What’s In the Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive27th Aug 2017 |
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A multiplayer, first person shooter game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had a somewhat rocky start in coming off the back of CS 1.6. However, it soon got itself together and is now one of the top games played by professionals on a global scale. This is a no muss no fuss game. There aren’t any extra abilities for players; rather it is a game of realism where players simply have a basic set of weapons from which to choose and only their teammates to rely on.
Knowing the Rules
Its brilliance is in its simplicity. There are only two sides, the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. The former is required to plant two bombs and have them successfully go off, while the latter team attempts to prevent this from occurring. The game operates using rounds, which start with each player holding $800 is enough to either buy body armor ($650) or any of the four extra pistols that’s available to purchase in the pistol buy-menu. Winning a round also earns more money, though multiple losses will award bonus cash too. This is also where the strategy starts to come into play, as on occasion it is actually better to save money for later rounds rather than spending as you go. This can definitely swing later rounds to the team’s favour.
A very mentally draining game, the number of strategies that can be employed here are endless. There are playbooks around from which strategies can be learnt, but many will be figured out as you and your team learn together. There are a huge number of guides online detailing the different maps, playing both sides and playing different positions. There are generally considered to be three key strategies – rushes, trade fragging and map control. Rushes are good in a power play and will put pressure on opponents from the start. Trade fragging is a strategy that involves immediately killing the player that just killed a teammate in order to equalise the number of players left on each team, whilst map control is similar to trade fragging but with a variation on the number of grenades that are used in order to keep team numbers high.
It may all sound relatively straightforward but let us not forget the physical aspect of this game. The connection with the hand movements to those on screen are extreme and require excellent dexterity and reflexes from players in order to fully master. At the end of the day, the key here is to adapt and learn as you go.
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