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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review
by Kyle Weber

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.
«Waste of time»

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"CS:GO" is an excellent game that will teach you how to work as a team, give you literally thousands of hours of gameplay and really cool people to play with. It has the impecable gameplay and design of CS 1.6 and takes it to another level with a better engine and improved visuals. The gameplay of "Counter Strike" is unique, it's full adrenaline, tense moments and euphoria when you win a close game or a key round. This game is a MUST have, now that it is free to play theres no excuse to try such a wonderful game. CS:GO is THE competitive multiplayer FPS game, even in 2021!
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Best FPS competitive shooter in modern esports history. Prove me wrong. 
Started as Silver 3, solo queued to Global Elite, ended the game as Legendary Eagle Master. Thousands of hours spent on this game. I miss it every day.
«Just one more turn»
«Can’t stop playing»
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the definition of a proper first person shooter. Easy to learn, practically impossible to master. The closest anyone has ever come to mastering the game is Astralis & even then they could not win every single competition, only the majors. When I want to play a great shooter, I don't think twice, I just open CS:GO, it's that simple. This franchise made the AWP a household name & for good reason. The only thing this game is missing is the Arctic Avengers & Crackhouse on official servers.
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»
why would you even bother playing a shooter? 3/10. 1% on rotten tomatoes.