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XBox 360 Review: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

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If there’s one thing in this world I really dislike, it would be bugs. If you’re like me, you’ll find Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon from Vicious Cycle loads of fun to play. Thousands of gigantic robotic bugs threaten mankind’s existence and the elite Earth Defense Force has to stop them.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon expands the Earth Defense Force 2017 universe that was developed by Sandlot. The game takes place in New Detroit and you play Lightning Alpha — the leader of an elite fighting team called Strike Force Lightning. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a typical arcade shooter-style game where you can arm soldiers with up to 300 different weapons you can purchase or pick up after they’re dropped. Every level you gain allows you to upgrade your armor to a total of four different types.

You go through three different “chapters” in the game. Each chapter has a lot of different levels to advance through. Basically, each chapter has different missions you have to accomplish. You’re told what the mission is, whether that’s blow up the ant hill or demolish all the spiders. As you accomplish each goal, you advance with better armor and better weapons and move onto the next mission.

In campaign mode, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon allows you to play alone, with a friend, or online. You are one of a group of three players in campaign mode. Survival mode gives you the option of playing with up to six different players online. The graphics are pretty good and the action is non-stop throughout the game. There are no boring moments to be found at all and the great range of weapons means that there are lots of different ways to play that will keep your interest.

My 14-year-old son loves playing this game. He likes that you can completely destroy the entire city from the hot dog stands all the way up to the skyscrapers. The variety of weapons means that he can use everything from a sniper rifle to a grenade launcher. The only thing that he doesn’t like about the game was the lack of a instructions manual included. Yes, you can download it online but it’s not the same thing.

If you’re looking for a new shooter game for your teen, I’d recommend this one. The action is great. The price is reasonable. As far as shooter-type games, the violence level is really not that bad and it still manages to keep them interested for hours.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Animated Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Violence. This game can also be found on: PS3.


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Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.