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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
(CS:GO)
Counter-Strike Global Offensive.jpg
Logo art for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Developer(s)Valve Corporation
Hidden Path Entertainment
Publisher(s)Valve Corporation
SeriesCounter-Strike
EngineSource[1]
VersionFebruary 13, 2013[2]
Platform(s)Steam
Microsoft Windows
OS X
PlayStation Network
Xbox Live Arcade
Release date(s)
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Mode(s)Multiplayer
Media/distributionDownload

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (abbreviated as CS:GO) is an online first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment, who also maintained Counter-Strike: Source after its release. It is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike franchise, excluding Counter-Strike Neo and Online.

Global Offensive was released on August 21, 2012, and made available for Microsoft Windows and OS X on Steam, Xbox Live Arcade, and a US-only version on PlayStation Network. It features classic content, such as revamped versions of old maps; as well as brand new maps, characters and game modes. Cross-platform multiplayer was planned between Windows, OS X and PSN players,[4] but was ultimately limited to Windows and Mac OS because of the differences in update-frequency between the systems.[5] The PSN version offers three input control methods, which include using either the DualShock 3 controller, PlayStation Move or USB keyboard/mouse.

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[edit] Gameplay

In-game screenshot of a Terrorist member in a Defuse mission.

Like the previous games in the series, Global Offensive is an objective-based multiplayer first-person shooter. Each player joins either the Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist team and attempts to complete objectives or eliminate the enemy team. The game operates in short rounds that end when all players on one side are dead or a team's objective is completed. For most game modes, once a player dies, they must wait until the round ends to respawn. Players purchase weapons and equipment at the beginning of every round with money awarded based on their performance. Completing objectives or killing enemies earns the player money while negative actions, like killing a teammate or hostage, takes money away from the player. In addition, when a round ends all players receive some amount of money, with players on the winning team receiving substantially more.[6]

Global Offensive adds new weapons and equipment not seen in previous installments, most notably the firebomb for each side (Molotovs for Terrorists and incendiary grenades for Counter-Terrorists). These temporarily cover a small area in fire, making it impossible to pass through without slowing down and taking damage.[7][8]

[edit] Game modes

Global Offensive features five game modes for online play:

  • Classic Casual and Competitive: Counter-Strike's most well-known game mode, both involving Defuse and Hostage missions.[9] At the start of each round, players can purchase weapons and gear with money earned from various actions, from assisting on kills to completing objectives. For both mission types, a round ends when either a team completes an objective, or eliminates the other team.
    • Defuse: the Terrorists must plant a C4 explosive at one of two designated bombsites; the Counter-Terrorists must prevent the bomb from exploding.[10]
    • Hostage: the Counter-Terrorists must rescue hostages from the Terrorists, and bring them to an extraction point; the Terrorists must prevent the hostages from escaping. If a Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist kills a hostage, they will suffer a heavy cash penalty.[11]
  • Arms Race: a deathmatch-based mode where each player is rewarded for each kill with a new weapon, with the first player to get a kill with every weapon in a predetermined set winning the game.[12][13]
  • Demolition: a round-based mode that removes weapon and equipment purchasing, instead rewarding players who manage at least one kill by giving the next weapon in a predetermined set of weapons.[14][15]
  • Deathmatch: a mode consisting of 10-minute matches. Players must gain the highest possible score by earning kills with different weapons. The number of points from a kill depend on the weapon. Players may also take advantage of bonus timers for different weapons, using them to score extra points.[2][16]

Global Offensive also offers two offline modes: Offline with Bots, which offers the same game modes with AI-controlled bots; and a Weapons Course for inexperienced and veteran players alike.[17]

[edit] Online play

Global Offensive supports matchmaking and leaderboards for all online game modes.[18] An Elo rating system prioritizes matching players by skill.[4] "Global Offensive" also supports private dedicated servers that the player may connect to through the community server menu in-game. These servers may be heavily modified and can appear wholly different from the base game.

[edit] Development

[hide]System requirements
Requirements
Microsoft Windows[19]
Operating systemWindows 7/Vista/XP
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 processor or better
Memory1 GB on XP / 2 GB on Vista
Hard drive spaceAt least 7.6 GB of space
Graphics hardware256 MB or more, DirectX 9-compatible with Pixel Shader 3.0 support
NetworkInternet connection required for online multiplayer connection
Mac OS X[19]
Operating systemMac OS X 10.6.6 or higher
CPUIntel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
Memory2 GB
Hard drive spaceAt least 7.6 GB of space
Graphics hardwareATI Radeon HD 2400 or NVidia 8600M or better
NetworkInternet connection required for online multiplayer connection

Global Offensive began as a port of Counter-Strike: Source to Xbox Live Arcade by Hidden Path Entertainment. During the development Valve saw the opportunity to turn the port into a full game and expand on Counter-Strike's gameplay. Global Offensive began development in March 2010[20] and was revealed on August 12, 2011.[21]

The closed beta started on November 30, 2011, and was initially restricted to around ten thousand people who received a key at events Valve attended to showcase Global Offensive. After issues such as client and server stability were addressed the beta was opened up to progressively more and more people (approximately 100,000 beta keys were given out as of 4 July 2012), until the beta became open for anybody to join and play.[22] Before the public beta Valve invited professional Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Source players to playtest the game and give feedback.[9]

At E3 2012, Valve announced that Global Offensive would be released August 21, 2012 on all platforms, with an open beta starting roughly a month before that.[23][24]

[edit] Reception

[hide] Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings82.91% (PC)[25]
79% (XBLA)[26]
78.62% (PS3)[27]
Metacritic83/100 (PC)[28]
79/100 (XBLA)[29]
80/100 (PSN)[30]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer9/10 (PC)[31]
G44/5 (PC)[32]
GameSpy4/5 stars (PC)[33]
IGN8/10 (PC)[34]
Official Xbox Magazine (UK)8/10 (XBLA)[35]
PC Gamer US84/100 (PC)[36]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been met with generally positive reviews from professional critics. Aggregate review website Metacritic assigned the PC version an overall score of 83 out of 100 based on 38 reviews from professional critics.[28]

Evan Lahti from PC Gamer noted that the majority of new official maps in CS:GO were only for Arms Race or Demolition game modes; while Classic maps were only given "smart adjustments" to minor details.[36] GameSpy's Mike Sharkey pointed out that CS:GO provides very little new content; and that the Elo rating system seems ineffective, what "with so many new players of various skill levels logging on for the first time this week".[33]

[edit] Controversy

Prior to the release, it was announced that the game would include a "separatist" playable faction with aesthetics and symbols similar to ETA. A Spanish official[37] and a Spanish consumer group[38] have requested the removal of this playable faction from the final version, claiming that its inclusion trivializes terrorist violence and is offensive to the victims of ETA attacks.

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