Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
is in stores now, and gamers nationwide are taking out their perfectly
legitimate aggressions for irrationally over-sized mega insects with a
few good headshots. But as much as the game lets us kill these eight
legged freaks, bazillapedes and pupa piles, our planet is filled with
many, many more disgusting bugs that could use a good soldier squashing.
That's why we rounded up a deadly and vile lineup of real world bugs
that we want to destroy in Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. Think
of it as part National Geographic research piece, half dramatic field
guide for an insectoid apocalypse. Step on them, shoot them or spray
them with Raid. Just get these disgusting bugs out of our living rooms.
A lowly pre-metamorphosized form of a butterfly, the Terran species
devours leaves and vegetation to stockpile nutrients for its prolonged
hibernation. It's fairly harmless, and fuzzy if touched.
Caterpillar as an Alien
Instead of leaves, let's make this guy capable of eating concrete, steel
and glass. Ingesting Earthly material lets this alien horror stockpile
material it uses to create alien cocoons or weapons or something.
Whatever the results are, the sight of a mile-long gargantuan
caterpillar tearing apart a skyscraper like a robotic Japanese tentacle
would give the most stalwart EDF soldier the shakes. It certainly would
be more fearsome than a 100 meter tall walking robot.
Known also as Pond Skaters, these insects are famous for their ability
to walk on water. Their legs are designed to keep from breaking the
surface tension of water, allowing them to stay atop water and hunt
unlucky prey who are drowning.
Water Strider as an Alien Ravager
Imagine a pack of very fast, very agile four-legged creepy crawlies
using anti-gravity tech to "walk" on surfaces. Now give them
super-laser-deathray-machine guns and sic them on EDF fire teams. You'll
have a classy Battle: Los Angeles instantly! And despite their speed,
they will be infinitely easier to hit (since they are on the ground)
than those darn wasps!
You probably have a ton of these in your pillow and don't know it. These
are the small insects that eat dead flesh and whatever organic matter
they can find. If you go to sleep and wake up with a stuffed nose, you
could be breathing in mites living in your old (2 to 3 years) pillow and
not know it.
Dust Mite as an Alien Ravager
Mites would probably be another swarming enemy, and there are plenty of
those. So...what if alien technology have small groups of these
surface-hugging mites the ability to emit deadly beams from afar?
Imagine that -- a squad of building-clinging snipers pinging you with
lasers from afar until they are taken down.
Walking Stick/Walking Leaf
This is a type of mantis that resembles a tree's twig or leaf. It can
remain still and unmoving for long periods of time. This ability,
coupled with its shape (twig or leaf), makes the Walking Stick difficult
for its predators to spot in arboreal biomes.
Walking Stick (or Leaf) as an Alien Ravager
Not that there's that many giant sized fronds for a 40 foot long Ravager
to hide as in an urban setting, but adapting to the world, perhaps we
could have alien lampposts or slabs of asphalt where these alien
bastards can set up ambushes on the EDF? Imagine hurrying to the next
firefight down an "abandoned" street and the poles start moving (along
with the road)? A freakish and unpleasant surprise indeed!
A beetle which has an abdominal aperture that emits a high-speed stream
of acid. The acid is more of an irritant than an attack -- think of this
beetle as the skunk of the insect world, and you can't go wrong.
Bombardier Beetle as an Alien Ravager
If you watched Paul Verhoeven's movie adaptation of "Starship Troopers",
the plasma bugs are what bombardier beetles would be. As a Ravager,
they may form artillery sections you would have been tasked to take
Scorpions are technically arachnids and not insects, resembmling a
land-evolved version of the lobster. They have poison stingers, which
serve as a means to paralyze their prey. In some areas of the world,
they are considered delicacies as well as pests.
Scorpion as an Alien Ravager
See Kingdom Under Fire The Crusaders. We think some game designers have
already tapped into exploiting the bug/insect genre already!