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Insurgency: Sandstorm is free to play until Tuesday

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To mark the one-year anniversary of the release of the multiplayer military shooter Insurgency: Sandstorm (opens in new tab), developer New World Interactive is making the game free to play on Steam until December 17.

To jump into the action, hit the Steam page (opens in new tab) and pound the "Play Game" button. You can play to your heart's content until Tuesday next week (an exact end time isn't specified) and if you dig it, you can also pick it up for half price—$15/£13/€15—until January 2.

We liked it quite a bit, for the record: "I haven't played a multiplayer shooter as exciting as this for ages, and I'll be coaxing friends into its co-op mode for months to come." Phil said in his December 2018 review (opens in new tab). It's expanded considerably since then, with new maps, modes, weapons, cosmetics, and other features.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.