A very popular PC first person shooter:

Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

The game has been around for a while and has just been getting more popular every day, so what is so good about CS:GO? What makes it different from other first person shooters? Is it even fun?

Well let’s start off with the whole Counter Strike franchise which has been around for a very long time. But we’re going to be focusing on its latest game, CS:GO. The game costs about £11 or your regional equivalent.

Graphics:

The game isn’t anything amazing looking but it’s decently good looking, to be honest it would be a good thing since you can play it on a potato, not well but still. It is however the newer and more modern looking version compared to all the other Counter Strike franchise games. Less pixelated but still decently good.

System Requirements:

As said before, a potato could run the game.

For Windows:

MINIMUM:

    • OS: Windows® 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 processor or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space

Most computers will definitely be able to run it. If you can’t run this game you really ought to upgrade your PC.

Gameplay:

Now time for the meat of the game. The game generally has a high skill bar if you want to become professional, there are so many things to master. There are a range of maps to play from and the most common game type to play is bomb diffuse sort of (it’s the only game mode you can play competitively/ranked). So what is it? There are 2 teams. Terrorist and Counter Terrorist. There are are total of 30 rounds with some exceptions in the professional scene. You play on both teams for 15 rounds, each round can vary from 10 seconds to 3 minutes depending how fast you win a round. As Terrorist you can win the round by either planting the bomb or eliminating the whole enemy team. As counter terrorist you can win the round by diffusing the bomb once it has been planted, killing all of the opposing team members or once the round timer runs out. After each round that you win or lose, you earn a certain amount of cash depending on what you did, with this cash you can buy things at the start of the next round to assist you for that round for example a few grenades and/or a rifle to go with it. If you survive a round however (Winning or losing) you get to keep the gun you have equipped on you with the grenades you have. I forgot to mention one thing, every time you die, you can only spawn when the next round has started (You should of worked it out) and everytime you spawn, you have a pistol and a knife. Will a pistol and a knife get you far? Not really so I suggest spending that hard earned cash on a rifle of some sort whether it be an AK-47 or M4.

Cons:

Community- It’s a team game, aim can only get you so far in the ranked/competitive scene. To go further you need to understand teamwork and that could be a bit difficult if you have stubborn team members or people that will just hate on you for no reason before rage quitting.

Hackers- Yeah, there are a few hackers, not many but you many encounter one the higher you climb on the ranked ladder. There will be hackers that try to disguise their hacks and there will be others that are just point blank obvious.

Skins- Skins aren’t necessary in this game but they are tempting to buy, and to purchase them you spend real money. That’s right real life money. They only for cosmetic uses though and will not really hinder your game play if you play with default skins. I suppose there has to be ways to invest money for Valve.

Verdict:

It’s a brilliant game, if you are looking for a skilled first person shooter.

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92/100

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These are the ranks.

Thanks for reading, Emmanuel

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