Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Lands Next Spring

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Posted by mattbodega (2277 posts) -

Everyone gets excited when they hear the announcement of a sequel to a good game. How often do you see people getting excited for the sequel to a bad one? 

Today is one of those days. Japanese publisher D3 has announced that Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, the sequel to the poorly controlled, ugly, shallow, and totally beloved third-person shooter Earth Defense Force 2017, is coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the Spring of 2011. D3 has also announced that this latest installment in the franchise will not be handled by Sandlot, the studio originally responsible for the EDF games. Instead, Insect Armageddon is being developed by Vicious Cycle, the North Carolina developer that brought you Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard.   


These bugs are going to pay for messing up New Detroit.
These bugs are going to pay for messing up New Detroit.

== TEASER ==Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will once again drop you into the role of the less-than-capable Earth Defense Force, a multinational task force that’s technically supposed to save the Earth from destruction by giant bugs. It’s hard to tell though, since the real specialty of the EDF seems to be laying waste to every bug, skyscraper and bus in a two-mile radius. But, as the last game taught us, if you blow up enough cities, you'll eventually get the bugs, which is good, because the giant ants are back, and the safety of the Earth can only be preserved by blowing up every city on the planet. In this case, you’ll join an EDF squad stationed in the United States, and work to rid the city of New Detroit from the alien insect menace.
 
New Goddamn Detroit.

In addition to a brand new campaign, Insect Armageddon is adding a slew of new features to the game, with a particular focus on co-op multiplayer. Players will be able to go through the entire campaign online with up to three other EDF soldiers, bringing with them new vehicles, new armor sets, and over 150 different weapons. And, if wave-based combat is more your speed, EDF will also include a new “Swarm” mode that teams six human players against a horde of giant insects, competing in increasingly tougher firefights in order to ensure the survival of New Detroit.

Make no mistake, though; Earth Defense Force 2017 doesn’t have a cult following because it was a good game. No, EDF is beloved because it is a profoundly stupid game, a bad Michael Bay movie in video game form. It was a game where your controller spent more time rumbling than not, where the screen was constantly filled with fire and explosions and acid and giant ants and robots and collapsing buildings and nonsense. It was a game dumber than it was broken, and that’s being generous. But it was dumb on a grand scale; It had more “dumb per pixel” (or DPP) than just about any other game on this generation of hardware. And it was cheap too; Earth Defense Force 2017 retailed in the US at $40. You could probably find a copy of 2017 nowadays for $15 at most retailers, if you want to get a sense of the particular flavor of EDF. It was the perfect game to love ironically, and only a handful of other releases have come since that vie for that title. 


 This screen needs more bugs.
 This screen needs more bugs.

But that leads us to the important question; do you want a “good” sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017, or a true sequel? If EDF is a straight-laced Third Person Shooter, is that going to be able to draw in the same small group of fans as the previous entry? Or does the game need to be dumber, more chaotic, more ridiculous, uglier, and trashier than its predecessor? And can an American studio deliver that particular blend of stupidity and silliness that made the previous game a cult hit? You don’t have much time to decide if the sequel will provide the bug-killing fix you need; the insect invasion lands on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next Spring.
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#1 Posted by mattbodega (2277 posts) -

Everyone gets excited when they hear the announcement of a sequel to a good game. How often do you see people getting excited for the sequel to a bad one? 

Today is one of those days. Japanese publisher D3 has announced that Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, the sequel to the poorly controlled, ugly, shallow, and totally beloved third-person shooter Earth Defense Force 2017, is coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the Spring of 2011. D3 has also announced that this latest installment in the franchise will not be handled by Sandlot, the studio originally responsible for the EDF games. Instead, Insect Armageddon is being developed by Vicious Cycle, the North Carolina developer that brought you Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard.   


These bugs are going to pay for messing up New Detroit.
These bugs are going to pay for messing up New Detroit.

== TEASER ==Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will once again drop you into the role of the less-than-capable Earth Defense Force, a multinational task force that’s technically supposed to save the Earth from destruction by giant bugs. It’s hard to tell though, since the real specialty of the EDF seems to be laying waste to every bug, skyscraper and bus in a two-mile radius. But, as the last game taught us, if you blow up enough cities, you'll eventually get the bugs, which is good, because the giant ants are back, and the safety of the Earth can only be preserved by blowing up every city on the planet. In this case, you’ll join an EDF squad stationed in the United States, and work to rid the city of New Detroit from the alien insect menace.
 
New Goddamn Detroit.

In addition to a brand new campaign, Insect Armageddon is adding a slew of new features to the game, with a particular focus on co-op multiplayer. Players will be able to go through the entire campaign online with up to three other EDF soldiers, bringing with them new vehicles, new armor sets, and over 150 different weapons. And, if wave-based combat is more your speed, EDF will also include a new “Swarm” mode that teams six human players against a horde of giant insects, competing in increasingly tougher firefights in order to ensure the survival of New Detroit.

Make no mistake, though; Earth Defense Force 2017 doesn’t have a cult following because it was a good game. No, EDF is beloved because it is a profoundly stupid game, a bad Michael Bay movie in video game form. It was a game where your controller spent more time rumbling than not, where the screen was constantly filled with fire and explosions and acid and giant ants and robots and collapsing buildings and nonsense. It was a game dumber than it was broken, and that’s being generous. But it was dumb on a grand scale; It had more “dumb per pixel” (or DPP) than just about any other game on this generation of hardware. And it was cheap too; Earth Defense Force 2017 retailed in the US at $40. You could probably find a copy of 2017 nowadays for $15 at most retailers, if you want to get a sense of the particular flavor of EDF. It was the perfect game to love ironically, and only a handful of other releases have come since that vie for that title. 


 This screen needs more bugs.
 This screen needs more bugs.

But that leads us to the important question; do you want a “good” sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017, or a true sequel? If EDF is a straight-laced Third Person Shooter, is that going to be able to draw in the same small group of fans as the previous entry? Or does the game need to be dumber, more chaotic, more ridiculous, uglier, and trashier than its predecessor? And can an American studio deliver that particular blend of stupidity and silliness that made the previous game a cult hit? You don’t have much time to decide if the sequel will provide the bug-killing fix you need; the insect invasion lands on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next Spring.
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#2 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

I remember watching vids ofhte first game at on the spot, seemed like a real crazy game but the graphics were not so great. Wonder how this one will do

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#3 Edited by dvorak (1517 posts) -

FUCK YEAH! 
 
The first game on 360 was amazing. 
 
Edit: New developer? They already made even more sequels in japan, but they never came here.

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#4 Posted by GunstarRed (6044 posts) -

The captains dead! 
 
EDF EDF EDF!.... thats all I really have to say to this.
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#5 Posted by JJOR64 (19691 posts) -

Rock on!

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#6 Edited by DukeTogo (1516 posts) -

Didn't you already get the stupid quest on another post?  If not, maybe posting a picture and not adding a constructive post is why.
 
EDF is a fun and stupid series, and it's great we're getting another one.  I hope eventually there will be another Robot Alchemic Drive after this if Sandlot is not working on it.  It was reported elsewhere that Sandlot was doing it so that's still in question.  Frankly, the series hasn't exactly evolved since the original, so if they hand off the franchise to another it's not exactly missing anything.  I mean what could happen, it's already a mind-numbing repetitive shooter with basic missions and wonky controls, it's not like it can be made worse.

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#7 Posted by Nytrik (171 posts) -

FUCK YES.

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#8 Posted by Sackmanjones (5562 posts) -

WOOOOO! Excited as hell

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#9 Posted by Twazuk (207 posts) -

Oh man I love me some EDF, there's a kind of charm to it that only comes with bad games.

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#10 Posted by Diamond (8678 posts) -

Different devs... not good.

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#11 Posted by Newnab (22 posts) -

Fuck. They've ruined it by changing to a shit developer. Fuck fuck fuck. So disappointed.

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#12 Posted by shadyspace (486 posts) -

New dev, no deal. Epecially the Matt Hazard guys.

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#13 Posted by DeathInstinct (34 posts) -

I was really excited until I saw the new developer.  EDF was an amazing grind to kill robots, ants, and spiders.   
 
EDF EDF EDF EDF EDF 

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#14 Posted by WhatTheDang (120 posts) -

Please don't suck. 
 
Or rather, please don't suck in a non-fun way. 

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#15 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (2422 posts) -

This is gonna be awesome...hopefully.

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#16 Posted by AncientMecha (124 posts) -

You know, the "Original" EDF (not actually the original, but meh) may have been fucking retarded, but it really did some amazing things.  
 
Lobbing explosives off into the distance and watching four dozen ant corpses fly so high that they go through the skybox? AWESOME 
 
Some of the most enormous enemies I've ever had the pleasure of killing with man-portable rocket launchers? AWESOME 
 
Ridiculous weapons like shotguns that flung enemies over the horizon when hit point-blank, macross-style missile launchers, and the "Armageddon Gun"? AWESOME  
 
Some of the most fucking useless, worst camera'd, difficult to control vehicles ever? AWESOME
 
Put it all together with some of the best worst voice acting in the world, add one friend (and maybe some booze), and you've got a b-game that's honestly more fun than most games that try to bring some traditional quality to the table.  Mini-review: GO BUY EDF 2017 IT'S WORTH EVERY PENNY. (If you have a co-op partner.)
 
If this new EDF doesn;t keep at least some of the jank that made EDF 2017 the great game that it was, I'm going to be a bit disappointed.

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#17 Posted by myslead (953 posts) -
@shadyspace said:
" New dev, no deal. Epecially the Matt Hazard guys. "
what he said
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#18 Posted by Devil240Z (5708 posts) -

This is terrible news. Sandlot was a talented dev. Those other guys are just shit. Those fucks have big shoes to fill don't fuck up the sequel to my favorite shooter this gen. 

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#19 Posted by winmu (7 posts) -

No Sandlot makes me sad inside.

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#20 Posted by moojuice (27 posts) -

*ahem*
EDF EDF EDF
 
*walks away*

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#21 Posted by Raymayne (1230 posts) -

DP is not a game to 'love ironically' Kessler...that is the attitude of a jackass

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#22 Posted by Ravenousrattler (1420 posts) -

will Robocop be in the game?

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#23 Posted by radioactivez0r (907 posts) -

Kessler, you refer to it as "Insect Invasion" in both the 3rd and 4th paragraphs, somehow.  I never played the first one, but I've heard so much about how dumb playing the co-op is that I regret not getting it during one of Blockbuster's sales.

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#24 Posted by yinstarrunner (1314 posts) -

Goddamn EDF is so much stupid fun.  Who cares if it controls badly, or if there's a lack of any polish at all.  It still has fun, you know, the thing that matters, in spades.  The feedback you get from laying waste to a giant horde of bugs in seconds and watching their bodies fly in every direction is unmatched by any other.  Definitely one of the funnest games I've played this gen.

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#25 Posted by FixtheFernBack (44 posts) -

Yeah my feeling went from YESS!!, to reading that Sandlot are not developing it to NOOOOOOOOO!! 
  
I'll wait for reviews now :(  
 
Wondering now what Sandlot are up to or if they are even are still in business??

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#26 Posted by scarace360 (4813 posts) -

CANT WAIT!

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#27 Posted by MisterMouse (3603 posts) -

the image for this looked like an infamous image for some reason..

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#28 Posted by MistaSparkle (2286 posts) -

I don't know how many people played EDF 2017,but dude you gotta play that game!

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#29 Posted by csl316 (14192 posts) -
@AncientMecha said:
Some of the most fucking useless, worst camera'd, difficult to control vehicles ever? AWESOME

Can't beat that chopper!
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#30 Posted by GaZZuM (483 posts) -
@FixtheFernBack said:
" Yeah my feeling went from YESS!!, to reading that Sandlot are not developing it to NOOOOOOOOO!!     I'll wait for reviews now :(    Wondering now what Sandlot are up to or if they are even are still in business?? "
Me too, the title of this article made me SOOOO happy, and then I got slapped right in the pissing face.
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#31 Posted by Absolute_Zero (256 posts) -
@AncientMecha: While I agree wholeheartedly, and it can be a fun game, be sure that your friend isn't insect-phobic (new word  © me). My brother nagged me into playing EDF, and I still have horrible flashbacks of giant spiders. :(
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#32 Posted by gunstar (271 posts) -

WE 'RE ON A THRILLING UNDERGROUND ADVENTURE

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#33 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (2124 posts) -

This is incredible news.

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#34 Posted by AncientMecha (124 posts) -
@csl316:  You know, the helicopter was actually the BEST in the whole game! I could pilot that motherfucker like a motherfucker! 
 
@gunstar:  DAMN BUGS DIGGIN' HOLES IN MY BACK YARD! 
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#36 Posted by gabha (406 posts) -

Was onboard till I saw a western developer, I fear that they'll try to make it 'good' or something stupid like that. Plus with a subtitle like Insect Armageddon ando those screen I fear that there won't be any giant robots.

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#37 Edited by ShakeItBaby (186 posts) -

I'm a bit worried that this is going to suck.  And by suck I mean be really average; all the comments are about how great EDF was, and it certainly was, but not about how great these screens look, and that's because this looks generic and decidedly western.  The bugs are too alien and too complicated, the armor too designed, and the features too robust.  I bet the ground won't be covered with 2D pink and teal (and pudding cup) drops, and it might even be balanced for difficulty.  That's what was wrong with Matt Hazard too, in theory it had all the right ingredients, it had promise, but in the end it felt so hollow and generic in its execution that it wasn't fun to play; this is airplane food of videogames, the same thing might be good in a restaurant, but not like this.  I was delighted when they registered the teaser site, but this has a real "Bioshock 2" feel about it. 
 
Also, 
 
 
"I'M OUT OF AMMO!"                   -EDF soldier, in game with infinite ammo

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#38 Posted by kyou.san (2 posts) -

Matt Hazard team?!
 
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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#39 Edited by Death_Burnout (3848 posts) -

At first i was like A NEW EDF!? FUUUUUCK YES! then i found out who was developing it and now i am....NOOOOOOOO!
 
Dont speak mad yang about EDF Kessler! even if it is the truth, dont.
 
Edit: just saw someone said practically the same thing...great minds.

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#40 Posted by Mikemcn (8274 posts) -

Are there spiders in this game?
 
because I fucking will kill some spiders, no joke, I will bathe in their green blood.

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#41 Posted by KnifeySpoony (1247 posts) -

FUCK YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
 
Despite Vicious Cycle's track record, I'm willing to give them a benefit of a doubt on this one. Finally online co-op!
 
Also, "No, EDF is beloved because it is a profoundly stupid game, a bad Michael Bay movie in video game form."
 
Don't you dare compare EDF to Michael Bay.

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#42 Posted by coaxmetal (1822 posts) -

They killed the captain!

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#44 Posted by ShoddyGo (36 posts) -

I FUCKING LOVE EDF
THANK GOD

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#45 Posted by Ricerx (77 posts) -

What happened Matt Kessler? You used to be cool man.

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#46 Posted by bummey (694 posts) -

Eat shit, Kessler! EDF was a fucking great game.

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#47 Posted by Solh0und (2087 posts) -

Bring back the Genocide Gun and we have a deal

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#48 Posted by Milkman (18984 posts) -

And you thought old Detroit was scary.

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#49 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2928 posts) -

Matt Hazard devs? Color me skeptical.

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#50 Posted by TackleMeElmo (24 posts) -

God how I love EDF! I used to work at a local GameShop and a good friend of mine use to come in and hangout. Well, 9 times out of 10, he wanted to play EDF. I kid you not...EVERY time he played that game, someone came in and saw it...then immediately bought it. I never saw that game come back for a trade in, not once. That speaks volumes for the amount of ridiculous fun this game brought. 
 
Yeahhh....I'm gonna have to play it now. EDF 4 Life!

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