Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon
Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon is one of those games that will take you back to the era of arcade gaming, an era long gone where games didn’t feature incredibly deep narratives or complex gameplay mechanics; back then games were just fun.
It’s worth noting at this point that this is a budget title and as such you’ll need to forgive it for certain shortcomings [We've looked at other D3 games in the past - Ed], for example the game slows to a snails pace when there’s a lot going on, something which the developers have cheekily called Bullet Time in interviews… In some way that should give you a vague idea of what you can expect with Insect Armageddon, it’s pretty B-Movie to say the least. The plot revolves around an extraterrestrial entity which humans have dubbed ‘Ravagers’ – they’ve only just gone and invaded the Earth with oversized insects such as giant ants and spiders!
The aim is simple, defend the Earth and destroy anything which isn’t human. Whilst the three act campaign will have you rescuing friendly troops or locating downed drop ships it essentially comes down to going from point A, where you kill everything, to point B and kill everything there. Thankfully it’s really fun to do as you can have three human players along for the ride in the online co-op mode. You have a number of choices available to you such as what class you want to play, for example: Trooper, Jet, Battle Armour or Tactician. Each of these classes has its own perks such as the Battle Armour lets you deploy an offensive forcefield, the Tactician can lay turrets and the Jet Trooper can, well, fly!
There are then seven classes of weapons which you can choose from, ranging from simple machine guns to mortars that explode into smaller clusters. There are actually a ridiculous amount of weapons to unlock which really does extend the longevity of the game as you’re constantly wanting to see what you’ll get next. The heavy weapons are particularly satisfying when they take down a whole skyscraper. It’s also rather exhilarating when you finally down that alien carrier which has been harassing you, only for it to plummet to the ground just above your head in classic Independence Day style.
Aside from the campaign mode you can also take part in a six player survival mode which has you pitted up against waves and waves of enemies. You can’t use all your fancy weaponry in this mode as your appear to be limited to the stock trooper class with base weapons. You also only get three revives before you’re out of the game completely which is a bit of a shame seeing as they could have allowed unlimited revives.
Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon is by no means the prettiest game available. It doesn’t have great animation or great sound work, there’s no stellar story or heart wrenching cut scenes. What it does have is fun; and bucket-loads of the stuff.
We can’t recommend this title enough.