Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

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Digital FoundryEDF: Insect Armageddon Performance Analysis Video

A capped 30FPS on both consoles with added v-sync loveliness.

Digital FoundryEDF: Insect Armageddon PS3/360 Face-Off Video

Vicious Engine 2's first 360/PS3 outing is very close indeed.

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Earth Defense Force 5 announced for next year

Earth Defense Force 5 was announced during Sony's Tokyo Game Show conference this morning.

A new trailer showed giant spiders, ants and more falling from spaceships to destroy things on Earth - because that's what always happens in Earth Defense Force. This time there was a giant frog with a gun. Repeat: there was a giant frog with a gun.

Earth Defense Force 5 wil be out in 2017 on PS4 in Japan - maybe on other platforms, too, but there's no confirmation yet. Western release to be confirmed.

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New Earth Defense Force announced for PS4

New Earth Defense Force announced for PS4

I for one welcome our new insect overlords.

A new title in the Earth Defense Force series was announced for PS4 at Sony's Japanese press conference earlier today.

The upcoming title has yet to be named, and while D3 is still handling the publishing duties, we don't even know the developer. Sandlot handled 2007's Earth Defense Force 2017 and the upcoming Earth Defense Force 2025 - which came out earlier this summer in Japan - while Matt Hazard studio Vicious Cycle developed the series' last iteration Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon in 2011.

Though no info was given about this PS4 EDF game, we can postulate that it will have more giant bugs, killer robots, and possibly giant killer robot bugs than ever before. In the meantime we'll have to settle for Earth Defense Force 2025 when it comes out on Xbox 360 and PS3 in February.

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Earth Defense Forces 4 announced

Update: D3 issued the following statement regarding a Western release:

"Unfortunately I have no additional information that I can share about EDF4. The game is being released by D3 Japan and they will be handling the launch of the title in Japan. If more information becomes available to me, I'll be sure to keep you posted."

Original story: The fourth game in the beloved budget bug-shooting Earth Defense Force series has been announced by developer D3.

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Out This Week - 22/07/11

Juarez! Insect Armageddon! PS3 Double Packs!

This week sees gaming's first Western since last year's epic Red Dead Redemption. Can Call of Juarez: The Cartel compete? The third entry in Techland's cowboy series is taking a very bold tack - uprooting the shooting from the genre's classic timeframe and dumping gamers in the modern day.

Cheap This Week - 13/07/11

Crackdown! EDF! Child of Eden!

Welcome to Cheap This Week, our weekly selection of discounted games. There's a great selection of games available for good prices this week, including two hot pre-orders for less than 20 quid apiece. If you want still more cut-price gaming, make sure to visit home of cheap games on the internet: SavyGamer.co.uk.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

It shouldn't really be noteworthy that Earth Defense Force is a game about killing giant ants. That's because, back in the early years, all games were about killing giant ants - at least it seemed like they were. These days, games are about cinematic set-pieces and fluid dynamics. These days, games are about feelings. Who wants that, when these ants, right, have come down from outer space, and they aren't particularly friendly? You get to shoot them with assault rifles, shot guns and rocket launchers. It's brilliant.

EDF's previous instalments were made by the Japanese developer Sandlot, but Insect Armageddon moves the production - and the location of the ant-killing - to the US. I was a little worried, frankly, about how well the ants would travel. Would an American developer like Vicious Cycle pile on the cheese a little too knowingly and damage the B movie earnestness of the original games? Even worse, would it take the whole thing deadly seriously, throwing in cover, racial stereotype team-mates who say things like, "Aw hell yeah!" and "Aw hell no!" and heavy overtones suggesting that killing ants was some kind of analogy for the war on terror?

Luckily, none of this has happened (apart from the team-mates bit). It's ant-killing as usual, and all the new developers have really done to mix things up is opt for fewer, longer missions, and a little bit more in the way of internal structure.

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Earth Defense Force UK launch delayed

Earth Defense Force UK launch delayed

Namco Bandai recommends pre-ordering.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon's UK launch has been delayed by a week, Namco Bandai has confirmed to Eurogamer.

It now launches on 22nd July, having been down for release on 15th July.

"Apologies to all UK EDF fans of the slightly late launch in July," Namco Bandai UK PR and marketing boss Lee Kirton said on Twitter.

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EDF: Insect Armageddon release date

EDF: Insect Armageddon release date

Expect a buggy mess in July.

The follow-up to cult shooter Earth Defense Force 2017 will launch on 5th July.

Confirmation comes from the game's official Facebook page. That's how all the cool kids do it these days.

5th July is a Tuesday the day games launch in the US suggesting we Brits won't see it until Friday 8th July, but we're checking now.

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EDF: Insect Armageddon revealed

Budget bug blaster gets a sequel.

A follow-up to cult shooter Earth Defense Force 2017 is coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher D3 has announced.