Before we get into the meat of this review let me point out to you all few things you should know about the Counter-Strike franchise as I feel a lot of people doing reviews on this(mainly on this site, but a few others I've seen as well) have either never played Counter-Strike 1.6 or any of the other Counter-Strike releases or are simply comparing it to the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises. Valve does not create games to be like the cookie-cutter FPSs and they've stayed true to their roots with this release with a sprucing up of the old Counter-Strike many of us know and love. I will say that the comparison by others may be warranted based on the fact that CoD and Battlefield rule the first-person shooter market right now and perhaps they may not have been around during Counter-Strike's relatively unchallenged dominance of the FPS genre, though I regard Counter-Strike:Global Offensive as a different kind of beast which warrants it's own review without being extensively compared to current FPS release. So with that in mind, I hope you all enjoy my review. If you're going to vote negatively, at least leave me a response so I can improve my reviews in the future, as this is my first. Thanks!Story
Being that the other releases of Counter-Strike never had stories, since Counter-Strike itself was a mod of Half-Life, I was not surprised to find that this release did not contain one either. That being said, I will not penalize Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for not having one.Score: N/AGraphics
There are some issues with some of the player model animations, in particular the AI hostages running animation doesn't work quite correctly but it's a relatively minor glitch. The guns are for the most part accurate to their real life counterparts. A little more variation in player models would be nice, most if not all players look almost exactly the same from map to map, though there are some subtle differences. The graphics are on par with Valve's other FPSs from the last 2-3 years as well as most FPSs in general, they could be a little more polished but overall they don't take away from the gameplay. Score: 3.5/5Sound
Counter-Strike has never been one to blow you away with it's auditory brilliance and this release is no different. The sounds are decent enough, most of the gun firing sounds seem a little generic, which is a tad disappointing because I feel that's a detail that is hard to overlook. When playing certain game types the computer will call out for help or to tell you a sector is cleared, there's little chatter other than that though so ultimately the call-outs aren't annoyingly repetitive or obtrusive such as those found in Brink, for example. Maybe it's just me but enemy footsteps are nearly impossible to hear so using that to know when an enemy is approaching won't get you many kills.Score: 3/5 Gameplay
This is where Counter-Strike has always shined, at least to me. There are no attachments, killstreaks, perks or anything else of that ilk to distract you from what you came here for; a fun, fast paced shoot 'em up. While to some the lack of customization may be a drawback, I view it as a plus here because it gives everyone a level playing field, you all start off with the same base guns or money based on your game mode so there aren't any outright advantages. This game does not have a steep learning curve and it would not take very long for someone who is not familiar with the Counter-Strike franchise to become accustomed to the game.
There are 3 different game categories(one of which has it's own game type subsets), separated into 4 different game modes. The categories are as follows:Arms Race
: A Gun Game type of game mode, where each kill(with either your knife or gun) moves you up to the next gun rank. There are a total of 26 ranks, you start out with SMGs, transition to shotguns, then to sniper rifles, followed by light machine guns and finally pistols before you reach the 26th and final rank which is the golden knife. This game mode can be frustrating at times because your 'teammates' can and will often steal your kills, especially when you're playing with the bots. This game mode also has a spawn protection feature where enemies will appear transparent and are invincible for 4-5 seconds after spawning.Demolition
: This is your standard demolition game mode, you plant the bomb at the bomb site, usually something like a bank vault or a railroad car packed with explosives and other hazardous materials. Much like in Arms Race you need to kill to advance to the next weapon, though unlike Arms Race, the next weapon is given to you at the start of the next round as opposed to instantly, you'll occasionally earn incendiary, explosive and flashbang grenades as well. These matches are usually quick if you've got a decent team as this is the only game mode that features 4 v 4 gameplay as opposed to 5 v 5 in all of the other modes. Each match in this mode is a best out of 20(first to win 11 rounds).Classic
: This category actually contains 2 different game modes, Competetive and Casual. Money is earned by killing and winning/losing rounds as well as planting/defusing bombs or rescuing hostages. You can purchase different weapons and gear with the money you earn. There are two different types of missions you can play underneath the Competetive and Casual modes, there are bomb planting/defusal missions and hostage missions. Casual features no friendly-fire damage and is a best of 10(first to win 6 rounds). Competitive does have friendly-fire damage and you are not automatically given armor or defusal kits so they must be purchased under the gear section when in the beginning of round purchasing menu. Score
Counter-Strike: GO features 12 achievements worth a total of 400 gamerscore, 9 of the 12 are very easily attainable with proper boosting partners, Awardist could also be obtained with good boosting partners as well. God of War and King of the Kill will both take time, with the latter taking upwards of hundreds of hours to complete, though one could conceivably leave their XBOX on as the game does not actually have any sort of pause feature. My lone gripe is that 5000 matches of Arms Race or Demolition is incredibly excessive, 500 would've been a much more obtainable number instead of a huge grind.Score
Final Comments: Overall, Counter-Strike won't blow you away with any innovations, graphics or storylines but if you're looking for a solid multi-player shooter or looking to relive your glory days from a decade ago on the PC then this is a game I think you should try. If you're a CoD or Battlefield fanboy, this may not be the type of game for you. Download the demo and see for yourself Overall Score
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