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

Critic Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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VG247
Top Critic
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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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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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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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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Unscored
Dec 17, 2018

I think I’m having a good time?

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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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Wccftech
Top Critic
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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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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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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GameCrate
Top Critic
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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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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8 / 10
Jan 28, 2019

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

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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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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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