Howdy Gamers! Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is the fourth installment in the Counter Strike series. It was developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve and released in 2012 and continues the legacy of the original Half-Life mod that became so popular Valve bought the IP so it could develop a full blown game from it.
In this multiplayer first person shooter, there are always 2 teams, the Terrorists and the Counter Terrorists. There are several game modes to choose from in CS: GO. Competitive matches are between 2 teams of five. Friendly fire is enabled in this mode, so teammates need to be careful to not fire upon their allies. Matches are in a best of 30 format, the first team to win 16 matches are crowned the winners. Wingman is a 2v2 match type in a best of 16 format. In these game modes, you can use in-game currency to buy weapons, armor and other supplies for your match to try to gain a competitive edge.
In casual mode players receive armor and bomb defusal kits and friend fire doesn’t register. Death match is fast paced, with instant respawns on death. You are given a few moments to change your gear and weapons before engaging the enemy again. Points are gained through kills, some weapons giving more, and the weapon point bonus changes throughout the match. In Arms Race mode, you cycle through weapons as you kill opponents, and win a player gets a kill with the final weapon, the golden knife, they win. Demolition mode tasks one team with planting a bomb, while the other guards the bomb site, and similar to arms racem you get better weapons as you kill the other team. Another casual more called Flying Scoutsman reduces the gravity for the match and only has sniper rifles and knives available to the teams of eight players. All online games use matchmaking managed by Steam, but players can also use custom modes and maps by hosting games on their own server. Player server rules are often way different than the core game play modes.
Overall CS: GO is a great addition to the series and definitely worth your gaming time. Pick up a copy for Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 now!