Reviews and Problems with Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
2 September 2011
Conclusion: Despite lacking the scripted set-pieces of a so-called 'AAA' game, Insect Armageddon does a remarkable job of showing what a focused team can produce on a minimal budget. Vicious Cycle have produced a sequel that is fun, accessible, and most importantly, self-aware.
Conclusion: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is one of those titles that are obviously made for a certain audience. Being a budget title, it’s a rare find. Very few budget titles look the part, play the part and are actually loads of fun.
Excerpt: It's hard to pinpoint, to convey in words, exactly what makes Earth Defense Force a good game when it screams of inadequacy. The graphics are rudimentary, the fonts are horrendous and the script is laughable, but despite all of this, or perhaps even because of it, it remains great fun.
Summary: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a co-op multiplayer Arcade Shooter that gives the player the ability to destroy thousands of giant bugs and turn an entire city to rubble in an unforgettable gaming experience built for replay.
Excerpt: A game like Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon should be a breath of fresh air. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously and those qualities are what made its predecessor somewhat of a cult classic. This time around, EDF has lost much of that appeal.
Pros: The four different classes offer some variety, Co-op campaign and survival mode improve on the single-player game
Cons: Tedious and repetitive third-person shooting mechanics, Fictional city of New, Detroit feels lifeless, The campaign is much too short
Summary: Following on a cult hit is a dicey proposition. On the one hand, there's an expectation that the following product need to be superior to the original. But if you make too many changes, you risk damage to the success of your game among that rabid fan base that your original release garnered.
Excerpt: This campy bug-blasting shooter from developer Vicious Cycle does an admirable job of improving on its predecessor's faults, but a short campaign, a lack of checkpoints, and glitchy gameplay make it tough to recommend to anyone but fans of the franchise.
Pros: Prettier graphics; legitimate production values; survival mode.