Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the long awaited latest iteration of Valve’s hugely popular Counter Strike hard-core first person shooter multi-player game. It updates the graphics and adds more guns, modes, and maps. So if you got the original CS or CS: Source is this worth buying?
Well it depends on what you want from a game and how much of a CS addict you are. If all you ever played is a lot of CS and its variants, then this might be a good up-grade for you.
For the rest of us, the $15 price-tag might be just a bit much for what you get. When it works properly and you are in a good match it is great — fairly quick flowing combat that is matched by very few other games at all.
Unfortunately CS:GO is let down by a few things some of which are within Valve’s power to fix, others not so much. First of all the CS community is not exactly the friendliest to noobs and can sometimes be downright nasty. Because there is no way to mute people, you may just find yourself under a constant tirade of vicious abuse if you aren’t good enough or learning quickly enough. For me, it was so bad in several cases I had to put headphones on lest I offend the ladies of the house. Having to use headphones or not have any sound on at all to avoid this abuse is unacceptable in a modern FPS.
CS:GO has no form of match-making so quite often you end up against uber-players and/or teams that just slaughter everyone else. This makes for a tedious game that is neither fun nor rewarding. The only solution is to leave the game and find another one. Several maps lag quite a bit and the lack of maps/small size of them in “arms race” mode gets old quickly. And as you would expect with a multi-player game you will encounter hackers in a fair number of games.
Overall this a case of caveat emptor. Personally, I can’t really see the point of upgrading if you have CS: Source except maybe in a Steam sale.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Blood and Intense Violence. This game can also be found on Xbox 360 & PS3.