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Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon – why you should care

Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon – why you should care

One thing we miss on the PS3 is the ability to detonate giant ants, to incinerate leaping (giant) spiders and to shoot giant robots so they make a satisfying ‘pang-pang-pang’ noise. We don’t have Earth Defence Force 2017 on PS3, so there’s nothing to sate these desires. That is, unless Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon makes its way to Sony’s console.

The last game in the series, exclusive to Xbox 360, was unpolished, didn’t look great, commonly dropped to about four frames per second and had a broken achievements system. It remains one of the best examples of ‘pure fun’ gaming. The satisfaction that comes with getting a ridiculously large rocket launcher and levelling a skyscraper in trying to bring down a marauding alien robot is something that most games don’t even bother trying to emulate these days. This makes us sad. Insect Armageddon’s recent tease at PAX makes us very, very happy.

The original two Earth Defence Force games – known as Global Defence Force and Monster Attack – were released on PS2, so we do have a vested interest in the series. There have been no platforms announced for the new game, but we really do hope it makes its way to PS3 – possibly a budget release via PSN.

It’s one of the most ridiculous, over-the-top and downright stupid series ever made. This is why you should care. For a soldier to say: “we’re on an exciting underground adventure!” while a part of an invasion force sent to destroy a subterranean hive inhabited by ants the size of double decker buses… it just beggars belief why this isn’t the most popular set of games ever made.

EDF: Insect Armageddon – we know nothing about you, but we’re ridiculously excited by you. Hurry up and get here – it’s not like you need to spend time being polished now, is it?

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