Insurgency: Sandstorm is free to play for the next five days

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Tactical multiplayer shooter Insurgency: Sandstorm, one of the hidden gems of 2019 (opens in new tab), is free to play from now until next Wednesday, April 1.

You can grab it from its Steam page (opens in new tab)—if you're enjoying it, then you can buy it at half price (£12.99/$14.99) for the duration of the free-to-play period.

It's a fairly realistic squad-based shooter that's constantly adding new guns, maps, and modes, and the tug-of-war style PvP Frontline mode is a standout. The latest update, 1.6, added full mod support, and all mod downloads are handled within the game client. The update also added a new map, Power Plant, and made all maps compatible with Domination mode, which was added in 1.5.

If you need more of a recommendation, check out Phil's 85/100 Insurgency review (opens in new tab). He called it "fresh and innovative", and thought its focus on realism was able to "convey the ugliness and horror of modern military combat, without the need for overwrought scripted sequences".

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.