D3 Publisher Inc.’s Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 is a decent third-person squad-based shooter that includes offline and online combat against a mob of insects and machines.

The title includes offline solo or split-screen co-op, online campaign for up to three and online survival for up to six users.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Users can outfit their custom troop with more than 300 weapons, including assault rifles, rocket launchers, sniper rifles, turrets, and grenade launchers.

In addition, four upgradeable armor types are included.

Each level includes a multi-objective mission to travel toward a checkpoint and proceed to eliminate a swarm of Ravages. Bugs can claim territory from all directions at a quick pace to crawl on cars, buildings, and out of spawn points.

Controls are solid with great default aim properties and button configuration to jump, switch weapons, sprint and fire with ease.

The online mode is a blast for multiplayer combat, though an auto-matchmaking system can fail to connect a user. A lack of a lobby system requires users to repeatedly attempt to connect, which can result a full room or host disconnect message.

The graphics engine is decent at 30 frames-per-second. The title includes good character animation and building destruction, in addition to massive boss battles. The sound engine is standard with varied weapon fire and explosions.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a decent value title for shooting fans. The simple bug bash premise, solid controls, and serviceable online action is offers plenty of action for under $40.

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