Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Review: More Reasons To Shout “EDF! EDF!”

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Now Playing (Video Game Reviews)
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Pros:
Improved Graphics, Character Classes and Vehicle Gameplay
Online Multiplayer is a Blast

Cons:
Missing all the cheesy dialog that made the original so great

In my In RETROspect article, I mentioned that Earth Defense Force 2017 enjoys cult classic status with many Xbox 360 owners. Who would’ve thought that there would be a sequel? Well it looks like D3 Publisher decided that more giant alien and robot destruction was needed. Move over Orkin Man it’s time for the Earth Defense Force to once again spring into action and save the planet from those evil alien bastards. Say it with me now: “EDF!, EDF!, EDF!”

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon in a nutshell is more of the same EDF style gameplay that you loved from the original. Dynasty Warriors with guns…check! It’s the type of game where running and gunning is well accepted, because thats all your going to do. Sure there are objectives to accomplish, but isn’t destroying giant insects and robots fun? You bet it is soldier! This is what the EDF does best.

When I first started playing EDF: Insect Armageddon I noticed a lot of improvements over the original. One was the graphics. From an eye candy standpoint, EDF: Insect Armageddon feels like a game that belongs on the Xbox 360 and looks good in HD. the city of New Detroit looks more like a city under siege from alien invaders. Speaking of the evil aliens, the giant insects and robots look more realistic and even more menacing than the original game. This made my one man army offensive force even more satisfying than ever before. I also have to commend the fact that the buildings look like they were made with more than just paper mache and cardboard like the previous game. This time it will take more than one hit to knock them down.

EDF: Insect Armageddon has also made some significant improvements on the gameplay side as well. Character classes are now in place instead of just a single trooper. The game features four classes (Trooper, Tactical, Battle and Jet) all which are completely customizable with multiple weapons and armor. As you level up in the game, you’ll gain access to specific upgrades that you can equip by spending the credits you earn from each mission you complete. Vehicle gameplay was another huge improvement. In EDF 2017, vehicles were more of a hassle than helpful. The mech was too slow, the attack helicopter was a real pain in the ass to fly, and the Star Wars style speeder bike sucked. All I used was the tank. Now in EDF: Insect Armageddon, vehicle gameplay is awesome. The controls are much better and they add more of a strategic element in completing objectives.

With all the great improvements, I did feel like there was something missing. All the cheesy dialog. The one thing that EDF 2017 did great was gone in Insect Armageddon. New developer Viscious Cycle decided to go the serious route in this game. Now I’m going to miss those classic lines like “If you like death…than die!” and “How does all that hot lead taste!” The new dialog does have its moments with a rare cheesy line here and there that will get a chuckle out of you like wanting pancakes in the middle of a full scale invasion, but don’t expect those LOL moments that you got in EDF 2017.

Along with the single player campaign (which is surprisingly short, but not as repetitive compared to EDF 2017) Insect Armageddon does feature multiplayer for you and two friends. Offline you can play split-screen with a friend in either the camapign or Survival Mode. On Xbox Live, you and two friends can play the same two game modes. For those of you asking about Survival Mode, it is basically like the campaign except with wave after wave of enemies on a b-line to you. My words of advice: just stay alive as long as you can and remember to revive your teamates in case they need help. There’s also a Campaign Remix Mode for those of you looking for an unexpected change of pace.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is not a blockbuster like Halo, Call of Duty or Gears of War. It’s meant to be mindless shooter filled with epic battles and a lot of fun while not taking itself too seriously even though the dialog does try to do so. It’s the type of game that will keep you occupied for a period of time, put it on the shelf, and then come back to it later. Shouldn’t most games be like this? I will warn you that this is not an easy game to find so I suggest not looking in the retail stores and try online sites. Once you do acquire it and spend some time with the camapign you’ll be shouting out “EDF!, EDF!” in no time.

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