PAX 2011: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hands-On Preview - New Gear

In the battle between terrorists and counterterrorists, no matter who wins, we also win in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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Since its initial release as a humble mod roughly 13 years ago, Counter-Strike has grown into a first-person shooter icon built on quick matches and hair-trigger reflexes. At this year's Penny Arcade Expo we got the chance to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the latest chapter in the ongoing struggle between terrorists and counterterrorists. The game is being developed by Hidden Path Entertainment, which codeveloped Counter-Strike: Source and runs on an updated version of the Source engine. The result is a crisp and smooth FPS that's every bit as frantic as we remember it.

During our hands-on time with the game we made sure to sample the three new pieces of gear that were on display: the Molotov cocktail, the decoy grenade, and the Taser gun.

Just like its many other video game incarnations, the Molotov cocktail laid down a bed of flames that would gradually damage those who dared to pass through. While we were limited to one per round, we found that the Molotov was great for cutting off key areas of the map. Setting one hallway ablaze meant our opponents had to either wait the fire out--which lasted about five seconds--or funnel into the obvious alternative path. And if we were feeling extra devious we could drop it near the bomb site and make the counterterrorists' job that much harder.

Next up was the decoy grenade. When thrown, it placed a marker on the enemy's radar (falsely) indicating that someone was firing a gun. To help maintain the illusion, the grenade also emitted gunshot noises depending on what weapon we were carrying. After roughly 10 seconds, it would explode. Our trick when using this item was to catch the enemies' attention, duck behind cover, and drop the grenade at our feet. By the time our foes realized the ruse, we had already rolled up behind them for a sneak attack.

Finally, there was the Zeus x27 Taser gun. This weapon could be fired only once before being automatically dropped and could kill any enemy in a single hit. It also required that we get pretty close to our target, almost within knife range. New additions aside, CS:GO felt every bit as intense as its predecessors. After being spoiled by years of cover mechanics and regenerating health, we found our character's vulnerability jarring. However, after a few rounds, we settled back into the series' iconic, white-knuckle tension. From the heavy boom of an AWP to the bark of "Counterterrorist win," the game felt like classic Counter-Strike at its core.

A skill-based matchmaking system will help ensure that players find appropriate opponents to compete against.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac sometime next year. In the meantime, PC players will have the chance to get their hands on the game early with a beta for the game starting in October. For more information on CS:GO, be sure to check out our interview with Valve's Chet Faliszek, including details on cross-platform multiplayer between the PC, Mac, and PlayStation 3.

Discussion

77 comments
dlobo
dlobo

Why is still no ADS ? I love CS and this is something I always felt was missing. 

cipo89
cipo89

@Atheosis Not supposed to be new just updated

insanitycheck6
insanitycheck6

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insanitycheck6

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jubjubjub3
jubjubjub3

My rant: Happy to see CS has a new generation in the works! I Started playing CS 1.5 like 7-8 years ago and I was in a CS trance up until just a couple of years ago. Since then I've played every single FPS game to date. CS is the tightest and most precise FPS on the market, and the only game that come close to those qualities are the Unreal games. As for excitement, nothing beats a 5 on 5 match in CAL or TWL league, I remember having my balls to my throat in those action packed matches. CS like the Unreal games fall into a specific type of FPS genre, called Twitched based FPS. Twitched based games, basically come down to pure blinding speed of the cursor and player reflexes. Games like COD and BF mistakenly get mixed up with games like CS, because the former mentioned above games are trying to be simulators. Do not compare CS to COD or BF, they are just different games. CS is not a sim, and there for you have more freedom and with that freedom come amazing tactics, strategies and just a lot of what the f!ck just happened moments, which I find a lot of fun. The death of CS 1.6 and CS:S can be attributed to the insane learning curve of CS and its lack of lucrative competitive leagues offered. It seems to be the trend now a days to dumb down games for the masses, so that the noobs don't rage quit. The developers of CS:GO are trying to make the match making more precise and fair, without numbing down the game. Which I hope they pull it off successfully.

nyran125
nyran125

CS #1 mp fps game of all time............no game presents as much balance as this game for both teams and no game has player vs player tension like this game ,its the only game that i actually enjoy watching the last few guys battle it out when im dead, because its skill on skill at its purist. BF1942 is my #2 best mp fps game Modern Warfare 2 and Quake Arena are my #3 best mp fps games of all time. Call of duty fans and Battlefield fans need not apply here, its too hardcore for you and requires just as much Strategy as any game ever made.......yes including Battlefield, the king of attack flag grabbing. Battlefield reminds me of PACMAN getting the little dots (flags) compared to the genius that is Counter strike.

DukeLV
DukeLV

total suck cs :@

HeavyMetalBard
HeavyMetalBard

The old character models and animations look better.

ESB
ESB

...and Molotov... really?!!?!?

ESB
ESB

"Casual Mode" for CS... LOL I can't really imagine it being more casual than it is already!

Orbitz89
Orbitz89

I'm looking forward to this. I was always terrible at Counter-Strike.. no matter which version i played, 1.5, 1.6, Source.. i was terrible at all of them.. But i still played and found enjoyment in the game. There's just something about the way these games play that keeps my noob ass coming back.

cccp3000
cccp3000

Counter - Terrorist Win.

p40tomahawk
p40tomahawk

@Atheosis heck no those are not the same graphics for CS:S

p40tomahawk
p40tomahawk

i wonder if the game will be on Onlive though.........

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

@oldbomb Because there are more console players then PC gamers nowadays. "Console Pigs" as you call them, are most of the gaming market today, and alot of bitter "back against the wall" PC gamers who have still not come to terms with this will just keep being disapointed. Dont worry, there will always be PC gamers that wont be available on console..so do not feel so threatend and hurt/immasculated whenever your precious "PC is better then everything" ego is put into question. I have a PC and console and enjoy best of both worlds..you keep sulking, or embrace the fact that some quality PC titles will be played at a some-what of a lower quality on consoles. Cheers

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

@airbo0309 Are you serious? A mans game?...think your taking it a bit too far mate. Any game where you can bounce around like a bunny and get sprayed at by kids or people who spend way too much time on it..is not a man's game lol. CS is not a bad game at all..but calling it a proper man's FPS is just opinion not fact. Die hard fans may agree with you, but those who appreciate FPS in general won't....I know my FPS games, so if anything its in the same league as any old school..run...bounce...shoot...and repeat. Ide say hardcore games are those with aim down sight..as you need more concentration and slower pace, no auto aim (agree with you there), teamwork, Stances for accuracy (including prone), ballistics etc. I would actually say BF is included in this (not COD), but pure hardcore manly games would include ARMA, Red orchestra..or similar games. You shouldnt bang on your chest and insult people who play other FPS's because you played a game to death and was good at it. Im not brill at CS at all, and theres a huge community of angry players and noob bashers...but I really enjoyed it, and played it when I wanted to just go for some old school FPS shooting with no spawning :)

evilweav
evilweav

@dah_master it's a 2012 game, and it's not a CoD or Battlefield competitor. It's a downloadable budget title that will serve as a franchise update, not a full-fledged AAA sequel. If considered in that light, I think it will be ravenously successful.

Atheosis
Atheosis

Looks the same as the version from five years ago. :(

dah_master
dah_master

I'm a CS fan but i have to say, comparing to the other shooters released this year (namely BattleField3) I don't see how this game can compete with it. Unless they upgrade the graphics, which is what counter-strike needed anyway, to make it look like crysis or something. I mean, with small maps like that, it cant be that hard to put a good graphics upgrade.

TANKER_LINK
TANKER_LINK

Seems kind of pointless to redo counter strike again. Why not make something new?

Xenuri
Xenuri

I feel I've moved on from CS, ill never forget staying up until 5 in the morning back in the summers of 2005/6 tho. good times!

trungtoto
trungtoto

Cross platform is good if vavle took away DD server .... joinly well with MW 2 CS is not father .... CS is the 1st game that set the standard for FPS game Colombus was not the father of USA , he was the one who 1st found America

kennyyoung6395
kennyyoung6395

This actually looks cool. But when does Valve plan to create Episode 3?

Black_Id_Jenova
Black_Id_Jenova

No MW and BF without CS dude!!! CS is father of FPS mate, waiting for this game, and look, the graphic feel like from Left 4 Dead, awesome!!

oldbomb
oldbomb

WTH? Why are they making this CP? The console pigs can play what they have already.

angry_roman1011
angry_roman1011

let me take back what I just said...What the hell did they do to de_dust?! MOLOTOVS?!!!

angry_roman1011
angry_roman1011

I'm looking forward to this one. Counter-Strike has come a long long way. :)

nyran125
nyran125

man all th epeopel going on about 1.6 being better than source. i played CS from 2002-2004 and ive played source from 2004-2011, there are SO many things improved in CS Source i cant count them all over 1.6, the grenades, the flashes, the smoke grenades all improved in Source over 1.6..the smoothness of movement, heaps more cover in certain areas in Source, i can go on and on and on about the improvements in Source over 1.6.......... however theres 2 things not improved..the guns felt more realistic in 1.6 , more recoil and when you get shot and you cant move, but thats IT!!!!! , the money is the same, the buying is the same, accept ammo...the maps are the same. Accept certain objects are replaced with broken down cars. lol i dont understand the die hard 1.6 loving fans. Did you know CS 1.5 fans HATED CS 1.6 lol. Its a neverending story, because CS SOURCE is practically the SAME as 1.6.

howie1926
howie1926

I love CS. It's so just so much fun. I can't even explain why because like Ificationer said, it can be really frustrating. It's like crack though...

Ificationer
Ificationer

CS is a really frustrating game...I cant believe I love it...its just fun for some reason...especially when you play it with your friends and kill them constantly...it pisses them off and makes you laugh like a maniac :| but in the end you get banned for "hacking" ;P yes I play CS with inexperienced mindless and pissed off 12-year-old kids

Nexttime45
Nexttime45

The problem with CS is that it's unbelievable user-UNfriendly. It's almost like it tries to make it as hard as possible for a newbie to learn the basics of the game. Hopefully they fix this when it arrives on the xbox.

airbo0309
airbo0309

Now we'll see how you BF and COD kids do on a Man's game. No auto-aim, no aiming down sights, 1 death and you have to sit your little ADD butt there while the actual FPS gamers play. Have Fun.

justintime2kill
justintime2kill

Always enjoyed CS, however not being able to aim down site always bothered me.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

The only reason CS was so loved was because you had to learn the game's crappy recoil system. At least people on the PS3 get to play with people on PC, and it has M&K support. This will be a blast even if the game isn't up to par with 1.6. (Source was, and still is horrendous compared to 1.6)

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

The only reason CS was so loved was because you had to learn the game's crappy recoil system. At least people on the PS3 get to play with people on PC, and it has M&K support. This will be a blast even if the game isn't up to par with 1.6. (Source was, and still is horrendous compared to 1.6)

sochio
sochio

i need a beta for ps3 .pleeeeeeeaseeeeeeeeeee valve

tgchan
tgchan

just change the name and I will be not ashamed that I am Counter Strike player...

DOTMfan
DOTMfan

i would get this but.........Battlefield 3 will take over my life.ounter strike suffers from age....it was a fun game....the best i have played next to COD 1 for pc........But that was then and this is now.........Battlefield will be better than any other shooter...Not cause of a good fram rate,,which i don't think it will come close to CoD...But because of one word.....CHOAS!

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

the whole competitive fps all started with CS.... just have better match making since the pros are really pro at the game....

sleepyrohan
sleepyrohan

What i want to know is if we can use the ps3 sharpshooter accessory with this game.. that would be really fun!

kael_159
kael_159

wow... this brings back memories... Awww... My childhood... Locked up in my room playing for countless hours and cursing those stupid jumpy bots... Good times...

CassadyH
CassadyH

cross platform is awesome, ill play on the pc and get a mouse and keyboard for my woman on the ps3 :)

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

The game looks a little less accurate and sharp and delicate and pinpoint than Source, looks more like a come-up-close-and-spray game than a land-a-single-AK-shot-from-100-yards game, which is one of the reasons I really liked Source. The shorter, fatter, chubbier look of the weapons doesn't help this feeling either. It's moving towards Team Fortress 2, which is a move in the wrong direction. I know the end product is going to look different from this, and I know I'll probably move to this game eventually, but I really don't think I'm going to enjoy this game as much as I enjoyed the move from 1.6 to Source.

Mifflinite45
Mifflinite45

Im gonna stick with BF and COD. If I picked this up, I wouldnt stand a chance against the long time vets of the game.

Bleach2X1
Bleach2X1

 @nyran125 I know I'm late to the party but seriously dude? You compare BF to CS? What a joke, the only thing they have in common is they are FPS.  CS genius? Allot of games were easy to perfect because of their simplicity back then. Sorry dude but this is just you and the other old men hanging out talking about the good old days. The good old days are over move on. Two different games incomparable to eachother not only by graphics but gameplay. I know it's hard to let go of some games but you gotta do it sometime or you just sound like a straight  crackpot.