Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jan 27, 2014
    Insurgency is a breath of fresh air and I can easily see myself playing it every chance I get.
  2. May 9, 2014
    Insurgency is great in what it does, being like expanded Counter-Strike for competitive players. Unfortunately Battlefield has already corrupted me with is unlocking and achievements and... [May 2014]
  3. Mar 4, 2014
    After a long time a military shooter that is not pretentious, and that scores with emphasis on both hardshell mechanics and tactics/feel. Maybe there could have been many more gaming modes along with maps.
  4. Feb 11, 2014
    Insurgency is a rich and deep tactical first person shooter. Something is still missing but that something isn't gameplay or teamwork.
  5. Jan 31, 2014
    Forget about fast-paced shooters and frenetic action. This one relies on a team-based mechanic, where every move should be planned. There's room for improvement when it comes to the visuals and the bullet-detection system, but still it is a very recommended choice.
  6. Jan 29, 2014
    If you’re sick of the run and gun nature of Call of Duty but find the simulation aspects of something like Arma a bit too daunting, Insurgency is the perfect middle ground, and a supremely enjoyable multiplayer experience.
  7. Jan 23, 2014
    The steep learning curve hides a well-crafted FPS, best suited for those who like tactics and real teamwork more than fragfests.
  8. Feb 14, 2014
    A Half life 2 mod mainly founded on teamwork and realism, and in cooperative playing you'll probably find its best qualities.
  9. Feb 4, 2014
    Insurgency is a breath of fresh air that stands apart from the shooter duality of Battlefield and Call of Duty. It rewards patient play and encourages teamwork, with satisfying results for players who don’t give into the temptation of taking a run-and-gun approach.
  10. Jan 28, 2014
    There may be prettier and more heavily populated first person shooters, but few reward teamwork as well as Insurgency.
  11. Jan 26, 2014
    Insurgency is a multiplayer tactical and highly realistic shooter, far away from the prevailing and more friendly patterns of Call of Duty and Battlefield, and therefore not suitable for everyone. The maps are not the best and the enemy AI in co-op would need some adjustment, but other than that Insurgency works pretty well.
  12. Feb 12, 2014
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. Jan 31, 2014
    I can’t remember when I cursed that much while playing a multiplayer shooter. It is tactically challenging, but suffers from dreary maps and lack of modes.
  14. Feb 10, 2014
    Realistic and for dedicated players this is a good but hard multiplayer shooter. Death comes early and often in Insurgency's universe.
  15. Feb 3, 2014
    Those tired of the main stream Michael Bay FPS offerings can try Insurgency in confidence, with the knowledge they’re about to play a different brand of FPS.
  16. 75
    Insurgency is a game that doesn’t have any big problems but rather it has a bunch of little ones that culminate.
  17. Jan 28, 2014
    It’s slow, and methodical, and there isn’t a grindable unlock or weapon crate to be found. It attempts to make you think about every step you take and every slight weapon tweak, but the odd hitboxes and frustrating lack of saved loadouts undermines some of the good work.
  18. Jan 23, 2014
    Insurgency is going to win fans for its gameplay. The action is highly competitive and focused. It brings me about as close to a real gunfight as I’ll likely ever want to get.
  19. Mar 2, 2014
    10 years ago this game would have been lost in a crowd of its brethren – back then, everyone had a game with dusty streets, Saddam’s portraits and AKs. Today, serious first-person shooters like Insurgency are a rare beast, so give it a chance even if it’s far from perfect.
  20. Jan 28, 2014
    Intense tactical encounters filled with firefights and flying bodies prove thrilling enough to make it easy to look beyond Insurgency's less impressive visual design. The team dynamic and unique squad system inject something different into the mix too, offering match after match of absorbing cooperative killing that proves good looks aren't everything.
  21. Apr 15, 2014
    Fun enough, but hardly anything new under the shooter sun. [May 2014, p.58]
  22. Mar 31, 2014
    The things that Insurgency does well can already be found in its original Source mod form while the new changes are not substantial enough to really make the game something worth trying out unless you’re completely wet behind the ears or looking to scratch an Insurgency itch.
  23. Feb 4, 2014
    If you don’t mind fighting over the same cluttered iraqi streets and desolate afghan hills that you’ve seen a hundred times before, Insurgency brings enough hardcore sensibility and competent execution to stand out from the other multiplayer shooters. The old-school gameplay combined with updated mechanics are a breath of fresh air in a genre crowded with games that don’t understand that failure can still be fun.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 322 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 117
  1. Jan 23, 2014
    I just made an account on metacritic just to tell you how awsome this game is.
    Hardcore-Realism-Teamwork are the three aspects of this game.
    If you are looking into
    such experience dont hesitate just go for it. CoD-BF and other fps are just time-wasters
    in front of this. There is lack of community atm though..I hope this is just a temporary state
    and people who loves fps give more appreciation on this game.
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  2. Jan 23, 2014
    It is very difficult to put down in words what makes INSURGENCY so great, and once you start to try to list all those smaller things that add up to the greatness you are afraid that you will forget so many things leaving the reader with an inaccurate description of the game.

    Most games are just games or just experiences. INSURGENCY is a game and an experience at the same time.
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  3. Jan 22, 2014
    Insurgency is a hard core first person shooter at it's finest. The game strips you of most conventional shooter mechanics such as a cross hair and simply says survive. The game modes and maps in Insurgency are well varied and very entertaining and challenging. While there isn't much progression to speak of, insurgency entices you in not with rewards for doing good but rather the feeling of doing good and the sheer surge on adrenaline when you win the round for your team. Insurgency isn't for the weak of heart but if you are looking for a hardcore first person military shooter look no further. Full Review »