G2A Game of the Week: CS:GO

January 06 2015
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Written by Ken Serra

It's the first G2A Game of the Week of 2015! Just in case you're not in the know, every week Team Liquid will supply you with their G2A Game of the Week, which you can buy at an extremely discounted rate thanks to their Weekly Sale. This week, we're starting things off with a classic franchise and their latest iteration, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

You can get the game right now at www.g2a.com/weeklysale for only $7.10, a 45% price reduction!

The Review: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Very few video games triumph the test of time, especially in the genre of shooters. The Counter-Strike franchise has remained in the hearts of fans for well over a decade, maintaining its popularity through a tried and true system of simple point-and-shoot mechanics and excellent map design. Since its original debut in 1999 as a Half-Life mod, the game’s mechanics have steadily stayed the same and unlike other publishers that release games annually, Valve has nothing to prove with their FPS gem.

Counter-Strike: Global Offense is the latest in the CS series and hosts revamps of classic maps such as Dust, Nuke, and Inferno as well as new game modes in Arms Race and Demolition. For those who enjoyed the franchise previously, the newer maps are better tuned for the newer game modes and the small adjustments to older maps were implemented to balance the Classic Defuse missions so you can look forward to playing the same game you once loved with new added features.

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For people who are unsure about Counter-Strike or never got around to playing it, just know it still stands as one of the best jump-in shooters. It’s very easy for anyone to hop on and do a quick match and leave whenever they please. For the more hardcore gamer, the ranked system will have you going against proper opponents to give you that fine taste of out-play potential more so than a sheer pub stomp. There’s something for everyone.

The gameplay mechanics behind Counter-Strike hasn’t changed since Pentium 4s were the pinnacle of PC gaming tech. You need to score kills, win rounds, and complete objectives to obtain enough money to purchase better guns and give you, and your team, strong advantages. Think MOBA but in the form of an FPS. From there, everything is all headshots; the players who can aim better to the head will come out on top no matter how behind you are—it’s a skill that takes many of today’s top tier Counter-Strike pros hours of practice to maintain.

Don’t be afraid, getting headshots may seem hard but the game was designed with fast enough kill times that almost ensure the player who gets the jump on another will get the kill; that’s not to say there’s no opportunity for outplay however. The maps are designed around this notion: plenty of long, straight lanes that are supplemented by many short cut-off points. To this day, Counter-Strike is known for its simplistic “don’t fix what ain’t broken” map designs.

If you’re looking for a shooter that has an incredibly high skill cap yet caters to the casual shooter fan base, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is for you.

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