Percentile Rank

Insurgency: Sandstorm is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 53 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

60%

Critics Recommend

Based on 53 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameCloud
Yes
Yes
Jan 1, 2019

Insurgency: Sandstorm aims for the hardcore in a way that’s hard not to appreciate. The frighteningly realistic weaponry, excellent sound design and mechanical reinforcement of communication and strategy make it a winner for those who may be tired of the more whimsical and approachable shooter staples available today. While it may currently be a bit thin on the ground in the way of actual maps to play on, there’s plenty of meat on Sandstorm’s PTSD-addled bones, with tight, tactical combat that’ll have your nerves shot but your mind sharp by the end of each match.

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Vamers
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 19, 2021

The realistic focus of Insurgency: Sandstorm may be off putting to some, but in practice it features a decent balance of simulation and fast-paced twitch-shooter elements. The setting may be somewhat cliche, but the gameplay speaks for itself in how masterfully everything has been done. Multiplayer matchmaking happens quickly too thanks to the game’s crossplatform nature, and matches can last anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes – sometimes much longer if there is a constant back and forth in certain game modes, making it a nice and easy one to pick up and play after work or during lunch breaks. The game is essentially a mix between Escape From Tarkov‘s hardcore simulation and Call of Duty‘s casual and bum-rush fun. Overall, it is a good game and one that will likely be played by more hardcore fans for the foreseeable future.

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VG247
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 12, 2018

Thanks to this quite unusual combination of tonal sensitivity, hardcore shooting mechanics and maps full of interesting wrinkles and choke points, I’ve enjoyed Insurgency Sandstorm as much as any multiplayer game released this year.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 17, 2018

I think I’m having a good time?

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GameByte
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 12, 2018

In summary, if you are after an intense team-based tactical first person shooter game, Insurgency Sandstorm will be for you. If you’re used to more casual FPS experiences, the intensity might just be a little too much for you. If you like games like Battlefield, Arma, DayZ, Escape From Tarkov, you’ll love Insurgency.

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Scored Reviews

Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 21, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm was a game that kind of hit me out of nowhere. I knew it was coming at the end of this year and I had intentions of checking it out, but once I finally sat down with it and had a few rounds with friends, time just slipped away.

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Cultured Vultures
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm blends a fast pace and simple objective-based gameplay with a low time-to-kill, authentically modeled weapons and gear and an immersive, brutal and visceral style of combat to create the perfect intersection of competitive and tactical online shooters. Some graphical hiccups and at-times poor character models only slightly mar an otherwise fantastic experience.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2019

Insurgency: Sandstorm was a bit of a mystery to me going into it; I grew up playing countless hours of Team Fortress (the original!), Counterstrike, and Unreal Tournament, leading all the way through to modern shooters like Call of Duty, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, Arma, and Battlefield, so I was not sure what to think going in. Boy was I shaken to my core; my daughter would often pop her head into the room to check up on me as I giddily laughed or made some exclamation at the awesomeness that will be found throughout the entirety of Insurgency: Sandstorm. Well done I say, well done indeed.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Dec 27, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm isn't the prettiest shooter of 2018, but the places where it excels are the places that matter most. Its gunplay is superb, its arsenal is exemplary, and the maps and modes are serviceable enough to facilitate its memorably frantic and immersive FPS combat.

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Merlin'in Kazanı
87 / 100
87 / 100
Dec 14, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm is one of the most surprising games of this generation. With amazing sound design, solid gunplay and original ideas, it has become perfect game for FPS gamers.

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Dec 18, 2018

Somehow in this most well-travelled of multiplayer FPS paths, Insurgency: Sandstorm feels fresh and innovative at every turn.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2021

One of the most intense and authentic feeling shooters to come along in a long while, Insurgency: Sandstorm prides itself on realistic gunplay and tactics to fashion one of the better online shooters that PlayStation platforms have seen in a good long while.

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XboxEra
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2021

If you're looking for a hardcore shooter that relishes realism then you absolutely must buy Insurgency Sandstorm. For the price point, it is more than worth it for the amount of content on offer here with more on the way in 2022. If you played the recent Hell Let Loose and its vast and complicated experience wasn't for you, then this game might be right up your street. For me, it is a game I will dip into on occasion but for veterans of shooter titles, you may see hundreds of hours of fun here. A game that is fantastic fun alone or with friends with no HUD and instant time to kill authentic hardcore warfare is well worthy of your time.

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BaziCenter
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2018

If you are looking for an online multiplayer shooter that is much more realistic than Call of Duty or Battlefield, but is not pain-in-the-ass realistic like Arma series, then Insurgency: Sandstorm is your choice; and with the promise of constant support and free DLCs from the developers, I expect that Insurgency will soon become a big player in this genre.

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The Games Machine
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a convincing online FPS. It's not for everyone, but the hardcore gamers will find a satisfying tactical shooter where a good coordination with the team members is vital for success.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm's slower, more realistic approach likely won't win over any Call of Duty fans, but then again it's not really trying to. Sandstorm was made with a very specific type of player in mind, and if you fit that mold you'll likely get dozens if not hundreds of hours out of the game. And even if you don't fit that mold completely, there are enough ancillary incentives to make Sandstorm an excellent pick-up-and-play game, especially if you have some friends to recruit.

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Generación Xbox
8.2 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
ABreaker1477

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2021

‎Insurgency: Sandstorm is probably‎‎ one of the best multiplayer-focused tactical FPS‎‎ that have come to market in recent years. If you are tired of the same repetitive proposal and looking for something that really immerses you in a real conflict, this is your game, and that is that very few titles achieve the immersion and realism achieved by Insurgency: Sandstorm.‎

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Just Push Start
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Dec 20, 2018

Overall, Insurgency Sandstorm is a worthy successor, and a great option if you're looking for a more thoughtful shooter. The progression system doesn't interfere with the gameplay but gives you some nice little rewards to help keep people invested. The biggest weakness is the lack of singleplayer content, but if you've got an interest in modern shooters and a few friends to bring along then Insurgency Sandstorm is a pretty good choice of shooter. Insurgency Sandstorm is available now on Steam for with console versions planned to be released next year.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2018

Difficult, tough, hardcore. Insurgency: Sandstorm is certainly not a FPS for everyone, but for the hardcore fans of the tactical line i'is a good title.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2021

Insurgency: Sandstorm hits the mark on consoles as well, proving to be a tactical shooter that's not easy to master but extremely rewarding for those who love its hardcore gameplay and slow, reasoned firefights.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 28, 2019

One of the best simulation FPS on the market right now.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2018

Throw into a giant pot the lightning-fast time to kill of CS:GO, the impetuosity and violence of the fights of Rainbow Six Siege, mix it all with the realism of works like Weapon and you will get Insurgency: Sandstorm, the new tactical FPS developed by New World Interactive and distributed by Focus Home.

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GameSkinny
Dec 17, 2018

Insurgency Sandstorm offers a more hardcore experience for players who want it but is still accessible enough for newcomers to the franchise.

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SomosXbox
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2021

‎Insurgency: Sandstorm is finally coming to Xbox. It is a fresh proposal for fans of multiplayer shooters with a realistic and tactical aspect. And the adaptation to console meets what was expected at a technical level, with good performance, which was what we were most concerned about‎.

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Saving Content
Dec 12, 2018

Developer New World Interactive have plans for post-launch support, and possibly a campaign in the future. There’s a limited number of maps and modes here, but there’s a lot of game all the same. Insurgency: Sandstorm is heart-pounding in every match and mode, and there’s little room for error. New World Interactive’s vision is unmatched, though notably niche. You’ll not find another first-person shooter in a hardcore setting than what Insurgency: Sandstorm provides.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

Overall, Insurgency: Sandstorm has very few bugs, improved graphical quality, a new game engine, and a large array of weapons to use in battle. Currently, it is available only on Steam but Console releases will be coming in 2019. Watch for the release dates if you are interested in something other than PC. Available for $26.99 USD and ready for war.

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 27, 2018

Scratches an itch rarely reached in recent years.

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Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm is one of the most immersive shooters on the market, and perfect for anyone that comes to the genre looking for grounded tactical combat. Variety can be lacking in some areas, but every round spent in-game is a standout experience.

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Geek Culture Podcast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2019

All in all, Insurgency: Sandstorm is a competent, exhilarating tactical shooter. Even after countless hours of capturing objectives and eliminating aggressive AI, each battle maintains its high level of tension. The weapon behavior and audio work beautifully in tandem to provide an offering that is difficult to find elsewhere currently. The small flaws that crop up occasionally do little to detract from the overall experience, although they don’t go completely unnoticed. New World Interactive has crafted a quality FPS that builds emergent war stories in every battle. Here’s hoping they someday release the cancelled single player/co-op story mode. One could only imagine what their advanced grasp of sound design could do in a structured, nail-biting narrative.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 2, 2021

Insurgency: Sandstorm offers a brutal, satisfying and bleak FPS experience for those willing to immerse themselves in its tactical, punishing offering. Despite some glitches and slightly repetitive design, it stands tall as an inspiring shooter that will improve not only your skills as a player, but will also have you thinking like a soldier. The desert may be a Hellish place to be, but damn is it a rewarding and satisfying experience too. If you enjoy multiplayer shooters, there are firefights here you need to engage in for yourself.

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Screen Rant
Oct 4, 2021

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a balanced mix of realism and enjoyable gameplay, with very few downsides. The game is challenging and can take some getting used to, but even with its level of difficulty, it's still a lot fun. Insurgency: Sandstorm offers the option to spend some time with AI teammates to develop strategies and practice. Although there is no campaign mode, players can also train at the range, which spawns in different types of enemy forces. Insurgency: Sandstorm is a realistic and difficult first-person shooter with diverse game modes and hours of unique entertainment.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2018

Tactical shooter fans should find Insurgency's skirmishes riveting, if they can live with some old-school design in regards to respawn times, respawn distance to fire zones, and limited progression

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COGconnected
78 / 100
78 / 100
Oct 8, 2021

While it may seem like Insurgency: Sandstorm has built-in anchors, it might be the best type of FPS for how it creatively builds on top of hurdles. There are no shortcuts to the objective, but scores of players would prefer it that way. To survive, you must be adept at the FPS genre. To thrive, you must be studious at the briefing and in the field. There’s nothing quite like a successful mission borne of organization and good teamwork. That’s why triumph on the battlefield alongside your fellow squadmates makes all the challenges seem worth the hassle. Hell, sometimes there’s no fun without it.

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Area Xbox
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2021

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a very demanding game and one that is not made for all players. Counting on a correct technical section, but that does not have great fanfare. However, when you take the controls, you are flooded by a unique setting, where every bullet counts and where every wrong move is punished.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2021

What Insurgency: Sandstorm is offering here is a welcome change of pace, and a genuine alternative to the established norm.

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 5, 2019

Insurgency: Sandstorm is one of the most detail-oriented military shooters available today. With some amazing visual and sound design, it's impressive looking and sounding yet also a fun, tactical and tense shooter for players who really want a challenge.

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GameWatcher
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2018

A very good game that needs some amount of polishing and balancing to really shine.

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Niche Gamer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2018

It still comes with a recommendation from me, just be aware of the many performance issues and glaring bugs that can pull you out of the experience.

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NoobFeed
75 / 100
75 / 100
Dec 17, 2018

Loud and brutal, Insurgency: Sandstorm's dedication to a more realistic approach often pays off.

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33bits
75 / 100
75 / 100
Oct 5, 2021

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a tactical shooter with enough realism where it is not necessary to empty an entire magazine to finish off an enemy, it is enough with a bullet and good aim to eliminate the target.

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2021

Some nagging issues prevent Insurgency: Sandstorm from earning a pristine Medal of Honor, but it's an easy shoe-in for a Silver Star

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New Game Network
74 / 100
74 / 100
Dec 19, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm sees New World Interactive successfully transfer their particular brand of hardcore tactical shooter to a modern game engine with just a few technical hitches, though you'll need to be content with a familiar Middle Eastern setting and somewhat limited set of maps and game modes.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 19, 2018

The obsessions with realism and old school action don't come at the cost you might imagine, in this tense and well-designed online shooter.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2018

Compliant as a demanding tactical shooter and its realism, its lack of maps and polish overshadow its playable proposal.

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PCGamesN
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 12, 2018

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a solid shooter that offers the series' best intense, tactical thrills, but can't help but feel behind the times in both theme and looks.

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GameGrin
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2019

Insurgency: Sandstorm needs a bit more polish to be the outstanding sequel it should be but if you overlook the issues you'll find a fairly enjoyable multiplayer title.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2019

Overall, I enjoyed my time with Insurgency: Sandstorm, and whenever the mood strikes for an intense, realistic shooter, this will probably be my game of choice. It isn't as punishing as something like Arma, but it still offers fantastic audio and a brutal TTK that forces the player to slow down, think about their steps, and use all the tools the game puts at their disposal. One can't go into this game hoping for a sleek experience. The technical side of the game is just as gritty as its combat. In the heat of an intense battle, your processor will also put out some heat. Hopefully, New World Interactive can devote some time toward the technical side of things and put as much care into that as it did the audio and gameplay. If the developer can fix those issues, Insurgency: Sandstorm would be one of the better competitive shooters available on Steam.

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Hu3br
Jan 21, 2019

Insurgency: Sandstorm sits between two worlds. In one hand, it tries to make more approachable to newcomers. On the other, its matchmaking system, lack of interesting and unique maps makes it a game only for the most dedicated players.

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Screen Rant
Dec 16, 2018

A uniquely excellent team-based tactical shooter that's held back by some design choices and performance issues.

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MMoinGame
7 / 10.0
MMoinGame
Acierrence
7 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2018

If you're a staunch fan of tactical shooters like CS: GO, Rainbow Six Siege or the former Insurgency, you're likely to enjoy this game. It features a fun challenge, strategic gameplay and realistic fights.

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Sirus Gaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2021

Overall, if you know what you’re getting into with Insurgency Sandstorm, I am confident it will be an enjoyable game. It is a competent and decently fleshed-out mil-sim shooter that is rarely found outside of the PC space. Otherwise, you might just end up playing in silence, get sniped a few times from an unseen enemy, and decide to spend your time elsewhere as the game doesn’t do much in terms of catering to solo players thanks to its hardcore nature.

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NaviGames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2021

It is a demanding title that requires the player's patience and willingness to collaborate in order to be victorious in the confrontations against the AI and in the multiplayer mode.

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PPE.pl
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2021

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a really great and realistic shooter for the most demanding players, but the current technical condition of the game is simply poor.

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