Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
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. Parents should also note that there are some pictures of women in revealing outfits in a bonus menu, and that light profanity is sprinkled throughout the voice-over dialogue.
What's it about?
EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: INSECT ARMAGEDDON takes place in a world overtaken by humongous invading alien insects. Players work with fellow soldiers in an elite unit called the Earth Defense Force as they try to mitigate the utter chaos and mayhem taking place around the planet. Parts of the story are under-developed, including references to how the insects invaded in the first place, leaving players focused more on the constant battles and shooting than the actual story behind all the action.
Is it any good?
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon scores points for having a unique concept; after all, how many games are there about an invading race of giant alien insects? However, the action -- including gameplay and battle controls -- is rather uninspired, leaving players with little strategy other than to shoot enormous bugs, ants, and cockroaches until they die. The mere fact that the enemy force is different than what we see in standard first-person shooter fare may pique players' curiosity, but those hoping for a fulfilling gameplay experience may end up feeling largely underwhelmed.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the impact of media violence. How is the violence in this game different from real life?
Families can also discuss what they may have learned from the other members of the Earth Defense Force. How do you react in tough real-life situations?