Counter Strike: Global Offensive is a sequal to Valve's popular PC shooter.
Counter Strike is a decade old, yet it's still going strong. PC gamers still play it to this day, and there's plenty of reasons why. One is due to it's simplistic team-based fomula. Counter Strike isn't as fancy as other online shooters, like Call of Duty or Battlefield. There's no Perks, no Unlockable Attachments, or Prestige. Counter Strike is all about team-based objectives. It's very basic, but it's extremely tough to master. Anyone who has dedicated their time with the PC version will know how tough CS can be. It's got hardcore written all over it. It's not something your going to pick up over night. It can take months to become a skilled player.
Just like the original, CS: GO is made to be fast paced. The maps are built smaller than most online shooters, making each match very frantic. It gives you little time to finding a hiding spot, and you are facing your enemy within seconds. It's a game of cat and mouse, with you trying to take down the opposing team, or completing an objective as quickly as possible. Most of the game modes have a set number of rounds, and each one can end fairly quickly. It's one of the reasons why Counter Strike is so addictive. It makes you want to player another round, and then another.
CS: GO does feel dated when compared to shooters form this generation. It might put a lot of gamers off, but fans of the series, or anyone who has played Valve's Left 4 Dead series should enjoy it. Shooting in CS: GO is done by the hip. There's no looking down Iron sights, nor is there any sprinting. It's all very basic, but that's what Counter Strike is about.
Just like it's predecessors, CS: GO is extremely well balanced. Each match requires a total of five players on each side. At the start of each match, you must quickly choose your side. Either the Terrorists or the Counter-Terrorists. There are currently four game modes available. Depending on which side you select, you will either have to complete an objective or wipe out the opposing team to win. The two classic modes will be familiar to the veteran fans. Here you simply earn in-game currency for kills and completing the set objective. Each round gives you the option to purchase a weapon and equipment. The more kills you receive, the more currency you will earn. But if you die, you will have to wait till the next round, and your weapon will be lost. The weapons are perfectly balanced, and the new weapons wheel interface makes it easy to navigate, leaving out the fiddly PC menu.
Both classic modes have two objective types. There's a Bomb Defuse mission and a Hostage Rescue. It's quite simple. If you are on the Terrorist side, you will have to either plant the bomb or find and kill the hostages. While the Counter-Terrorists will have to stop the bomb from being planted, or get the hostages to a safe location.
The other two modes, Arms Race and Demolition are new. Arms Race is similar to the Gun Game from the original. Here, earning weapons is done slightly different. Instead of purchasing weaponry yourself, you are given a different weapon each time you get a kill. Arms Race is a simple deathmatch mode. The
objective is to be the first person to get a kill with every weapon, You begin with a handgun, and gradually work up the bigger guns, then end with a knife. It's the most chaotic mode of them all, and the only one that allows respawns.
Demolition works in the same way. You still receive a new weapon for each kill, but you also have an objective to work towards. This is the same as Bomb Defuse, but not being able to purchase weapons turns everything on it's head. Players will have to think strategically about completing the objective.
While the game is perfectly balanced, problems can occur when someone leaves an online match. When someone disappears, they will be cleverly replaced with an online BOT. This keeps the game at a fair balance, but it can change the way a match is won. This is due to the difficulty of the AI. They are
very unhuman like, and can shoot you down within the blink of an eye. They are very tough to beat, but players can choose to play as a BOT if they are currently dead.
Each of the maps in CS: GO look great. There's updated classics, like Office, Dust, and many new ones. They are all visually striking for an XBLA title. It's currently the best looking XBLA game available, and it even stands up to games like Call of Duty. Everything runs at a smooth pace, and I haven't found a slight bit of lag in all my time playing.
Counter Strike can definitely be stated as a top notch sequel. It brings back the quality elements that pioneered a decade go, as well as throwing in some new additions. It's sure to bring back the core players, and also draw in a new crowd. I am a newcomer to CS, but after spending plenty of time with it, I am completely hooked. " I have to go now, off to play some more".