This game for me really started off the genre of first person shooter (FPS) towards the now well known next generation titles. The main element to this game was the multiplayer battles to be had both locally via lan, and across the world over the internet. It was pretty ground-breaking at the time of release and the first game of its kind of that scale. It followed on from the already successful Half Life game, and brought a more realistic "real world" feel to the combat, by using real world guns and situations. The multiplayer maps also offered an absolute multitude of possibilites and the fact that developing maps was quite easy, meant that there was quickly a wealth of user-made levels waiting to be played by the masses. I still actually play this game now, however in its reborn state of "source", it is still essentially the same game with just improved graphics and interface. All I can say really about this game is if new comers were to try it now they might be considerably under-whelmed because they are used to new titles such as call of duty, however if it is taken in respect to its age, it is not hard to see where todays FPS games have drawn their ideas, and the good ones at that.
Although the excellent Call of Duty series may well rule the roost now in terms of the online first person shooter genre, once upon a time, Counterstrike was the reigning King, and was absolutely supreme as the best online FPS on the market. As an addition to Half Life, it was cheap, and shared the game's clever graphical optimisation, meaning you didn't need a hefty gaming rig to run it. It therefore become immensely popular until consoles began to perfect online gaming, although it still enjoys moderate cult success today.
The premise is very simple - you are divided into two teams, playing as either the Terrorists or the Counter-Terrorists, and you can face off in various game modes such as Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch. There are various famous maps, such as my personal favourite, Dust, which is rather iconic. The game also features a huge array of weaponry and outfits for your character. Once shot, you are then in spectator mode until the round has finished, and it all begins again.
It is distinguished from most other FPS games in that it is a lot more challenging and precise; you can't survive a hail of machine gun fire, and you WILL die very quickly if exposed. Thus, the game relies a lot more on stealth and careful strategy, meaning the game isn't as friendly for newbies, but is rewarding as you lean the maps and learn all the nooks and crannies therein.
This game also offers up some very fun LAN play that I enjoyed many a time on my University's servers when they blocked online play. There's nothing like you and a few mates letting loose with microphones, and lots of junk food!
As the name suggests, Counterstrike is an add on to the hugely succesful FPS Halflife. The game takes the basic mechanics of half life, changes them slightly and moves the experience online.
There are two factions to choose from, Special Forces and Terrorists. The Terrorists must succesfully plant a bomb at a predesignated site on the map, and defend it until it detonates, the special forces must defuse said bomb before it goes off.
The winning side receives cash for their troubles, this can be used to purchase better weapons, Kevlar armour and even a shield (most servers forbid the use of the latter item as it does make the game a little one sided).
You also receive cash for killing enemies and can win the round not only through the bomb but also if you wipe out all of your foes. Once dead you do not respawn (come back to life) until that particular round is over.
It doesn't take much to bring down an adversary, the game feels realistic in this sense, it only takes a few bullets (and only one to the head) to fell your quarry.
There are plenty of maps to choose from, with new ones being added all the time, my personal favourite is Dust, which is a large open desert type area, great for sniping.
For those first starting out, it may be a good idea to seek out noob servers that hopefully will allow you to get used to the game before you go out and attempt to hold your own amongst the pro's.
And there are alot of people who seem to live off this game as sustenance. Some people are impossibly good which can get a little frustrating for the intermediates out there such as myself.
Generally the maps are interesting and well thought out and the gameplay is simple yet exciting, and the ability to purchase weapons and ammo is a good one, this really is a fantastically fast paced, action packed game.
The only slight complaint being that if you're on a server thats full of pro's then you continuously get picked off before you even know it, but if you look around for a while, you're bound to find a server with an appropriate skill level.
There are a lot of modded versions of Counterstrike that you can play once you've bought the game. I don't understand alot about modding but thankfully there are alot of people out there who do.
Basically aspects of the original CS are tinkered with and changed to produce a different gaming experience. My favourite being a WarCraft 3 Mod, this enables you to pick a race (each race has unique abilities) such as the human, who can become invisible. Tons of items have been created, each one changing the players stats or weapons.
There is now an updated version of the game available known as CounterStrike Source, I've never bothered upgrading as it only improves the graphics (quite considerably) and I have no problems with the original.
Reccomended to anyone who enjoys online gaming and anyone who likes FPS (first person shooters).
HL: CS is overall a very fun game if you are into FPS (First Person Shooter) games in general.
I've started playing back during Beta 6.0, so I've seen it evolve over the last few beta versions into the retail 1.5 and eventual 1.6.
In a nutshell, CS is about two teams attempting to complete their objective on a map with whichever team winning the most rounds being the overall victor when the map time limit expires.
Now, that of course is how it works in a clan match / competitve play, however on most public servers, people tend to play for frags (kills) more than objectives.
There are several types of maps in CS:
cs - Hostage Rescue. Counter-Terrorists (CT) need to rescue 4 hostages and start far from their location. Terrorists (T) need to prevent the CTs from rescuing the hostages until the round time limit expires. Note that only 2 hostages are needed for a round win.
de - Defuse. Ts need to plant a bomb (carried by a random player who drops it on death or on will, can only be picked up by Ts) at one of two bombspots. CTs need to prevent the bomb from being planted, or if it has been planted, defuse it before it goes off. Defusal kits can cut the time needed for defusing by half.
es - Escape. Ts start with basic handguns and cannot buy weapons. They need to find a nearby weapons cache that needs to be pryed open and retrieve weaponry. Then, they need at least 50% of the team to escape via one of 2 escape points. CTs need to kill sufficient Ts to stop their successful escape or wait them out per round time limit.
as - assassination. One CT is randomly designated as a VIP (can also choose to be VIP if already CT) and must escape via a single escape point. The VIP is heavily armored but carries only a handgun with limited ammo. His team must escort him. Ts must kill the VIP or prevent him from escaping by letting the timer run out.
Weaponry in CS is very varied with a large selection of handguns, submachineguns, rifles and a larger machinegun. Additional accessories such as grenades, night vision goggles, tactical shields and the like are also available. Those are bought at the start of a round in your spawning area. There are a few differences in weapons that can be bought by either CTs or Ts, but you can always pick up a weapon that your enemy drops. Also, you need to buy ammunition for weapons you acquire, lest you stand around clicking without bullets!
Controls are via keyboard and mouse, with the mouse generally used for vision movement, aiming and shooting and keyboard for movement, including ducking, jumping and swimming.
While CS 1.6 has been out for years now, the community is still strong and thousands of gamers play it daily over Valve's Steam system. CS comes free when you buy the basic Half-Life package as its a modification of the game.
I would warmly recommend it as a starter game for anyone interested in playing FPS online in a multiplayer environment due to its very low system requirements, timeless graphics and low cost.
Counterstrike is a hugely popular multiplayer mod for the original Half Life game, that eschews the usual mindless multiplayer fragfest approach in gavour of a more tactical multiplayer experience. You play as part of one of two teams- the terrorists and the counter-terrorists, and the game takes place in rounds, which either side can win by either killing everyone on the opposing team, by rescuing all the NPC (non player character) hostages (in the case of the counter terrorists) or by successfully setting and detonating a bomb in a specific location (in the case of the terrorists). Should you get killed then you have to sit and wait patiently for the round to end before you can play again, which makes for a considerably more tense and exciting gaming experience. You wont get far by just wandering around blasting away aimlessly either, as players move at realistically slow speeds and can only take a couple of hits before keeling over, and there's no way of replenishing lost health.
Once a round is over the game automatically resets for the next round, and it is at this point that you can equip your character, which guns you can afford depending on your team's funds, which are earned by winning rounds. All the guns are beautifully crafted real-world models, including a wide variety of handguns, assault rifles, submachineguns, sniper rifles, machineguns and combat shotguns, and you can also buy kevlar body armour and flash and smoke grenades that can be used to temporarily blind your enemy or to provide cover for a tactical retreat. You can also issue direct commands to your teammates, either by using a the pre-programmed keypress-activated voice commands or directly via a microphone headset.
The game is incredibly tense and visceral-feeling, and encourages you to work as part of a strategic team trying to outwit your foes. The levels are a variety of realistic settings including offices, houses, city settings, middle-eastern towns and terrorist hideouts, and there are thousands of additional user-made available from fan sites. The game is incredibly addictive and the gameplay varies depending upon both the strategic qualities of the map being played and the behaviour of the two teams, with rounds ranging from fast and frenetic bloodbaths that are over in minutes to long, drawn out engagements with much sniping and stealthy creeping around.
The game still looks pretty nice despite its age, although it has long since been superceded by the near identical Counterstrike mod for Half Life 2, which has a better graphics engine and much improved visuals. The original Counterstrike remains just as enjoyable as ever however, and is ideal if your PC is old and not up to the task of running Half Life 2. An incredibly simple yet stupidly addictive game that is guaranteed to have you playing long into the wee hours. "Just one more turn, then I'll turn it off and go to bed... next turn for sure...."
What is Counter-strike? Counter-strike is one of the best competitive games ever made, as a professional counter-strike player i know what it is to be playing counter-strike.
It is a very addictive game, i am already been playing this game for almost 7years, after 2 years of public game-servers, i started playing it professional and started to go to LAN-Party's.
Never ive seen a game where u can win such a big prize-money up to $240.000 dollars.
The biggest professional Lan-Party's such as WCG, WSVG, ESWC and CPL, they all give counterstrike the biggest winning-prize. All because counter-strike is one of the best game's. The thing is, the graphics in counterstrike are'nt not that good since it is an old game(4times updated), so if your looking for a game with nice graphics, this is not the game for you, if you are looking for a fantastic competitive multiplayer game, then this is the perfect game!
This game started of just as a mod that some people made to run off half-life, but ti caught Valves attention and ever since then they have taken it on aboard as part of the game and the new generations of half-life that came out would have it as a mod on the actual game.
The game is completely internet based so you have to have an the internet and I would advise that you need something faster then a standard dial up connection to be able to enjoy this game fully. As for computer resources at least a 1ghz processor, 256mb ram, 64mb gfx card.
The basics behind the game are quite simple it is Counter-Terrorists against Terrorists. There are 3 main game types these are:
Bomb the Terrorists have to plant the bomb at the bombsite and watch it tick tick boom to win, the counter-terrorists have to protect these sites.
Hostage Terrorists have to stop the counter-terrorists from capturing the hostages.
VIP the counter-terrorists have to get one character out to escape, the vip can only use a pistol.
The better you do in a round the more money you get for the next round, capturing hostages and defusing/planting the bomb will earn additional cash as well as killing the opposite team. Killing hostages and own teammates will dent your cash funds. The money you use to buy weapons and armour the better weapons cost more money.
Glock This is the terrorist standard pistol they will always start off with this pistol it has two modes single shot and burst fire. Single shot being better for long range while if you are confident and think you can hit then use burst at close.
USP The standard counter-terrorist pistol. It is slightly more powerful then the glock, it has a silencer which you can use with the pistol will increase accuracy but take down damage.
Desert Eagle The powerhouse of the pistol, this pistol packs a punch but only has a 7 bullet capacity which means that you should allows leave some cover available if you have to reload.
Five-Seven A lot less power then the Desert Eagle but a lot more precise, after a while of using the game if you may grow to like this as hitting the crucial points of your target are easier.
Duel Pistols These pistols are like having two Five-Sevens not a lot of point really accept the large ammo capacity.
Auto this pumps of rounds very quickly, it is very deadly at close range but completely useless at any medium range or greater.
Pump This gives a shot that is slightly more powerful then the automatic version but has a lot longer period before shots.
MP5 it is a cheap weapon to buy and is a jack of all trades gun it is alright at long and short range combat but doesnt really exceed at either
UMP just works precisely the same as an mp5
p90 This is a very good gun at close range if you do not feel confident enough to use the hit or miss shotgun then this is the answer.
TMP a very cheap gun and really not worth it, just get used to using a pistol really as this gun is extremely weak and has a lot of kick.
Uzi Same view as the tmp
AK47 terrorists only can buy this weapon, its their main weapon and its the main weapon that you will see most players using, it is like the mp5 a jack-of-all-trades but it is a lot better at them, it can deal with any situation.
Rifle This is the counter-terrorist version of the Ak47 only they can buy it, it is slightly better but is more expensive.
Scout This is the cheap sniper rifle it reloads after each shot quickly but does less damage. The zoom function has two different length zooms. It is very precise to use but will take two shots to kill unless you hit square on in the head.
AWM The scouts big brother a lot more powerful but slower reload, this is one shot one kill hence while it takes a while to reload.
Auto-Sniper-Rifle Like the scout but reloads instantly until the clip is used up, costs about twice as much as the scout though.
Machine Gun You will see this only used rarely it has a large clip capacity and means you can shoot near enough continually with it, its quite powerful but very expensive for what it gives you.
Smoke Grenade These grenades give of puffs of smoke which you can use as cover.
High Explosive Grenade the bang grenade, used to deal damage to opponents.
Flashbang Used to blind your enemies.
Defuse Kit Counter-terrorists only can use this it speeds up how long it takes to defuse the bomb.
Kevlar Protect your body, so you can take more damage.
Helmet Protects the head so you can take at least two additional shots in the head without dieing.
Night Vision Allows you to see in the dark makes things go all green.
Counter-strike requires half-life to be able to play as well as a program called steam, can be found at www.steampowered.com
Steam runs the game and runs the servers that the games are hosted on, these public servers you go on to play with other people.
The graphics are nothing really amazing in the game but they are good enough for the game and allow the game to run very smoothly over the Internet, which is very rare.
The other players, this is my big problem with counter-strike the other people playing it are really unwelcoming to new people and get very annoyed with it because they take public games to seriously. The big advice I would give to new people is find out what you have set as the chat key and do not be afraid to ask.
New coming tips
1) Press B right at the start of rounds to buy weapons for that round.
2) If you have the bomb and you do not know where the bombsite is follow someone.
3) Do not just sit down at your base and wait for ages for the other team to come, especially if you are a counter-terrorist on a hostage map, or a terrorist on a bomb map as they will not come to you these will protect the areas they are suppose to.
4) The main maps to get used to are: de_dust, de_dust2, de_aztec, de_inferno, cs_assault.
As you get involved in playing the game and you improve you might be asked to join a clan this is like a team, and they will play in a league and will have set tactics to try and best the other team. Public games is like going around to the park and playing having a kick about with some friends and some strangers, not really organised but is fun. Clan games are like playing in the premiership its organized and you want to win.
Should never be short of people to play with as this is be far the most popular on-line game, and there is so many levels of the game from the beginner servers, to the pro servers, to the clan games, to the mass meeting which they have. A good number of people to play with on a map is anything from 8 to 12, as you go up 14 is just about enjoyable anything above that just becomes to many people on each map.
The game is microphone capable so if you do have a microphone you can speak without needing to type which increases the enjoy ability of the game and makes it a lot more fast paced for your enjoyment.
As for price you can pick up Half-Life generations for £10-15 and for that you get the half-life game plus loads of on-line versions of the game like counter-strike so if you do not like counter-strike you can try on of the many others.
If you liked the sound of this game it is very simple but is very enjoyable, and at the price for a first-person shooter all the types you get then it is worth a try.
This is a great first-person-shooter, but there a few things that prevent it from getting a perfect score. You think that with all the cons that this game will suck, but you are wrong. The pros will make you overlook its flaws. Pros: +pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, riot shield +blood splashes when you're hit +realistic recoil on weapons +great map designs/layouts +you can spectate the match after you die +you can spectate from either third person or first person +easy to learn controls and tutorial +fun to rescue hostages or disarm bombs +amazing A.I. +bullets pierce doors, walls, boxes Cons: -graphics are dull and drab looking -animation is cheap and unrealistic -sound effects of gunfire sound crappy -grenade explosions lack kill power -bulletproof vests don't protect you well -you die really fast when shot -no split screen gameplay! Thankfully you do not need XBOX live to fully enjoy Counter-Strike. The most impressive element in this game are the BOTS! The A.I. in this game act almost human. You'll see bots doing numerous things that human players do in real life such as; camping, searching for targets, jumping like fools, switching to knife to run faster, watching each other's backs, strafe-shoot-hide, trying to flank you, sniping, tossing grenades, escorting hostages to safety, attack you in groups, disobey orders and more! If you like first-person-shooters, you'll love this game!
The is a review of Counter-strike itself, not a specific retail product. And with that... In the dark, swirling sea of multi-player mania swims a goliath. This man-eating leviathan lurks at the depths of imagination and skill, luring hapless gamers to their certain demise with its innocuous title, Counter-strike. "Ooh, another Half-Life mod," they think as they plug in. But this is no normal spawn of any normal birth. This is the Rosemary's Baby of video games, a video-offspring of demonic potential. The original Half-Life marked the pinnacle of single-player gaming. It comes as little surprise, then, that this downloadable mod marks the pinnacle of the multi-player experience. Counter-strike is the best multi-player game of 2000, bar none. The game is essentially a team-based first-person shooter. Action takes place in matches between Terrorists and Counter-terrorists. While there are several maps, the missions are limited to kill\escort a very important person to a helipad, prevent/cause destruction of a bombsite, and prevent/rescue hostages. And, of course, any match ends with the death of everyone on a given team. Three mission types may seem like very few, but the variety of highly-realistic settings gives the game greater weight and teases the imagination. As opposed to a flag mongering spaceman, you're a terrorist bent on assassinating an American as he bolts across a rooftop - or you're an agent out to stop the murder. Did I mention this wasn't a kid's game? Counter-strike's missions are set in dynamic, intuitively engineered environments. Imagine roaming the streets of Italy or the back alleys of a middle eastern villa. It's incredibly absorbing and detailed. Thanks to such dedicated level design, strategy is a huge part of the game. A team who hopes to win must have a deep understanding of each level and its strategic strong and weak points. This brings me to
teamwork, which is the most important aspect of the game. By using a money system, the designers have tried to take the emphasis off of individual accomplishment (you only get 300 bucks per kill) and place it on team gains (4,000 dollars per win). I guess the idea is that this will force people to figure out and fulfill the true potential of the game; namely, the awesome squad-based warfare. Unlike other team-based shooters, every player in CS is fundamentally the same and can fill any role. In a sense, the weapons dictate the role; when equipped with a sniper rifle, a player's ability to launch an up-close assault vanishes in place of the ability to accurately cover huge expanses of terrain and deal death to any poor sod who dares a long range challenge. However, if said sniper should suddenly need lightning assault capabilities, he could easily throw down his rifle for any other gun he could find, as players drop their weapons when they die. Nothing can beat a coordinated, experienced team in CS, except an even more coordinated and experienced team. Unless you're in a clan (this game may be the first good reason to join a clan, ever), the chances that you and your team will be able to perfectly coordinate are slight. Most teams in Counter-strike are more 'mob' than 'team', and usually accomplish little more than collective death. Games often come down to the 3 or 4 extremely skilled players on each server. However, team talk allows you to pull together a bit. Chatting is the only medium of communication (other than shooting each other) between teammates, and the only way to bring other team-members in on a plan. Live players can't communicate with dead players, so much of the planning must be done early on in the match. The best teams, of course, don't need to talk. While the potential for team play is definitely astounding, the expertise to be attained by yourself is nothing short of mi
nd-blowing. I've never played a game in which there was such room to grow and evolve as a player. I've been playing this game for 6 months and I'm still getting better. The only danger here is that Counter-strike might be hard to get into for gamers who are frustrated by starting off at square one. You'll get blown off the map a few times before scoring some kills. Trust me. However, rookie players have more opportunity than ever to learn quickly, since Counter-strike only allows a single death per round. Once you die, that's it until everyone on one team has screamed their last. Upon your demise you enter "Free mode," a spectator mode that allows you to watch the remainder of the battle unfold. This is the perfect opportunity to study the tactics of those better than you, so even though you aren't necessarily playing, you're still learning and still involved in the game. Unique to Counter-strike is the complexity of the guns. At first the gun selection seems boring - there's no plasma launcher or fire spewer. It's just gun after gun after gun. However, the guns are much more complicated than your usual point and click operation. If used carelessly, most guns are useless and inaccurate. Only through practice and experimentation can gamers hope to unlock the murderous potential behind each gun's trigger. The guns are also balanced in a way as to ensure that the player always has enough money for a fairly lethal instrument. While the Arctic Wolf sniper rifle is undoubtedly the most powerful, destructive weapon in the game, it costs $4,600 dollars. The MP5 Navy SMG costs only $1500 and is excellent for almost all normal fighting. You'll never feel unequipped. On the other end of the barrel, damage is taken extremely quickly. Most guns have the potential to score a one shot kill (direct Arctic Wolf hits are always fatal, even if you take a hit in the foot), and the av
erage run-ins with bullets take off at least half your health. Dying is extremely easy in Counter-strike, but so is killing. The graphics are decent, identical in most every way to Half-Life. The animations are a bit dated, but it's nothing to scoff at. Oh well. There can always be new maps. Finding good servers is always a concern when it comes to online play. As perhaps the most popular multi-player game in town, CS features literally thousands of servers at any one time. You'll almost always find guys to play with. The only real flaw with CS is a ridiculous one. Apparently, the designers wanted gamers to be able to really customize their skins, so they left most of that portion of the game open-ended. The result is that anyone with a decent knowledge of scripts or the tenacity to download them can cheat pretty mercilessly. With the right scripts, players can turn invisible, make enemies appear brighter, make themselves look like their enemies, and even crash servers! This blows. Fortunately, it doesn't happen often and it doesn't take admins long to boot cheaters when they pop up, but every once in awhile it can ruin a really good game. Such is the life of online play. I couldn't possibly cover all the techniques to be learned in Counter-strike. Suffice to say that they all come together to make a serious life taker/heart breaker. The more you play CS, the more you'll know and the better you'll do. I love a game that rewards being played, and CS rewards patience and practice like none other. Quick word about the pricing. As mentioned at the top of this review, for 30 bucks you can get CS, Team Fortress Classic, and multi-player versions of Opposing Force and Half-Life. Alternately, you can likely find a copy of Half-Life for around 20 bucks, then download CS for free. Either way, this is well worth the money. Half-Life: Counter-strike has redefined online play. This game has m
ore potential and more online gaming goodness than any other game I've ever played. While better things surely await us in the future, Counter-strike is a video game revolution you can take part in right now.
Counterstrike INTRODUCTION I have been playing counterstrike now for about 2 yrs, and enjoy it very much. You can interact with other players as you play which I will talk about later. Here is more information on this game. ABOUT COUNTERSTRIKE Counterstrike is an online modification of the famous game halflife. In order to play counterstrike you will need to purchase the game halflife, for the cd key you will need. You can either purchase Counterstrike or you can download it free off the net but remember you will need all the updates too for both games. Counterstrike is a teamwork game, the game is more enjoyable if you work as a team and will also give your team a better chance of making your objective a success. Talk to your team mates by hitting the team say key, in which you will have to bind to a key in your keyboard controls, if you wanting to talk to your opponents then set up a key to bind to say, this will allow you to talk with every player in the game. You can also use voice in the game too, which again you will to bind to a key to use. Only the people on your team will hear what you say during the game. INSTALLING THE GAME Installing the game is easy, and does not take long in doing so. There are options within the halflife side of the game which will allow you to choose counerstrike and toggle with the option to play. You can also choose to launch the game from here too. If not you can download a free program called Gamespy which will allow you to play counterstrike online. GAMEPLAY The game play can be very tense at times but none the less it is still enjoyable. It is a first person shooter, and can be fast paced at times too, but if you?re into these types of games then I think you would like this one. Here is the tactics of both teams: Terrorists: The objective for the Terrorists is to plant the bomb at the marked bombsites
on the map, and then guard the bomb, to prevent the other team from defusing it. If it is a map with hostages then you have to prevent the other team in rescuing them. Counter Terrorists The objective for his team is to guard the bombsites to prevent the terrorists from planting the bomb. If they manage to do so then you have to go defuse the bomb to prevent it blowing up, you must always carry a defuse kit when you can as this will take less time in the defusing of the bomb. If the map is a hostage map then you have to rescue the hostages to win that round. Both teams you will notice will have different weapons not all weapons are different, but it does not mean one team as better weapons as they are all effective in their own way. You will always start the round with $800 this will allow you only to buy a pistol out of the weapons listed, until you win a round then your money will go up. Teams will earn money when their objective is a success WEAPONS There are many weapons to choose from but you will need the money to buy them. As I mentioned above there is different weapons on each team, only a couple but both effective. There are such things as grenades which have there own use, such as the smoke grenade would be used in like archways and corridors. Flash bang is used to blind the opponents, which then gives you time to run out the way from your enemies or I you can see them shoot them. The heat grenade is to hopefully kill or at least take of some their health. Also there are equipments also you can buy, where you will find things like amour, Kevlar, helmets, defuse kit (ct only) and the grenades. GRAPHICS AND SOUNDS Anyone that has played this game would know the graphics and sounds on this game are amazing. But for those who have not played this game then, you have not seen anything like it. The graphics is what made me want to play, they are all realistic graphics and so are th
e sounds, which really bring out the game to a realistic measure. Some game look boring, blocky, and nothing to be proud of playing, but this game is totally amazing. It is not just the people that look realistic it is the maps, the weapons and everything about the game. PURCHASING AND PRICE You can buy the halflife game from any local computer stores neat you and so you can for counterstrike. They do not cost much they are around 10-20 pounds, which is nothing when you see and play the game. LAST THOUGHTS Well I really think you should have a see to see what you think of the game. You never know you could like it, this is only for people that are into playing online games and also playing first person shooters. There I think I have covered all aspects of the game, if not then please leave me a message and I will edit it
everyone want too get good at counter-strike right? well ive played the game for over 3 years now, and i can only say that too get good at the game, you need a good mouse, and quite good hardware and dedication. then you need aim, how do you get "aim"? playing alot gives you aim, try playing on the many aim_maps released, these maps will make you're reflexes alot bether, reflexes and a stable hand is what you need. then its also game understanding, you need too know how the other players would move, outsmart the other player, killing him in the back is always bether then the front. then you might wanna join a clan, this is good if you want game understanding, and teamplay. the easy way is too create a clan yourself and gather friends from public servers. then playing "scrims" alot, doing this will increase your skill fast, when i started i played months just playing on public servers, and that isnt the best way of increasing your skills. if you do this you will get good at counter-strike faster then the regular player.
Whichever way you look at it, counter-strike is the dominant multiplayer PC game today. Despite newer games such as Battlefield 1942 sparking really strong interest and many players, there are more than 10 times as many people playing counter-strike online as any other game (source: PC gamer). There are more people playing counter-strike online right now as you read this than there are people playing any other online game put together. Let me give you an idea of its popularity- the new and popular Battlefield 1942 has approximately 500 servers running at a time. Counter-strike has approximately 10000 servers (servers are games containing other people run to which you can join in) running at a time. The basic premise of counter-strike is a very simple one- the game is played in a round format (ie once you die you stay dead until the next round) and there are two teams terrorist and counter-terrorist both trying to win the round by either eliminating the other team or completing a objective. The four common types of map are as maps, where one member of the counter-terrorist (here on referred to as CT) is a VIP. He has to reach a point in the map where he can escape for the CTs to win but if he dies the terrorists win. The most popular type of map are de maps where the terrorists have to reach a bomb site and plant a bomb and protect it until it goes off. There are cs maps where the CTs have to reach hostages, get them to follow them and lead them to a rescue point. There are also fy maps, which are not included as standard and must be downloaded separately. They are still quite popular though. They are more simple, and simply have the two teams just trying to kill each other- what one might call a frag fest. Now onto the review itself: Technical aspects: One of the first things you will notice looking at the box of counter-strike is its extremly low system specifications. Since it is essentially a modification of a old game, its
specifications are ridiculously low compared to most newer games. This therefore makes the game an ideal choice for those with a lower end PC. But those with higher end PCs should still give this more than a passing look, the graphics are extremly nice when you turn the resolution up to the maximum level. Since the counter-strike community is quite ridiculously big, you can find bits and bobs to alter the game all over the place. There are many packs for high end machines, and you can quite easily find replacements for the player models, textures, weapons and so on online which are better than the standard ones graphically and some may like to use them. Whilst obviously there are no super cut scenes or shows of up-to-date graphical flair in this game, even on a relativly low end machines the game runs like a dream. There are no frame-rate problems (jerkiness and slow-down) and unless you have a poor connection or are playing on a rubbish server the lag (when playing over the internet this is something which is very annoying- it is how long data takes to pass between you and the server so if you have a very high lag you might press the jump button and it will take 5 seconds for you to actually jump. If you have a low lag, you will jump almost instantly. This applies to everything including shooting, so can obviously disadvantage you severly if you have a lot of it) gets very slow and you can almost feel like you are playing over a LAN (directly linked computers so no net so virtually no lag) if you play on a local server with a average or good connection. Technically this game is a absolute dream unless you really must have your amazing explosion effects. The only technical annoyance I can point out is a minor one- when looking at or in the effect of a smoke grenade, a lot of lag can often be felt. But noone uses smoke grenades much anyway so it doesnt matter. Fun to play?: As soon as you log into a server, you are given the choice of being a CT
or a terrorist. You join a team, wait until the current round ends and then you are thrown into the game. Here you are given a bewildering amount of choice- although you might not have that much money to start with. The weapons you can get vary just slightly depending on your team, but most weapons are shared. With your limited money you are instantly given a lot of choice. Not much money? Then you have about 7 pistols to choose from. A little more money? You can choose from one of 5 sub-machine guns. Reasnoble amount of money? take a rifle or a shotgun (or indeed the machine gun if you have money flowing out of your ears). A bit to spare? get some equipment- kevlar, maybe with a helmet, a grenade, flashbang grenades, smoke grenades, a defusal kit (if in a de map) or even nightvision googles. Most of the weapons are pretty good, but upon playing the game you cant help feeling that the weapons are unbalanced. For example, the terrorist standard pistol (you start with a pistol as standard) is a good deal worse than the standard CT pistol. Therefore in the first round where noone can afford anything but pistols the CTs are instanttly handed a advantage- there is a choice for the CTs to either- buy another pistol or buy armour (albeit without a helmet) or a grenade and defusal kit for example. The Terrorists unless they fancy using their rubbish pistol with armour pretty much have to buy a better pistol- this obviously instantly disadvantages the terrorists from round one. However, they can fight back with a vengence and can easily turn the game around. Often some other weapons are unbalanced, but not in the team specific way of the pistols. One of the most hotly debated topics in counter-strike is the awp: a single hit kill sniper rifle. Its expensive, but boy does it pack a punch. If the other team are just all awpers not leaving their base, the game can get very annoying fast as there is virtually no chance to beat them. It is a often occurence to find a team th
at just keeps on winning because of better players a biased map or whatever. It can be very hard often for the losing team to turn it around because they keep on losing, so therefore are always dying so therefore keep on having to buy new guns and equipment and are therefore left with inferior guns- it is not rare to find one team struggling with sub machine guns and the other team running in there with a rifle armour with helmet all the grenades and cash flowing out of their ears. Which leads me onto how the weapons work themselves. All the weapons have a very high recoil (well just about all of them :)). Which means (unless you are using a exception pistol or shotgun) you only want to fire a few bullets at a time. The weapons themselves do very high damage- just 2 or 3 shots to the body with a rifle is enough to kill someone and one shot to the head will always kill (unless they have a armour and helmet in which case itll leave them with like 1% of their original health so they are dead anyway). This can lead to great frustration for new players as some elite player mashes them from across the map with the new dude finding it impossible to land a few shots. Adding to the frustration is that you might have to wait a few minutes on each death for the next round: you cant just play the damn thing. However, you learn quickly and once the basics of aiming well (fire in bursts of a few shots with a rifle, crouch whilst firing with a rifle) with a certain weapon a basic grasp of the game is achieved extremly quickly. However the methods of using weapons cant help but feel slightly repetitive at times- when everyone is running around with either a mp5 ak-47 or m4a1 guns aiming the same old way it can get boring, fast. The variation of other half-life mods such as team fortress in the way weapons are used is not there. I dont think I have ever played a game with as much potential for getting better as counter-strike. New people learn exactly what they have to do
to be succesful very early on, and after virtually every game of counter-strike (even at advanced levels) I almost always think "my gaming has got better because of this"- you get better every single round that you play. You know exactly what to do, but its when to do it thats the problem. Upon dying you usually think that if only i threw my grenade then... if only i was aiming over there.... i should have bought armour... leading to a genuine feeling of improvement, keeping the game fresh no matter how good you get. And when you do kill someone, single handedly plant the bomb and defend it, kill that elite dude with the machine gun there is a real feeling of satisfaction. From my sizeable experience, I dont think I have ever found a game which can be so rewarding as counter-strike. Obviously this makes counter-strike very addictive- unless there are some unusual problems such as lots of lag, a mean admin or cheaters on the server you can easily wile away hours and hours and hours on a single server. However the potential for frustration is certainly there- if there is some stupid guy with a good aim and a awp going straight into you every round, the game can get very annoying and frustrating fast. The moment you find yourself frustrated though, I advise you to go onto another server. Onto the maps now... many of the maps have excellent design. From the very beginning you have a very sizeable collection of tried-and-tested maps and with the option to download literally thousands more if necessary. The maps are very varied, not only in whether they are a bomb map, hostage map etc. which all obviously play very differently, but in the individual map design. You can see in the maps the designers had very clear intentions of how the map is played: for example, in de_dust the CTs and terrorists meet in a tunnel- the terrorists can reach the main bomb site almost as fast as the CTs can despite the CTs being the defending team. This leads t
o large battles over control of that tunnel- but there is always a sneaky underpass for the more astute terrorists to use and for wily CTs to watch carefully. However, a hostage map, italy adopts a completly different method of play: there are 3 separate routes to the very small building containing the hostages. All the routes are as viable as one another each with a distinct style of play to rush or defend. There is a long tunnel, ruled by snipers, a short approach in which a fast trigger finger is needed and a long approach which has to be gotten to by a very narrow corridor which twists and turns, leading to some really ferocious closed area fighting. Everything however centres on that tiny house with the hostages in. The variation even in similar concepts is quite astounding, and therefore each map has completly different routes, effective tactics and risk. There are unique methods of play for just about every standard map, with different tactics all over the place. Mostly the map design is absolutly superb and in the most popular maps you are hardly ever left with the feeling that you could have improved something. Which puts me onto the players of counter-strike. As i started off with, the CS community is a exceptionally large one. There is never a lack of servers to play on at all and there are hundreds of servers and thousands of people at a time playing maps which youve never even heard of. There is extensive support and options for everything- mapping, using better models. Everything you could possibly want created or changed is available. This is for the most part really great- there is never a lack of servers on which to play your favorite map, and if you fancy that SAS guy looking like a police officer you can change that. But there are disadvantages too. CS has pretty much undoubtedly more cheaters than any other game ever. By cheats I dont mean typing in a cheat to be invincible, but hacks hooks and exploits. Common hacks include a hack w
hich allows people to see through walls (you can shoot through most walls by the way), a aimbot which aims for you so you can get loads of headshots without even aiming, scripts to fire twice as fast as you should normally and so on. There are also cheats like making all the walls white to see in dark sports, using really bright player models to see them easier and the less severe exploits where people can on one or two maps skywalk (but exploits are rare as the maps have been tested and changed so many times and its obvious when someone is going it) There are massive movements attempting to stop these morons and server admins are doing there best to ban these idiots. There is a constant battle between cheaters and anti-cheaters as obviously with hacks like those cheaters can completly and utterly ruin the game. Thanks to a program called OSC which includes many hacks, cheating (normally called hacking) is widespread and available to those who dont know the first thing about computers. However, because of the popularity of couter-strike, you can simply move to another server if people are ruining the game for you, and thankfully if you choose the right server with nice admins who are on a lot to ban cheaters. Thankfully, cheating has declined as efforts from both valve and CS guard have detected and banned cheaters, and the options for all but the expert programmers for cheating have declined. However there is one more gripe with the counter-strike community- on many servers, and this is increasing, you immediately join and there is some retarded conversation going on. On many servers, let me give you a short dialect of what you can hear: player1: **** you player2: LOL (meaning laugh out loud) player1: you are **** player2: lol and so on... On many servers there is a general abnoxiousness that it is hard to find elsewhere. Its quite amazing- this simply does not happen in any other online game, even other half-life modifications that
I can think of. Of course, because of the games popularity you can always join another server. Counter-strike is a really great game and everyone should at least try it. The potential for fun is out of this world and the addiction factor is very high too. Some unscrupulous individuals can try and ruin your fun and sometimes the game can get a little frustrating and repetitive, but overall this is a superb game and a great addition to the half-life mod family that has taken on a life all of its own. There is only one question left for the buyer. You can choose any of these options: Buy the half-life generations pack which includes half-life, 2 expansions and counter-strike retail version. Buy half-life and download counter-strike (it is only a modification for half-life) Buy counter-strike retail. Of those I strongly suggest you get the half-life generations pack. For a ridiculously low price you get half-life, which many consider the best game ever, opposing force, a great single-player game, blue shift a rubbishy single player game but comes with high definition pack which you can use to make all graphics in the half-life universe to look better and coutner-strike retail version which contains counter-strike without downloading it and a few other multiplayer modifications for halflife. You only pay typically £10 extra than buying counter-strike retail or half-life retail separately and get much more singleplayer and multiplayer content. But i should tell you here, whatever you do you are going to have to download a big patch to update your version of counter-strike or if you simply get half-life to download the latest version of CS. Alternativly you can find the patchs in a good PC magazine with a disc on it :) Four of the best PC games of all time for £20? Cheaper than a bargain.