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Crossfire X (2011) is a free-to-play shooting game similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, where two opposing teams compete to complete conflicting objectives. It's a tactical team-based game, that may seem like many other games. However, it has a huge following on PC, particularly in the East. Bringing the game to consoles with the Xbox version is a much-anticipated release.

The main attraction here is the multiplayer modes of the game. You join one of two hostile private military factions (Global Risk or Black List) in a variety of game modes. These range from bomb planting and defusing to battles over controlling two objective points in a map. There an unusual mode where attackers are invisible until they move.

There is a single-player portion that was worked on by Remedy (Control, Alan Wake), that needs to be purchased separately. This offers several operations that play out through a series of episodes. The story explores a global conflict between Black List and Global Risk, two private military factions. Both the multiplayer and the single-player games use Remedy's graphics system from Control and Quantum Break so have a familiar appearance.

Two versions of Crossfire are in development:
  • Crossfire (PC) - Original Crossfire game.
  • Crossfire HD (PC) - Remastered version of the original Crossfire using Unreal Engine 3.
  • CrossfireX (Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S) - Next version on console with online and single-player elements. Beta was available on Xbox in 2020, although the release date is not yet confirmed.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Crossfire X 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Crossfire X. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game. You can play this by yourself or as a 16-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.


Crossfire X

XBox Store Xbox One Free
Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/08/2011

Price: Free

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (16 online)

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Smilegate B (@SmilegateB)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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