Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced shooter entertains but doesn't innovate play.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Teamwork is key, underscores violence of game.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players play as themselves, and watching over your teammates is key in arena battles.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.


Players use wide variety of firearms, explosives to attack enemies. Getting shot results in a blood spurt, but generally you fall down, wait to respawn.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Insurgency is a downloadable online action game and combines elements of a first-person shooter with strategy. The game's key element is player-vs.-player team battles in a variety of Middle Eastern locations. There are two main modes of play, cooperative and multiplayer. This is a fast-paced game where players can select from a variety of weapons (sniper rifles, machine guns, explosives), and each player has a role depending on the outfitting. While there's some blood, and the focus is combat, it isn't overly gory or visual with violence. Players frequently fall down and wait to respawn when eliminated in battle.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCickyBlunt_241 August 13, 2018

Good first person shooter for "kids"

A very good game no blood or gore or anything innapropriate other than it being really hard to win by yourself because you die in 1 - 2 shots so its really frus... Continue reading
Adult Written byRedplayer S. August 2, 2017

Great milsim game that doesn't make you walk for hours.

No blood or gore but plenty of shooting. Also online text/voice chat is not moderated(a few severs do have profanity rules but most don't care unless you a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDianoak December 7, 2019

How is the game 15+

Earlier i was playing some insurgency, and as i occasionally do, i hopped onto here to see what commonsensemedia had to say. I was expecting 18+. Somehow not.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byouehklrvfgd October 9, 2019


This game has swearing in it have the game does have an option to turn of radio but it is kinda important another thing that makes this game great is that the... Continue reading

What's it about?

INSURGENCY is a team-based tactical first-person shooter that takes place on 16 maps encompassing the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. The game features more than 40 weapons, with each weapon defining a role within a battle setting. Multiplayer is player-vs.-player arena fighting (which can feature up to 32 players with multiple game scenarios) on small contained maps, while five cooperative player modes pit groups of players against bots driven by the game's artificial intelligence. The game also allows players to create and share their own maps. While there are missions, the game is -- at its core -- a battle to eliminate the other team. Players can create their own scenarios and set parameters for the game or quickly join through the lobby.

Is it any good?

Though this is quick-paced fun that's entertaining, Insurgency has a been-there, done-that feel to the gameplay. The graphics are well done and supported nicely by the sound quality. The action is quickly paced, and players can pop into a fight and be done within 10 to 15 minutes -- if that long -- which is also a bonus. The game can use bots (essentially computer-controlled characters), and while the AI isn't bad, it can't compare to the randomness and quirky (not to mention unpredictable) behavior of real players. The game features several facets of multiplayer gaming ranging from battles with reinforcements to one-life-one-kill matches, objective-based firefights, or death-match-style rounds. And while the only solo game element is the tutorial, there's plenty of space for co-op or competitive play. There are nine multiplayer modes: Push (take objectives in order), Firefight (take all three territorial objectives in any order), Skirmish (get objectives and protect your supply cache), Occupy (like king of the hill), Ambush (take out a high-value target), Strike (destroy weapon caches), Infiltrate (capture the flag), Flashpoint (control the entire map board), and Elimination (you only have one life with no chance of respawning).

The downside is that the game really doesn't offer anything new to the multiplayer shooter genre. The settings are smaller, which means popping into the action quicker, but lag can be a major deterrent, and a target you think you've nailed can get off without a nick. The various modes, while a nice array, aren't new either. But that's not to say this game isn't well done. Insurgency is a nice little indie title, but if you're looking for something fresh and exciting within the genre, you might want to look elsewhere. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Would this game be as fun if it didn't have the same focus on violence or firearms? Would it be more accessible or OK if the weapons weren't realistic?

  • Talk about the importance of teamwork. How does a team work together and rely on one another to get a job done? Are there lessons in this game that can be applied to real life?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $14.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: New World Interactive
  • Release date: January 22, 2014
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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