Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched 14 years ago. CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.).
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (529,787 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 21, 2012

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About This Game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched 14 years ago.

CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

"Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac."

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 processor or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS X 10.6.6 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2400 or better / NVidia 8600M or better
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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3,917 of 4,295 people (91%) found this review helpful
143 people found this review funny
217.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
It's like roulette; fun until it turns into Russian.
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503.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Your self-esteem either dies in this game or it inflates to unbearable proportions.
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4,511 of 5,090 people (89%) found this review helpful
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313.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
>see a guy
>shoot him
>miss every shot
>he turns around
>kills me in one shot
>exit cs:go

10/10
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3,381 of 3,818 people (89%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
2,966.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Revan was only 23 years old.
He loved CS:GO so much.
He had most of the achievements and items.
He prayed to Gaben every night before bed, thanking him for the inventory he's been given.
"CS:GO is love," he says, "CS:GO is life."
His elder Dragon hears him and calls him a silver scrublord.
He knows his elder is just jealous of his son's devotion to Gabe.
He calls him a console peasant.
He slaps him and sends him to sleep.
He's crying now and his face hurts.
He lays in bed, and it's really cold.
He feels a warmth moving towards him.
He looks up.
It's Gabe!
He's so happy,
Gabe whispers into Revan's ear, "Try your chances... Open a case."
Gaben grabs Revan with his powerful dev-team hands and puts him on his hands and knees.
He's ready.
Revan opens his pockets for Gabe.
Gabe puts his hands deep into Revan's pockets.
It costs so much, but Revan does it for CS:GO.
Revan can feel his wallet emptying as his eyes start to water.
He accepts the terms and conditions.
Revan wants to please Gabe.
Gaben lets out a mighty roar as he fills Revan's computer with keys.
Revan opens all the cases and gets nothing worth anything at all.

CS:GO is love...
CS:GO is life... 


This review was made as a small gift for Revan The Dragon.
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3,391 of 3,860 people (88%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
289.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Knife = free
Knife with paint on it = 200$
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597 of 645 people (93%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
1,078.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Ever since buying this game, I:
-Have learned very fluent Russian and I'm getting 10s in my Russian class for just showing up
-Had my internet and PC crash more times than I could count
-Have never seen the sunlight since I bought it
-Lost all of my friends
-Spent almost $1000 on virtual pixels
-Have learned how many immature 12 year olds have ♥♥♥♥ed my mother

10/10
I would recommend this game to every 3 year old who knows the words ♥♥♥♥ and blyad
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10,036 of 11,529 people (87%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
182.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
This game is:

10% luck
20% skill
15% concentrated power of will
5% pleasure
50% pain
and 100% reason to purchase this game
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2,320 of 2,648 people (88%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
406.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
After more then 10 years , the Counter Terrorist need a Defuse Kit to defuse a bomb with the same defuse number as all other bombs.

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4,678 of 5,419 people (86%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
964.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
I bought this game for the chickens, and was not disappointed. After exploring the countless lands the chickens have traveled far and wide, I realized their population was growing too large. The chickens had started to inhabit such horrid locations across the world, such as nuclear plants, and offices without cafeterias. I knew what had to be done. I bought a flip knife off of the steam market, and called PETA. I listened to In the Arms of an Angel in my Microsoft Professional Deluxe Gaming Chair 360 for about twelve hours with no response, so, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I loaded up de_nuke and started to put the chickens out of their misery. I cried harder that night than I have ever before.

The next morning, with tears in my eyes, I loaded up Counter-Strike: Global Chicken, and I saw a new item waiting in my inventory. My Flip Knife had turned into a Flip Knife Slaughter. At that moment, I realized what a horrible thing I had done.
With my hand shaking, I navigated my mouse, and uninstalled Counter-Strike: Global Chicken.

I regret everything I have done. I am writing this review to warn you about the chickens, and to let you know I have made a full recovery, and that I have started my new journey in Goat Simulator. Thank you, and farewell.
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1,753 of 2,017 people (87%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
1,109.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
CS GO in a nutshell:
ANGRY RUSSIAN: ♥♥♥♥ blyat
GUY THAT HATES RUSSIANS: STFU stooped russian
ANGRY RUSSIAN: Idi nahui american kid
GUY THAT HATES RUSSIANS: PUTIN PUTIN PUTIN
ANGRY RUSSIAN: OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA
GUY THAT HATES RUSSIANS: FU stooped freak
ANGRY RUSSIAN: ♥♥♥♥♥
Random guy: This game is so cool
''Random guy got Banned for inappropriate language''
10/10 (sorry for dem bad wordz )
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988 of 1,119 people (88%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
560.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Got called a Hacker, Best moment in my life

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322 of 337 people (96%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
83.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
If i had a dollar for each time someone screamed at me in another language, i'd still have no money because i spent it on skins
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764 of 882 people (87%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
330.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This game is so good for your education.
I've learned more russian while playing this game for 2 months,
than in my entire life.

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3,506 of 4,220 people (83%) found this review helpful
2798 people found this review funny
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
If This game was a potato it would be a good potato.
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1,930 of 2,309 people (84%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
282.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
1.)case drop
2.)buy key
3.)open case
4.)wants extraordinary wep or knife
5.)got common wep
6.)buy more cases and keys
7.)got more common weps
8.)rage
9.)repeat

11/10 well done gaben
would buy again

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383 of 429 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
291.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
I'm bored and have slow internet. Might as well make a review. I don't even know if this IS a review.

> spends 1 hour writing this
> nobody reads
> :c

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a pretty great game.

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First things first, the basic rules.

In CS:GO, you have the choice to play five official gamemodes:

-Arms Race
-Deathmatch
-Demolition
-Casual
-Competitive

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Summary of gamemodes:

In Arms Race, the player gets weapons not by the money, but by killing people. Each two kills get you a new weapon. At the final stage of the weapon, you will get the Gold Knife. Kill someone with it, and you win.

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Deathmatch, yes. In Deathmatch, it is like a "warm-up" or "practice" mode. For me, at least. In this gamemode, you join a server, and you just kill everybody you see, except your teammates. You can get weapons for free. There are also random occasions in which the game will tell you that a weapon currently has bonus points, and if you want to use that particular weapon, you press g by default. The person who gets the most points, wins.

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So next in the list, is Demolition. It is set to be a 5 vs 5 match. It also has 20 rounds. The first team to get 11 rounds wins, and it can even finish with a tie. In the first half, you play as a set team. In the second, you play as the other team. You cannot buy any weapons, but instead, you get weapons by killing people, just like in Arms Race. Money is also not rewarded.

But this is different: let's make a scenario. In (Round 1), you kill an enemy. the weapon will be rewarded to you on the next round. But what if you kill two in one round? You still get to advance to the next weapon, but you get a bonus grenade. For example:

2 kills: next wep + bonus grenade
3 kills: next wep + 2 bonus grenades

Get the pattern? Yeah.

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What next? Oh, yeah. It's Casual.

Casual is a 10vs10 game, with 15 rounds. The first team to get 8 wins, wins the match. It is split into two sub-gamemodes: Bomb Defusal (IIRC), and Hostage. Sorry, I don't know the exact names. In Bomb Defusal, there are two bomb sites. A and B. The Counter-Terrorists always have the Defusal Kit equipped, even if they didn't buy it. The kit shortens the defusal time from 10 to 5 seconds.

The terrorists can freely choose which site they want to plant in. The bomb, iirc, has a 45 second timer.
When defusing / planting the bomb, it makes a noise. Of course, the CTs are trying to stop them.

Counter-Terrorists can win in two ways: killing all of the Ts before they plant the bomb, or defusing the bomb.
For the terrorists, it's the same: killing all of the CTs, or making the bomb explode.

So in Hostage, the roles are switched: the terrorists are now the defending side, and vice-versa. As the gamemode says, the Ts are holding some people hostage. And it is up to the CTs to get the hostages, or kill all of the Ts.

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Finally, competitive.

The competitive gamemode is much like the Casual gamemode, except a few differences:

- Each kill has 2x more money reward than in Casual.
- Defusal Kits / Rescue Kits cost money, and they don't get equipped automatically for free.
- It's a 5v5.
- Competitive has 30 rounds.
- Each half has 15 rounds, and in both halves, you get to play as CTs and Ts.
- Like the Demolition Gamemode, the match can end in a tie.
- People are much more serious.
- ♥♥♥♥ blyat

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So, here is my thoughts.

CS:GO offers a large variety of gamemodes, and you can just see that I've written about all of them. Phew, that took a lot of time. Anyway, CS:GO is a very entertaining game, and each match has a different experience. Yes, CS:GO can be a bit too serious, but it is also a fun game. The community is not just a single person, you know. There are people who don't like you, and some don't care, but some will make your day better.

GO is a game with a high skill ceiling. There is a huge learning curve to go in this game.
It's like chess. Easy to learn, hard to master.

I've met a huge amount of my friends in CS:GO, and I still talk to them. Some, I don't. Yeah. They'll be grumpy at times, but they inspire me. There are some bugs in this game, but not too gamebreaking. Just a few small ones. Don't expect to enjoy this game if you have ♥♥♥♥♥♥ internet. Ping matters.

I hope you know that CS:GO is available for consoles, too. In fact, VALVe talked about having cross-platform multiplayer, but that would be unfair for the console players, cause they have a delay in controls. I am 100% sure that VALVe completely abandoned Global Offensive in the console.

The competitive scene is pretty huge, too. And a tournament even reached more than a million viewers! Online and in the tournament itself. It's only two years old, and it's already a big game. VALVe may not be the most listening, but they try. Except sometimes they make some aspects of the game turn to ♥♥♥♥. Like the AWP. They reduced the movement speed while scoping.

There are also skins in CS:GO. Some care about it, some don't. Just a matter of personal preference. I think they're part of why this game is popular.

The most negative opinion I have, though, is about the Competitive gamemode. Sure, "no game is perfect", and the real fun is there, yeah, but the banning system needs some stuff to be taken care of. You know, just a few tweaks, like forgiving a person if he accidentally kills someone. It is pretty unforgiving. For who doesn't know, you can get banned for killing a teammate too many times, or leaving the game. If someone abandons your team, you can surrender.

Not permanent bans, though.

The VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) System also needs some fixing to be done. Some cheats aren't fully detected, so the hacker doesn't get VACed. From my experiences, I still haven't encountered a hacker, but that's probably because I'm a Silver. Some people can be real ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.
So that's my review. Hoped you like it!

EDIT: I missed a few points, thanks > SKaREO

About the netcode of CS:GO, truth be told, it HAS been really bad... for a few weeks now in fact. I go up to a guy and spray him, but most of the time it registers 2 or 3 hits out of 8 for example which could be lethal. Take note, that's in close quarters. No, that's not horrible aim. In the words of a truly horrible player, "omfg 64-tick sucks volvo pls 128-tick". Eh, doesn't really suck, just... well, mixed?

In Global Offensive, there are a few advantages. Some on the T side, and some on the CT side. Hm, what's it called? Yeah, the perspective. Take this for an example, the "left shoulder advantage".
| http://i.imgur.com/kVpjg.jpg?1 | Here's an explanation: the player models hold guns on the right side. Therefore holding angles or peeking with left shoulder is more favorable as your model is less exposed. TheWarOwl has this video to make advantage of your perspective:
| https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e8HZqF3cyk | And that's well-- unfair. Just like in real life, should I see your eyes, you will see mine, too.

As I said earlier, VAC needs some fixing. It's terrible. But again, I still haven't played with any cheaters, so I can't fully review this part yet. Thanks.

Final conclusion: an EXCELLENT game. There's bugs and glitches, but it's a fine piece of work. Go get it if you haven't already have it. Already do? Well what're you doing reading this review? Go play!

BTW: CS:GO has gotten an update where the voice chat quality has improved.
Thanks valve!

TL;DR: ayy lmao 10/10 ♥♥♥♥ blyat
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694 of 814 people (85%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
609.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
This game has been planned perfectly.

Gabe's plan has worked perfectly.

I have unboxed around 2,400 cases so far and gotten 8 knives.
I have spent around $13,000 on this game so far and still play like ♥♥♥♥.
I have played over 200 competitive matches and am still a Silver.
Every matchmaking team I get is a team of Russians who like saying "♥♥♥♥♥" and have a grudge against Obama and have a microphone that sounds like a cat trying to gargle shards of glass.

I will keep on unboxing cases, playing like a handicapped person, stay on Silver and keep buying expensive skins that apparently are supposed to make me better but don't.

Because after all, Gabe is love, Gabe is life.
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917 of 1,112 people (82%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
388.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
This game taught me how to be racist.
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328 of 377 people (87%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
125.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
How To CS:GO

1. Buy Cases

2. Buy Keys

3. Open the Cases

4. Cry Alone because you lost all your money
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1,123 of 1,383 people (81%) found this review helpful
819 people found this review funny
2,217.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
It's alright.
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