Insurgency: Sandstorm isn’t the prettiest shooter of 2018, but the places where it excels are the places that matter to me most as a player. Its gunplay is superb, its arsenal is exemplary, and (with the exception of the excellent Firefight) the maps and modes are serviceable enough to facilitate its memorably frantic and immersive FPS combat. I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future, but even as it stands now Insurgency: Sandstorm is a pleasant surprise that’s worthy of your time.
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.