The Terrorists win! That’s something that you don’t want to hear, that is, unless your on the terrorist team. Anyways, let’s talk about this masterpiece Valve has given us, but I’ll only be able to explain it from the POV of an Xbox 360 player. Counterstrike first launched as a mod for Half-Life in 1999, but then Valve gave it rights to become an actual game in 2000. Many of the FPS games that you see today have actually taken some features from Counterstrike and incorporated them into their own image. Over the years, Counterstrike has evolved into many different versions such as CS 1.6 and CS: Source. Now, we are given CS: GO, the newest addition to this million-dollar franchise.
Graphics, Graphics, Graphics! If you’ve had the chance to play CS: Source, CS 1.6, or any other version of Counterstrike, then you know how the graphics were. They may not have been the most realistic textures, but in CS:GO, these visuals have improved beyond expectation! The architecture and level design in the different maps have raised the bar for Counterstrike games. Also, the character models aren’t blocky, they are actual fluid designs! The gun shop has also been redesigned into a menu that’s easier to navigate through and also updated with new weapons.
New Maps and Modes! Now, don’t fret. They have implemented your beloved maps such as Dust and Aztec, but they’ve just been reimagined. Among the old maps, they’ve also brought in some new ones. The different game modes that are available to us are also a great add-on such as Defuse, Hostage, and even Arms Race!
Gameplay! Playing through each match will make you feel as if you’re playing one of the Call of Duty games, but better. Matches are broken down into 10 rounds and once you die in a round, all you can do is spectate, that is, unless there is a bot on your team. Then you will be given the chance to control this bot. Think of it as a second life. Tired of Team-killers? Well, worry no more! Counterstrike: GO allows a “Vote-to-Kick” feature that lets you and your team vote on whether to kick an unsportsman-like player or not. There are also votes for changing the current map, changing the next map, scrambling the teams, and switching sides, all while you’re in-game! The stability of each server could leave a little more to be desired, but for the most part, it keeps you connected. One new thing that CS:GO has implemented into this game is the new Training Course that allows players that are new to Counterstrike, or even new to FPS games in general, to go through training and learn the basic controls, weapons, and modes.
Counterstrike: Global Offensive offers a lot to players that are new to the series and also seasoned veterans. It’s one of those games that you can pick up, put down, and pick up again while have the same amount of joy as before. Would I recommend getting it? Yes, I would. I’ve already gotten it myself. It’s a great game that I am truly impressed with. My hats off to you Valve! Counterstrike: Global Offensive is available now in the XBLA for 1200 Microsoft points.
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