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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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The dialogue in the game has an edgy tone and includes the words "bastard," "damn," and "hell."
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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.
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.
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