Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. Just hearing the name tells you enough: It’s unquestionably a B title and does nothing to disguise this fact. After having played the game, this indeed turns out to be true, because the game radiates it in everything. Just as a B-movie can be very entertaining, so is some games. However, does this also apply to Insect Armageddon?
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a third-person shooter where you and a team must defeat hordes of insect-like aliens. Since there is no backstory and plot, the game is all about shooting these creatures. You have the option to complete missions or simply kill as many beasts as possible, either alone or with a friend.
It really doesn’t matter which mode you choose, because in the end it comes down to the same thing: being constantly bombarded by insects, which you then have to shoot. The missions that you choose in the campaign do nothing to change this. Walk to this point, defend that point or take out this beast. In fact, Earth Defense Force is a shell with action as its only content.
The bad thing, however, is that this action is not convincing. As expected, all you do is constantly press the trigger and mow down aliens. The boredom immediately sets in, because variation is nowhere to be seen. You may kill all the aliens, but there is also a chance that you will die…
It doesn’t matter
…but it doesn’t matter. Not only are you quickly revived by your teammates, but the lack of a shell means there is no higher purpose whatsoever. What are you doing it for? Save the world? You simply don’t have a real bond because the characters you play with don’t have their own faces, they lack a plot and the game doesn’t require you to have a few brain cells.
The city in which Insect Armageddon takes place is almost completely destructible, there are more than two hundred weapons available and you can choose from several classes, but this does not change the game at all. Eventually you’ll blast through until you reach the end. Insect Armageddon wants to offer you pure fun by only presenting you with action, similar to a Bulletstorm, but does not achieve this ideal because the game only embraces clichés, so that it doesn’t really excel at anything.
It’s perfectly clear what Insect Armageddon wants to be: a third-person shooter that lets you shoot arcade-like and mindless beasts. The only problem, however, is that this doesn’t provide any fun at all, making the only fun thing about Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is that the game fails in every way.