Title: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Release: 21st August 2012
Counter Strike: Global Offensive brings the classic Counter Strike formula to 2012. The Counter Strike series still remains one of the most popular online shooters despite the competition over recent years. CSGO aims to pick up where Counter Strike: Source left off bringing a whole host of new features, updated visuals while maintaining the classic CS feel.
For the first time, Counter Strike will be shipping on several platforms including PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360. With SteamWorks support on PS3, cross-platform play between PC / Mac users with PS3 users will be possible. Valve have also said PS Move will be supported but if you’re more comfortable with a keyboard and mouse, you can hit those headshots that way too.
Two major new modes have been introduced called ‘casual’ and ‘competitive’. Casual will be your standard game of CS while competitive will introduce matchmaking, pitching you in a team of 5 against 5 at your approximate skill level. The introduction of more skill levels for players has “raised the skill ceiling” compared to CSGOs predecessor paving the way for a much larger competitive scene for CS.
While the visuals are hugely improved since CSS, many of the maps will remain familiar to veteran players. They include maps such as Aztec, Dust, Dust2, Inferno, Italy, Nuke, Office and Train. Some of these maps have undergone notable changes such as Dust, which now has more routes while Aztec has had redundant parts of the map removed.
The new arsenal mode brings two modes. Arms race is essentially ‘gun game’ while Demolition is an objective based mode with only the new map ‘Bank’ shown so far. The CSGO closed beta is currently running with weekly updates adding news guns and maps. The game has captured a CS feel even with its shiny new 2012 veneer and is likely to become a huge competitive and casual gaming hit. Full release is expected in summer of this year.