If your into pc gaming you’ve probably heard of the latest counter strike game, Global Offensive has been released lately. Although on first glance it seems like almost nothing has changed apart from a few game modes, weapon changes and an enhancement to the maps to be more visually appealing, this is true however there’s quite a bit more than meets the eye. So read on and find out what’s new and whether you should pick it up from the steam store or not.
It’s true, counter strike global offensive looks very much like all the other counter strikes with the standard deathmatch modes as well as the bomb defusal and hostage rescue ones however there’s plenty more to do in this game.
The “Arms Race” mode is very much like the gun game found in other FPS’s where every player starts with the same weapon and it’s upgraded every time you get a kill, or downgraded if you accidentally get a team kill. “Demolition” is very similar to the arms race however there’s also a secondary objective which is either rescuing the hostages or planting the bomb. This modes more like the classic game but with the twist of getting a new gun on a successful kill which could make it interesting if your trying to use the wrong gun at the wrong range.
Then there’s the classic casual game type, which is just like the previous CS games. Eliminate the enemies, spend money after you get it to upgrade your weapons and friendly fires off. I find this to be the most enjoyable when i’m playing as I don’t have to worry about being shot by “allies” who are just here to troll. Finally there’s classic competitive, which is almost exactly like the classic casual except with more “pimped” rules. So friendly fire is on again as well as team collision, which makes it a great mode to see who is the best clan in a fair fight.
Did I mention there’s also clan tags in this? Well if your in the correct steam group you can select your tag out of a drop down list and easily add it to your profile, this is brilliant as people can’t simply type their clan tag into their name and “fake” being on a clan, but instead they have to be invited into the steam group to get in.
The price was very fair at $15 for the whole game although there’s only online multiplayer and offline bots you can fight, but it’s still worth every dollar.
I loved the voice commands, ally quotations and other vocal remarks throughout the game. I found them to lighten the mood and provide a degree of amusement if you were losing a game or something to keep you playing just that bit longer.
The guns feel nice to use in the game, and snipers allow quick-scoping which is my favorite thing to do when playing, although it’s a little harder to do than in other FPS’s. There also seems to be a few overpowered guns, or maybe all the others are just under-powered but either way they are rarely used as everyone mostly goes for the snipers or assault rifles. On a similar note the teams seem very one-sided when playing on certain maps, as one team usually wins it over the other simply based on the design of the maps. An example being the counter-terrorists on the “office” map usually win because the terrorists can be spawn camped by them if they look down the corridor with snipers. This is fairly annoying and gives a severe advantage to one side on the maps, unless you pick the correct team fast enough.
One extremely noticeable feature that i’m loathing is the insta-kill headshots. Almost every gun is a one-shot kill to the head whether your aiming for it or not. I have lost count how many times i’ve been headshot almost instantly by an enemy with a weapon such as an AK or sub-machine gun who was surprised to see me and sprayed at me killing me instantly. This wasn’t a once off event either, most games i’m being hit in the head by new players who are spraying everything in an attempt to kill everyone.
If you already own the game take a look at the kill feed in the top-right of the screen and see how many kills are actually from head shots, from a few games I determined that 35% of kills are headshots, which is an insane amount compared to other first person shooters where the head shot only counts if the cursor is situated over their head and the gun is fired whereas CS:GO give them even if your aiming at their torso and a bullet happens to fly off a little higher. The reason I hate this so much is that it takes all the skill out of shooting simply because it’s so deadly. A new player and an expert with the same gun standing at a distance from each other “wild west style” have approximately the same chance to kill each other, with an obvious slight advantage to the advanced player. Comparing this to games like call of duty and battlefield they use a system to determine if the cross hairs are actually over the head before giving a head shot thus stopping players with highly recoil-able weapons getting instant kills by spraying.
Apart from those features it’s a pretty solid game, just like the old counter strikes I enjoyed playing back in the day except with the new features. I would have liked to see a few more features or game modes added to the game to extend the replay-ability and to mix it up a bit, however for the low price it’s still a nice deal.
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Here’s the final score out of 100%:
Fun Rating: 75%
(Colors are matched to the Legend below)
The bluer the better.
0% – 24% = Hopeless Game, Definitely not worth buying! if you have it sell it now while its worth something!
25% – 49% = Terrible Game, This game will not prove to be very enjoyable, and may only be played once and forgotten.
50% – 59% = Average Game, A very mediocre game that you may play occasionally to pass time but doesn’t prove to be very enjoyable.
60% – 69% = Nice Game, A game you would play once or twice to see how it is, but ultimately lacks replay-ability and immersion.
70% – 79% = Brilliant Game, This game would satisfy your gaming needs for a very long time but would eventually be forgotten over time.
80% – 89% = Fantastic Game, A very fun game that proves time and time again to be enjoyable and addictive.
90% – 99% = Amazing Game, Extremely Enjoyable and has lots of replay-ability content, as well as pushing the boundaries for future games.
100% = Epic Game, Go and buy 20 copies right now! (In-case there’s a nuclear war and they get destroyed)