Is TorGuard VPN Good For Gaming? [TorGuard VPN Review]
TorGuard is a VPN provider with one of the most extensive offers on the market. But how good are their services for gaming? We checked various aspects, and we can already say that it is one of the most interesting VPN service providers we have tested.
Note that the games we tested TorGuard VPN with were CS:GO, PUBG, Rocket League, Halo Infinite, Call of Duty Warzone, WOT, Minecraft, League Of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Dota 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Fortnite, Valorant, Overwatch, Teamfight Tactics, Hearthstone, and Rust 2.
TorGuard has three plans on its offer – Anonymous VPN Standard ($9.99 monthly), Anonymous VPN Pro ($12.99 monthly), and Business VPN ($32.99 monthly).
We're not going to lie – each of these plans is a bit pricey, and most gamers typically need a VPN for simple tasks like unblocking geo-restricted content or a simple IP address change. Moreover, most VPN providers offer a 30-day money-back guarantee program (like ProtonVPN), which is a kind of free trial and allows us to check out the VPN.
As for TorGuard, we also have access to a free trial, but only on the condition that you will resign from another VPN provider.
Yes, you didn't misread – TorGuard gives a free trial to people who give up another VPN provider in favor of theirs, and there's nothing for people who are trying this type of software for the first time.
That's actually a big minus, and combined with the fact that their offer is already not so affordable, we can’t give a TorGuard a higher rating than 2,5/5.
Reputation Among Gamers (5/5)
TorGuard has an excellent reputation among gamers and streamers. Both of these groups primarily value the ability to set a dedicated IP. We suspect that most of these online reviews are the Anonymous VPN Standard plan, which also speaks well of TorGuard.
Another thing that TorGuard gets praise for is its clear and easy-to-use interface, which is especially important for gamers who have never used that type of software. Actually, their interface is a bit of a “copied homework” from ExpressVPN, but we don't mind because we really like this solution.
TorGuard Gaming Performance (5/5)
We think the best plan TorGuard has for gamers is Anonymous VPN Pro ($12.99 per month), which is practically the same price as ExpressVPN. But is it as good as ExpressVPN? Actually, yes, the quality of service is quite similar, and we also have access to similar features.
In all the games we tested, we maintained a relatively low ping, and our real IP address was not visible to third parties.
Here’s a performance comparison of TorGuard in some popular online games:
- Average ping without TorGuard: 23 ms
- Average ping using TorGuard: 27 ms
- Average ping without TorGuard: 40 ms
- Average ping using TorGuard: 43 ms
- Average ping without TorGuard: 45ms
- Average ping using TorGuard: 46 ms
- Average ping without TorGuard: 40 ms
- Average ping using TorGuard: 54 ms
- Average ping without TorGuard: 14 ms
- Average ping using TorGuard: 37 ms
Alright, so now that we know we don't have to worry about speed (which might be an issue if you're using ZenMate), let's take a closer look at the features TorGuard offers, as they may prove to be really interesting for more demanding gamers.
Dedicated IP & DNS Leak Protection
If you are interested in increasing your privacy to protect yourself from IP/DNS leaks or DDoS attacks, TorGuard offers options to set dedicated IP and complete DNS protection.
In some VPN apps, these features are extremely difficult to set up for someone who has never used this type of software, but you can really set everything up with just a couple of clicks here.
If you are in a situation where you need a VPN only for specific apps and want to use your standard server location and IP address for the rest, this is where split tunneling comes in handy. This feature lets you specify which apps you want to route your connection over the VPN server and which you don't.
For example, we streamed a League of Legends game to our Discord friends using our standard connection, so they could hear us without any latency but played the game on a different server at the same time.
And now something for mobile gamers – TorGuard offers apps for both iOS and Android. We have tried playing PUBG Mobile and Hearthstone with it, and we had some mixed feelings. We experienced a few random disconnects, plus everything felt a lot slower, so we would rather not recommend it.
Note that to use the mobile app, you have to buy the Anonymous VPN Pro version, and you won't have it in the Standard one.
We realize that browser games are somewhat outdated, but they still exist. Besides, it is through the browser that we unlock content such as Amazon Prime gaming goodies, which are often region-locked. Luckily, TorGuard offers browser extensions for all popular browsers, and it works really well. Honestly, it's one of the better VPN browser extensions we tested.
Number Of Locations (5/5)
TorGuard VPN offers 3,000 servers (half as many as CyberGhost) in 68 different locations (50 countries) at the moment of writing this article. Honestly, if you look at the price, it's a bit inferior to ExpressVPN, but we can still say it's a premium offer.
Regardless of the location we tested, we felt like all the servers were quite stable, which is not all that common with VPN service providers. Often a large number of server locations means poor performance on the less popular ones, and we didn't feel that here.
TorGuard's customer support meets almost all standards. One thing they don’t have is a live chat, and that’s a minus, but everything besides that is perfect. You can contact TorGuard's customer support on their e-mail ([email protected]), where you can describe your more complicated problems, and they will reply to you within minutes.
They also have an extensive FAQ section and lots of helpful articles covering the most common issues. Good customer support is an absolute must for a VPN provider, especially since many players are people who have never used this type of software before and might feel lost, and we’re happy to give TorGuard a 5/5 rating here.
TorGuard is undoubtedly not the most affordable out there, while it offers a tremendously high quality of service. We'd say this is the kind of VPN for more complex tasks; most gamers are likely to be satisfied with cheaper alternatives, but TorGuard might be just perfect for the more demanding individuals.