Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (2011, PS3) – 8/10 giant insect and robot third-person co-op shooter game review

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Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon (2011)


There was some concern that Earth Defense Force would miss the endearingly naïve atmosphere engendered by original Japanese developer Sandlot during this hiatus but Vicious Cycle have successfully not broken anything. Graphically, it is smoother and more polished but the loss of EDF2017‘s best-video-game-explosions-ever is keenly felt, there are definitely less giant ants about, the new robots aren’t as memorable and the enemies aren’t as clearly coloured and designed as Sandlot’s menagerie. However, they’ve restored the PS2 Global Defence Force’s soldier classes, split-screen co-op works better than ever (this is one of the few games to support dual-login and trophies on PS3), the Pesticide Cannon rules and it retains the series core: it is simple, unadulterated fun blasting giant insects. Special mention for the deliberately cheese-tastically hilarious ending if you completed the game on Inferno. "My name’s actually Roger." Awesome!

This game contains bad language and violence.


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