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  • Summary: Insurgency: Sandstorm is a team-based, tactical FPS based on lethal close quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight.

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Insurgency: Sandstorm - Official Gameplay Trailer | E3 2018
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 27, 2022
    90
    Insurgency: Sandstorm is a unique Xbox shooter, and an absolute blast to play when you really get to grips with its core mechanics. While the shooting on offer here perhaps most resembles something like Rainbow Six: Siege or PUBG on console, Sandstorm carves out its own niche by offering authentic gunplay across a wide array of game modes, including plenty of co-op action for those who prefer some PvE gameplay. Its unforgiving shooting mechanics won't be for everyone, but Insurgency: Sandstorm rewards those who really learn how to play it, resulting in one of the most satisfying first-person shooters on Xbox today.
  2. Oct 8, 2021
    90
    Insurgency: Sandstorm is a completely immersive experience. The level designs are fantastic, the simple gameplay is executed exquisitely, the level of customisation of characters and loadouts is various and the sound design is like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
  3. Oct 6, 2021
    84
    What you’ll find here isn’t the next game to join the contest of who can be the biggest FPS hit of the year, but rather a game that focuses on realism, action, and teamwork. It trades the big-budget effects for the nitty-gritty darkened warfare and it does this in a way that feels believable and enthralling, whilst managing to scratch that one-more-go itch as each round concludes, and for the efforts, it might just be the surprise big hitter of the year from the FPS genre after all.
  4. Oct 28, 2021
    82
    Insurgency: Sandstorm finally reaches the Xbox coast after a successful launch on PC. This tactical shooter will put you in the center of the Middle East conflict with astonishing realism where cooperation and coordination between team members will be essential for a positive outcome.
  5. Oct 3, 2021
    80
    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.
  6. Oct 3, 2021
    80
    Insurgency: Sandstorm is finally coming to Xbox. It's a fresh proposition for fans of realistic and tactical multiplayer shooters. And the console adaptation lives up to expectations on a technical level, with good performance, which is what we were most concerned about.
  7. Oct 25, 2021
    76
    Insurgency: Sandstorm isn’t the prettiest game I’ve played, graphics could be crisper and cleaner, but it’s raw and gritty. As someone who isn’t as comfortable with PvP gaming, my reflexes can’t keep up anymore, though I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing Insurgency: Sandstorm. Co-op play with a team against AI was a much more pleasant experience than I anticipated and actually found myself wanting to play more than expected.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Oct 2, 2021
    10
    If your into slow paced tactical shooters, and sick and tired of arcade shooters like Cod, then this is a must buy. There are a few bugs, butIf your into slow paced tactical shooters, and sick and tired of arcade shooters like Cod, then this is a must buy. There are a few bugs, but they are being patched. Most fun ive had in pvp since the early days of Rainbow Six Siege. Thank you developers! Im Having a blast! Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2021
    10
    Absolutely a 10/10 experience for me, I've been wanting this kinda game for so long on consoles now it's finally here. It has some minor issueAbsolutely a 10/10 experience for me, I've been wanting this kinda game for so long on consoles now it's finally here. It has some minor issue which are easily fixable. The proximity voice chat and the sound design are what make this game different from other shooters Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2021
    8
    This game is awesome! I don’t think I’ll play Battlefield or Call of Duty again.
  4. Apr 24, 2022
    6
    Compared to most modern shooters its good but the slow pacing and unusable explosives ruin the game for hardcore players.

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    Compared to most modern shooters its good but the slow pacing and unusable explosives ruin the game for hardcore players.

    Here's what im talking about: https://youtu.be/oqOSmrAtxUs
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  5. Nov 26, 2021
    4
    So, the reason for this review being so bad is the state of the game. To start off: the game suffers from constant crashes and instances ofSo, the reason for this review being so bad is the state of the game. To start off: the game suffers from constant crashes and instances of visual or audio glitches. - There are guns that fire and don’t make a sound (and no, no suppressor is equipped) - Bullets that don’t do anything (I’ve been on co-op and dumped 10+ bullets into an AI at point blank range with a gun that’s a 2-3 shot kill even at a distance) - Glitch with the visual where the screen will flicker black, or a variety of ambient colors (and no, this isn’t my setup, it’s the only game I play that does this) - The maps Tell and Precint are basically 95% of the time gonna crash your game. I’ve played with a big group, and four of us crashed out of those maps at one time before. This also happens solo/ basically anytime you play those two maps. - The maps in general are pretty bland, and some of them have design flaws players utilize. On ministry, if you hold down A and B objectives, you basically dominate the game. Players literally get spawn trapped forced to walk into enemy fire to get around. There’s a few other maps that could be considered broken this way, but I’m sure they will never get changed. - i would love to see the DEVS continue to shine this up, and make it into a cult classic like a CS:GO (it’s really got the potential). Add more color to maps, fix the problems, add more game modes, and you got a hit!!! THE GOOD - So the good: this game is f****** awesome! It’s like a hybrid between Pub G and Rainbow Six Siege. Combining the bad graphics from pub and the tactical, close quarters shooting of siege. - I love the variety of weapons! As a gun enthusiast all the weapon and attachments are like a big wet dream. The coolest part is a lot of guns could be considered “meta” for different engagements, so they are all almost worth trying and using. - I love the HUD. Very discreet but almost perfectly done. The compass they use on the bottom is really cool, as most games have stuff like that up at the top of the screen. - the proximity chat is amazing! I love going to capture and objective and hear the enemy team talk. It’s cool because they can also talk to the enemy; which leads to some hilarious verbal exchanges! OVERALL Overall this game is worth the buy. Don’t let my score of 4 fool you! This game is gold, just almost unplayable in its current state with the crashes and glitches! Once fixed I’ll come back and see if I can edit this and give it the score it deserves (an 8 or 9). Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2022
    1
    VOICE CHAT IS STILL BROKEN 6 MONTHS AFTER LAUNCH AND GRENADE LAUNCHERS AND BUCKSHOT LAUNCHERS ARE STILL SUPER WEAPONS WITH ZERO BALANCINGVOICE CHAT IS STILL BROKEN 6 MONTHS AFTER LAUNCH AND GRENADE LAUNCHERS AND BUCKSHOT LAUNCHERS ARE STILL SUPER WEAPONS WITH ZERO BALANCING TOUCHES SINCE LAUNCH NOT TO MENTION THE WORST HIT REGISTRATION YOU WILL EVER EXPERIENCE do not buy DO NOT BUY Expand
  7. May 18, 2022
    0
    Highly unoptimized for console. You literally play at 20-30 FPS even in next gen. The sound engine is the absolute worst for trying to hearHighly unoptimized for console. You literally play at 20-30 FPS even in next gen. The sound engine is the absolute worst for trying to hear your enemies, the most important thing in the game. Enemy shoots to your left, he could easily be to your right, doesn’t matter if you have headphones. If he’s shooting above, he could be on the same level as you, can’t tell. Don’t waste your money. Expand