Game Room: July Roundup

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
Photo: D3

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Publisher: D3
Systems: Xbox 360, PS3

With a name like "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon," it's hard not keep your expectations in check. It sounds like the afternoon movie sandwiched in between "Flu Bird Horror" and "Sharktopus" on Syfy and, luckily, that's pretty much exactly what you get with this budget shooter.

The plot, in short, is that gigantic bugs are taking over the world and you and your EDF team have to repel them. Lots and lots of them. Players work their way through the threadbare story chock full of ludicrous, silly dialogue, shooting, shooting and shooting some more.

Graphically, the game isn't going to win any awards, but environments and effects are acceptable, with very occasional framerate dips. The enemy AI is as brain dead as the remainder of the game, but the creatures attack with numbers -- rather than strategy -- like the bugs they are.

EDF: IA isn't likely to be remembered come game of the year time, but it's a fun, cheesy romp, especially with friends, that has some decent replay value if you're inclined to upgrade all of the classes. If you've ever found yourself on a Saturday afternoon hopelessly immersed in "Chupacabra: Dark Seas," this is the game for you.

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