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Vicious Cycle



June 28, 2011


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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon


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Earth Defense Force 2017 is one of my guilty pleasures from 2007. Though parts of it were a complete mess on a technical level, the fun to be had far outweighed those issues. What EDF 2017 did was successfully drop the player into a B-movie world filled with cardboard buildings -- a single rocket could bring down a building -- hordes and hordes of enemies, some of them huge, and split-screen co-op. It was great dumb fun!

EDF: Insect Armageddon, while not in the hands of Sandlot, developer of 2017,



looks to evolve the look of the series, while sticking to the B-movie vibe.

Based on the available videos, developer Vicious Cycle has given players the ability to make use of a jet-pack. Whether this is included with the starting armor or earned with an upgrade, is not known, but at any rate, that addition should allow a broader range of tactics, especially when one considers that


Vicious Cycle is attempting to include online three-player co-op. This information is kind of staggering, especially taking into account the number and size of the enemies, and destructibility of the environment. But it's welcome information; as fun as 2017's single-player campaign was, it doubled-up with split-screen co-op.


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Staying on top of the alien swarm should be just as difficult as 2017, even with a complement of 150 weapons, most of which players will really have to earn by re-running levels on higher difficulty settings.

One thing fans of 2017 will notice right away is the more "realistic" look of Insect Armageddon. Not only does the player character look more rugged, the giant ants don't bounce around any more. Once they've been splatted they dissolve. No longer do they careen into the air for truly comic moments. If there's any "disappointment" to be had it might be with this change.

EDF: Insect Armaggedon is set for launch June 28, 2011.


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- Aaron Simmer

(February 18, 2011)


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