PAXEast Hands-On Preview – Earth Defense Force 2
Earth Defense Force 2017 was one of the premiere budget titles of the current generation. Being part Dynasty Warriors and part Starship Troopers, the core of the game involved running through massive city levels shooting giant insects and robots while collecting powerups and new weapons, it had a very arcade feel to it in my opinion and was fantastic fun. With a huge amount of levels and weapons there was no short order of content, especially when considering the $39.99 price tag but it was missing just one major component that could have sent this game from video game cult classic to B-grade masterpiece, online cooperative play. With the new title in the series, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, D3 Publisher has listened to the fans and made this necessary upgrade a reality.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon features 3 player co-op throughout the entire campaign, so now you and two other people can live your ultimate B-Movie Fantasies as members of the elite Earth Defense Force as they continue their attempt to foil the alien invasion of Japan (actually this entry takes place in an alternate reality, so they aren’t really continuing as the invasion is just starting). Gameplay remains largely the same as in the previous game (though it by an American team this time so it is much more playable), it is a pretty straight forward third person shooter; though the missions are a little more varied than they were previously, you won’t have missions where killing every ant is your main objective. I was told that there were less levels than there were before, but that they were much longer in legnth so it balanced out to about the same total campaign length The mission I played had me and my partners moving through the city closing up ant hills with ample amounts of explosives, killing ants and fighting giant robots and spaceships; it was a pretty average day for the guys at the EDF. It allowed me to try out the jet pack, which made getting around a ton easier than in the last game, especially the fact that it had a dash button; you can’t imagine how much I complained before about the sluggishly slow movement, and considering how huge the levels were you can imagine I complained I complained a lot. There was a vehicle in the level as well, but I didn’t really get much use out of it and the control seemed a little awkward, perhaps in the final version I will get more in depth with them. I unfortunately only got to play the game for about 15 minutes but I could already tell it was a huge improvement to an already pretty fun game; I quite enjoyed the last one so I’m really looking forward to picking this one up and I know a few others who’ll also be getting getting it so I will be able to get some co-op in for the review.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is due out this Summer for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and will retain it’s $39.99 price tag, so don’t be a punk and pick this up. There is also an EDF flyswatter inside the PAXEast Swag Bag, so don’t forget to pop over to the contest page and enter for your chance to win.
*NOTE* I have a few more previews to do from PAXEast, but it has been a little difficult for the last few weeks so I am gonna be calling this the end of the PAXEast coverage. The Swag Bag contest will be ending tomorrow, April 6th, at 8pm, so get your final entries in before then. *NOTE END*