Insurgency Early Access hands-on preview – Rainbow Counter Strike

New World Interactive marries the successful style of Counterstrike with the pace and realism of Rainbow Six in their tactical shooter Insurgency which is available now as an Early Access title via Steam for £14.99. The game offers co-op and competitive game modes, and in its current state is very much playable. Take a look at our Insurgency Early Access hands-on preview video for the full low-down.

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Today we’re taking a look at New World Interactive’s tactical shooter based on the popular Source Engine – Insurgency, which is available now via Steam Early Access.

The game in its current state and after receiving a few game changing updates, is in Beta form, but aside from a few more added features greyed out in the main menu, the core game is running pretty smoothly.

In a nutshell, the game looks and feels like a mirror of the classic Counterstrike, yet, rather than be an exact carbon copy with its similar Insurgents versus Security forces, the game’s approach is far less arcade and more methodical in its underlying gameplay. In this game, across any of its modes, there’s a strong emphasis on realistic elements which places players into a game which doesn’t cater to a run and gun style of play. Whilst it’s still possible to earn a few points running about the large open maps, the game design is such that bullets are really not very friendly, whereby a couple or even a single shot can put you out of action. There’s none of the bullet sponge nonsense and recharging shields here which means players are forced into taking cover, creeping around the maps, and making sure corners are covered. To fuel the realistic and hardcore slant on offer, there are no crosshairs either, which means using scopes and ironsights is the order of the day for accurate fire. In fact, Insurgency prides itself on realistic weapons handling which becomes very clear when using said scopes and ironsights as movement is restricted realistically and the view tailored to reflect the narrowed vision. One interesting titbit worth mentioning was when using an old Insurgent scope purchased prior to a round starting – the Counterstrike influence being strong here – the dirt build up on the lens made for a stark contrast to more expensive scopes on offer. Naturally, performing well each mission which allows for respawns – some don’t – you’re able to purchase better gear for your class of character, which in turn determines your starting weaponry.

Insurgency, ships with several modes of ¬†competitive play including co-op versus bots for up to six players. There is a way to play various modes solo fairly easily by setting up a local server, but this seems to be less fun and filled with bot inconsistencies to have much merit beyond practice and learning within a closed environment. The real fun of the game comes from tackling the game with or against human players, and at present there’s a relatively small but active community enjoying the game so it’s easy to team up. If there’s anything beyond the multiplayer aspects New World can work on, it’s making the single player aspect more integrated into the core game for those who want to play an offline or solo game.

Playing Insurgency offers a tense and thrilling experience, due to its slow paced nature and one hit kill, one life mechanics. Whilst not all modes punish death so readily with plentiful respawns if your surviving team mates capture objectives, the pace is quite different from the previously mentioned Counterstrike.

In terms of the game’s visual elements, ¬†there are some good looking maps from the the choice of eight currently available, providing both day and night time playgrounds to mess around in. There are some neat effects used such as smoke and lighting, and some incredible sound effects, making the game feel quite polished and certainly worthy of its current price tag. What’s really needed is a slightly more mature interface, and Insurgency would be well on its way to being complete – although New World are constantly keeping in touch with its audience with news and updates.

To conclude, Insurgency is a solid game right now and well worth checking out if you’re into tactical shooters. There’s some good ideas here that work well, and with a community of players offering their support means players can immediately jump in to get the full Insurgency experience.



Written by: Rob Cram

Rob Cram has hundreds of video game reviews, thousands of articles under his belt with years of experience in gaming and tech. He aims to remain fair and free from publisher/developer influence. With his extensive knowledge, feels his gaming opinions are valid and worth sharing. Agreement with his views are entirely optional. He might have a bias towards cyberpunk.

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