One of the most beloved video games of the last ten years – highly expected to the release date and hugely popular till today. What makes Counter Strike: Global Offensive such an impressive success? Why is it so unique and attractive for players over the years since 2012? The best way to get convinced is trying it yourself.
CS:GO is a game made by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment. The project is based on the previous version of the title – Counter Strike: Source. Although the main idea and rules remain generally the same, players can enjoy a completely new experience due to some serious improvements and additional functions or equipment. The version released in 2012 is often complimented for the graphics upgrade which made the game meet the contemporary standards without affecting in lags while playing online mode.
More than shooting
Nowadays, CS:GO still has millions of loyal fans who praise the great gameplay including competition with friends and users all over the world. Multiplayer mode is the most popular choice for those who’ve already learned the basics. In this classic first-person shooter players are putting themselves into positions of Terrorists or Counter-Terrorists. The group choice determines not only one’s aims but also his set of weapons and proper tactics.
It’s strategic thinking which makes the gameplay so exciting; during each round you have to predict enemy’s movements, identify his position and defeat. Simultaneously, you have to care about minimizing yours and your teammates’ loss. Remember, there’s no effectiveness without perfectly developed cooperation skills! Your actions, if not properly talked over via the built-in chat, could bring more harm than good. The key to achieve better results is simply developing group coordination and the ability of team working. Only that, combined with manual skills, will bring a considerable improvement to your performance.
Six dimensions of entertainment
Players can choose from six modes, which are:
- Weapons Course (offline) – highly recommended for the beginners, teaches basics that every player should master before joining online matches. This mode enables testing available weapons, their force and results of use;
- Casual Mode – relatively easier than e.g. Competitive, especially for less experienced players. You cannot kill the members of your own team, which can happen accidentally in other modes. Another facilitation is the lack of collision; others can’t block your way of escape, you just run through them;
- Deathmatch Mode – unlike in the most popular Competitive, respawning after being killed is enabled. What’s more, the access to ammunition is almost unlimited. There’s only one aim, to eliminate the enemies. The most effective player becomes a winner;
- Demolition Mode– includes planting/defusing a bomb and upgrading weapons as a prize for kills. Rewards are distributed after finishing each round;
- Arms Race – if you’ve ever played other versions of Counter Strike, you may know this mode as a Gun Game. In spite of some cosmetic changes, the main idea is still the same;
- Competitive – the most popular among six modes, for many players remains the classic one. Two teams consisting 5 members each compete during 30 rounds. To win a match, team has to score at least 16 points. Getting a point can be achieved by killing all the enemies or preventing them from implementing their plans. The Terrorists’ aim is planting a bomb and leading to its explosion, while the Counter Terrorists are trying to defuse it. However, also a less popular variation of the mode exists. In this scenario Terrorists have two hostages and Counter Terrorists are trying to rescue at least one of them. Competitive Mode requires clever funds planning and good risk management since the sources are limited and a player, once eliminated, doesn’t respawn.
High quality of gameplay for everyone
For the team, it’s remarkably important to secure teammates in danger. In case one gets killed, the enemy can steal his weapon. The teammate should be near, so that he can collect it earlier. Counter Strike is quite a complex game, so usually choosing the most appropriate strategy is a difficult challenge. However, the more you play, the better you get. After some time, lots of enemy’s decisions will turn out to be predictable and in consequence easier to be thwarted. Practicing will definitely develop your skills and help to achieve higher positions in ranks. The system picks same-level players for every match, which ensures great entertainment for every user, from a beginner to an advanced player.
To enjoy a fluent game, the following requirements should be provided:
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 processor or better
- 2 GB RAM
- Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
- Video Card: 256 MB or more, supporting Pixel Shader 3.0, DirectX 9
- about 8 GB Disc Space