Insurgency Articles RSS Feed | Insurgency RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 5 Vastly Underrated FPS Games to Play if You're Sick of Call of Duty Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:34:49 -0500 Caio Sampaio

The first game of the Call of Duty franchise took the world by storm when it was released back in 2003. The original game allowed players to experience World War II first hand, and that visceral war experience helped the series gather a passionate following. But eventually it became a victim of its own success.

Players asked for more and more games. Multiple developers promptly answered their request -- and year after year, another entry in the series was released. After so many titles, the franchise lost its essence (and the passion of many fans) somewhere along the way. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is living proof that.

With sales approximately 50% down from Call of Duty: Blacks Ops III, many passionate fans have moved away to other franchises like Battlefield. If you too are disappointed with the direction the series took this time around, and want to try a new experience, here are five underrated first-person shooters that will give you just that. Each entry on this list is a great FPS game in its own right, and deserves more attention than it got upon launch. 


PC (Windows/Linux/Mac)

You may excel in the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty, but how would you perform on a real combat? You have probably asked yourself this question in the past -- and now you can know the answer.

Released by New World Interactive in 2014, this game focuses on realism, as players fight through Middle Eastern locations in Counter Strike fashion. Every element of this game was designed to replicate real life, and its developers used the smallest details to craft a more realistic and tense play experience.

The best example is the bullet counter -- or the lack thereof, to be more precise. Gamers may have a hard time conceiving this, but real soldiers do not have a floating interface telling them exactly how many bullets they have left. They must count each shot they fire, in order to keep track of how many projectiles are still available.

This is the case in Insurgency, as players do not have a HUD displaying their bullets. They must count each shot in order to know when to reload. If a player forgets to count one bullet, it can mean difference between reloading at the right time or running out of projectiles at the wrong moment.

This leads to nerve-wracking moments, as players must survive in battle and keep track of their inventory at the same time.

Another element of this game that adds to the realism is its ambience. In contrast to frenetic games like Call of Duty, Insurgency can have calm moments where being aware of your surroundings will be key for your survival. Players must use their senses to get a drop on the enemy. For example, it's possible to hear footsteps from a distance as an enemy player draws near.

Because players need to manage their inventory, pay close attention to their surroundings when the action ceases, and think strategically, this game offers the hardcore experience Call of Duty lacks. And if you think you are up to the task, you must enlist today and join the fight.

Dirty Bomb

PC (Windows)

What happens when you mix Call of Duty and Overwatch? This game is the closest you will get. Unlike the strategic and slow pace of Insurgency, Dirty Bomb is all about how fast you can react.

Choose your side as you either fight to protect London, or join the opposition in order to destroy it. As you rush through the streets, enemies will pop in front of you and your reflexes will dictate who must live and who must die.

Despite its chaotic premise, knowing how to cooperate with other players will be fundamental for your survival -- and most importantly, picking the right character will be essential for your success.

You have 19 different mercenaries to choose from, each with their own specs so you may choose one that fits your play style. In addition, this variety allows to try out different characters and skills -- prolonging the novelty of the game and adding a replayability factor.

Considering that this game has a vast roster of mercenaries to choose from and features frantic action, it gives to players the opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment that offers an element Call of Duty does not -- a sense of novelty which persists even after dedicating several hours to the game.   

Time Clickers

Android, PC (Windows)

When people think of first-person shooters, the thought of blood and gore likely crosses their minds. But not every shooting game needs to feature intense violence. Time Clickers is one of these exceptions.

With gameplay that consists of shooting down enemies built from blocks, players will test their sharp reflexes as they aim to reach maximum efficiency and get a higher score -- which they can use to unlock and purchase new skills or upgrade their weapon.

Are you tired of the visceral violence depicted in games as Call of Duty, but do not want to let go of the tension or skillshot action they provide? If you answered “yes”, then Time Clickers is the perfect game for you to test your skills.


Super Hot

Xbox One, PC (Windows/Linux/Mac)

When playing action-packed first person shooters, it is normal to wish you could slow time down in order to get an upper hand on your enemies. But what if you actually could?

Super Hot allows players to dive into a red and white universe where they will die instantly if hit by a single bullet. Thriving under this circumstance may seem nearly impossible; however, there is something to help players: time will only move if the player does. You can stop time to plan actions, then watch that plan unfold in real time. 

As the developers described:

"See the bullets crawling towards you as you carefully plan your steps and aim your gun. Enjoy the mayhem that is unleashed as you put that plan into motion."

You start alone, unarmed, and must use your ability to stop time to use your fists and get your first gun. From there on out, it's heart-stopping (and time-stopping) action.

With an audacious art style and innovative gameplay mechanics, Super Hot invites players to join an adventure they have never encountered before.


Xbox 360 and PC (Windows)

Responsible for the Crysis franchise, Crytek earned its spot as one of the top developers in the world. But apart from this renowned series, the studio has also developed another first-person shooter that doesn't get nearly enough credit.

Warface is Crytek’s weapon in the free-to-play gaming market. Featuring the graphics of CryEngine 3, it provides to players a visually dazzling experience -- and its gameplay mechanics are not far behind.

Despite not presenting players with a shooting mechanic that we can regard as “innovative”, the cooperation this game allows makes it shine. Developers added certain actions to the maps that can only be performed when two players join forces, and these have a meaningful impact on how the game flows.

Players can ask a peer to boost them up in order to reach a ledge and go to higher ground. Or they may cooperate to push a car out of the road and clear a path. This element adds depth to the experience, as it increases the number of variables in the game, which includes versus and co-op modes.

Looking to other players for actual help is a far cry from a game like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which encourages independence and provides resources (like jetpacks) that will simply let the user do whatever they need on their own. On that front, Warface is the better experience -- there's certainly more depth, given that you can decide whether you want to cooperate with your team or leave them high and dry. 


If you are a Call of Duty fan, but the direction the franchise took did not please you, and you aren't looking to enlist in Battlefield 1, there are many other games for you to explore.

From the realism of Insurgency to the innovation of Super Hot, there are other productions outside the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises that will keep any first-person shooter fan entertained. Let us know in the comments if you've played any of these games or plan to try them out.

Happy shooting!

Let's Play: GameSkinny's Must-Play Games of the Month Mon, 03 Oct 2016 03:00:01 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

In any month, we here at GameSkinny, know there are tons of games to be played.  We cover and review so many that wanted a more intimate feature. We wanted to share what games occupy or have occupied our time this month.

For this feature, we sat down and spoke with GS community members Ashley Glitchiee and Pierre Fouquet.

Ashley Glitchiee

1. What games are you currently playing?

Elder Scrolls Legends is the only one really. I don't have much time to play so more in depth games are on the back burner.

2. This seems silly but is fun?

 It is very fun. Even as a beta it has very little bugs.

3. Why are you playing it?

I have always like card games, even though I am not very good at them. I love the Elder Scrolls as well, especially all the lore. So it was a no brainer for me that I wanted to play this. It has easy to learn mechanics, and various ways of balancing out op cards or decks. A variety of modes keeps things fresh, even when I don't want to play against other people, which other card games don't usually have.  

4. What makes them special?

The Elder Scrolls lore

5. Would you recommend it? Why?

I would most definitely recommend it. Especially when it fully releases. There is a plethora of things to keep someone interested, from a variety of decks to the story line in the tutorial. There are 2 arenas, one PvP and one PvE.

In the PvE one, you level up as you go through it so it does get harder the more/better you play. Collecting the cards can be something else people would like to do. Definitely a game for someone who likes the Elder Scrolls mythos and wants to experience it in another way.

Bonus: What would your selling point be for each game?

It’s a card game, the Elder Scrolls lore, the Bethesda quality. It’s also fun and easy to get into. There’s no pay to win as far as I can tell.

Next, we interviewed Pierre Fouquet to ask him what games he spent his free time with. 

So What games are you currently playing?

I’m currently playing Forza Horizon 3, Seraph, Dirt Rally, Project Cars, and Insurgency.

This seems silly but are they fun?

Forza Horizon 3 is fun, so far.

Seraph is reasonably enjoyable.

Project: Cars is fun. Dirt Rally is definitely fun.

Insurgency is fun but only with people who use voice chat and during co-op.

Why are you playing them?

I’m playing Forza Horizon was for reviewing but also because I love me some racing games.

Seraph is also for review.

I’m playing Dirt Rally because I love the Rally racing games.

I’m playing Cars because I racing games.

Insurgency offers a lot of downtime with a bunch of friends.

What makes them special?

What makes Forza Horizon 3 special is that it’s set in Australia, a setting not many other games use, and it’s beautiful looking.

Seraph is It’s a shoot em up, where you don’t need to aim.

Dirt Rally is just the best Rally game since Richard Burns Rally, and Colin McRae Dirt.

Project Cars is one of the best track racers around.

Insurgency is the midpoint between Battlefield, and Arma. Realistic, but not overly so.

Would you recommend them? Why?

Forza seems like a really good arcade racer. It’s also set in an interesting and beautiful location.

Seraph is a rather interesting shoot em up, where the lack of aiming doesn’t feel like a constraint and the focus is more on movement and powers.

If you love rally, and racing games, you just need to get Dirt Rally!

The same can be said for Project Cars, it’s the game to play if you love racers. GET IT! NOW!

If you want something which is a bit more realistic than Battlefield, or CoD, but not a military simulator, then Insurgency is your game. Note: There's a standalone Unreal Engine 4 game called Sandstorm is coming out at some point soon

Bonus: what would your selling point be for each game?

Forza Horizon; there’s no laws, driving around Australia in some of the world’s best cars!

Seraph is a shmup without aiming, where you aim is to look cool.

Dirt Rally is the best Rally game on the market, and Rallycross as an added bonus!

Project Cars is among the best racers on the market, and it runs amazingly on Xbox One and PS4.

Insurgency offers realism, without real life constraints, as well as amazing mod support on Steam.

What were your favorite games this month. What games do you find yourself playing regularly? Let us know in the comments section below.

Insurgency gets new map and mode Mon, 30 May 2016 06:45:09 -0400 Janiece Sebris

New World Interactive has released numerous features and updates to Insurgency that includes a new map and mode.

A community member called Tribly, who was a finalist in the Gamebanana level design contest last year, created the new map, called Dry Canal, which includes day and night versions.

Features will also include new multiplayer and cooperative scenarios, as well as, new first-person and third-person animations.

Included in the update are new features to the roaming spectator mode, currently controlled using Console Variable. The new mode is being called “Capa Mode” in honor of war photographer, Robert Capa.

This new feature will allow the player to get closer to the action while spectating. The mode allows the player to experience different visuals, like camera banking, while operating a handheld camera.

Insurgency went on sale Friday at 85 percent off its normal price on Steam. The sale ends Monday at 3 p.m. PST. Currently, the game is on sale for $2.24. 

Insurgency - A SquishView Review Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:26:05 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

A SquishView (Squished Review) is a game review which focuses on being short, spoiler free if possible, and unscored. If you want to know about the game, read on!


The low down on Insurgency is it's a mostly realistic tactile FPS, originally made as a total conversion mod for the Source Engine. More recently it's been made into a standalone release called Insurgency 2 during developement, but is now just known as Insurgency. There are two ways to play, against AI in co-operative, or against other players in competitive multiplayer.

 The 'box' art for the Source Mod.

Co-operative: AI of insta-sight
...they can quite literally shoot the wings off a fly, then off another 3 flies, reload and kill 6 members of your team with 4 rounds, all while using a pistol.

There are nine maps in co-op, but only on one specific game type, Checkpoint, which is an objective capture/destroy chain. Hunt is a kill all enemies game mode and shares five of these maps. In Survival you play as the Insurgents and have to defend against waves of US soldiers; this shares four of these maps. All the maps feel great to play in any game mode.

The A.I. in the game can however be a bit problematic, at points they can't shoot a barn door, and others they can quite literally shoot the wings off a fly, then off another 3 flies, reload and kill 6 members of your team with 4 rounds, all while using a pistol. The AI is always fun to fight.

Rrrbody in the club gettin' tipsy.

Multiplayer: A rumblin' in my tumblin'

There are twelve maps with multiplayer with the game modes you will expect, capture points, kill the enemy team. There is a very good mode where you have to escort a VIP to an extraction zone, the VIP only has a pistol. It's pretty standard game modes in all, nothing unexpected. Even so that doesn't stop it being amazingly fun! The connection is pretty solid also, with minimal lag felt from me, mostly due to the use of dedicated servers.

 "I didn't tell EVERYONE to guard the draws!"

To buy for multiplayer, for co-op, or both

Moddable game, with weapons which are customisable and all feel great to use and game updates are regular and free (some with maps or new weapons). The co-op alone is worth buying the game for, and the same for the multiplayer, but if you buy it for both you are in for one hell of a time! Even with the AI quirks this game is a must buy if you love FPS games, but if want something a bit less arcade-y than Battlefield or Call of Duty, but don't want something as hardcore sim as Arma then stop reading and go buy it NOW!

Some gameplay of the co-op to enjoy!