Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hands-On Preview -- New Modes, Classic Gameplay and a Great PriceBy Leah Jackson - Posted Jun 06, 2012
Valve's latest entry into the competitive gaming market is coming in the form of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. CS: GO, developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, is an updated version of its predecessors Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and Counter-Strike: Source. The first-person shooter's got an updated, polished look, and thanks to the help of pro-gamers and community feedback, it's looking better than ever, just in time for its August release.
For our demo we played a casual 5v5 match on the classic de_dust map on the Counter-Terrorist side. There will be 16 total maps when the game launches, eight classic maps and eight brand new ones. If you're not familiar with Counter-Strike, on defusal type maps like de_dust it's up to the Counter-Terrorists to either kill all of the Terrorists before they can plant a bomb, or to defuse the bomb before time runs out. Communication is key in CS: GO, so you know where your enemies are, which site the bomb's heading to, and who's going to defuse the bomb if you make it there.
In casual mode, you'll earn money faster to buy more weapons in the beginning of a round, and you come pre-equipped with armor. One of the more interesting features of casual mode allows you to hijack any bot on your team after you've been killed. For example, if you're playing with bots and one hasn't been killed, you can take over their body and keep playing even if you've already been taken out. Aside from casual mode, CS: GO will also offer a classic mode for competitive players who want a similar feel to what they're used from older Counter-Strike titles.
There's also a mode called arms race, which is basically gun game. Respawns are instant and you start with a rifle. For each person you kill in the round, you automatically switch to a weaker weapon, eventually having to kill your enemies with a knife to win. After five rounds the sides switch. The game lasts a total of ten rounds.
Additionally, there's a new mode called Demolition, which is a marriage of classic mode and arms race. In this mode, it's up to the CT squad to either kill all the Terrorists or disarm the bomb, but with each enemy you kill, your gun will switch to something weaker. The match lasts a total of ten rounds, with each team getting to play on both sides.
With CS: GO, Valve's sure to impress new and old Counter-Strike fans alike. It's got nostalgic touches that'll make older fans of the series happy, better maps thanks to community support, a fresh, beautiful coat of paint, ELO matchmaking, dedicated servers for every platform, and at a price point of only $15 on all systems, just about anyone will be able to get in on the action.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is coming to PC, Mac, XBLA, and PSN on August 21, 2012.