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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive  



Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ... is Counter-Strike!


7:10 PM on 08.28.2011
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ... is Counter-Strike! photo



If you were at PAX and you met someone who played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, they will describe it in one very simple way -- it's Counter-Strike!

Seriously, that's all you really need to know. It's obviously better looking, it's clearly reaching a wider audience, and it's destined to have plenty of fresh content, but at its heart, this is a game that knows exactly what it is. It's Counter-Strike!

It's as simple as that.

While Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 duke it out, we're seeing a refreshing revival of "old school" first-person shooters. Hard Reset and Serious Sam 3 are bringing us classic run-and-gun violence festivals, while Global Offensive is going to bring us back to a world where online gaming was less about kill streaks and more about running about, shooting the crap out of each other. 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sits at the root of online shooters. There's no cover system, there's no manual sprint mechanic, there are just terrorists and counter-terrorists, with guns at the ready. Valve was very keen to point out how those players brought up on modern shooters were failing -- criticizing those who stood still in a shoot-out and praising those who understood the concept of fast-paced, unsubtle action. 

Each play session lasted four rounds of elimination deathmatch, and those rounds whizzed by swiftly. GO is the kind of game to play when one wants quick bites of action, rather than a four-course meal. That's not to say it's unfulfilling, of course. It's elegantly simple and provides the instant gratification that we all need from time to time.

The game looks pretty damn decent. No, it's not graphically stunning like Battlefield 3 or full of setpieces like Modern Warfare 3, but it's a significant visual upgrade using the faithful Source Engine. Ultimately, GO is a game that doesn't need to look lavishly gorgeous. It's a game that just gives you a gun and tells you what to shoot. 

So yes, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is indeed Counter-Strike. It's not a huge reimagining, it's not a gritty reboot, and it's definitely not planning to reinvent the wheel. With a franchise that has been adored for over a decade, though, who really wanted that? This is Counter-Strike, prepared just the way you like it.





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


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


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sees improved de_cbble photo


Earn Counter-Strike: GO drops by watching Twitch photo


Counter-Strike: GO adds weapon finishes photo


The latest Counter-Strike: GO update is for spectators photo


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


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2:30 PM on 02.23.2015
Sibling rivalry: Recruit a Counter-Strike pro to embarrass your brother

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Valve and ESL retract ban on ex-ESC Gaming CS:GO team

Last Friday, Valve and eSports League Europe, issued tentative bans on three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive teams. Epsilon eSports, the former ESC Gaming team, and WinneR had players who were accused of match fi...more



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Gambling, match-fixing scandal rocks highest level of competitive Counter-Strike

The world of eSports has a Pete Rose-style controversy on its hands. Yesterday, Valve levied a series of bans against Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players that were found to be involved in a gambling scandal that inc...more



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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...more



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

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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...more



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, ...more



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...more



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 ...more




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