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 (29,525 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 1, 2000

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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.

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    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
25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
5,978.0 hrs on record
This game is the best game forever <3
Posted: September 29
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.4 hrs on record
When you crouch, you lift your feet in the air and fall to the ground. 10/10
Posted: October 10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.1 hrs on record
so old! still a better story then twilight.
Posted: October 4
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
38.1 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 21
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1,072.1 hrs on record
Quake was the first game I was ever really addicted to and focused a big portion of my time on for months or years at a time. Counter-Strike was the second - and easily more addicting. There's a reason that I still compare every multi-player shooter experience back to original Counter-Strike, to this day. There's a reason I still compare every server community to this (Counter-Strike servers each had their own community and personality and people truly got to know each other back in the day, compared to these days, where a server is just something you're automatically dumped into and feels like every other server).

Despite many iterations, nothing quite plays like the original. It's not hard to see why there are still 10,000 to 60,000 people playing this at any one time on any day, fifteen years after launch and why it is always in the top ten games currently being played on all of Steam.

This is where it all started. Without this, there's an entire genre of shooter and multi-player that just vanishes. The original days of Counter-Strike remain the most enjoyable gaming experiences of my entire life. It's unlikely that will ever be trumped.
Posted: September 25
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.7 hrs on record
PRO:

+ Best first-person shooter of my childhood, and still it is
+ Valve Anti-Cheat
+ Gameplay

CONTRA

- Cheating
- No Achievments

Conlcusion:
Oldies but goodies. Nothing to say more.
Posted: October 2
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
357.9 hrs on record
Доста добра игра.
Posted: October 12
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
So I just played the original Counter Strike, CS1.6 for about an hour and after over 100 hours of both CSS and CSGO, this game is AMAZING! But so different! I love this game and its game series! It taught me tactical gameplay and how much communication is key but this game lacks a bit of that but not much. I absolutely love this and highly recommend it!
Posted: October 3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.9 hrs on record
This game is very hard for beginners like me. However, I recently watched a guide that upped my skill by like triple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS5tRoVYFtg

So if you plan on buying this game, I definately recommend watching this guide before doing anything.
Posted: October 4
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Cool
Posted: October 3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.2 hrs on record
Awesome Game Just Loved It....<3
Posted: October 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
93.7 hrs on record
Favorite one
Posted: October 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,085.2 hrs on record
FUN TO PLAY
Posted: October 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
848.4 hrs on record
The best game ever :D !
Posted: October 17
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
117.4 hrs on record
Nice :D
Posted: September 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
635.3 hrs on record
Game of my childhood.

It was the year 1998, i-ve been having my Pentium3 PC for a few months (just upgraded from a 486 DX2 with windows 3.1) and my cousing comes along and shows me the new game he got...

I ended up playing it for a whole year... over and over again.

And then came along Counter-Strike 1.1 in 2000... and then the other mods from Half-Life.

Thank you for my beautifull childhood
Posted: September 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.0 hrs on record
YES ILOVE ITTT
Posted: October 8
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4,129.7 hrs on record
Seriously im playing this game because of kreedz mod and climbing other than that is ♥♥♥♥ but still cool tho
Posted: October 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
This game costs real money
Posted: September 27
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