knowing which targets to prioritise is essential once you get above Normal difficulty, and anyone who hasn't played the game beyond Normal hasn't really played it. It is a game designed to be played through 5 times.
Posted 08:41 on 07 July 2011
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Wido@ CheekyLee

I have been watching EDF:2017 videos on inferno, and it makes my eyes bleed. I really cannot wait to jump into some of this action!

I love to play this game with some VG members. Last night's BC2 shows how much fun team play is and communicating to help each other. Even though you could say who needs communication in this game, as the whole screen will be filled with Bugs and guns galore, but it adds to the experience!
Posted 00:27 on 07 July 2011
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CheekyLee@ Wido

I guarantee you, I will be all over this one until I complete Hardest at the very least. (Still haven't done Inferno in 2017!) You have no idea just how tough the game can get...

@Jamin: Who the hell cares about FONTS in a game like this?

FONTS!
Posted 00:12 on 07 July 2011
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pblive

Got to try and get this.
Posted 22:31 on 06 July 2011
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Wido

Another good review under its belt. I'm looking forward to this game when it releases, and also sounds like its oozing out with fun!

If any other VG members likes to play co-op, don't hesitate to send me a invite!
Posted 22:26 on 06 July 2011
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Endless

Awesome, and for such a reduced price, even if it's more of the same but bigger from regular old EDF it'd still be worth it!
Posted 21:57 on 06 July 2011
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dazzadavie

I'll read this tonight but I saw you Jamin and skipped to the score :D
Posted 16:00 on 06 July 2011

Game Stats

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
7
Out of 10
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
  • Great fun with a friend
  • A lot of game for your money
  • Can be very monotonous
  • No checkpoints
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Release Date: 22/06/2011
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC
Developer: Vicious Cycle
Publisher: D3Publisher
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-6
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 16,591 1
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