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Insurgency: Sandstorm

An outlier in the over-saturated shooter market

by
Raymond Bakker
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 15:13 GMT
12 min.
Review: Insurgency: Sandstorm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 15:13 GMT
by
Raymond Bakker


In December indie development studio New World Interactive released its shooter game Insurgency: Sandstorm following a seemingly last-minute decision to delay the game in September. How does it play now that it has had more time in the oven?


Insurgency has always been somewhat of an outlier in the over-saturated shooter market. Its focus on tactical gameplay over the generic, perhaps more simplistic, shooter gameplay mechanics meant that it alienated those who strongly preferred the latter.
Insurgency: Sandstorm
PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
The good
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Realistic and satisfying weapon mechanics
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Intriguing implementation of weapon customization
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Incredibly immersive sound design
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Conveys modern warfare in ways very few other shooter games have been able to
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Vehicles implemented in a way that doesn't detract from the experience
The bad
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Performance is hit or miss; a death sentence for any FPS game
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Out of place focus on matchmaking instead of community servers
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Game types that players may find unusual and unnecessarily complex
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Basic party system that could have been significantly expanded
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Co-op game type Checkpoint gets old fast
7
Out of 10
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