Reviews and Problems with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
2 September 2013
Summary: In 1999, I crawled out of Counter-Strike ’s wretched vagina to become the man I am today. And, now, I’m tasked with rating the game. How does one even rate his mother? In sixth grade, I would wake up for school at 5:30 AM, but then I started getting up at 4:30 just to get a couple rounds in before class. Call it dedication or a sickening obsession, but I was hooked on CS (nevermind my neighbor who broke into my house to play while I slept!) It was more than a game.
Excerpt: Counter-Strike had its humble beginnings as a Half-Life mod, pitting terrorists against counter-terrorists - a modern day iteration of the classic cops and robbers/cowboys and Indians game re-interpreted for a global setting. Getting its own retail release in 2000, Counter-Strike quickly became one of the most popular shooters of all time, with its anti-terrorism sentiment reaping the benefits of the post-9/11 landscape, and it no doubt helped shape the current modern...
Excerpt: The core elements of the Counter-Strike series haven’t changed much since the original Half-Life mod emerged in 1999. That trend continues with the newest update, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, for better and worse. Though the $15 downloadable title keeps the core of the series’ gameplay alive, preserving the traditional maps, gun mechanics, and game modes, it lacks any innovation the FPS genre has introduced in the past decade and never introduces anything new of its...
Pros: The improved visuals, Arms Race mode, Traditional shooter mechanics of CS are intact
Cons: Same old maps, No attempt at bringing the series forward, The steep learning curve for newcomers
Excerpt: The Counter-Strike formula is universally recognizable and has been since it first saw the light of day in 1999 as a Half-Life mod. While it has undergone several iterations, the point has always been the same. Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists fight for honor and glory in a series of best of 10 matches. doesn't do much to reinvent this wheel, as it feels more like Counter-Strike: Source with a shiny new coat of paint.
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 my role models. It is usually 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 Cbble, Italy or Dust...
Conclusion: The importance of the original Counter-Strike cannot be overstated. It was one of the first online shooters, with sort of a realistic feel to it, and in a way almost every modern shooter owes something to CS. It was also the first game to prove the potential of the mod scene. Counter-Strike was the first mod, that in some ways exceeded the popularity of the game it was based on.
Pros: + Solid, classic gameplay. + Nice technical update. + True to the original. + Increased accessibility.
Cons: - Too conservative. - Most new features add very little. - Graphics could have been better.