This is a screenshot of the video game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, featuring the player aiming a P90 submachine gun at an enemy. A dead enemy is to the player's right and in the upper left the player's radar is indicating that the bomb has been planted at bomb site B.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Valve Software
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | www.counter-strike.net

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first person shooter in which players attempt to accomplish the objective of the game mode by killing enemy players, planting bombs, or getting kills with a succession of weapons. In round-based game modes, players begin each round by purchasing equipment with money earned in previous rounds. Various weapons are available to players and the various maps have different routes the players can use to reach the objectives.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features eleven pistols, six shotguns, eight submachine guns, eleven assault rifles, six sniper rifles, two machine guns, a knife, six kinds of grenades, six pieces of equipment, four game modes, fourteen standard maps in competitive matches, and an integrated matchmaking system, tournament viewing system, statistics tracking system with leaderboards, and inventory system that allows the player to collect weapon skins and other items that result in cosmetic alterations and no gameplay alterations.

In competitive mode, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features five players on each team. One teams aims to plant a bomb or rescue hostages while the other team aims to prevent this from occurring. Players respawn only after a round ends. Teams can choose to rush to one bomb  or hostage site during  a round, or choose to spread out, or engage in other tactics. Weapons grow more inaccurate as the player moves, as the player fires, and as the player jumps. This allows players to choose between remaining motionless and crouched, which grants them greater accuracy, or moving around, which can cause other players to miss and which reduces the player’s accuracy when firing.

The graphics in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are in a realistic style. They depict an Italian village, Middle Eastern villages, an office, and other locations, plus weapons, players, and weapon skins, some of which are in bright neon colors like pink or blue. The sounds in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive include footsteps that players make when running and not when walking or crouching; gunshots; and the voices of characters that say things like “throwing a flashbang” and “throwing smoke.” The music in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is orchestral in style and alters dynamically based on what is occurring in the match.

Players in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have one hundred health and can be killed with three or four bullets from many guns, or fewer if the bullets hit the player’s head. Players can purchase armor to protect their body and a helmet to protect their head. This allows players to survive more bullet shots from some guns. Other guns, like assault rifles and sniper rifles, can kill players with one or two shots whether or not the player is wearing armor. Players run faster if they have their knife or sidearm out. Guns dropped by dead players can be picked up by other players and the game notes who the weapon originally belonged to in the spectator screen. The models of the characters alter depending on the map that is being played. Players can download replays of matches they were in or of tournament matches and watch them.

This is a score for an objective game review. The score is a 9 out of 10.