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Play the world's number 1 online action game. Engage in an incredibly realistic brand of terrorist warfare in this wildly popular team-based game. Ally with teammates to complete strategic missions. Take out enemy sites. Rescue hostages. Your role affects your team's success. Your team's success affects your role.
Excellent FPS in its day! However, today you could do better...Slaughtz | Feb. 6, 2014 | See all Slaughtz's reviews »
For its day and age, this was the epitome of good, solid FPS mechanics. No one could justly say that this game, referred to as CS 1.6, was a "bad game." Not only did this set the standard for modern shooters, it has an immense amount of game-modes within that make it interesting for any kind of person to play. Today, I would suggest this game only if you have an outdated computer, though! I would suggest either CS:GO or Counter-Strike:Source over this. Those games are much more active than CS 1.6 and the mechanics aren't too different!
Modern day games ignored and excluded from comparison, there would be no question in my mind that you MUST purchase this game and try it if you're a gamer of any kind.
The Grand-daddy of them all!Shaheed_Jamal | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all Shaheed_Jamal's reviews »
Who would've thought the brain-child of two enthusiast modders would give birth to one of most enduring franchises in all of gaming today. Nobody did. Which is why it astounds me that to this day, this game is in the top 10 most played games on Steam today, despite being out for almost 14 years. This is a testament to the timeless appeal of the game. Something that extends beyond the pretty pixels that dictate sales today, and into what gamers desire the most in a FPS. That, my friend, is SKILL.
The game was released in 1999, so the game has aged quite a bit. However, with the updates released by valve over the years, the game looks exceptionally well in an HD resolution. The game was a stunner for it's time and it still looks good today.
The sound is ok for the most part. but it doesn't compare to most shooters today.
Gameplay: This is why people play CS. It's the gameplay and it' perfect blend of skill and luck that causes it to be played gamer around the globe. Nothing feels more satisfying than fragging noobs and verterans alike. 10/10
The game is the most played online FPS game on earth. Enough said.
Classic FPS at its bestt1m1d | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all t1m1d's reviews »
If you want a first person shooter with multiplayer, great online communities, and graphics that will run at max on any PC made in the past decade, Counter Strike is the game for you!
There's the traditional hostage mode, there's bomb mode, there's free for all, and there are a ton of custom game modes. Jailbreak servers are pretty fun and usually hilarious.
If you want a game with endless replayability that won't let you down, CS 1.6 is the way to go
Classic online shootinglachking | Jan. 8, 2014 | See all lachking's reviews »
The original Counter Strike is one of the all time classic online FPS shooters which started just as a mod for Half Life 1. Although sequels have been released since with more up-to-date features, the original Counter Strike has lots to offer if no-nonsense competitive gameplay suits you. The game has very little luck and is mostly skill based and you will need to play well to be successful. For example, if you run around even with the more powerful weapons, a stationed player with even a weaker weapon will likely kill you easily. Spraying and praying also doesn't work very well, forcing you to shoot intelligently in short, controlled bursts. As you can tell from the screenshots above, the graphics are extremely dated but pure gameplay is far more important than visual charm and aesthetics. Besides, if you play properly and concentrate on doing well who cares about graphics? Being an old game, the original Counter Strike is also missing unlockables,experience point gains and level upgrades, something that modern shooters like Battlefield 4 have. At the end of the day, if you want pure no-nonsense online shooting that rewards skill and you don't care about graphics, this is your game. Just be warned though, it is tough!
Old games will be epic everytimekalil | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »
Best mod of history and the most successful and long-lived of all time multiplayer game. Playability and accuracy is unsurpassed and far superior to its predecessors CS: S and CS: GO. And thanks to the AlliedModders community, there is a lot of different mods for zombies, deathmatch, surfing, paintball, gungame, deathrun, Furien, HnS, jailbreak, etc ... the list is almost endless. Counter-Strike is the king of shooters, from 1999 to now, and wish to remain so for many more years.