Saturday, 5 July 2014

First Impressions: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

One of the many games I got from the Steam Summer Sale was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve's version of Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Killzone, Titanfall and... You get the idea. Anyway, the game's good.

The premise of the game is that you are either Terrorists (mass-murderers) or Counter-Terrorists (which are basically mass-murderers as well but they are good so we let them off) and there are various missions which you have to embark on. For example: hostage missions, bomb missions and that kind thing. You can play the game casually or competitively with certain maps only being available for either. Then there are community maps being made by well... The community.

So far, I have only played casual and there are four things that stood out for me. 1: the level of teamwork is quite high with people fitting certain roles and going to certain locations. This would be even better if not for my next point. 2: the shortness of the matches. While there are 15 rounds in each game, the rounds are quite short (rounds only last about 2-5 minutes) and with no respawns your participation in said round will probably be even shorter short because of my next point. 3: the amount of pros in casual mode. Not a round goes by where I'm not head-shotted from the other side of the map, or taken down with one hit. I've seen people whose teams are in the top 20 in the country and act professionally and trolls who are good at the game but still have to shout out abuse to the other team just to make their lives more interesting. Now my last point is more of a personal complaint and that is. 4: having to buy your weapons every round. If you don't die, then you do get to keep your weapons but if you are like me who dies in the first 30 odd seconds then this won't happen very often and you'll find yourself frustrated having to buy the same weapons over and over again.

There are other modes which change the set up a bit, for example getting a new weapon each time you get a kill etc. but I haven't had a chance to play these yet (they will be reviewed in the actual review). You can also change your loadout with different weapons and skins which is nice.

Finally, the competitive scene of the game is huge with tournaments being held all the time with prize money and everything! Overall, this game is really fun to play with friends or on your own and I can see people getting addicted to this game quite easily.

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

P.S. If you can think of a team name for the members of the blog then please comment!


  1. "Valve's version of Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Killzone, Titanfall and... You get the idea."

    No. Counter Strike is not like Call of Duty, or any of these other fps games. csgo is a TACTICAL SHOOTER which means it requires teamwork and planning (with good execution) to win.

    The reason some maps are available and some aren't is because some are demolition and some are hostage, well done for paying attention.

    The reason your matches are short are because you are in casual. Play competitive and play for twice as long (first to 16). Also "shortness is big" doesn't make any sense.

    "pros" doesn't have an apostrophe. Also, if you're being headSHOT from the other side of the map, you should buy things like smokes and flashes. You're in casual, you're not even buying armour for God's sake. You can afford it.

    You're right, you shouldn't be dying. Also, you should be able to buy weapons within 5 seconds or so without thinking about it eventually, and it shouldn't be "frustrating". I actually don't understand how you see it as such.

    I think with the admittedly impressive ignorance you've displayed in this post I think you should call your team "The Retard Squad". Now go back to reviewing Kingdom Hearts and iOS games you idiots.

    1. To answer your points:
      While I admit that Counter Strike is not like COD in terms of the style of FPS, it is still an FPS and the style of player is similar.

      I said that the maps are different in competitive and casual just to highlight the different options available.

      I found the matches to be of an all right length but the actual rounds to be to short. As there are no respawns, if you die right at the beginning of the match then there is quite a lot of waiting to be done.

      Thanks for pointing out the grammar mistake and I have edited that. I do buy smokes and flashes and sometimes it helps but there are still people well above your skill level in casual (or hackers with aim-bot for that matter). I was merely pointing out experiences that happened to me and as this is a first impression and not a review, these words should be taken as an opinion (one we seem to not all share).

      While I should not be dying, it is an eventuality really as everyone (even the top players as we have seen in the e-sports tournaments) make mistakes. I found it annoying that you had to keep buying weapons only due to the fact that I kept using the same ones and so thought that a loadout button would be appropriate. I have seen that some people have gotten around the problem by inputting macros but I just thought it would be a good idea so that we can get back to the game as quickly as possible (again my own opinion).

      As with all games, Counter-Strike does get frustrating, for example: having one second left to deactivate the bomb and getting sniped by an AWP or shooting someone for 3 seconds and them one-shotting you because they shot slightly up. All games have there weak points and a reviewer has to see them as well otherwise it is not a fair critique.

      Finally, in response to your last paragraph, I see ignorance on both sides of this conversation, from my apparent lack of expertise with a game I had only just played (this was a first impression, not a review after I had put 100+ hours into the game) and your lack of thought about how other people choose to spend their time. Personally, I don't feel that my team are 'retards' as they can all write an impressive amount of high quality content about a number of different game genres. And if your are applying the title of 'retard' to my Counter-Strike capabilities, just remember that there are other, more important things to do than scream down the mike when someone you barely know doesn't do exactly what you (the apparent God of all things Counter-Strike) tell them to do.

      In conclusion, I think I will go back to playing Kingdom Hearts because firstly, it is a great game and you should play it and secondly the community seems to be more considerate of the players that make it.

      Yours sincerely,