The footage above comes from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta, which went live yesterday. The map, as most Counter-Strike buffs noticed as soon as it loaded up, is the fan-favorite Dust. There’s 11 full minutes worth of gameplay in the clip, so if you’re interested in the new take on Counter-Strike, this should help answer a lot of questions.
If you’re not interested at all, please help yourself to some punch.
Personally, I was extremely excited when I heard word of Counter-Strike: GO a few months ago. I played the game a ton through high school and college, and I was even one of those players that frequently elected to play 1.6 over Source. Hearing that Valve was going back over the game and rehashing it with better graphics and a few UI tweaks was huge for me as a fan.
However, after seeing it in motion in the video above, I find myself questioning my own level of hype. Counter-Strike is dated. I loved the game when it was the pinnacle of the FPS multiplayer genre, but there are so many game modes and play styles that have become industry standard today that Counter-Strike just looks, plays and works in an old fashioned way. One has to wonder if that will play into whether or not the game will be praised or punished.
With that, I have a question for you readers: will you be playing Counter-Strike: GO when it launches? I ask that of both Counter-Strike aficionados and those completely new to the brand. Clarify which you are and why or why not this game is registering on your radar.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is set to launch as a downloadable title for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms in early 2012. We’ll have more on the game, including a more specific launch date, as it comes up.