With over 20 years of competitive play, Counter Strike found its way onto cable TV to showcase intense gameplay to millions of people. If you’re looking to dive into the franchise, look no further than 2012’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
The title originally began as a home console remake of Counter Strike: Source. Plans to expand the remake led developer Hidden Path Entertainment to work on a proper sequel. Upon its release, Counter Strike was praised by both veterans and newcomers to Counter Strike.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive pits two teams in a battle to complete objectives such as defusing a bomb. With nine game modes available, players will have no problem finding a match. While there’s a great number of maps available, players can try out one of many player-created maps in the Steam Workshop. Along with maps, the Steam Workshop also features user-created game modes and skins.
Since its release, Counter Strike has earned a slew of accolades, including Best eSports Game at the 2017, 2019, and 2020 installments of Counter Strike Awards. Its competitive scene is one of the biggest in the world with millions on the line at the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championships. Since 2013, the Valve-sponsored tournaments have expanded to 24 teams vying for a piece of the prize pool.
Counter Strike was released a decade ago, but there’s still a vast player base for this intense shooter. In 2020, the title was one of Steam’s most played games of the year. Updates for Counter Strike are still made, including the Flick Stick. With this update, players can use their right analog stick for viewing while still aiming with gyro motions. While Counter Strike is free-to-play, the Prime Status upgrade, which costs $14.99, offers a slew of extras, including exclusive items. It wouldn’t be a shock to see a legion of players still engaging in this beloved game in another 10 years.