Submitted by: David K.
Tips and Tricks You May or May Not Know:
Written by Kana
This guide will be my compilation of helpful tips and tricks for playing Insurgency.
-=Weapon and Equipment Handling Tips and Tricks=-
Recycling old magazines: if it is a risk you think you can take, try to shoot until
your mag is empty. When you unload more than half of your magazine’s capacity away,
it is natural to reload back up to full in order to be ready for the next engagement.
But always remember that the old magazines will be used again later once you’ve
cycled through all the new mags, you don’t want to load in an old magazine with only
a few rounds left!
Ammo check/chamber check: If you have a weapon mod that include a visually different
reloading animations for when the weapon is empty and when the magazine still has
rounds left, you are able to reload and quickly cancel by switching your weapons in
order to determine if your gun still has rounds left in it or not. Alternatively,
some weapon mods has a feature that shows the charging handle/bolt locking back once
the gun is empty, such as the Kel-Tec RFB (old and unsupported now).
Sprinting reload: nearing the end of most fully empty reload animations you are able
to start sprinting without cancelling the reload and having to do the entire thing
again. The timing has to be precisely near the end, usually around the part where your
hand touches the charging handle and is about to charge it or when you press the
button to release the bolt locking back in its place (does not work with weapons that
reloads rounds/shells individually). But always remember! This is mainly a movement/
traversal trick, not a combat trick. If you run dry while engaging, cover first then
reload later. You are not supposed to reload first then slowly walk into cover, if a
reload takes 4 seconds you still have 3 seconds for you to die first before you can
use the 4th second to sprint away.
Creating a slightly safer area with smoke grenades: enemies closing in from multiple
directions? throw a smoke grenade into the corner and get the jump on them (provided
they don’t blindl fire into the whole thing). Everyone is more confident in pulling
the trigger if they can directly see the target they’re aiming at, but if they have
to put in more effort in finding you then that gives you more time to work. If you’re
outside the smoke and the enemy is inside then shining your flashlight into it will
reveal silhouettes of the people inside, unless they’re in the deep end or the
opposite side of the cloud from where you’re shining the light from. If you’re inside
the smoke, avoid the middle of the cloud (where the grenade is) as that will blind
you completely. As you move further away from the center of the cloud it will be
easier for you to see but it’s also easier for you to be seen as well.
Grenades usage: left mouse click pull the pin without keeping the lever and throw,
holding it down allow you to cook it. Middle mouse button does an underhand toss,
can be used to roll the grenade foward but only a little bit. Right mouse click pull
the pin while keeping the lever, can be held indefinitely. If you keep the lever
(not using the left click) you can cancel the throw as long as you don’t release the
grenade by switching your weapon.
Readying your equipment: every time you spawn in you will ready your weapon by doing
a slightly long but cool animation, this applies for primary, secondary and launchers,
and only for the first time you equip that weapon. This will be done only when you
pull out your weapon while in the re-supply zone indicated by the supply icon on the
screen, moreover this area can be seen as a blue zone on the map with the symbol of
the team you belong to. It is recommended you ready all your weapons to avoid doing
the long animation in a situation where you capture a point and being in the re-supply
zone dictates you take a few seconds longer for you to pull your sidearm out.
Be careful, be vigilant, be ready.
Quick resupply instead of reloading: bind the resupply key into a key you’re
comfortable with using console commands and you can press that button to instantly
resupply, it’s the difference between using 4 seconds to swap mags and fully reload
and using only a few seconds to just pull out and ready a new weapon.
Magazine check: quickly swap weapons to check the hud at the bottom right corner
of the screen for how many mags you have left.
Keep your distance: from the cover you’re currently using and your teammates.
Being too close to your cover means that you have to turn more before you can
move foward back into cover cover, or if you decide to strafe sideways into cover
while shooting your gun, it will be too close the cover and you’ll have to lower
your weapon which prevents you from shooting effectively. Avoid being near
teammates when crossing open areas or when not in full cover, any enemy who’s
trying to hit your teammate can hit you if you’re too close to them and it’s
unfortunate if you catch stray bullets that are not meant for you.
-=The Two Main Playstyle of Insurgency=-
When You’re Alone
Advantages: less concern for friendly fire (as long as you know they’re in a
different area). You are your only limitation, there will no one to impose
restrictions on you allowing you to move and act freely, weapons free. You advance
at your own pace, kill as many as you want, go to the objective with the route you
have in mind.
Disadvantages: increased requirement for independency, spatial awareness, speed,
reflex, reaction time etc. When you inevitably rejoin with the team you will have
to turn off your ‘shoot to kill, free fire zone’ mode, lest your teammate(s)
suddenly pop out from around the next corner and your reflex take over.
Tips: good positioning can help you out a lot, if you don’t want to be aware of
all 360 degrees around you then place yourself next to a wall and then you’ll only
have to worry about the 180 degree. Be aware of who’s gonna come around the corner
of the wall you’re next to though. Having only a 180 degree arc for you to look
at is a big difference between checking behind you as well and only having to
check your left and right. Don’t stay in one place for too long, or if you want
to then keep roaming around that immediate area.
-=When You’re With the Team=-
Advantages: less concern for other zones or angles of approach from the enemy,
your team should cover and clear their own respective areas leaving you to focus
on your own. With multiple team members working, covering, clearing the immediate
area around your own position, you are relatively safer than being alone and that
allows you more time for actions such as reloading. I usually imagine that I have
a strict time limit when performing certain actions and if I take too long I will
die, having teammates greatly increases that time limit until you need to be ready,
of course you should strive to perform your best without relying on your team too
much. What you receive from your teammates, you should be able to return to them
the same benefits.
Disadvantages: increased requirement for cooperation, possible bad teammates,
higher chance for friendly fire and trigger discipline is recommended. If your
teammates requires a higher level of performance from you for whatever reason,
you may need to perform similarly to how you would while soloing while under
restrictions from your teammates which can be tricky.
Tips: use the map to determine which direction your teammates are covering and
fill in the gap of the team. If every possible direction is covered you can patrol
from place to place and be ready to provide support to whichever direction is under
attack. Similary for offence, if most of your team are converging and moving into
one area then look out for possible flankers from the side or behind. If you are
behind the group let your frontline teammates handle the front, don’t try to shoot
past your teammate who are in front of you. If you want to go but they’re too slow,
go to the side and go around them.
Close Range Assault Type
Description: this style is essentially for people who likes the adrenaline rush or
like being a speed freak. This is my favourite and main playstyle due to its fast
pace. Fast assault, full auto, quick kills in rapid succession, moving and clearing
areas quickly etc. It can be summed up to the faster you are, the longer you live.
(When performing certain actions, this doesn’t mean you rush off and hurry to your
Playstyle info: engagement range is as close as that of urban areas like Tell,
Contact, District, Revolt etc. Weapons are fully automatic weapons with 30 or more
rounds per magazine, relying on quick target acquisition and trigger pull to take
down enemies before they return fire and kill you.
Playstyle tips: when presented with multiple enemies, make a ‘sweep’ by killing
from left to right or right to left. If you manage to lock on different targets
and shoot them fast enough then that’s good but if not then shoot the ones who’s a
threat to you i.e. aiming at you or notices you before the rest does. You can try
to master how to hip fire effectively to increase your killing speed at extremely
close range, shaving off a second or two for aiming down sights if you can hit
without needing to. If you have less than 4 seconds before the enemy react, return
fire and kill you, you need to consider if you can kill them all within 4 seconds
or not; if not then kill as much as you can within a couple seconds before quickly
getting back into cover. Take on as many enemies as you’re comfortable with at any
single time, never more than you can handle. Don’t try to kill everyone at once, if
you need take out 10+ targets, take them out in smaller groups of like 2, 3 or 4
at a time. Try to guess how long you can stay out of cover to shoot for, if enemies
return fire, don’t keep shooting unless you know you can kill them before they
Other tips: I usually don’t have time to extend my finger to the numbers so I key
binded Q to switch between primary and secondary, this allows for grenade cancelling
and switching weapons to be quicker. I normally don’t use lean unless I know
I won’t have time to get back into cover if I peek out, I like to have my fingers
on movement at all times.
Factors affecting play style effectiveness: how prepared you are vs. how prepared
your enemies are, this effects how much time you have to kill them before they
react. Controlling your weapon efficiently, how many rounds per target is
considered optimal? How fast is your gun’s rate of fire, how many enemies can
you kill with one magazine? How much time do you need to have in between each
killing session if you need to reload a completely empty mag? What do you have
to do to make sure you have the time you need etc.