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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

An Expanding FPS Classic

Anyone who played Counter-Strike significantly after its initial release is aware of its hardcore community. Relying far more on patience and team tactics than modern shooters like Call of Duty, it found a rabid following that has remained active for years. Valve continues to support that PC community with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but this time console players get to enjoy the action on Xbox Live and PSN. Global Offensive adds more maps, character models, and weapons, but remains largely the same experience it’s been for over a decade.

Eight new maps are available (in addition to eight returning classics), and they’re spread throughout two new game modes based on popular mods. Arms Race is based on the Gun Game mod for Counter-Strike: Source, and tasks players with getting one kill with each of 26 weapons. Each time you take down an enemy, you progress up a pre-set ladder of weapons until the final golden knife kill.

Another new mode, Demolition, is more similar to the objective-based gameplay of the original game. Teams of terrorists and counter-terrorists compete to bomb an objective or protect it, and players spawn with a new gun if they earned a kill in the previous round. If you rack up more than one kill, you’re rewarded with bonus grenades when you respawn.

These two modes can be fun, but many Counter-Strike fans will likely gravitate toward the classic modes. With short rounds and no mid-round respawns, it’s a significantly different experience than popular shooters of today. Longtime fans of the series will feel right at home with the format, but gamers introduced to the shooter genre in more recent years may find themselves frustrated with some of its trademarks (no instant respawns, no down-sight aiming, a lack of persistent progression, etc.).

Outside of a couple of glitched spawns that left me stuck in mid-air, I didn’t run into many issues when it came to lag or connection errors. As a downloadable title, Global Offensive offers a tried-and-true experience at a reasonable price, even if its gameplay isn’t for everyone. If you prefer working with others and attacking the opposing team with well thought-out tactics instead of brute force, you should find plenty to like in this updated release.

User Reviews:

  • 6.75
    This game sucked, plain and simple. I didn't realize the definition of 'tactical' was that someone's head is made of cardboard and the rest of their body is made of steel. Unless you're like *** Max Payne and can concentrate on really small targets and shoot them in the head while...
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  • 9.00
    Over the past few years, a general trend has emerged from the shooter genre: brief single-player campaigns laden with scripted-events, coupled with a multiplayer mode so accessible that even the weakest teammate can feel empowered. While these games may offer the swift satisfaction of being able to mow...
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  • 9.50
    Counter Strike, or CS, has been in my life for a long time and seeing a new addition made me slightly skeptical. But fear not, Valve never lets us down when it comes to developing great and amazing games. (Now release dates are a different story) CS:GO has tremendous graphics with it's eye-popping...
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  • 9.50
    (This is for the PC version) I've been playing it for a while and it's amazing, graphics are good, gameplay is awesome, and overall just fun to play when you got nothing to do. Now the downside about CS:GO is that there is less modding, when you install mods/skins I have to re-install the game...
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  • 8.75
    PC VERSION Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) is pretty much the same as Counter Strike: Source in all the obvious ways stated in the GI review above ; no instant respawns... etc, But this is an extremely good thing. As someone who has played more then 1000 hours of CSS I will obviously be biased...
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