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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (PS3/360)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on . Posted in Video Games

{tab=Info} Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, is a third-person shooter developed by Vicious Cycle Software, and published by D3 Publisher, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017 and it was released on July 2nd, 2011. {tab=Review (PS3)} Is protecting the Earth from a bug invasion worth your time? Is it simply better to let the world be taken over by giant killer bugs?

I must say that I simply hate the controller layout. I do not think that the people who designed the controller layout were thinking about the layout at all. This may sound harsh but it is downright true. My biggest issue with the controls is when you are switching weapons. The button to do so is circle which is a bad location for it. Instead it should have been located in either the L1/R1 or L2/R2 locations. I say this simply because switching your gun is extremely important.

    After playing the game for god only knows how many hours, i get usod to the controller layout. It took a while but i can no longer complain about the layout.
The gameplay is decent and it can be either great or bad at some points. Ever wonder how it feels to be completely surrounded by big bad bugs? I was always wondering how it feels because I have seen the Starship Troopers movie series which also includes bugs. If you are a fan of Starship Troopers, then I think you will enjoy being surrounded by bugs.

The game is broken up into 3 chapters. Each chapter is then divided into a number of missions. Before each mission, you are able to decide which of the 4 playable classes, explained later, you want to play as.

The graphics are perfect for this game. It feels a bit like arcade style and I have no issues with it. I think the game would have been worse off if the graphics were more realistic. One of the best things I loved doing/watching is destroying buildings. The animation of the building destruction feels very natural. If a building gets hit once or twice, any external building structure falls off, such as emergency exit stairs. With more hits, the whole building comes down.

There are 4 playable classes which all have both their strengths and weaknesses. They include; Trooper Armor, Jet Armor, Tactical Armor and Battle Armor. In addition to these 4 playable classes, the game includes well over 300 usable weapons, double the amount of its predecessor.

The Trooper Armories has access to more weapons than any other class, and upgradable abilities that allow it to be a versatile, all-around unit. The Jet Armor incorporated a jet pack which allows the fastest movement across the map for any class, but also the weakest protection.

Tactical armor fulfills a wide ranging support role, and is the only class that can deploy turrets, mines, and radar dishes. The final armor, the Battle Armor, basically transforms players into a veritable walking tank. Slow moving and hard-hitting, it comes equipped with 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.

I have played all the classes, and my favorite class is without a doubt the Battle Armor. I enjoyed using the Battle Armor, it is simply awesome using it to kill bugs. 'The only Good Bug is a Dead Bug' - Starship Troopers. The Battle Armor makes this statement very easy to follow. Seriously, the game will be very hard, regardless of the difficulty level selected, if you decide to use the other armors.

The game does include split screen and online multiplayer. Split screen is simply 2 people playing side by side. Online multiplayer allows either random gameplay in any of the chapter missions. You are also able to select which missions you want to play with others. I think that the overall gameplay experience is much better playing online with humans rather than AI teammates. However. AI teammates do a relatively good job in supporting you.

The game itself is decent, i think that the game grows on you the longer you play it. If you enjoy killing countless waves of bugs, then you should give the game a try. I first suggest you rent the game before you decide to get it.

7.5/10 {tab=Video} Mech Trailer