developer: Valve Software
publisher: Valve Corporation
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-32
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for PC, PS3 and X360 is another, after Counter-Strike: Source, attempt at refreshing the popular shooter that started out as a Half-Life modification. Despite the changes and all the time that has passed, the title remains great teamwork-based action game.
Two teams, terrorists and special forces, are pitted against each other trying to stop the other party from achieving their objective. We are awarded cash for each enemy we have killed, allowing us to buy better weapons and equipment at the beginning of each round.
The list of available armaments was expanded with several items, including Molotov cocktail, decoy grenade, IMI Negev, Tec-9, Mag-7, Sawed-Off, PP-Bizon as well as Taser. The last one is particularly interesting — although expensive — for it allows you to instantly one-shot an opponent.
There are four game modes available: Arms Race, Demolition, Classic: Casual, and Classic: Competitive. The first is a variation of the classic deathmatch — after killing an enemy, we receive a new gun. The second one works similarly, although the game is divided into rounds, just like in classic modes. The third, as the name suggests, is meant for beginners, and its task is to introduce them to Counter-Strike by disabling friendly fire, among other things. Classic: Competitive, in turn, is devoid of all conveniences.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for PC, PS3 and X360 offers seven maps: five "de_" (planting/disarming bombs) and two "cs_" (hostage rescue). Each one is based on its counterpart from the previous installments. The fans will surely recognize their names: Dust, Dust2, Aztec, Nuke, Inferno, Italy, and Office. Of course, some some improvements were made, though only to improve the gaming experience.
The matchmaking system was also overhauled, and now seeks opponents based on our skill level. Apart from Valve servers, the players may also host their own games.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce 8600 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7