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Earth Defense Force: Monkey Armageddon

I did my share of defending America’s (and Earth’s!) independence from giant insect overlords this weekend, but it turns out that was only the first wave. This week’s new releases challenges you to fight against a new group of threats, whether they be human, alien, or… simian?

The evil Ravager aliens return in D3’s Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. The sequel to the 360-exclusive Earth Defense Force 2017, Insect Armageddon finally brings the thrill of shooting swarms of 20-foot-tall ants to the PlayStation 3. That’s pretty much all there is to it: Expect to mow down wave after wave of giant ants, spiders, and robots (obviously) with an ever-increasing arsenal of weapons. It sounds shallow, but the original game was addictive and more fun than it had the right to be, possibly due to it feeling like being right in the middle of an awful SyFy channel movie, right down to the unintentionally hilarious dialogue. Insect Armageddon also adds much-needed online co-op for up to three players, so you won’t have to confront your arachnophobia alone.

If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, you might want to take a look at the new Ape Escape game for the PlayStation Move, suitably titled PlayStation Move Ape Escape. This PSN game comes with a handful of levels and a selection of motion-controlled tools to help you round up those pesky, belightbulbed monkeys that have been running rampant since the 1960s. The gameplay is simple and straightforward, but it’s actually kind of fun and it looks great. Also, I think those cartoon monkeys are kind of hilarious. There’s a demo in the PlayStation Store if you want to test your ape-catching skills first.

Lastly, in case you missed our Twitter giveaway last week, the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception multiplayer beta is now available to all PlayStation 3 owners. It’s basically the same multiplayer formula that Naughty Dog put together for Uncharted 2, but they’ve added a cool buddy system and some new abilities that add a few more layers of depth to the gameplay, which was already pretty brilliant to begin with. Once you’ve downloaded it, be sure to check back regularly since they’re rotating through different maps and game modes for the duration of the beta.

Have you already had a chance to try the Uncharted beta? Let us know what you think in the comments!

For a full list of this week’s releases, check out Tech-Gaming or