Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
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Developer(s) Vicious Cycle Software
Publisher(s) D3 Publisher
Series Earth Defense Force
Engine Vicious Engine 2
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Release PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • NA: July 5, 2011[1]
  • JP: July 7, 2011
  • AU: July 21, 2011
  • EU: July 22, 2011
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: December 14, 2011
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, two-player split-screen, three-player online co-op, six-player Survival mode

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (アース ディフェンス フォース インセクト アーマゲドン, Āsu Difensu Fōsu Insekuto Āmagedon) is a third-person shooter developed by Vicious Cycle Software, and published by D3 Publisher, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It is the sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

The EDF defends a fictional city called New Detroit against an alien invasion, aided by bio-engineered terrestrial insects. The Player goes by the name of 'Lightning Alpha', leader of an elite team of fighters, known as "Strike Force Lightning." Along with two squad mates, Lightning is (usually) aided by local EDF fighting forces in the area, though they are poor compared to Lightning.

The story is divided into three separate chapters, which are divided into five separate missions. The first chapter is akin to an introduction to the game, while the second chapter has Strike Force Lightning moving across industrial New Detroit to discover the fates of several downed Landers scattered across the city, as well as their pilots and cargo. Only one of them is salvageable, and it becomes piloted by the cool-headed Captain Sully, a character that returns in later missions. The third chapter follows the story of Lightning finding and transporting "The Cube" to a nest in central New Detroit. Before it is deployed, an Ant Queen emerges from the nest, forcing Lightning to do battle with it to secure the drop zone.

Once the Queen and her minions are dead, "The Cube" is dropped in the middle of the nest, and Lightning quickly makes their way to the evacuation zone. As their transport Lander is about to begin its descent, a new Ravager ship (akin to a much larger and more heavily armed version of a Ravager Carrier) appears in the skies, downing the Lander. Lightning rendezvous with Echo and X-Ray squads, EDF troopers who were stuck in Central Detroit without evacuation, and they make their way to another evacuation site where they must defend against several Hectors (large Ravager Mech Walkers) until they are rescued by Lander Captain Sully, who (at the time) violated an EDF No-Fly Zone without remorse.

Gameplay[edit]

Players take the role of Lightning Alpha, who battles against wave after wave of deadly gigantic insect and robot enemies. Insect Armageddon predominately takes place in the city of New Detroit, the target of a concentrated bug invasion that only the EDF can stop. The graphics have been greatly improved, but still retain the arcade-shooter physics of its predecessor. Vehicle controls have been fixed, with improved tank and mecha vehicles that can be manned by more than one player. Credits are accumulated which are used for a wide variety of tasks.

Over 300 weapons are available. These can be purchased using a new unlock system that partially replaces the in-game weapon drop system of EDF: 2017, though some weapons are only dropped by elite enemies. Four different classes are selectable from the menu, each with special functions and exclusive equipment. All armor colors can be customized.

Trooper Armor: Trooper armor is the standard loadout for EDF soldiers. It has access to more weapons than any other class, and upgradable abilities that allow it to be a versatile, all-around unit. The Trooper Armor is also the only armor available in Survival Mode.

Jet Armor: Jet armor is a suit Lightning Alpha can acquire to take the fight to the skies. It uses energy to replenish weapons. The jet pack allows the fastest movement across the map for any class but also the weakest protection.

Tactical Armor: This armor fulfills a wide ranging support role, and is the only class that can deploy turrets, mines and radar dishes. Stronger equipment is unlocked as the story progresses.

Battle Armor: Battle armor transforms players into a veritable walking tank. Slow moving and hard-hitting, it comes equipped a portable energy shield and can equip some of the most powerful weapons in the game. Battle armor also can release its entire pool of energy in a massive electric blast, damaging everything unfortunate enough to be close by.

Both split-screen and online co-operative play are included. A six-player Survival mode is also available, with a squad of EDF soldiers defending against endless waves of bugs.[2]

D3 Publisher also includes a Pain pack. The Pounds of Pain pack features 15 weapons mostly for the Battle Armor but also a few for the Trooper Armor and Tactical Armor, available from GameStop. The Death From Above pack features 15 weapons mostly for the Jet Armor but also a few for the Trooper Armor and Tactical Armor as well, available from Best Buy.[3]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC PS3 Xbox 360
Destructoid N/A N/A 8/10[4]
Eurogamer N/A N/A 8/10[5]
Game Informer N/A 8/10[6] 8/10[6]
GamePro N/A N/A 3/5 stars[7]
Game Revolution N/A N/A B[8]
GameSpot N/A 7/10[9] 7/10[9]
GameSpy 2.5/5 stars[10] N/A N/A
GameTrailers N/A N/A 5.5/10[11]
Giant Bomb N/A 2/5 stars[12] 2/5 stars[12]
IGN 7.5/10[13] 7.5/10[1] 7.5/10[1]
Joystiq N/A N/A 2/5 stars[14]
OXM (US) N/A N/A 6.5/10[15]
PC Gamer (UK) 60%[17] N/A N/A
PSM N/A 7/10[16] N/A
The Daily Telegraph N/A 8/10[18] N/A
Digital Spy N/A N/A 3/5 stars[19]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 69/100[20] 63/100[21] 68/100[22]

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon received "mixed or average reviews" on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[20][21][22] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions a score of all four sevens for a total of 28 out of 40.[23]

The Daily Telegraph gave the PS3 version a score of eight out of ten and said, "There's nothing quite like EDF's insane thrills. Simple, old-school, but oh so very good at what it does, Insect Armageddon is well worth a look. As long as you don't mind a bit of ant vomit, of course."[18] GameZone gave the PC version a score of seven out of ten, saying, "EDF: IA is simple, sure, but that simply means that anyone can hop into the arcade-style action of Insect Armageddon and be wreaking havok almost immediately. Not to mention that the game has definitely dropped in price since it's initial console release, now available for just $19.99 on Steam and other download services. So if you've been looking for a solid multiplayer co-op romp which lets you dial back your brain a bit and simply blow up everything in sight, I definitely recommend picking up this title."[24] However, 411Mania gave the Xbox 360 version a score of 6.2 out of 10 and said that "it's not that Insect Armageddon is a bad game; it's just that it gets repetitive. If you're just looking for mindless killing for a bit, this may be a worthwhile pickup for you and your friends. However, if you're looking for any kind of depth, look elsewhere."[25] Digital Spy gave the same console version three stars out of five and said it was "unquestionably a fun game, but it's the same fun we had with its PS2 and Xbox 360 predecessors. The latest game offers very little that it can call its own, has a severe lack of memorable moments and is often incredibly dull and repetitive."[19] Edge similarly gave the same console version six out of ten, saying, "Old hands will still find much of the personality and singular vision of the franchise intact, but it's the newcomers, ironically, who might find Insect Armageddon a jarring mix of old-fashioned thrills and modern gameplay trends."[26] The Digital Fix gave the same console version five out of ten, saying, "In the end the ‘budget’ in ‘budget title’ shone through and whilst Insect Armageddon is a laugh in co-op (in short bursts) it becomes far too much of a grind, very quickly."[27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Gallegos, Anthony (November 2, 2010). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Gets Cooptimized". IGN. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ D3 Publisher (2011) Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Manual
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  5. ^ Donlan, Christian (July 5, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (Xbox 360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Juba, Joe (July 5, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (PS3, X360): The EDF Emerges Victorious Again". Game Informer. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ Wolinsky, David (July 11, 2011). "Review: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (X360)". GamePro. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ Tan, Nicholas (July 13, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Review (X360)". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b McShea, Tom (July 8, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Review (PS3, X360)". GameSpot. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  10. ^ Grayson, Nathan (December 20, 2011). "GameSpy: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Review (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  11. ^ GameTrailers (July 12, 2011). "Earth Defense Force Insect Armageddon Review (X360)". YouTube. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Kessler, Matt (July 12, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Review (PS3, X360)". Giant Bomb. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
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  14. ^ McElroy, Justin (July 7, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon review: Shoot, shoot, shoot, end (X360)". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ Lewis, Cameron (July 5, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon". Official Xbox Magazine. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Review: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. No. 49. September 2011. p. 87. 
  17. ^ Senior, Tom (February 14, 2012). "Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon review". PC Gamer UK. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b Hoggins, Tom (July 20, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon review (PS3)". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b Martin, Liam (July 22, 2011). "'Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon' (Xbox 360)". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Insect Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  23. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (June 29, 2011). "This Week's Famitsu Reviews". Andriasang. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  24. ^ Gesualdi, Vito (January 17, 2012). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (PC) Review". GameZone. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  25. ^ Larck, Adam (August 6, 2011). "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (Xbox 360) Review". 411Mania. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  26. ^ Edge staff (July 22, 2011). "Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon review [Incomplete] (X360)". Edge. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  27. ^ Phillips, Andrew (August 15, 2011). "Earth Defence Force - Insect Armageddon (X360)". The Digital Fix. Archived from the original on March 30, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 

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