Tactical squad-based shooter Insurgency becomes available on Steam's Early Access initiative at a value price.
Indie developer New World Interactive (NWI) has recently joined Steam’s “Early Access” store with its game Insurgency at a discounted price of $14.99 (25% discount). Insurgency is a team-based, tactical first-person shooter which supports up to 32 players at a time designed for Windows PC, Mac OS X (and later on Linux), using Valve’s Source Engine. It is based on the ever popular Half Life 2 total conversion mod Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat which was awarded the ModDB “Player’s Choice Mod of the Year” in 2007.
What the “Early Access” allows for is indie developer’s to interact with the community in a new way forming a direct line of communication between developer and customer to discuss the game. This also lets gamers not just play the game in its alpha phase but buys them into the completed game when it is released later this year.
NWI seeks to make Insurgency a first-person shooter that focuses more on realism and has teamwork as a major component to the core gameplay. The minimalistic HUD and lack of regenerating health gives the game a more authentic feel that helps to immerse the player more fully into the action. Unlike most other shooters, the "army of one" mentality doesn't apply here because you will die very quickly that way. The realistic nature of the game helps this as it encourages teamwork to be victorious because much like real life, trying to fight multiple enemies alone will often result in failure.
There is a standard, balanced selection of weapons like the M4 assault rifle for the Security forces and the AK-47 for the Insurgents, as well as a shotgun, sniper rifle and pistol among others. What makes the weapon selection stand out however is that you use supplies, which are accumulated after a round depending on how well your team does, to put enhancements like a scope or armour piercing rounds on your weapon allowing for customization as well as more depth to the combat. Seeing as the game is still in a playable alpha, NWI will be incorporating more weapons like a grenade launcher along with other customizable features to further differentiate the gameplay from other tactical shooters.