The Earth is screwed. Or at least that’s how things seem when you boot up Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. Our planet has been attack by a giant race of ant-like aliens, and it’s up to you and the Earth Defense Force to stomp them out.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: this is not a triple-A title. Nor does it have any ambitions of being such. It’s budget price and low-quality production values clearly indicate that notion. With that said, B-movie experiences can be enjoyable in their own way (I’m looking at you, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand). Does Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon provide a fun experience at a budget price?
Before the start of each level, you can choose what class of soldier you’d like to go to battle with. The two I tried were Battle and Jet. The battle class is essentially a slow-moving tank with big guns. I personally didn’t find that class to be very fun or effective to play as. The Jet class however, seemed like the clear winner. Though the weapons are weaker, you get the added mobility of a jet pack. As you play with each class, you’ll gain experience points, which unlock more armour and guns.
Once you’re dropped into the level, you’re tasked with completing one objective after the other. However, those objectives don’t pan out into anything meaningful. Basically, the game devolves into the most mindless of shooters. Shoot ants, walk to the next check point, shoot more ants, blow up an anthill, repeat. The shooting is competent, but the story doesn’t do anything to cover up the repetitive formula. To be fair, I’m not very far into the game, but from what I’ve read about it, the game doesn’t really evolve from that.
Playing the game online or with a friend locally could buoy the experience a bit, but there’s so little to the game that’s it’s hard to not just recommend playing any other third person shooter besides this one. At best, this feels like it’s an ironic romp with a buddy for an hour before moving onto something else.