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3:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Counter-Strike: GO's Operation Breakout breaks out new maps for everyone

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players just got a few new playgrounds to get offensive on, courtesy of the players themselves. As part of CS:GO's Operation Breakout initiative, six user-created maps have been promoted...

Brett Makedonski


3:00 AM on 05.28.2014

Super Source Bros. Melee

What if Valve made their own Super Smash Bros. game, but with characters from Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, Counter-Strike, and Left 4 Dead? What if?!

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 AM on 02.07.2014

New CS: GO update lets you toss grenades in a new way

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has received a rather sizeable update, which includes the introduction of Sticker Capsules, a secondary firing option for grenades as well as a behemoth of map and gameplay changes. Stick...

Harry Monogenis

11:00 AM on 12.20.2013

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sees improved de_cbble

No map is more iconic of the Counter-Strike franchise than de_dust, with its multiple paths through its tan and brown desert marketplace. Another classic map is making a comeback in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but not w...

Darren Nakamura

1:15 PM on 11.07.2013

Earn Counter-Strike: GO drops by watching Twitch

As of this week's update for Counter: Strike: Global Offensive, players can now link their Steam accounts on Twitch. This is something you'll want to do if you're planning to catch the 2013 DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Champio...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 10.25.2013

Counter-Strike: GO adds weapon finishes

It looks like Valve is starting to really pour the same love and care into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that it has continuously poured into Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2. First, we get weapons and the almighty crates, ...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 PM on 10.11.2013

The latest Counter-Strike: GO update is for spectators

If you dig Dota 2's in-game spectator options, you're going to want to revisit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This week's update adds the WATCH menu, which is where you can view live streams featuring high-ranked members o...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Counter-Strike: GO gets new weapons, skins, and CRATES

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has just received a huge update which includes two new weapons, a lot of new weapon skins, and even crates and keys. The crates contain only skins, some of which will track the ...

Patrick Hancock

4:30 PM on 04.26.2013

Operation Payback rewards Counter-Strike: GO map makers

Starting with Operation Payback, Valve is putting together a series of limited-time updates that intend to help out Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map makers. This $2.99 pass (regularly $5.99) is available until July 31 and...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 04.19.2013

Play Super Mario Bros. within a Counter-Strike map

Sometimes you need to put down the AK-47, pause the terrorist hunt, and play Super Mario Bros. Using a server plugin, a clever modder that goes by the name skwumpy created the Sourcemod Entertainment System or SMES, which le...

Allistair Pinsof



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Review: Tactical Intervention
by Allistair Pinsof

[This post originally ran as impressions on the open beta and is now updated to reflect the full release, which came two weeks later.]

Call of Duty has dumbed down the modern shooter to being about planting bombs, capturing points, and getting headshots. In contrast, Tactical Intervention is a breath of fresh air and feels evolutionary in its ideas -- one could say next-gen, but it'd be hard not to laugh when looking at its budget production values. Dog barks sound like Doom imps and the visuals somehow look worse than anything in Half-Life 2, despite having all the niceties that have come to the Source engine since '04.

Before Call of Duty fever swept the nation, I loved online first-person shooters for the chaos that car combat and hostage encounters can bring. I'll never forget surfing on an airplane wing in Battlefield 1942 or using hostages as human shields in a pitch dark cs_mansion in Counter-Strike.

Tactical Intervention brings back the good memories before FPS were marketable to the mainstream, along with reminders that mods like Counter-Strike weren't born with that layer of polish later achieved.

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1:30 PM on 03.23.2013

Checking out Counter-Strike: GO's new hostage mode

Despite loving Counter-Strike: Global Offensive upon release, I had concerns that Valve wouldn't give it the same loving updates that Team Fortress 2 received over the years. Well, they are finally proving my concern wrong wi...

Allistair Pinsof

10:30 PM on 03.14.2013

Tactical Intervention now in open beta

Tactical Intervention, Counter-Strike co-creator Minh "Gooseman" Le's free-to-play first-person shooter, is now available to play in open beta, with the full game to launch March 28. No keys are required to participate in the...

Keith Swiader

4:00 AM on 03.07.2013

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is Valve's 5th Linux game

Following last month's beta release of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero for Steam on Linux, the game has officially launched -- for real. Not the most thrilling news of the day, I'll agree to that, however the brief announcemen...

Jordan Devore

10:30 PM on 02.28.2013

Counter-Strike successor Tactical Intervention out Mar 28

Update: I just received a press release announcing a March 28 release. I guess Gooseman is trying to poke fun at the skeptic in me or make my dreams come true. One of the two. Hurrah? A year ago, Counter-Strike creator Minh '...

Allistair Pinsof

1:45 PM on 02.07.2013

Counter-Strike: GO gets new mode, maps, and map tools

Valve, apparently too busy at DICE to release a press release, put out some new images and info on some very welcome Counter-Strike: GO updates. The most significant addition is Map Workshop, a new extension of Steam that let...

Allistair Pinsof