hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Insurgency mod released, parallels Iraq War in more ways than one

12:49 AM on 07.03.2007 // Anthony Burch

insurg

The beta for Insurgency, the Half-Life 2 mod which seeks to realistically replicate the current battling in the Iraq (but with respawns, anyway), was released today after four years in development. Downloads are available hyah.

I've only spent a couple of hours with the game, but it's not exactly, well, good. It's got potential, of course, and it is just a beta, but let's just say that I'm already eager for some major patching. 

The mod is free, and requires nothing more than Half-Life 2 and Steam -- and if you don't have those, then you really, really need to consider your current lifestyle choices. When I become president, not owning Half-Life 2 will be a criminal offense punishable by physical violence.

Hit the jump for my initial impressions of the game, or -- better yet -- download it and draw your own conclusions.

UPDATE: SeraphX is better at the internets than I am

As I said, the game has potential and it's obviously still in its beta stage, but it's also rendered damn near unplayable by huge balancing issues (the US marines will almost never be able to win a round -- involuntary design slip-up, or intentional political commentary?), an odd and user-unfriendly class system, and a combination of about a dozen other factors that make it damn near impossible to know what the hell is going on at any given moment. Bullets don't make very loud noises or a very large visual impact when they're fired, and literally everything in the game (including the players) is colored in various shades of brown, resulting in many, many moments where you'll spawn, walk a few feet down a dusty street, and then suddenly get shot at and die without having even a general idea of where your attackers fired from. It's decently realistic, to be sure, but it also gets irritating as hell after it happens a few dozen times.

Still, for all its massive flaws, it does have a lot going for it: the weapons handle with a satisfying realism (there are no crosshairs -- any precision aiming must be done using ironsights), the maps are pleasantly huge and nonlinear, and the graphics are superb, in an "everything is brown, deal with it" sort of way. Given that this is only a beta, it'll be very, very interesting to see where the mod goes from here: if some of the larger problems were fixed, this could be one of the best multiplayer mods for HL2 out there today. No matter what, though, Insurgency is definitely worth a download: for all its current flaws, it's easy to tell that a lot of work and care went into it. Plus, it's free (so long as you own Half-Life 2, anyway); it certainly wouldn't kill you to give it a shot.




 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Script avatarScript
I would wait for a chance to play the game by myself, but I just have to know. Is David Hayter in MGS V in any way? Please no spoilers.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
Guys, serious question... How can I make D-Horse to poop?
gajknight avatargajknight
Goddammit @ FullmetalJ, you have poisoned my mind with...whatever the hell this is.[youtube]https://youtu.be/wv0iUKb80C8[/youtube] It's so, so catchy. Go suck a baguette. And thanks :3. Yes I have listened to all of it.
Niero Desu avatarNiero Desu
That time when Mr. Destructoid went to Vegas [img]http://i.imgur.com/hYEQG7z.jpg[/img]
SirDavies avatarSirDavies
As someone who hasn't played the MGS series at all, should I play it by release date or story order?
Vuster avatarVuster
Been watching a good friend play the Metal Gear game on twitch soon. I will say I can understand the appeal 100% and Kojima knows how to make a great piece of work. I think will hold off on a new pc and get this if this keeps up!
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
So I can plug any headphones I want into my PS4 controller. If said headphones have a mic, will it work in chat?
ScreamAid avatarScreamAid
Gee whilikers, guys. I might just explain where I've been and what I've been up to while I've been gone. That'd be a good topic for a c-blog getting me whipped back into shape, right? I'ma try to write more, so expect more of me in the future!
bloma avatarbloma
Just bought Fez for xbox 360. Playing it on my 58 inch plasma. What a beautiful game.
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
So there's a chance more MKX characters are being revealed today. Now, I'm not saying you *should* cross your fingers and say a prayer for me to get my waifu Sindel just, y'know, it would be monstrous of you to make me cry with your lack of love & support
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
Just so you know, I've been a Huge subscriber for a few years but I thought I had until the end of September to cancel it. So I've opened an inquiry for the refund, which is on tinypass' end of things by the way.
techsupport avatartechsupport
I once posted that Total Recall was the best movie ever made. I would like to make note that Starship Troopers is a close second. Carry on.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
I put too many peppers in my sausage and potatoes. My asshole is on fire. I want to cry when I wipe. But it was good.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
One glorious Japanese twitter user made a custom LBX of one of my favorite Kamen Riders: [img]http://i.imgur.com/yp1oraHm.jpg[/img] It's like getting peanut butter in chocolate but with small robots and spandex banana men!
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
I feel terrible for not reading most of you beautiful people's blogs. Let's just say my passion is writing, not reading :s
techsupport avatartechsupport
People can debate GOTY all they want, but the real question is: D-Horse or Roach?
Mr Knives avatarMr Knives
I'm dragging myself away from my PS4 long enough to say that MGS V is pretty darn awesome so far.
Myles Cox avatarMyles Cox
Down with that PAX Pox. Auhhhghghghhhh
Shinta avatarShinta
MGSV: Sneaking into a heavily guarded Russian military base in Afghanistan at night, slashing throats while listening to this. [youtube]https://youtu.be/-hWZqllm3mQ[/youtube] Comes off like a perfectly planned scene in a Scorsese movie or something.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Tortilla chips: The only food I know and love to betray me by deciding to flip to a bad angle and stab me in the gums.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -