Counter Strike has been with us for over thirty years. It begun as a Half-Life mod that held on pure enthusiasm. But now it’s one of the key disciplines for cyber sports and of course of the most favorite games for the masses ever! This time, the developers had a tough task ahead: after the not very warm acceptation of Source, they didn’t want to change the gameplay so drastically anymore and acted very cautiously, sticking with the old proven schemes and mechanics. What we have in the end is very much alike to the good old Counter Strike from our childhood and teen years, but with a few additions and tweaks that allow it to follow in step with the time without losing its nostalgic charm. So let’s see what’s new about Global Offensive!
Perhaps the main innovation in GO are two modes called Arms Race and Demolition. The first is copied from an old CS mod called Gun Game. Players start with the same weapon and during the round for each kill instantly receive a prize in the form of the next pistol, rifle or shotgun. The last stage is an attempt to stab someone with a knife. This doesn’t look like any of the classic Counter Strike, so you have a chance to gain some new experience. The two available maps with constant revival turn into a terrible mess, from where one single winner crawls out at the end. It is an adequate regime for those who play alone for half an hour after work.
The second mode looks more like standard CS gameplay, but with some reservations. It’s forbidden to buy trunks, weapons are given in the same way as in Arms Race, but only once per round. The maps are small, there is only one location of the bomb. Two teams have to fight for control of the spot, one tries to activate the explosive and the other stands in their way. The whole action lasts two minutes, but the level of intensity is extremely high, so watch out!
Another thing that has been changed is the original gameplay that is now presented in two variations designed for “hardcore” and “casual” players. Some get the classic CS at their disposal, others – its simplified version with pre-issued body armor, the absence of physical collisions between player models and disabled friendly fire. It’s up to you to choose!
Fans, rejoice: the arsenal of Counter Strike: Global Offensive has been replenished. Of particular interest are Molotov cocktails, with which you can slow down the advance of the enemy in one of the directions for some time. New submachine guns, grenades and shotguns give you an extra choice to expand your gaming style. Visually, the game didn’t go far from Source, and it couldn’t – the engine is already a bit old, and the mass character of the game implies low system requirements. But the standard costumes of terrorists and special forces were slightly changed – taking the opportunity to choose a separate outfit, the developers finally made different sets for each map. There are plenty of other things worth telling about GO. But the best way to find out is to play on your own! Launch a flaming online fight right now and see if you can get out alive!