- System: PC
- Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
- Developer: New World Interactive
- Release Date: Dec 12, 2018
- Rating: NR
- Genre: First Person Shooter
- Players: 32 Online
- Official Website: http://www.insurgency-sandstorm.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
The first thing to notice with Insurgency: Sandstorm is that it focuses solely on multiplayer gameplay. There is absolutely no single player aside from a tutorial mission and that means you’re going to be playing with and against others online. There are three main game modes to enjoy though depending on your style. We shall go through each of these modes in our review and tell you what we loved about them and what we disliked in equal measure. Now, let’s move onto the first game mode, co-op.
In co-op play, players join forces with several other players to take down objectives against the enemy AI. Your goal is to go from point to point accomplishing said objectives all while fighting a constant stream of enemies. This works incredibly well in Insurgency: Sandstorm due to the enemy AI’s high level of intelligence. The enemy will constantly launch waves of troops at you but don’t expect them to not fight back. While they might sometimes swarm into a home you’re defending or stand still—its AI we never expect perfection—they will often use smart tactics to stress you out. We loved hearing the enemy yell at us to die or to surrender which then in turn was followed by them aiming quickly at us and occasionally taking us down with ease.
We also loved the objectives themselves within Insurgency: Sandstorm. Objectives usually can be simple “hold this position” affairs or it can be more complex and have us blow up a crate of weapons or munitions. Each map and game felt different though as objectives weren’t always the same and it made us think on the fly on how to best approach the situation. Do we run in as a team to possibly get slaughtered by enemies who are lying in wait? Maybe we spread out and enter the building through multiple entrances? There is no right answer in Insurgency: Sandstorm and it kept battles feeling fresh and unexpected. Though we do hope for more maps later in the future as we seemed to play through all of them in our short time with Insurgency: Sandstorm.
The second game mode and third ones are a bit less to explain. Here, players engage with real life players in PVP combat. Teams of 16—so 32 in total—duke it out capturing objectives and killing one another. This is where Insurgency: Sandstorm shines brightest due to the high level of difference between an AI and a player. What could be a simple sabotage objective turns more complex when you have a sniper waiting to shoot you before you enter the building or a player hiding in wait behind the door. You will need to rely on teammates to make good moves and be there to help you. A bad team in Insurgency: Sandstorm will more often than not lead to a quick defeat. Also, let us mention briefly there is a ranked mode that pits you against better players and teams but we recommend entering that mode only when you’ve played a significant amount of Insurgency: Sandstorm.
Insurgency: Sandstorm works in terms of its content but it only works so well because the gameplay itself is spot on and super realistic. Guns have a very accurate feeling to them where spraying and praying will more times than not get you eliminated as you miss your intended target and leave yourself open for a clean hit. Even talking on the microphone can get you killed if you use proximity chat which allows you to chat with teammates close by but equally allows the enemy to hear your every word. Add this to maps that are hyper immersive with strong visuals and detail and you’re going to quickly see why Insurgency: Sandstorm is probably one of the more lifelike tactical shooters we’ve played in quite a while.
We’ll wrap up with a few gripes we did have while playing Insurgency: Sandstorm and equally some fears we have for its longevity. The biggest issue we ran into several times was mainly during the co-op modes. We noticed some rather odd glitches but this could be on our end and not on the game, but they did take us out of the immersion when they occurred. Our other worry is that while Insurgency: Sandstorm is a solid title, we hope it continues to be loved by the player base and the developers. Rainbow Six: Siege is doing well thanks to numerous updates, add-ons and constant patches to keep the game running smoothly and to give players new content to enjoy. Insurgency: Sandstorm needs this if it wants to be a solid multiplayer only title as the maps we played can become repetitive after months we feel.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Strong visuals with an impressive amount of realism
- Solid co-op mode
- Fun pvp
- Great use of sound to make Insurgency: Sandstorm feel quite real
- We’ve run into numerous glitches and strange occurrences on our PC
- Will need constant additions in the future to keep the player base from leaving