I bought the game when it came out, and I follow this forum for a while, and I think it's time for me to give my opinion on this game.
I am just an humble player, not an ex-special forces weapon expert tactical game designer player. I play only two modes: local game, just me, my 3 IA buddies and all the IA opponents, or COOP games.
Also, I don't play CoD or Battlefield or anything else because it is not "realistic" enough for me (jumping from a plane, killing someone in air, going back into the plane and everything).
So Insurgency Sandstorm is my type of game. I didn't know the licence before it.
Overall, I like this game, with strong qualities:
- Very good handling with pleasant sensation, feeling smooth and precise enough with the mouse
- Very effective ambient sound, especially when rounds fly over. Overall, a good immersion.
- Well designed maps, with both long/middle range and close combat in a same map
- Weapon Handling and design, I like seeing the round from the mag through the weapon being ready to get into that chamber.
- Weapon accessories
- The suicide man. haha, I remember the first one I saw "wtf is he doing??!!!!!"
So yeah, I have fun playing this game. Versus IA is the right balance between “it is hard enough to have a challenge” and “hey, it is just a game, so enjoy it during your freetime”.
So first, I played only local game, to practice.
I still have some performance issue, lagging for 2 to 5 seconds (it looks like in specific map area), but I understand this game is not made by hundreds of people from a big studio. Sometimes it is frustrating when a bot kill you during lagging, but that’s just a game.
Then I played on-line coop, and then you realize that people also make the game.
I had soooo much fun during several games, with people not rushing, taking time to clear angles, and with communication between each other.
But most of the time, it was people running in every direction, shooting everything moving (and friendly fire of course), jumping, trying everything possible to make high score.
Finally, I started to get annoyed, with still the same maps, and in Coop, still the same game mode. I stopped playing for a while.
But I missed the feeling of that game, the focus you need and the satisfaction to get the job done, so I get back, on local game.
Few days ago, I played On-Line Coop again, taking my time even if some are rushing, and I enjoy it again. I see some people making very good move (very effective suppressing fire with machine gun on specific spot for instance, other cleaning angles properly…)
On personal side, I would like to see more maps and weapons skins. I answered the survey, I am happy with the answer and the fact that players are listened.
The next map looks promising.
This is not a perfect game, but hell yeah I enjoy it.
So after all the harsh word I have seen on this forum, I would like to thank the DEV TEAM for their hard work.
For sure I also read some very good comment from player to improve the game, so thanks to them.
For now, I still have not convinced my friend to join the game, but I’ll keep trying.
See you on the “battlefield”!