Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Review
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a solid update to a classic shooter.
If you prefer no downtime, however, the two new game modes that have been added this time around should suit your fancy. Called Arms Race and Demolition, they both remove the classic purchasing mechanic and instead award you with a new weapon, instantaneously, when you make a kill. Depending on server settings, weapon awards generally go up in deadliness from an initial lousy weapon, reach an acme, and then begin to go down in usefulness, usually forcing you at last to use nothing but your knife.
Arms Race also removes the downtime of waiting after you die, and plays a lot more like a traditional deathmatch game, with much less in the way of teamwork since each individual is out to finish his slew of weapons as quickly as possible and get the win. Demolition changes this structure, instead challenging you to continue playing a more traditional CS-style game, but with your weapons getting worse and worse with each kill. Both of the new modes are tremendous fun.
No matter which modes you choose to play CS:GO in, however, you'd better be playing with a keyboard and mouse. On the PlayStation 3, playing with a controller is very difficult because CS:GO lacks the hand-holding auto-aim that console FPS players are generally used to, and because many PS3 players will likely be playing with a USB keyboard and mouse, which are both supported by CS:GO. 360 players aren't so lucky, unfortunately, as they're relegated to a controller.
This isn't really a disadvantage, of course, as everyone else on Xbox LIVE is playing with one, too, but you definitely won't be getting the ultimate CS:GO experience playing with thumbsticks and shoulder buttons. Regardless of your OS, you'll appreciate some of the bells and whistles it has appropriated from other Valve games, especially Team Fortress 2. Like in that game, you now have "nemesis" players who can dominate you by killing you consecutively, and you can take screenshots of the moment of your death, should you like to memorialize that kind of stuff.
When using a keyboard and mouse, you'll notice the controls are sharp and easily customizable. Unlike the guns in, say, Battlefield, most of CS:GO's guns do not have an aim-down-the-sight feature. There are no vehicles, special weapons, or power-ups, either. You get your gear, learn the maps, and rely on your skills to take you to the finish line. Graphics, while improved from the Source engine, are nothing fancy, and neither is sound--although veteran players will be gratified to hear that many of their favorite guns' sounds are retained from earlier versions (especially the thunderous AWP). CS:GO adds a lot of new guns, too, of various types, and even a new grenade, the incendiary grenade, which can light a small area on fire for a short time, preventing players from passing through without taking damage.
Bottom line, CS:GO adds plenty, tweaks a little, and keeps the best parts of the classic multiplayer FPS. If you're into shooters, team-based gameplay, or just classic games that are updated well, you won't do better at the moment than CS:GO.
This game is not good at all. Bought the game, played 20 mins and went back to source. Broken gun mechanics, not many servers, screaming teenagers, worse looking player models... i could go on and on. The fact that its $15 doesn't make any difference just means its cheap and nasty. I'd rather pay $100 for a good game than skimp for some busted piece of crap.
If you like Demolition or Search and Destroy in Call Of Duty games, then you will love this game!!! I use to play MW3 exclusively in those modes... but I get tired of the CoD series... I sell all my CoD (MW1,2,3 and Black Ops) and buy this one... this game is AMAZING!! and the price? $15? A MUST BUY!!!!!
I haven't played CSS and because there's no demo or trial I can't justify buying it especially when I still play BF3 regularly. They really should have a demo available for those who have not yet played the game.
Nostalgic, plays really well! good improvements to graphics and other odds and sods. Overall, really reccommend it for old school FPSers!
Awesome. Still, I'm a little afraid to play this game. Last time I played CSS was way back in high school (about 10 years ago) and I already stunk at it...I'd hate to see myself get slaughtered again :P.
My only issues for the moment are the spread patterns and the radar, anyways this game is a must have and is a blast to play even after all these years.
What I want to know is, can I buy a demo version, or can I try it for a few days and get my money back if I don't like it? Does anyone know?
@quixote88piano If you are a Playstation Plus member you have access to a 1 hour trial.
@quixote88piano Nevermind the ignorant comments. Apparently there was a 2 hour trial offered a while back, but it expired. Now, unfortunately, it is buy it or don't.
@DanBoiani "a while back"? The game's been out 11 days. Was this trial period offered after its release, when it would serve a purpose, or before, when it would be pointless?
Thanks for the info, btw.
@quixote88piano It's fifteen dollars. That's a movie ticket and some popcorn. Buy it or don't.
@theonlyone3 You are out of line. You made the excellent point that movies and concessions are way too expensive than they deserve to be. However, you did not answer my question. The matter of how discriminating I choose to be with MY money is none of your business. Fifteen dollars is a lot of money to waste if it turns out to be a game I will loathe, especially with two young ones at home.
@CincoToes Re: "If 15 bucks is too big a risk, you need to pick up a cheaper hobby." That's your opinion. :)
@quixote88piano If 15 bucks is too big a risk, you need to pick up a cheaper hobby. 15 bucks in video game terms is hella cheap.
@quixote88piano @theonlyone3 Chill. heonlyone3 makes a vaild point, besides you and everyone here are just faceless avators asking questions. We cannot be expected to take every possible situation into account. To me $15 is nothing I lose $15 so fing what,.
If $15 is such a big deal stick with Console game purchases from EBgames/Gamestop where you have 7 days to return if your not happy.
@PTL88_c0mmand0 Console players would get their asses handed to much because of the much slower and less precise aiming gamepads gives than Keyboard + mouse.
@PTL88_c0mmand0 Planned, advertised, then cancelled.
@PTL88_c0mmand0 There is none.
@Axelfox914 This is a Western FPS on Gamespot. There is no Bad. Didn't you know? /sarcasm
@Axelfox914 My thoughts exactly.
@Axelfox914 same issues that were with the older ones, the players.