Counter Strike: Global Offensive

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched 12 years ago.

CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

"Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac."

Customer reviews


Counter-Strike GO: The best tactical FPS

Lupazzo | April 9, 2015 | See all Lupazzo's reviews »

Counter-Strike Global offensive came out in 2012, it was developed by VALVE (Steam's owner). That game is for tactical games fans, I love it because to play you don't need just a nice aim, nice reflex and skills but you need also knowledges about the different kinds of grenades, how and when use them. The weapon's skins are amazing, but they're expensive too, nice skins' price can be around 30$-60$ I think that's the only CS:GO problem. CS:GO is a famous game, there are important tournaments all around the world, at the moment the sweedish players are the best (fnatic). I think that this game will be one of the most played for atleast other 3-4 years from now. I can give this game a 90 because of the expensive skins, the gameplay is amazing, the game is fluid though the graphic is not perfect, I hope in new updates, good luck VALVE!!!


The King of FPS got an upgrade.

Ho0pz4sho | March 28, 2015 | See all Ho0pz4sho's reviews »

Back in the day, Counter-Strike 1.5 and 1.6 were the undenied kings of competitive FPS games. But this review is not about the father, it's about the son.

CS:GO has been around for almost 3 years now, and is still one of the most played games on steam, averaging about 400-450k players every day. It's just one of those games that you buy one time and never get tired of it. And if you do get tired, you eventually come back for more.

Offering 5 types of scenarios (Competitive, Casual, Arms Race, Demolition & Deathmatch) it brings lots of fun and frustration alike during hours and hours of gameplay.

Competitive matches use 5v5 teams that have to complete the scenario (bomb or hostage) while competing against each other over the course of a best-out-of-30 match. There's a ranking based on your in-game performance that helps the player find rather balanced matches. Your ranking can increase or decrease based on your performance during each round.

Casual games are the same as Competitive, except for the fact that they allow for up to 10v10 teams, friendly fire is off, and kill rewards are lower.

Arms Race is a progressive scenario in which each kill grants a new weapon. The match is won by the player/team who reaches the last weapon (the golden knife) and gets a kill with it.

Demolition is similar to Arms Race, but awards a new weapon at the end of the round. If a player gets more than 1 kill in a round, he or she receives a complimentary grenade. The match ends when either team reaches a preset amount of rounds won.

Deathmatch was the last one to be implemented into the game. It offers players 10 minute matches in which they get rewarded points for killing enemies. Each weapon gives a different amount of points. The player with the most points after 10 minutes wins the round.

Unfortunately, like most great games, CS:GO can be improved. Especially in the matchmaking field. All-in-all it's a great game, so if you're a fan of competitive FPS, buy it and try it out!

PS. You're guaranteed to learn russian curse words by the time you finish your first competitive match.


Competitive? Yes, for sure.

Armannn | March 21, 2015 | See all Armannn's reviews »

When the game got announced a few years ago, everyone was hyped by that announcement. How couldn't we? It was the very first official CS to be released after so many years.

When the game got its beta, it was full of bugs and it was hard to have fun with it. However, the developers did work on it and nowadays it's one of the most played games in the world with around 400K players on a daily basis.

This, however, doesn't tell much about it. Counter-Strike Global Offensive is surely a pretty nice game, especially if you have had experience with previous games in the franchise. Sadly, it's very hard to play it on a higher difficulty level and newbies will take some time to get used to it.

There are those so-called "operations" which you have to pay for in order to play the maps (and use the weapons as well) the operations offer. That's a big disadvantage from my side. Not everyone is rich and not everyone has money to throw wherever he wants.

A big advantage from me would be for the maps. I really like how the old original official maps are modified so they can fit to the modern time.

Despite the glaring lack of client-sided modding, the included game modes offer some fun. It's not nearly as versatile as Counter-Strike: Source, but it looks prettier for sure thanks to the new shaders.

Overall, a very well deserved 83/100 score.


Easy to play Hard to Master

Godsfame | March 12, 2015 | See all Godsfame's reviews »

This is Counter Strike. One of the fps's that revolutionized a genre. This is the latest installment on the series and is an exceptional one just like all of Valve's games. This is a very difficult game to play, if you have had no previous fps experience you will take a while to get decent at this game. It is certainly worth more than $15 and the game regularly pumps out patches, dlcs, and content. This is a game will but not bore you out within the first ten hours but will have 100's and 100's of hours of fun,frustration, and excitement. You will need to take your time with this game. You will have to practice your aiming, grenade launching, and map strategies.


Counter-Strike for the new generation

bibboorton | March 10, 2015 | See all bibboorton's reviews »

You just have to trust that Valve knows how to make great games. The game is just so well-balanced and the maps have a strategic feel to them. Game modes are really fun, especially the Arms Race mode where you get to play with different guns as you get more kills. Of course, classic Competitive modes are available which may cause you to rage depending on how your team is doing. Overall, it's probably the last first-person team death-match game you'll ever need to buy.