Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Review: Not As Captivating As It Once Was
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network
Counter-Strike returns with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. I remember years ago on the PC all the nights I spent playing Counter-Strike for hours upon hours. It was one of my first real addictions to the shooter genre. Back then it was either Counter-Strike or Tribes that I would play on the PC. With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive it brings back that familiar feeling, but now with improved visuals on the maps that I used to cover time and time again. It completely recaptures that feeling from long ago and I am certain that hardcore fans will heartily approve of this title.
I greatly enjoyed this blast from the past. This title reminded me of a lot of great moments and fun times long ago. It still has that same feeling going for it, but unfortunately it’s not as captivating as it once was before. Those who played Counter-Strike on the PC will love returning to the familiar grounds to battle it out once again by either planting or defusing that bomb. There are also new maps and additional modes as well to make it further entertaining, but it just doesn’t hold up that well compared to what we are used to seeing today. Don’t get me wrong, I know the former players will love this as I did for the first few hours, but for me it just didn’t keep my interest for that long afterwards.
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It didn’t help that I kept having connection issues and that it was difficult to keep a game with me and a friend. Sometimes it would work just fine while at other times I couldn’t even tell you what was going on. We weren’t playing though and that’s all the matters. The gameplay also doesn’t feel the greatest and it can be difficult to control your shot – it had me wishing that I had picked up the Steam version of the game instead. I might have had a much better time reliving this reformed classic that way instead of by console. So keep that in mind as well!
If you are looking for some classic Counter-Strike action then you should definitely check this game out, but for me, it didn’t hold the same satisfaction it once had and it doesn’t offer enough to keep you interested for very long. I should note that if you can’t fill a room you will be fighting against bots to keep it a 5 vs 5 match-up. Still, it’s a nice way to relive your past with this updated version and if you are the type of person who can get addicted to shooters then you’ll have a nice leaderboard to contest on.