Insurgency is by no means just another FPS. This game is a carefully constructed tactical monster that some gamers should fear. The Gamers Lounge has gotten some time with it and has thoughts on this FPS.
My first thought of Insurgency was this reminds me of something. I figured out what it was pretty quickly; I felt like I was back in the late 1990s/early 2000s playing Counter Strike. What do you know? Insurgency was originally a Source Mod. In a nutshell, Insurgency is a tactical FPS where cooperation amongst teammates is key. While the game has been out since 2014, there have been some recent updates. Insurgency is a tough game and it's not for everyone. There is no run and gun and wall jumping here! Players must work together as team if they want to survive.
Players will pick from classes and decide their loadout. Weapons, sidearms, items, and armor will add weight to the player’s class. This determines how fast gamers can move and what their stamina is.
There is no reticle for aiming and the game itself is supposed to be realistic. This also means the rest of the UI is minimal. There is no health bar and there is no ammo count. Graphically, the game looks good, from the cramped city streets to the vast heavily wooded outdoor environments. The sounds are key to detecting where the enemies are. There are several game modes which include escort missions, destroying caches, and controlling territory points.
I jumped in and outfitted my character with weapons I would play Black Ops II with. I went with a automatic rifle and a decent handgun. I died quickly since I charged into battle shooting at everything that was moving. I hit nothing and I realized there is a lot of recoil with the weapons. The lack of a reticle was making my usual play style difficult. A semi-automatic weapon would have been more useful, allowing newer players like me to take their time with shots.
Once I figured out my loadout, my teammates actively tried to get us to stick together. They could tell they had a rookie amongst their midst. So far I have enjoyed what I have played. This may not be an FPS for everyone but it stands out amongst the crowd and forces gamers to play and think differently.
Score: 4 out of 5
Insurgency is available on Steam for $15.
Thanks to New World Interactive for providing a code for review.