Play the world's number 1 online action game. Engage in an incredibly realistic brand of terrorist warfare in this wildly popular team-based game. Ally with teammates to complete strategic missions. Take out enemy sites. Rescue hostages. Your role affects your team's success. Your team's success affects your role.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,695 reviews) - 96% of the 1,695 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (66,653 reviews) - 97% of the 66,653 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 1, 2000

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"Still fantastic after all these years. The game that molded a generation."

About This Game

Play the world's number 1 online action game. Engage in an incredibly realistic brand of terrorist warfare in this wildly popular team-based game. Ally with teammates to complete strategic missions. Take out enemy sites. Rescue hostages. Your role affects your team's success. Your team's success affects your role.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    Minimum: 500 mhz processor, 96mb ram, 16mb video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 800 mhz processor, 128mb ram, 32mb+ video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Minimum: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, 4GB Hard Drive Space,NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
    Minimum: Linux Ubuntu 12.04, Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz, 1GB Memory, nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1, 4GB Hard Drive Space, OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,695 reviews)
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bman.thomas
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
If you want a more realisitc type of shooter where you have to compensate for recoil this is for you.
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-Th3~[A]lliance ;]
( 528.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
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Sweet Game
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zeZima
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I played it a little. It good
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BurN!nG_De$!rE
( 2,131.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
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Nyc
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SmauG`
( 1,810.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
It`s really a good game i really enjoy playing with the community neondragon
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TeamPEEPO
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
There's been a lot said about this game already, so...I'll say some more anyway, both about this entry and about the entire series.

Counter-Strike was created as a modification for Half-Life and quickly took on a life of its own, eventually meriting a standalone release by Valve. Its development process more or less invented the concept of the public beta. At one point around its public release, internet traffic for the original surpassed the entire output of Italy. The game itself across all its iterations can be described as easy to learn yet hard to master, like so many good games. Unlike chess and go however, CS primarily revolves around shooting people.

On the surface, it's simple. Counter-terrorists must stop terrorists from planting a bomb at a strategic location, or rescue hostages that the terrorists are holding. There's a handful of other modes, but they're relatively almost never played. Players earn money over each round (more for winning and killing) to purchase more suitable guns and equipment. In practice, round can sometimes end with one team being killed before any objectives can be seen to. Apart from a couple of series quirks that people have learned to love - or exploit, if they're Actual Pro Gamers(tm) - CS is pretty doggone realistic. One shot, one kill and all of that.


One thing CS has going for it that I haven't seen mentioned much is that you can play in bite-sized chunks if you want to. As far as I know, the reasons for it not being mentioned much are that the latest game (Global Offensive) has a competitive mode that encourages playing for entire matches, and that more dedicated players will often play for hours. Strictly speaking, I recommend playing in chunks: CS can get tense and difficult depending on your skill and the skill of your opposition.

However, the pacing is such that it's not exactly the hyperactive bulletfest most of its competitors are: matches can end up as deadly games of cat and mouse as often as they erupt into firefights. Related is the fact that there is no prestige (apart from matchmaking rankings in Global Offensive) or killstreaks or what have you for players to literally level the playing field with. It can be frustrating to miss an opponent's head by a hair only for them to not miss in turn, or to be oneshotted out of the blue, but it's reassuring to know that skill is the primary factor here.

Another interesting thing is the individualism you usually see on display. Most players, especially Real Pro Gamers(tm), place a high emphasis on very skilled aiming, but a well-coordinated team that knows how to position themselves on a given map will generally have a big advantage against a team of lone wolf headshotters. CS doesn't exactly encourage team play or punish a lack of it like Insurgency, but I will. (Encourage it, not punish the lack of it. (Much.))


This particular entry in the series still holds up; its aesthetic is more classic than dated, and you get the no-frills base gameplay that made the series what it is. If you're looking to get into the series I would still recommend Source or the cheaper, more modern (albeit probably more toxic) Global Offensive over this, but that's more a matter of preference and polish.

The main advantage this first entry has over the rest of its series is that you can play it on pretty much any computer these days, although Source is only a little more punishing on today's computers. There's a fair amount of mediocre (if somewhat classic) maps and no default bot support, but unlike the beautified expansion-slash-sequel Condition Zero, you'll still find a lot of people in multiplayer; even more than in Source!

Please avoid Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies though. It may be based off this game, but it is bad.
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Boylover `BOY`
( 701.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I have no words to express
it's a game
I recommend it to everyone who likes excitement and suspense something more :3
10/10
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de_dankinage
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
>finds valve complete pack on sale for 20 dollars
>buys
>plays CS:GO
>one day, while bored, decides to boot up CS:CZ
>plays for a bit, has fun
>just about to win, I'm far away, and bot refuses to defuse
>bomb explodes
>next round, I die, and bomb is planted
>two bots stuck on top of the bomb
>waits 10 seconds to defuse
>bomb explodes

best game 10/10
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sharingun//Bazooka
( 188.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Product received for free
my old game :D
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Posted: June 28
haven't played much, but looks ok.
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
While losers are outside playing Pokemon GO
I'm playing a real game.
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15.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Counter Strike is the best shooting game, i've ever played. The 'real cs', where you plant bombs etc. is not 10/10 gaming, but look at all those great mods! The greatest thing in cs is playing mod servers, and you do not need to download them from your web, you just simply double click that server, and that's it! At first I recommend to play normal cs, if it gets boring try other servers. Oh and original maps aren't that great, except de_dust2. You must try cs even if you think it has low graphics. Gameplay is much more important than graphics, remember that!
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Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Such a highly reccomended game for those who want to get it, playing this game in 2016 reminds me of the old style games i used to play on the playstation 2.

I recently came back to play this game due to the fact Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is simply a great game and wanting to seen the origin.

10/10
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4,937.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
In this game you can play many many modes and its the most positive thing. Its not only about shooting or about playing tactic games. You can just "chillout" on some kinds of servers and thats what I always loved in CS 1.6.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
About Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game from Valve, the first of the Counter-Strike series.

Play the world's number 1 online action game. Engage in an incredibly realistic brand of terrorist warfare in this wildly popular team-based game. Ally with teammates to complete strategic missions. Take out enemy sites. Rescue hostages. Your role affects your team's success. Your team's success affects your role.

Gameplay
Counter-Strike is a round based game where you play as counter terrorist or play as terrorist. As a counter terrorist, your task is to prevent the terrorist from planting a bomb and detonate it or rescue a captured hostages and lead them to the hostage rescue zone, while the terrorist team has to do the opposite. Weapons has hard recoil so you can't just spray and pray, short burst fire can save you in critical situation. Before the round begins, you can and need to buy weapons and equipments with money, you get money by winning the round or killing the enemy team. This type of gameplay encourages team work.

Counter-Strike is a good game. I recommend this game.

Thanks Valve Thanks !!! Old but Gold !!!

9/10 From Me
Sweep
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Recommended
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
better than cs:go:
- you have spray feature (removed in cs:go)
- you have flashlight & nightvision (removed in cs:go)
- you have dark maps and/or dark places on a map (removed in cs:go, dark places are pretty bright, this is why there is no more flashlight & nightvision, it destroys the immersion, dark places & dark maps are useful for many aspects ingame (hiding or warcraft server when cloaked or when you want someone to knife) and reminds me of 2002 game bf1942 where dark maps are not really dark lol. VALVE shame on you)
- You have character selection (removed in cs:go)
- you have no ranking & market feature (added in cs:go, everyone plays cs:go because they think they end up as a rich-♥♥♥♥♥, also on every server there is trade spam in chat and even you get friendrequest spam from traders, also community is not looking at your skill anymore, but at your rank and not every server + singleplayer against bots has rank enabled.)
- You have no CoD clone like CS:GO

Unlike CS:GO, everyone plays this for fun, not for useless skins, money, rank etc.. also, here you cant waste 600$ for a skin. You can get even new models (which does not only change your weapon texture, but the model) from gamebanana for FREE! You can make your M4 look like the G36C etc.

10/10 my fav childhood game
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