'Insurgency: Sandstorm' Could Be The Next Great Military Shooter

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Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat began as a modification for Half-Life 2 that would take the engine of the game that powers the multiplayer behemoth Counter-Strike, one of the worlds top first-person shooter video games, and turn it into something a bit more realistic and hardcore for the military simulation loving masses. Eventually, this total conversion evolved into the stand-alone game Insurgency, which was released in 2014.


The selling point of Insurgency is that it favors small-unit tactics over everything else. Unlike other shooters of the time, if you were hit, you were likely dead. Surviving more than one gunshot was rare, and going on a killing spree even rarer. Call of Duty this was not.

The cult success of Insurgency led to the production of the upcoming sequel, Insurgency: Sandstorm, which is powered by the Unreal 4 engine, a significant change from the aging Source engine used in previous incarnations.

Insurgency: Sandstorm features PVP and Co-op action online.

Sandstorm also has brought new layers to the table, featuring light vehicles, and the ability to call in airstrikes and artillery barrages when playing as the commander class. One nice wrinkle to this is that the commander needs an observer with a radio nearby to actually call in the strikes. If one isn't around, then the commander is just one more infantryman on the battlefield. Other classes are fairly standard, such as breachers, who wield short-range weapons, and demolitions, who sport heavy weapons like rocket launchers. One class that is off-the-wall cool is the adviser class.

This class is based on the U.S. Army Special Forces troops who train foreign forces, and it allows you to use insurgent weapons. All the classes are primed for customization, with a myriad of weapon options. And the weight-to-gear ratio matters: if you want to carry more stuff, be prepared to be the slowest guy on the map. After playing the beta extensively, it's obvious that this latest incarnation reeks of potential, but it's not quite ready for prime-time just yet.

Insurgency: Sandstorm features PVP and Co-op action online.

The official release of the full game has been pushed back by two months in order to fix some game performance issues and other bugs that could derail the launch of the game. The game is currently in beta, which means only a small selection of maps, and only one type of game-play are available for those who have pre-purchased the game. But once December hits, Insurgency: Sandstorm will launch an all-out assault on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.

In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.

The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.

Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.

The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".

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In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.

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Frances and Efrain Santiago, natives of Puerto Rico, wanted to show their support last month for protesters back home seeking to oust the island's governor.

The couple flew the flag of Puerto Rico on the garage of their Kissimmee home. It ticked off the homeowners association.

Someone from the Rolling Hills Estates Homeowners Association left a letter at their home, citing a "flag violation" and warning: "Please rectify the listed violation or you may incur a fine."

Frances Santiago, 38, an Army veteran, demanded to know why.

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A West Point graduate received a waiver from the U.S. Army to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, and play in the NFL while serving as an active-duty soldier.

The waiver for 2nd Lt. Brett Toth was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, who said that Toth signed a three-year deal with the Eagles. Toth graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 2018.

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