I’ve got a lot of games sitting around. I mean a lot. Some are crummy, some are flat out fantastic. I wanted to do a review of one that I consider to be a sleeper-game. To me a sleeper-game is one that was super fun but that very few people actually know about. To apply the same term to a movie see Fight Club – yeah it’s a big hit now but it flopped big time in the movie theater. That’s a sleeper. Okay, I am starting to digress so here we go..
Imagine waking one day to discover that you were the size of an ant. No, scratch that… You are still the same size you have always been. Let’s start over. Imagine waking one day to discover that ants were the size of convoy trucks, bees the size of helicopters, or spiders the size of skyscrapers!
Yeah, we’re talking about little monsters that have become larger than life:
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
Earth Defense Force, originally presented as a co-op arcade game, was ported to the Super Nintendo in 1991. Aliens, the Azyma Empire, built a base on the moon, and the Earth Defense Force is sent in to kill and take out the weapon that threatens to destroy earth.
Global Defense Force is the sequel, this one coming out for the PlayStation 2 in 2007. The aliens are no longer around, but instead players fight off giant insects.
Earth Defense Force 2017 is the 3rd and was also released in 2007, this time for the Xbox 360. Taking place in the year 2017, aliens have once again returned in their UFOs and this time they have brought giant ants with them.
The latest incarnation of the game is Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, made by Vicious Cycle Software. It was released on July 22nd of 2011, and is available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is a first person shooter with a storyline that is not too different than the previous games, in this go around it is an infestation that is bigger and nastier than ever seen before.
In E.D.F.:IA you defend the city of New Detroit, even if you have to blow up every building in the process. The game features over 300 weapons to find and use (sniper rifles, grenade launchers, energy weapons, and rocket launchers are but just a few). You can also choose from 4 different types of classes (or as they call it, armors).
Jet Armor: This armor allows you to move fast, uses energy to refuel weapons, and of course allows you to fly. The downside, it provides very little protection.
Trooper Armor: This is the standard armor but allows use of more weapons. It has an upgradeable feature which makes it a tough unit to knock down.
Tactical Armor: This will allow you to deploy mines, radar dishes, and turrets. As you progress through the game, more advanced items become available for this class.
Battle Armor: Want to take on the role of taking out massive amounts of bugs at once? This is the class for you. It can equip the most powerful weapons in the game and can also discharge an area wide electric jolt (chain-lightning for you magic users) causing damage to everything nearby.
With technology having advanced in our consoles, this game supports up to 6 players and can be played online. There is a survival mode that pits players against unending swarms of bugs (thumbs will get tired in this mode, trust me). Don’t think that these are your garden variety bugs either. No, these guys are enhanced with all types of outer space sci-fi fun. The following bugs are but just a few of the baddies you can expect to encounter:
Wolf Spider: Fast, jumps and hunts in packs
Daddy Long Legs: Slow, shoots plasma and lasers
Bomb Spider: Slow, launches Ticks
Ticks: Medium sized, can explode
Wasp: Flys, spits venom, and can eat you
Black Ant: Tunnels, hunts in packs
If you are looking for something mindless to play, Insect Armageddon will certainly fit the bill. The storyline does not really develop too much, but then again why should there be a deep story when all you are supposed to do is kill anything and everything that moves? There really is no strategy involved, just get out of the way, and kill. It’s really that simple.
Not only do the bad guys explode in buckets of gore, but almost every building can be laid to waste as well. When I say laying waste to buildings, I’m not talking about battle damage, I’m talking about total collapse to the ground destruction.
This is not a high budget game, but it still provides hours of fun, simply running around and blasting away at all the ginormous pixels on the screen. Throw some friends into the mix, order up a pizza, and you have yourself a fun Tuesday night!
This is not a rendition of Starship Troopers, but you will face giant insects, massive mechs, and the occasional UFO. So the bottom line is, if you are into “fire and forget”, want to have a choice of hundreds of different weapons, and mindlessly blow up everything, this game is a must have.
Larger than life monsters just don’t get much bigger than this.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is rated T for Teen.