Goddamn bugs whacked us, Johnny! It's time to slaughter the ravening ravagers once and for all in Namco Bandai's ludicrously OTT shooter. Cities will crumble, suits shall be pimped out and alien bugs will die by the thousands. Insect Armageddon builds on the surprise hit EDF 2017 with alternate armour types and improved vehicle handling, and if you're in the market for the PS3 version, Gameplay are currently the cheapest around.
What's that, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon fans? 300 customizable weapons isn't enough? You want more, you say? Well, we understand; and we want to help. So do developers Vicious Cycle Software, who have just now dumped not one, but two EDF: Insect Armageddon weapon packs onto Xbox LIVE and the Playstation Network. Hoo-rah!Click here for more
The EDF (no relation to Red Faction’s EDF) games have been something of a cult hit on the 360 for a while now and the series has finally made its way to the PS3 too. New recruits listen up; your mission in this arcade third-person shooter is to defend the planet from an invasion of giant bugs. Ants, spiders and wasps have all been super-sized to form an alien army of nature’s bastards. Over-turned cups and rolled up newspapers aren’t going to cut it anymore.
The carnage over the game’s fifteen levels is simple enough to grasp: kill everything in sight and occasionally plant a demolition charge. The single-player campaign missions match those used for multiplayer, so levelling up is consistent across the board. Playing offline is clearly not the way the game was intended to be played, as your AI team-mates struggle to focus on taking down bosses, although they are impressively reliable for reviving you, which is more than can be said for some players online.
It’s great to see the game include the almost extinct two player-splitscreen for co-op. This doesn’t have an impact on the graphics, namely because they’re hardly pushing the boat in the first-place. You can’t take your sofa buddy online though for the three player co-op campaign or the six player survival matches.Click here to read more...
Fret not, Earth Defence Force fans; it's only by a week or so. On his official Twitter feed, Namco Bandai's PR guru Lee Kirton has revealed EDF: Insect Armageddon UK launch has been pushed back from July 15th to the 22nd. It appears the publishers have hit a very minor hitch in production, but Kirton assures us it's well worth the wait. "Trust me that it's a great game for a great price," he boasts. "And co-op!" he adds.
Our resident EDF fan, Jon Lester, got his hands on Insect Armageddon at E3 this month. While he applauded the vast scope and scale of the title, he lamented the loss of its pulpy, B-Movie roots eschewed in favor of "grittier battlefields". And remember; Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon is retailing for the cut-price of £24. But if you want a cheaper price, you know who to call. [Twitter]
Earth Defence Force 2017 was a truly ridiculous game. Sandlot's anarchic B-Movie shooter had the audacity to ship with a nasty engine and a veritable infestation of bugs when it launched four years ago, but because it decided to prioritise big fun and massive value over great graphics, it went down an absolute storm thanks to its negligible price tag. Its colourful pitched battles against overwhelming alien hordes are rivalled only by the Serious Sam series in terms of size and scope, and realising the gap in the market, Vicious Cycle have taken the reins and given the series another outing.
The basic premise is much the same. Players take on the role of an elite Earth Defence Force trooper who's been tasked with defending the planet from the extraterrestrial Ravagers. These aliens are ripped from the cheesiest sci-fi movies imaginable and gleefully deploy giant ants, enormous spiders and hilarious plodding robots onto the battlefield. Players will have a choice of over 300 weapons (accessed through an intuitive unlock screen as opposed to being doled out randomly in EDF 2017), vehicles and gear to fight back against the otherworldly aggressors, and are actively encouraged to use their ridiculous firepower to level entire city blocks that stand between them and their objective. The maps are absolutely enormous and every building can be casually destroyed on a whim. Lovely.
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Independent developers come in all shapes and sizes; from giants like Valve, Gearbox and Epic to small boutique developers like Mommy's Best Games. However, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has decided to lump them all together and soundly take the piss... at least vicariously. When asked about their partnership with Bungie at a recent Comms and Entertainment conference, Kotick calmly responded that they represent the only decent Independent developer out there.
"They're probably the last remaining high quality independent developer. It's very hard to [pauses]... that has sort of has institutional skills and capabilities. And they're a real company."
Halo Reach is currently topping the UK charts and there's no doubt that Bungie are an excellent studio with one of the best community support elements in the business. However, I'm not going to patronise you by pointing out everything that's wrong with the above comment. Discuss.
Kotick went on to state that Activision's "CRM" (Customer Relationship Management) services were key in swinging Bungie's decision... but by threatening to sell cutscenes to gamers less than a week ago, I'm not sure that the current state of our "relationship" is entirely rosy at the moment. A little more trust wouldn't go amiss. [CVG]
Valhalla Entertainment is currently working on Devil's Third, a bloodthirsty and brutal brawler that's set to release in 2012. It's still a while away and is slated for both PS3 and Xbox 360, but Valhalla founder Tomonobu Itagaki has stated that it's being developed with mysterious currently unknown hardware in mind.
“We’re developing [Devil's Third] so that it can be brought to as yet unknown hardware as well. Specifically, the various areas of technology are scalable.”
This, in itself, is a laudable piece of future-proofing insurance that guarantees Devil's Third ought to look good two years down the line. However, you might be surprised by the choice of hardware that Itagaki's dreaming about. Since the Xbox 360 and PS3 are ostensibly still well within their projected lifespans, you might expect that this "unknown hardware" refers to the 3DS or PSP2... but Itagaki's talking about the next iteration of the Ninendo Wii.
"I can’t say this easily because I don’t have any information, it’s possible that Nintendo could release a higher end console."
So, is this an out of context quip or a prophetic vision of things to come? Well, Metroid creator Yoshio Yakamoto reckons that the next Ninty console will "leave our mouths open"... so there might well be something to it. [Andriasang via VG247]
One of the smaller announcements of this year's Tokyo Game Show was that D3 Publisher will be releasing another Earth Defence Force title. Insect Armageddon promises to continue the proud tradition of insane cheesy arcade thrills at a bargain price, but unfortunately assets have been very thin on the ground. Thankfully D3 have now released a teaser trailer that nicely sets the B Movie-esque tone. The bugs are back, baby.
ABSOLUTELY NOT SUITABLE FOR ARACHNOPHOBES. Seriously.
EDF2017 is an exceptional budget game that more than deserves a second look. It may be ugly and broken; but it delivers 50 levels, hundreds of weapons and ludicrously fun arcade gameplay. Unfortunately Sandlot Games won't be at the helm this time around... and considering that Vicious Cycle Software has taken the reigns, we're a little worried about how it might potentially turn out.