Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 19 months ago.
In the main mode, it is the terrorist's goal to plant a bomb within a certain amount of time, while the counter-terrorists aim to stop the terrorists from planting the bomb or defuse the bomb after its planted. Alternatively, the terrorists may be guarding hostages while the counter-terrorists try to free the hostages. The format of the game changes depending on which map is being played.
CS:GO provides both casual and competitive experiences, however, the competitive game mode is the main appeal to most players. Here, you need to choose and manage resources carefully as funds for weapons and utilities such as flashbangs or smoke grenades are limited.
The game's shooting mechanism has an emphasis on realism and offers no assistance. This means that each gun shoots differently, in terms of reload, range, recoil and damage so you need to learn how each works if you want to succeed.
The game also provides a small scale battle-royale mode for up to 18 players. This mode still uses the same shooting mechanisms as other game modes giving it a large difficulty curve with a focus on precision shooting.
You can play this game in the following styles:
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
- In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
CS:GO offers a Prime Upgrade to let players into priority servers with better speeds and more trusted players. CS:GO also provides loot-boxes that can be obtained for free however they require real-world money to be opened. The items provided in these loot-boxes are cosmetic only.
For example, Operation Broken Fang content adds a new competitive mode, a detailed personal statistics display, all-new agents, weapon collections, stickers, and more, available exclusively to Operation pass holders. Additionally, the update introduces the fast-paced Retakes Mode which is available for all players.
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