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.
|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...more
|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...more
|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...more
|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...more
|7:00 PM on 01.25.2013|
Deathmatch comes to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Good news, everyone! A new patch has come out on PC for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adding a deathmatch mode as well as the usual weapon balances and bug fixes. Deathmatch will be available for matchmaking and offli...more
|10:00 PM on 10.01.2012|
CS:GO, Dota 2, and LoL part of MLG's GameBattles
GameBattles, which allows users and teams to sign up and compete in tournaments, is adding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and League of Legends to its fall lineup of online ladder tournamen...more
|2:00 PM on 08.24.2012|
Review: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
In 1999, I crawled out of Counter-Strike’s wretched vagina to become the man I am today. And, now, I’m tasked with rating the game. How does one even rate his mother? In sixth grade, I would wake up for school a...more
|7:00 PM on 08.21.2012|
Grab your knife! Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is live
It has been barely a year since the official announcement, but it's already here! Valve's answer to the tactical/military team-based shooter of today, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has just been released to the ...more
|7:00 PM on 08.07.2012|
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pre-order now on Steam
You can put money down on your Steam download of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today, ahead of the August 21 release date. Why would you do that? Well, pre-purchases on Steam get both a 10 percent discount and early access...more
|12:00 PM on 06.04.2012|
E3: Counter-Strike: GO comes to consoles/PC August 21
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, PC, and Mac, August 21 for $15. Seven months after the closed beta began, Valve finally has set a date for this much anticipated FPS. Personally, I've bee...more
|7:00 PM on 06.15.2013|
It's Deadfall Adventures Time!
UPDATE: Deadfall Adventures will be $39.99 on PC and $49.99 on X360, not $60. Deadfall Adventures may seem like an Indiana Jones or Uncharted rip-off, however the game is doing the exact opposite: it is engrained in the ...more
|6:00 PM on 06.15.2013|
PS4's DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2 won't need PS Plus
[Update: Seems there was a bit of confusion and PlanetSide 2 will NOT be cross-compatible between PC and PS4. DC Universe Online is a still a go for cross play, however.] As amazing as the PS4 conference was, Sony was able to...more
|8:15 PM on 06.14.2013|
My teammate shot me in Takedown: Red Sabre
Takedown: Red Sabre should make tactical first-person shooter players happy. I'm not one, I've come to realize, but I gave it my best during a demonstration of this squad-based PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 game from S...more