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EDF: Insect Armageddon Review

I was a fan of the first game Earth Defense Force 2017 due solely to Macomgaine constantly playing it, saying it was awesome, and once I sat down to play it, it was an great third person arcade shooter.  The first “EDF” also sparked my interest in D3 Publisher “Dark Sector,” “Dead Head Fred,” “Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard,” “Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond,” “Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad,” and the “Puzzle Quest” series are all games that kept me entertained and they are all from D3P, but will “EDF: Insect Armageddon” be as enjoyable as the first?

You play as Lighting Alpha, battling thousands of giant insects and aliens that once again ravage the earth.  You must destroy these monsters at all costs to save Earth, even if it means turning entire city blocks in New Detroit into rubble!  Once again you get to experience Earth Defense Force’s trademark of killing the shit out of thousands of swarming bugs and robot bugs in a completely destroyable city.  Only, now you can grab three of your friends and play the game online start to finish.  You have over three hundred weapons to play with and four armor types that are upgradeable.  I have been playing the shit out of the Tactical armor, but you can also choose Jetpack with limited flight, Battle, which is heavy armor, and Trooper, which is your basic assault class.

Let me first say that you can go wrong with open world games, mainly you have all this space and nothing is really going on.  In “Fallout 3” there is always something going on, something to fight, but in “Fallout: New Vegas” not so much.  In “EDF: IA,” the hotspot areas contain tons of swarming insects to kill, but if you move too far from the action it stops; you wouldn’t even think an invasion was taking place.

There is nothing more freeing than just saying, “Screw this building, it’s in my way,” and taking out a rocket launcher and turning it to rubble.  This feature is also very useful when you are searching for collectibles, because sometimes  the packages are sitting on top of the buildings.  Some of the enemies are a pain in the ass to deal with.  Case in point: the wasps.  The robotic spiders can be bothersome at times, but what can really get you in a jam is when they all bombard you at once, and it does happen.  In one board I was thoroughly thrashed by robotic ants and spiders, a couple of giant sentinels, explosive ticks and tons of aircrafts.  Needless to say, I died and had to rethink my strategy.  The use of “special abilities” such as the turret, laser turret, and jet packs are extremely helpful when in the middle of a swarm, as are the mechs and anti-aircraft guns. Enemies like the gigantic robotic daddy long legs can be easily destroyed by dropping a laser turret to handle all the other enemies alongside your assault team, leaving your primary focus on the giant.

This game has massive replay-ability with its arcade style scoring and hundreds of weapons to collect.  Although, yes, gameplay can get repetitive, the multiplayer and various difficulty levels more than make up for that.  I highly recommend everyone buy this game to ensure that it becomes the success it deserves to be,

Final Verdict for Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon:

4.5 out of 5