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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review
Exceptional
by Giganim

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why would you even bother playing a shooter? 3/10. 1% on rotten tomatoes.
so-so (generally ok, but there are some fundamental problems)
I don't need any cases or skins. For me, «CS:GO» it's «Counter Strike: Source» on maxes. Faster flight, more varied gameplay.
8.0/10
«Can’t stop playing»
«Time-tested»
I'm not a fan of multiplayer FPS in general, but I've had fun playing single-player FPS's earlier so I thought this FTP multiplayer FPS would be a good place to start to expand my horizon.  I was surprised to find myself in the minority in that I not only didn't get addicted to this game but found it boring enough that I uninstalled after a few hours of play.

I appreciate that it's probably just disinterest in the genre rather than any issue with the game itself that is driving that, but I found most of the game modes to be relatively interchangeable.  Reading up on online strategy, it seems like there's a bit of player psychology to work out but most of the rest of the skill-building that takes place is just improving the same set of skill mechanics over a large number of games.  Again, I get that this is just an aesthetic thing on my end, but there doesn't seem to be as much variety in gameplay as there is in the battle royale genre, the open-world survival games, or in some of the class-based battle or shooting games.  There's no world-building, storyline, and even the aesthetics of the battle areas don't really have anything to do with gameplay.  The music is completely forgettable, and the graphics are fine but no longer anything unprecedented for a multiplayer game of this scope.

It's free-to-play so I wouldn't have any objections to someone trying it, but overall I had trouble getting a sense of what the fuss was about.  (That has not been true for me historically for Valve F2P multiplayer games, since I ended up putting like 100 hours into Dota my first month of playing).  That said, I really did not get the appeal at all, so I can't say that I recommend it.
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«Waste of time»
«Boooring»
6/10
«Better with friends»
Counter strike. Many gamers know this name, it was a game that had once conquered the twitch page along with Dota 2. 

Now I may not list counter strike as an exceptional game, but it doesn’t mean you should play it, especially now that it’s free. The only reason I wouldn’t recommended playing this game, is because of the toxicity and hackers in the game. It is literally crazy and I doubt a new player would actually survive playing it now in 2020. But anyways into the good stuff. The game is actually really fun and very tactical, especially with friends. It actually has a very intriguing shooting system, on how every gun has its own unique shooting pattern. And it also isn’t your typical cod where you can slide and get kills, oh no, it’s much more challenging. In order for you to get as little bullet spread as possible you are going to have to actually crouch while shooting. Wired right, well in a sense yeah... but this is what makes the game so beautiful. If you look at esports for example, most of them have to actually work in teams, in order to either defend the bombs as terrorists, or defuse it as counter terrorists. This is where many tactical plays come in, and the game is also very aim reliant. If you miss even one bullet that could cost you the match.

Needless to say, if your looking for something new (ironic) try counter strike. It will test your nerves tho, especially as a new player.
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«Better with friends»
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