Unique but uninspired shooter has loads of fantasy violence.
Common Sense Media
9 October 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a first-person shooter with lots of alien blood, frenetic gunfire, and frequent explosions. However, the action is fantastical. Instead of attacking humans, players take down a force of enormous alien insects to prevent further destruction on Earth. The alien blood is green or orange, not red, and human injuries are much less graphic.
Excerpt: While I can’t say I’ve ever seen a cheesy ‘50’s B-movie, I’m pretty sure I know what to expect after playing Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. Ridiculous monsters, convoluted plot, over the top action—yes, I’m confident that the team over at Vicious Cycle Software watched just a few too many cheesy 1950’s movies during development. I’m also confident in saying that the end product of all those late-night monster movie marathons paid off.
Pros: Run ‘n’ gun fun, new multiplayer modes and classes
Cons: Short campaign, bad weapon management system
Review: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (Microsoft Xbox 360)
22 September 2011
Summary: : Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon carries on the tradition established by Earth Defense Force: 2017 well enough to be a worthwhile purchase for fans and newcomers alike, and while it’s not a fully faithful effort, it’s still a fun and well designed product. The story is serviceable and suitably cheesy (if on purpose this time) and the game generally looks and sounds good, though there are minor issues in both areas.
Excerpt: Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon is one of those games that will take you back to the era of arcade gaming, an era long gone where games didn’t feature incredibly deep narratives or complex gameplay mechanics; back then games were just fun. It’s worth noting at this point that this is a budget title and as such you’ll need to forgive it for certain shortcomings [ We've looked at other D3 games in the past - Ed], for example the game slows to a snails pace when...
Excerpt: It's hard to pinpoint, to convey in words, exactly what makes Earth Defense Force a good game when it screams of inadequacy. The graphics are rudimentary, the fonts are horrendous and the script is laughable, but despite all of this, or perhaps even because of it, it remains great fun. Like its 2007 predecessor, Insect Armageddon taps into a very pure vein of gaming.
Excerpt: The premise of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is to put you and your friends in the lead roles of a classic monster movie. A massive force of insects has invaded and while Tokyo was the first target, now the bugs want the entire world. And that means even New Detroit is on the menu. You play as a member of an elite squad of EDF agents known as Lightning. While other ground troops and air assets are involved, you are the key to the operation.
Conclusion: It's a dead franchise now. Oh, and there's no Godzilla battle. Imagine! 2017 repeated that Godzilla encounter about 4 times because it was so good, but you will have to return to that game if you ever want to shoot a massive Dinosaur in the cock. 4 times.
Conclusion: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is one of those titles that are obviously made for a certain audience. Being a budget title, it’s a rare find. Very few budget titles look the part, play the part and are actually loads of fun. With a price point of $40, it makes the game a more attractive property for PS3 and Xbox 360 to own.
Excerpt: In this modern era of HD presentations and multi-million dollar budgets, we seem to have forgotten something - video games, above all else are supposed to be fun. And call me crazy, but shooting a giant ant in the face with a bazooka is all kinds of fun.