Excerpt: The online shooter is a strange creature. There are so many on the market, yet only a very few are deemed worthy to generate a lasting community within. With console shooters now too being online as standard (the majority, at least), it is getting more difficult for developers to come up with a twist to make their online experience stand out from the crowd.
Conclusion: My final thoughts on Counter-Strike are excellent even with the setbacks because there are literally thousands of servers to choose from, excellent customization options, and a great way for some fast paced tactical competition that is relevant to our modern times.
Excerpt: Counter-Strike has long claimed to be ‘The world’s # 1 action game.’ Is this update worthy of the title? Kyle Stegerwald has been playing the game since its release, and he shares his thoughts here.
Excerpt: I won’t regale readers with an extended history of how Counter-Strike, a modification for the shooter Half-Life, clawed its way to the top of the online game heap a few years ago. Suffice it to say that from the amateur mod scene, the game became so successful that its creators were given jobs at Valve Software, where they released an official version of
Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike is arguably the most successful and most popular online action game ever.
Excerpt: Valve continues to hold their long-standing reputation for publishing quality games, and Counter-Strike: Source is no exception. With the recent gold status of Half-Life 2, Valve has decided to release this ever-so popular mod to their impatient community. Without a doubt, Source builds upon the successes that made the original Counter-Strike mod one of the most played first-person shooters of its time.
Conclusion: I've just learned (as I'm writing this) that Half-Life 2 has again been delayed, possibly to November this year. (Ed. - Who had November in the pool? Smap, I think, damn that kid's got skills.) Well I guess there's always Counter-Strike: Source to tide me over before the much-ballyhooed sequel hits the stores. Yeah right! Time to cure that frustration with a couple of headshots. I'll catch you all later once Half-Life 2 has shipped to stores.
Excerpt: Around one week ago the eagerly awaited Counter-Strike: Source Beta was released by Valve, through Steam to Cyber Café subscribers. This was the first part of a staggered release with a wider beta open to ATI Voucher holders and Condition Zero owners soon to follow. We at Driverheaven were lucky to be invited into the beta program at an early stage and this preview lets you know what we thought of the new game, and the new engine.
Summary: It's essentially the same game that's known and loved ported to the Source engine. Given that Counter-Strike: Source is a 'free' game once you've paid to preload Half-Life 2, we can't complain.
Excerpt: Because there are other FPS games than Call of Duty… Counter strike: source is deemed a classic by most old school FPS fans, not so much the Call of Duty generation, but the people who love the PC shooters that paved the way for what we have today. The amount of content this game has to offer is astounding for its age, and with it being on the PC people are still modding it to this day.
Summary: Développé à l’origine par une bande de codeurs passionnés, motivés par la simplicité et l’efficacité du moteur d’Half-Life, le célèbrissime Counter Strike a su passer en seulement quelques années du statut de mod lambda à celui nettement plus enviable de FPS en réseau le plus joué au monde.