Thousands of giant insects and aliens once again ravage the earth, and only the Earth Defense Force can stop them.
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Release Date: Dec 14, 2011

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Thousands of giant insects and aliens once again ravage the earth, and only the Earth Defense Force can stop them. Defend the city of New Detroit against an infestation bigger and meaner than ever before. Destroy these monsters at all costs, even if it means turning entire city blocks into rubble!
Enjoy raw arcade shooter satisfaction on a gigantic modern scale. Collect over 300 weapons: assault rifles, rocket launchers, energy weapons, sniper rifles, grenade launchers and more! Play with 4 upgradeable armor types: Jetpack, Battle, Tactical, and Trooper. Experience Massive replayability through arcade style scoring, tons of weapons to collect, and multiple difficulty levels in every game mode!
In addition, the game also features a six player Survival mode that pits a human squad against a nonstop onslaught of the largest enemies the aliens have to offer. New Detroit’s giant bug problem is unavoidable, and mankind’s last hope lies with the Earth Defense Force. Defend the world from the insect invasion, even if it means blowing up the entire city as part of the extermination process.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and the soldiers are equipped better than ever in the latest cult classic iteration that follows in the footsteps of Earth Defense Force 2017 (Japanese Title “Earth Defense Force 3” developed by Sandlot), and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon continues the rich history and hardcore fun of the series.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz Dual core CPU (any Core 2 Duo or AMD X2 or better)
    • Memory: 1GB (XP), 2GB (Vista), 2GB (Windows 7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 6 GB space free
    • Video Card: 512MB Video Card using Shader Model 3 or higher (Performance equivalent to an AMD Radeon 4350 or NVIDIA GeForce 7900)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Any Quad-core Intel or AMD Processor
    • Memory: 1GB (XP), 2GB (Vista), 2GB (Windows 7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 6 GB space free
    • Video Card: 1 GB Video Card using Shader Model 3 or higher (Performance equivalent to an NVIDIA 9800 or better)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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John
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This is not the EDF you were looking for. Has very little to do with the other games, was made by a western developer. Get EDF 4.1 instead.
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Partycrasher
( 75.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Returned to this after trying 4.1. Personally found this much more fun and playable 'out of the box' - where it falls down IMO is in holding your interest in the long term. Pros and cons below.

What I liked:
- very fun to pick up and play 'out of the box'
- nice variety of classes to suit different playstyles
- all classes feel fun to play from the start
- controls for each class 'feel' right (and are fully customisable)
- more of a gritty 'Starship Troopers' aesthetic for the suits than the anime look of 4.1 (personal preference)
- good variety of weapons for each class (and fun to use) - but a bit limited within tiers (see below)
- amusing dialogue (though this does get old)

What I didn't like:
- huge amount of grinding for xp and cash at higher tiers - despite the fun gameplay, I suspect that a lot of people would eventually get bored and stop playing before reaching the final tier given the limited choice of missions (see below).
- very limited number of missions compared to say 4.1 - makes the above grinding feel more 'grindy', even with the 'Remix' option
- most of the missions are pretty long - and you have to complete them to get any reward - again, not very friendly for the amount of farming/grinding required to progress at higher tiers.
- lack of variety in mission environments
- while there are a large number weapons to collect overall, the number for each class within each tier seems quite limited - makes weapon farming less interesting, especially at higher tiers.
- only 3 difficulty levels (I think 4.1 has 5)
- dumb AI team-mates (though still better than nothing)
- 'Survival mode' wasted by only allowing one class and limited weapon choice.
- while the a design of the suits and ravagers is nice, the environmental graphics look really basic by today's standards, with really limited graphics options.
- Ticks

What I'd like to have seen (perhaps by DLC):
- many more missions and environments
- many more weapons at higher tiers
- updated graphics
- a survival mode that allows you to use any of your existing suits and weapons
- more randomisation in Remix mode, not just enemy types, but spawn points, objective locations etc.
- more enemy types
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Reknahs
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I picked this up upon hearing that EDF 4.1 was coming to Steam, and I wanted to try out the gameplay, I'm glad I did, this game was extremely entertaining. The gameplay is simple but satisfying. You pick one of 4 characters, equip some weapons, and kill tons of enemies. Think Serious Sam only as a 3rd person shooter. You usually have certain objectives to complete in game although they aren't complicated, mostly a way to get you to move to a different area. There are also plenty of vehicles and turrets to help you. The game looks nice for a 7th gen game, but in my opinion the sound mixing is a little off, so you may want to tinker a bit in the menu. A good 360 port overall though. You might think fighting tons of enemies might get boring, but the action stays engaging. The game is pretty short however, there are 15 levels but different difficulties. Don't just jump into the highest difficulty however. You need to get weapons during the level, which you then buy using in game money you earn from missions. Your character level and weapons carry over which is how you survive on higher difficulties. It's a bit grindy but the gameplay is fun you won't notice. The biggest issue is probably the larger enemies which can get bullet spongey. FIghting huge enemies and carriers can get a bit repetitive, even if you're at a decent level.

Overall a really fun, albeit short shooter. It has it's flaws but at it's price I'd recommend it for some mindless fun.
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Rex Draco
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Disclaimer~ I have played this more on the PS3 version of game

I've heard so many negative things about this game. This is odd, because the reviews are very positive on the Steam page. The negativity seems to be very similar to what Duke Nukem Forever struggled with. Players that remember the previous titles wanted a specific experience the new one didn't deliver on. Like Duke Nukem Forever, this game isn't actually that bad as long you judge it for itself rather than the others.

I have not played the previous title of Earth Defense Force. I can only say that my experience with this title was simply positive. Do I think this is the best thing since gravy? No. I will say this was a better Starship Troopers game than the actual Starship Troopers game.

The gameplay is okay. It's not too slow, it feels like it's actiony enough for it to be arguably be considered fast paced. While it is fun at first, I will say that the weapons you start with get very dull after awhile. All the enemies you fight, they have a lot of health. This causes you to resent yourself for choosing any of the fully automatic weapons later in the game. The solution is to have slower rate of fire weapons or missile based weapons.

It gets more tedious, however, when you start unlocking the good weapons that hit the targets for you by heat seeking them. You could literally aim at the sky and the missiles will figure out the rest for you. This basically means that you don't even have to play the game anymore to play the game.

This is sad, because I feel it could be very gun to combat against enemies with a variety of firepower instead of feeling I have to use specific type of weapons. I cannot help but feel a simple solution would be to just make each weapon have different strengths and weaknesses rather than just saying "these are the best weapons, you unlock them later."

The player can also pick classes of soldier, which is an interesting touch. There is one with a jetpack, another that's compensating speed for other perks, etc. You can pick based on your playstyle. Downside when playing online? The fastest player gets all the kills and all the tanks sorta just show up late to the party, thus you can argue you're being punished for picking the armor class soldier. Though, not as punishing as being the one guy that picks a cannon based weapon while the other players spam rockets into the sky and hits everything in the area.

The enemy diversity isn't drastically huge, it's pretty limited. It isn't so small that you will get bored right away, but it does tarnish replay value. That's the same with the actual missions, they're all the same. The game just doesn't feel interesting as far as goals or purpose. You sorta just play to kill.

Online has some expected choices, such as survival. It's okay, it's not super enjoyable because of the weapons once again as earlier mentioned. The main attraction is just coop for the main game, the "story" I guess we'll call it.

Overall, it's a positive experience. It's an okay game, kinda like how some B-Movies are an okay movie. You might not play that movie a whole lot, you'll watch it every time and again. This game? I beaten it on PS3 for single player and never touched it since. I have a hard time wanting to play it on PC. I do think $10 is worth it, but maybe even wait for a sale.

6/10

Pros-
Cheap game, good experience
Gameplay is pretty fun and exciting at first.
Some variety of player customization, such as weapons and character class
You fight giant bugs
You get what you paid for.

Cons-
Replay value is low
Gameplay is pretty lacking for the long term, it's like a firework. Exciting at first, then you realized you've spent some money on something for very temporary satisfaction that could have gone elsewhere.
The game feels lacking and empty as far as content goes, even though I cannot figure out as to why.
Some weapons are poorly balanced, some are easily spammed and take any skill out of the game, thus all the satisfaction of playing. Ruins the game for other players as well that don't get to kill anything because of their power.

6/10. A positive experience. Not a bad game, but not great.
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sitesb
( 142.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I don't get the negativity for this game. It seems like people generally think this was a bad entry into the franchise, but I haven't seen the problems.

The game is about 20 minutes of new and unique content, interspersed with immense amounts of grind. You get more powerful weapons with credits and random drops. You need more powerful weapons and higher levels as missions proceed, because the difficulty curve is wildly inconsistent and enemies become bullet sponges very quickly. Thus, to proceed you get to the point where you grind early levels for the credits and random drops required to progress. To my understanding that is the series formula.


The AI is terrible, and often suicidally runs into combat. The enemies aren't challenging, but they tend to attack in the middle of reloading animations and double the time they take. The achievements are...frustrating time sinks. I think the worst part of this game is that you have to grind through it an immense amount of times, because the separate classes all require experience building and the purchase of new weapons to make them viable.


All of this said, the game is good stupid fun. Grab a couple of friends, spend an afternoon grinding, and completely forget about the game two days later. It costs less than some movie tickets, doesn't aspire to being something high concept or avant garde, and revels in stupidity (if you beat the last level on the highest difficulty you'll know exactly what I mean.



All in all it's a good game. Not great, deeply flawed, buggy for a long time (the radar function was enabled my default for the longest time, removing the need for the support unit's special ability), but satisfyingly shallow and fun. Maybe 4.1 will be better, but I can't really say I'm unhappy about this game.
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deadpooh!?
( 35.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
This is a fun solo game, but much more fun if you are playing it with your friends. I've played this game and 2025 back on my ps3, I wish they port 2025 to PC too. Both are good games. But for those who wants to get 100% will have to do lots and lots of grinding. But if you are doing it with some friends, you wont get bored.

Pros:
- Dynasty Warriors like with guns vs insects.
- Various kinds of weapons, shotgun, rifle, rocket launcher, missile, sniper, and the ultimate weapon, pesticide.
- Destructible environments
- Huge enemies and bosses (some)
- Four classes to choose, adds minor to moderate gameplay experience
- Friendly fire is always on
- EDF!!!

Cons:
- Tons and tons of friggin grinding to get 100%
- ♥♥♥♥ing tickers
- Graphics a little bit outdated
- Friendly fire is always on
- AI is dumb, but good for meat shield

Buy it if you like PvE games, its worth the price and the fun.
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mikeinazq
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Bug and giant robot killing at it's best! Just don't go into this game expecting to much and you'll have a great time.
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THC** FIREston
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Started playing it again to prepare and hype myself up for EDF 4.1, I remember this game being fun but not this fun! Having a blast playing it second time around really enjoying it with my buddies! Makes me feel like a starship trooper!

8/10
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Bozon Higgsa
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Hard to review this game, because my cold, analytic mind says - it's weak.
But cold mind is not thing, that understands fun. And this game - for me - is lots of fun.
If you like Godzilla , or any other "aliens trying to destroy Earth with giant creatures" movies this game is for you. Concept is simple. Just you, few other guys and hundreds of enormous insects you need to kill. Epic battles, tons of stupid enemies, pletora of wepons, mechs, tanks, and gigantic bosses.

If you are oldschool gamer, who remember and enjoyed games like Incoming, EDF IA is game for you. If you need to relax without focusing on any other thing than shooting, you should try it. If you value good story or variety and depth in gameplay, stay away. And if you suffer from arachnofobia, this is good way to lay your vengeance upon eight legged kind.

Pros
-Epic Battles with hundreds of enemies
-Lots of guns
-You can destroy almost everything you see
-Funny radio chatter

Cons
-Gets repetitive quickly
-Simple visual
-No ending (seriously. No outro, no credits, nothing)
-Dull boss fight (just shot tons of bullets unil its dead, and don't get yourself killed in the process)
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Fox
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Oh the bugs! Oh the robots! Oh the corny graphics! If you like blowing $H!T UP this is the game for you, just remember.. FRICKIN SPIDERS DIE FIRST! Cause well they suck.
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Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game is good, but there are thousands of bugs and it gets really annoying. I cant play the game for a minute without coming accross a bug, and it gets very frustrating.
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Recommended
67.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
"When you get to hell, tell them The EDF sent ya!"
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If you enjoy ridiculous over-the-top arcade co-op shooters, then Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a wonderful, if flawed, little title that can provide you and your friends with many fun evenings of slaughtering giant insects, robots and aircraft by the hundreds (per level). No familiarity with the rest of the series is needed, and it's very easy to pick up and get right into it.

It should be noted that, unfortunately, Insect Armageddon stands as the weakest core entry in the EDF series, as it takes quite a few tumbles and misses several elements that made previous titles so fun and engaging - mainly the scale of the battles. The number and size of the enemies you fight, and the areas in which you fight them, feel almost dollhouse-like, when compared to previous games. Enemies simply aren't nearly as massive or numerous as they once were, and the problem is amplified by the fact that enemies spawn into levels in groups, instead of all of them being present when you start the level, as was usually the case in previous games. You do get an encounter with one massive enemy unit during the final level, but the comparative scale of it is still somewhat underhwelming, and you don't even get to fight this enemy. There is also a lot more grinding, as collecting weapons isn't enough here - you also need to collect points to purchase them, once you've picked them up in-game; and once you get to tier 5 or so, the weapons get expensive enough to require quite a few repeat playthroughs to unlock. And really, the game feels somewhat rushed and unfinished overall, especially with the campaign - it is simply far too short, and ends very much on a whimper (even with the Inferno ending).

But here's the great thing about EDF - even its worst game is still a pretty good time, which Insect Armageddon really is, even with all the gripes I just listed. The core combat is just a lot of fun, and a lot of the things that IA got right really make it a blast. Movement feels excellent, especially when properly utilizing sprinting and dodge-rolling; you can essentially dance around enemies during combat, and it's quite a joy. You've also got multiple classes to choose from, which have different types of play, and their own advantages/disadvantages - the Viper class is a usual favorite, as it has a jetpack and it feels really satisfying to be able to fly around the battlefield, while shooting insects (though make sure you land before emptying your clip, as your weapon reload eats the same energy as your jetpack does). The environments are fully destructible, so you can quite literally reduce the entire city area that you are playing in to nothing but rubble, if you're so inclined. The character dialogue is often good for a laugh as well, with intentionally useless advice from your HQ, and a squad of endearingly earnest and enthusiastic soldiers that simply can't contain how excited they are about being part of the EDF, and fighting alien bugs.

Thankfully, even with how short the campaign is, the game is still very replayable thanks to the fun combat and levels, and additional game modes - Campaign Remix is sort of the New Game+ mode of IA - you get to play through the campaign levels again, except with different enemy layout, with different enemy types. You've also got Survival mode, which is exactly what it sounds like, and is quite a bit of fun.

But, like many games of its type, where IA really shines is in its co-op, if you've got a buddy or two to play with. The campaign can be played cooperatively by up to 3 players, though there's also a survival mode with a maximum of 6 players. The current multiplayer scene is a ghost town, though, so don't expect to find any random games. You really need to arrange it with some friends beforehand, but if you do - you can all expect to have a swell time.

Despite being a comparatively weak entry in the EDF series, Insect Armageddon is still a solid and fun title, and is worth your time. Because of its unfinished nature, perhaps you'd be wise to consider picking it up during a sale. Or, since EDF 4.1 is now on Steam as well, and it is unquestionably the best game in the series yet, you might be better off picking that instead. However if 4.1's price is a bit too daunting for you, or if you suffer from the crippling technical errors that its PC port has (like I do), then I'd say that Insect Armageddon is still worth picking up.
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Recommended
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
This is a fun solo game, but much more fun if you are playing it with your friends. I've played this game and 2025 back on my ps3, I wish they port 2025 to PC too. Both are good games. But for those who wants to get 100% will have to do lots and lots of grinding. But if you are doing it with some friends, you wont get bored.

Pros:
- Dynasty Warriors like with guns vs insects.
- Various kinds of weapons, shotgun, rifle, rocket launcher, missile, sniper, and the ultimate weapon, pesticide.
- Destructible environments
- Huge enemies and bosses (some)
- Four classes to choose, adds minor to moderate gameplay experience
- Friendly fire is always on
- EDF!!!

Cons:
- Tons and tons of friggin grinding to get 100%
- ♥♥♥♥ing tickers
- Graphics a little bit outdated
- Friendly fire is always on
- AI is dumb, but good for meat shield

Buy it if you like PvE games, its worth the price and the fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I picked this up upon hearing that EDF 4.1 was coming to Steam, and I wanted to try out the gameplay, I'm glad I did, this game was extremely entertaining. The gameplay is simple but satisfying. You pick one of 4 characters, equip some weapons, and kill tons of enemies. Think Serious Sam only as a 3rd person shooter. You usually have certain objectives to complete in game although they aren't complicated, mostly a way to get you to move to a different area. There are also plenty of vehicles and turrets to help you. The game looks nice for a 7th gen game, but in my opinion the sound mixing is a little off, so you may want to tinker a bit in the menu. A good 360 port overall though. You might think fighting tons of enemies might get boring, but the action stays engaging. The game is pretty short however, there are 15 levels but different difficulties. Don't just jump into the highest difficulty however. You need to get weapons during the level, which you then buy using in game money you earn from missions. Your character level and weapons carry over which is how you survive on higher difficulties. It's a bit grindy but the gameplay is fun you won't notice. The biggest issue is probably the larger enemies which can get bullet spongey. FIghting huge enemies and carriers can get a bit repetitive, even if you're at a decent level.

Overall a really fun, albeit short shooter. It has it's flaws but at it's price I'd recommend it for some mindless fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
75.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Returned to this after trying 4.1. Personally found this much more fun and playable 'out of the box' - where it falls down IMO is in holding your interest in the long term. Pros and cons below.

What I liked:
- very fun to pick up and play 'out of the box'
- nice variety of classes to suit different playstyles
- all classes feel fun to play from the start
- controls for each class 'feel' right (and are fully customisable)
- more of a gritty 'Starship Troopers' aesthetic for the suits than the anime look of 4.1 (personal preference)
- good variety of weapons for each class (and fun to use) - but a bit limited within tiers (see below)
- amusing dialogue (though this does get old)

What I didn't like:
- huge amount of grinding for xp and cash at higher tiers - despite the fun gameplay, I suspect that a lot of people would eventually get bored and stop playing before reaching the final tier given the limited choice of missions (see below).
- very limited number of missions compared to say 4.1 - makes the above grinding feel more 'grindy', even with the 'Remix' option
- most of the missions are pretty long - and you have to complete them to get any reward - again, not very friendly for the amount of farming/grinding required to progress at higher tiers.
- lack of variety in mission environments
- while there are a large number weapons to collect overall, the number for each class within each tier seems quite limited - makes weapon farming less interesting, especially at higher tiers.
- only 3 difficulty levels (I think 4.1 has 5)
- dumb AI team-mates (though still better than nothing)
- 'Survival mode' wasted by only allowing one class and limited weapon choice.
- while the a design of the suits and ravagers is nice, the environmental graphics look really basic by today's standards, with really limited graphics options.
- Ticks

What I'd like to have seen (perhaps by DLC):
- many more missions and environments
- many more weapons at higher tiers
- updated graphics
- a survival mode that allows you to use any of your existing suits and weapons
- more randomisation in Remix mode, not just enemy types, but spawn points, objective locations etc.
- more enemy types
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Recommended
142.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
I don't get the negativity for this game. It seems like people generally think this was a bad entry into the franchise, but I haven't seen the problems.

The game is about 20 minutes of new and unique content, interspersed with immense amounts of grind. You get more powerful weapons with credits and random drops. You need more powerful weapons and higher levels as missions proceed, because the difficulty curve is wildly inconsistent and enemies become bullet sponges very quickly. Thus, to proceed you get to the point where you grind early levels for the credits and random drops required to progress. To my understanding that is the series formula.


The AI is terrible, and often suicidally runs into combat. The enemies aren't challenging, but they tend to attack in the middle of reloading animations and double the time they take. The achievements are...frustrating time sinks. I think the worst part of this game is that you have to grind through it an immense amount of times, because the separate classes all require experience building and the purchase of new weapons to make them viable.


All of this said, the game is good stupid fun. Grab a couple of friends, spend an afternoon grinding, and completely forget about the game two days later. It costs less than some movie tickets, doesn't aspire to being something high concept or avant garde, and revels in stupidity (if you beat the last level on the highest difficulty you'll know exactly what I mean.



All in all it's a good game. Not great, deeply flawed, buggy for a long time (the radar function was enabled my default for the longest time, removing the need for the support unit's special ability), but satisfyingly shallow and fun. Maybe 4.1 will be better, but I can't really say I'm unhappy about this game.
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Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Started playing it again to prepare and hype myself up for EDF 4.1, I remember this game being fun but not this fun! Having a blast playing it second time around really enjoying it with my buddies! Makes me feel like a starship trooper!

8/10
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Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
Pros:

Full of bugs.

Cons:

Full of bugs.
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Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
good game, many bug to shoot
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