Reviews and Problems with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Review
13 October 2012
Excerpt: It's hard for me to write about Counter-Strike because, well, Counter-Strike made me; the underpass of Dust is my Hyrule Field, Golden Saucer or Shadow Moses, and as a 14-year-old kid in a clan with big dreams and middling skill the rest of my team became role models. It is through a Counter-Strike lens that I now view and scrutinise today's modern shooters, and that usually means asking myself if whatever map I'm playing on is as good as Cobblestone, Italy or Dust 2.
Excerpt: In a world full of competitive shooters, Counter-Strike always stands out. Games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor may pride themselves on their online games, but Valve's super competitive shooter thrives on it. It's tough, it's visceral, it's unforgiving -- but at the same time, it's a bit dated. Enter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive , an updated and cleaned up version of the perennial shooter.
Excerpt: More update than honest-to-goodness sequel, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maintains much of what made the original Counter-Strike (and Counter-Strike: Source) so fantastic, while adding a couple of new game modes, both of which were based on user-made mods to the original game. In this update, Counter-Strike continues to enjoy the enthralling gameplay and near-perfect balancing that took it from a cult hit in college dorm rooms to one of the seminal games in the...
Pros: The intense, skill-based combat of Counter-Strike is as enthralling as ever, Low price, New modes put a clever spin on classic Counter-Strike, N/A
Conclusion: I share my one gripe with quite a lot of other CS players. Shooters, including the original and Source versions of Counter-Strike , rely on visual cues to enhance the experience, a key element of which is how the players’ bodies respond to bullet impacts. CS:GO lacks in this department. I often find myself firing a lot more rounds into an opponent simply because visually I can’t see the effect of the bullets.
Pros: Optimized experience, better visuals, added modes, innovation without abomination
Cons: Shoddy initial matchmaking, lack of prominent impact animations
Conclusion: Some would conclude and suggest CS: GO hasn’t changed so why bother. This is flawed – GO is perhaps the most exciting game in the series. It’s culled the crap, brought new content and tactics to a near-perfect series, and focused on community. It’s got an extremely bright future ahead of itself.
Conclusion: The traditional CS modes are excellently balanced. Games are fast-paced without being unmanageable, skill is rewarded in both the planning and outfitting stages as well as in battle, and good teamwork typically beats individual skills. Pacing is fantastic, too, because you will generally die at least a few times, giving you time to observe other players' work, review your own mistakes, and plan for the next round during the downtime.
Pros: The intense, skill-based combat of Counter-Strike is as enthralling as ever, Low price, New modes put a clever spin on classic Counter-Strike., The intense, skill-based combat of Counter-Strike is as enthralling as ever, Low price, New modes put a clever spin on classic Counter-Strike.