Insurgency: Sandstorm

Rating Summary

Based on 53 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

60%

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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