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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (36,596 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2000

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Includes 24 items: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Left 4 Dead, Portal, Team Fortress 2, Team Fortress Classic, Counter-Strike: Source, Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Day of Defeat, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, Half-Life: Source, Ricochet, Deathmatch Classic

 

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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
Helpful customer reviews
449 of 465 people (97%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1,438.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
This will be more of a ''my experience with this game'' type of review, because saying things like ''great gameplay'' will not suit something I've experienced with Counter-Strike. Here you go:

I remember back in 2002 I was at a friend's house and he was playing a game. I didn't know the name of the game nor I had internet to find it. A few weeks passed by and another friend came over and he didn't have a computer, so he brought a disc with a game in it. He told me that it was one of the best games and from that very moment I knew that it is going to be the game I saw at the other friend's house. When I saw the Counter-Strike logo I was filled with gamegasm (?) and I was so happy. I don't remember a day when I was so happy like back then. So, the journey started. I was playing it hardcore. Made friends, clans, was involved in communities and even made two myself. Counter-Strike is my first game which I played competitively and it was a whole experience. Playing public servers and maybe some servers with mods was very fun, but playing it competitively made it very intense and stressful. In a pleasant way, ofcourse.

Shooters these days try to be different, advanced in a way. Sometimes the most simple games like Counter-Strike are the ones that live to this day. Also, there are plenty of mods to keep your attention to this game. The gameplay is very simple - defend as a Counter-Terrorist, attack as a Terrorist to plant the bomb or save the hostages as a CT. I am sure most of you already know this and I doubt there are gamers that haven't heard or know the gameplay of Counter-Strike, so I am sharing here more of my experience.

I wish I could find my CS Anthology account which I've lost since 2008. So, I decided I am going to buy this game again and here you go - more than a thousand hours played. I still play it from time to time to this day and it brings back many great memories and I sometimes even stumble upon people I've played with years ago. I think Counter-Strike changed gaming in a major way and we wouldn't have many games like we have today, if this game wouldn't exist.

I am sure many of people already have played games like CS:GO, but never the roots. I doubt any of you will play it for more than an hour, because it's much more simple and it differs a lot in my opinion from CS:GO and modern games.

I am glad that I lived through the golden era of shooters and if I'd have to rate it, it'd 10/10 ofcourse,
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329 of 375 people (88%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
When you crouch, you lift your feet in the air and fall to the ground. 10/10
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189 of 216 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6,109.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
This game is the best game forever <3
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123 of 135 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
I've played this game since I was around 6 years old back in 2002 and it still makes me laugh and have fun whenever I launch it to this very day. Over 12 years of endless entertainment. No other game on this planet has given me more entertainment and enjoyment than Counter-Strike 1.6 has and I doubt no game ever will.

Reason i've only got 38 hours here is because I no longer use the account I originally played cs 1.6 on.


func_vehicle is what makes this Counter Strike game the best out of all the others in the franchise.

Find a server that has car maps or maps with func_vehicle entities and you will have endless fun running over teammates and enemies in all kinds of hilarious and goofy vehicles not giving a care in the world.

You can drive a fork with a meatball on the end of it. Do i need to say more?

Mods on this game are amazing too. There is a mod where you can catch pokemon, level them up, train them and use their skills. Call of Duty mod that is suprisingly better than cod its self, Warcraft mods, zombie mods, basebuilder and so on...

There is even a map for the jailbreak gamemode that has driveable snowmobiles.

1337/10

Leet crew 5 lyf
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131 of 153 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,739.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Best game ever! Started my gaming addiction :D
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95 of 103 people (92%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
85.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Every server is spanish or french.
I can now fluently swear in both languages 9/10
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103 of 129 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
199.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Still better than Call of Duty!
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70 of 80 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
112.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
PRO:
+ Best first-person shooter of my childhood, and still it is
+ Valve Anti-Cheat
+ Gameplay

CONTRA
- Cheating
- No Achievments

CONCLUSION:
Oldies but goodies. Nothing to say more.
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103 of 135 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
60.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
so old! still a better story then twilight.
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115 of 160 people (72%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
best sequal to pokemon since skyrim
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62 of 77 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,085.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
FUN TO PLAY
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54 of 65 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
51.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Nice oldschool game! Counter-Strike is very cool game, but now we can play the CS series of games like CS:Source and CS:GO... I can't say which game is better, it's your choice. But i can't forget this game like my childhood, thanks to VaLVE for it!
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
First starting off as a cute, little mod based on the GoldSrc engine, a heavily modified Quake engine, Counter-Strike's legacy continues to strife for a decade and a half over. Initially developed and released on top of a Half-Life modification, with the inspiration from the developer's strong theme and intriguement for military warfare and terrorism, the mod's success was immediately a marvel to behold; selling over 25 million units as a whole in the Counter-Strike franchise.

The maps and various scenarios set around the globe, players assume the roles of soldiers on two teams, counter-terrorists and terrorists. Both with a task, depending differently on the mission. Bomb scenarios, the terrorist team must plant a bomb, in a secured bomb location, while the counter-terrorists must fight back and ultimately defuse the bomb, if it may have been planted. Hostage scenarios is where the counter-terrorists must rescue a group of hostages being held by the terrorists. With both these modes, it has become a traditional campaign over time in different sequels.

The player, depending on what team they have been assigned to, can change their class into eight different character models, as well as buying weaponry and equipment, such as armour and grenades to help against the opposing team. As the round is about to begin, you're left in ''Freeze time'' that allows you to buy things with the money you earned by killing opponents the rounds before. This of course, gives players the time needed to choose wisely on what many strategies they will execute and whether it will be successful compared to your opponents.

This game is also highly customizable on the player's end.The game gives the options allowing for the user to either install or create their own custom skins, spray graphics, sprites, sound effects and HUDS that can be used in-game. I forgot to mention that modding is possibly one the biggest things that makes Counter-Strike such a versatile game to begin with.

I don't have much to complain about this game, other than it's become one of the biggest targets of hacking and cheaters, since its release. Aimbots, that auto-target other players while the player should naturally aim and shoot is just on of the many cheatings that players have executed. Wallhacks, that allows the player to see through walls through work by displaying objects that have translucent textures and can easily see targets through them, while the opposing team has no idea from their own perspective. To me, the cheating in this game is now more to do with experimenting than it is to do with cheating overall.

There's a different meaning when it comes to something that is outdated and old-school. Old-school is for nostalgic value, something that will guarantee to put a smile back on your face from all these past memories you've experienced and this is what the first title of Counter-Strike engulfs. Outdated, being something you don't particularly want to go back to, while there is the famous remake, Counter-Strike: Source, that runs on the more powerful and overly-recycled Source engine, allowing for better graphic and communication capabilities. Nevertheless, if you're looking for original flare that is burning in the Counter-Strike series, this game is definitely for you.

And to think, all of this success for the Counter-Strike series began as small little mod. Proof on how something so little, can create something so big.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
The game that started it all. I love Global Offensive but i always return to 1.6 because of the hardcore, old-school feeling.

I don't even know why i'm recommending this because obviously you all have it... Right?
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
643.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I don't like because Steam blocked redirections from server to server. I know that people using it to slowhack, but now... servers with redirection are unusefull..
Also, VAC not working good for Counter-Strike 1.6. Maybe it could be good for some update, or something...

I can give you anything you need for it.

Contact me.

Kinds and Regards,
drag1c.
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89 of 137 people (65%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2,293.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
:)
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
This is an example that the Graphics not always matter!
Awesome game since 2000!
Rating 9/10 because of losers cheaters.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
65.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game is unlike the other counter strike games.
This game requires a different type of skill.
You have to become used to the recoil each weapon has.
You also have to become familiar with the different advantage points of each map.
I personally think this is the best counter-strike game.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
991.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
The best game ever :D !
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Old Times
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