Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Game Poster Image
Unique but uninspired shooter has loads of fantasy violence.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This game contains messages of camaraderie and friendship among members of the Earth Defense Force, which counteract, to a degree, the violence inherent in shooting down an invading alien force. It is well established that players and their allies are nice, dutiful citizens who are out to save the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players are the good guys in this game -- the "Earth Defense Force." Though they use violence to accomplish their objectives, their noble goal is to save the world from an overpowering alien force.

Ease of Play

Much of the combat in this game is about endurance -- shooting enemy after enemy after enemy -- rather than using complex strategies or controls. As such, it is fairly accessible as far as shooters go. That said, it's not a cakewalk either, since players get totally bombarded by the enemy insects. A good mix of offense and defense is needed to succeed in the game.

Violence

This is a first-person shooter set in an urban environment with both realistic-looking and fantastical weapons (machine guns, laser guns, rocket launchers, etc). The constant combat is highlighted by explosions, fire, and loud sound effects. However, the only enemies in the game are giant insects. The insects react with violent contortions and ooze green or orange (never red) blood. They can inflict damage on the player's character, who is human, but the action is easily divorced from real-life violence.

Sex

Players can view artwork and pictures from the game in a supplementary photo gallery feature. Some of these images include women in cleavage-exposing outfits and short shorts that seem intended to titillate players.

Language

The dialogue in the game has an edgy tone and includes the words "bastard," "damn," and "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBrioCyrain May 6, 2012

EDF!!!

A fun, indie shooter for those who love games that are pretty much a giant horde-mode.
Adult Written bymagreen9 September 27, 2014

Common sense media does not make common sense!

This game is a part of a M rated series but do not let that turn you off. This game does use guns, but you do not shoot humans. The "Ravagers" as they... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 8, 2011

depends on the kid

its okay for anyone over the age of five realy but my 11 year old niebor isnt alowd to play alot of t or some e10 games so he came to my house to play it when... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

Game details

For kids who love fast action

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