Insurgency: Sandstorm

Rating Summary

Based on 53 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

60%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8 / 10
Jan 28, 2019

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

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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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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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