Posted: March 23
To the uninitiated:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is hitting an upward stride in the modern military competitive shooter world for good reason. Partially due to its strengths, but also I’d argue (not here), due to the state of the game industry. There’s little reason to be a PC gamer and shooter fan and be clueless to this juggernaut. If you have even a bit of try-hard in you and a bit of skill, I’d highly advocate absorbing CS:GO like a sponge and saying goodbye to any other shooter you previously thought was relevant. I could go on and on about the honed balance structure; from the economy, to the maps, to the weapons; all asymmetrically tilted to empower skill and enable strategy. But I won’t. Take my word for it, it’s as close to perfect as I’ve seen a game get. Don’t get me wrong, I can nitpick some things; a few minor fringe gun complaints, 64 tick servers instead of 128 tick, but their patch performance at least shows overall that they’re on the right track. The chief of these points being restructuring maps to play better competitively (something I can’t remember seeing in any other competitive fps, ever, maybe in the UT Quake days idk).
BUT! There’s a good chance you already knew of this legend. You’ve heard the fanboyish cries of devotion and likely thought to yourself “Why the hell would someone pay $150 for a gun skin”?! The game is that good… when you get into the competitive aspect.
HOWEVER! I must say for a casual player, especially one who has little to no interest learning competitive, there’s not much here for you. There are casual modes, but they’re hard to enjoy knowing more light and care-free shooters are out there to play instead. The casual side of CS:GO is functional and passable, but it’ll feel like owning a Ferrari and only driving it in first gear, you’re really not getting the potential out of the product. But who am I to judge? Perhaps you’ll get into the gun skin craze too and play the casual modes and have a blast! I doubt it, but hell the game is cheap and goes on practically-free sales every time we turn around, so why the hell are you reading this? Just buy the thing! All the cool kids are doing it!