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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Released in August of 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the fourth official game in the Counter-Strike franchise. It features new maps, characters, and weapons as well as old maps and weapons remade and updated for CS:GO.

Just like all of its predecessors, Counter Strike: Global Offensive is an objective-oriented multiplayer first-person shooter. Players who join a server can choose between two teams: Terrorists (T) and Counter-Terrorists (CT). The game has short 3-minute rounds which end when either every player on one team is dead or the objective is completed. Depending on the game mode, the objectives for both teams will vary.

At the beginning of every round, players are given the option of purchasing weapons or gear to use for that round. The in-game money is earned in multiple ways, but cannot be purchased with real-world money and does not persist beyond the current match. The most notable way of earning money is to kill members of the opposing team, which may be easier said than done. Another way is by completing the objective, whether it is planting/defusing the bomb or by rescuing/defending the hostages (more on this later). Also, both teams are awarded money at the end of each round, though the winning team of each round earns more money than the losing team.

Defuse is the most popular of Global Offensive's five game modes. A random player on the Terrorist team is given the bomb, which can be dropped and picked up by another teammate or tossed directly to another teammate. The player with the bomb must plant it at one of two possible bomb sites. The Terrorists can win either by planting the bomb and defending it until the timer runs out (35 seconds) or by eliminating the Counter-Terrorists. On the other side of the map, the Counter-Terrorists must stop the Terrorists from planting the bomb, defuse the bomb, or eliminate the Terrorist team.

Hostage is another popular game mode. The Terrorists have taken four hostages and must guard them from being rescued. Although it can prevent the Counter-Terrorists from winning by rescue of the hostages, Terrorist players should avoid eliminating the hostages because they will lose money for doing so and the Counter-Terrorists receive money with each hostage killed. Again, either team can also win by eliminating the other team.

Both Defuse and Hostage have two game options: Classic and Competitive. In Classic, all-talk is on, which means people can hear others talk from the other team. In Competitive, the voice chat is restricted to only that specific team, so Terrorists can't hear what Counter-Terrorists are saying, even when dead.

Demolition is a variation on Defuse without the option of purchasing weapons and gear. The way to get a new weapon at the beginning of each round in this mode is by killing at least one person.

Deathmatch is a 10-minute match with both teams purchasing weapons and killing the opposing team. Players win by having the highest score through killing players with different weapons, since each weapon gives a different amount of points.

Arms Race is Deathmatch with each kill granting a different weapon. The winner is whoever is first to score a kill with every weapon.

Global Offensive has matchmaking for all game modes that is based off Elo ratings to avoid having inexperienced players get dominated by highly-skilled veterans. Steam provides a leaderboard with tracking of players' stats, accessible from within the game. There is also a built-in Steam friend system where players can add their friends to their party and find a match together.

System Requirements



OS: Windows XP or later

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, AMD Phenom X3 8750, or better

Memory: XP: 1 GB, Vista: 2 GB, or better

Graphics: 256 MB of VRAM or better, DirectX 9-compatible with Pixel Shader 3.0

Hard Drive: At least 7.6 GB available space



OS: MacOS X 10.6.6 or later

CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor (2 GHz or better)

Memory: 2 GB RAM or better

Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2400, NVidia 8600M, or better

Hard Drive: At least 7.6 GB available space

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