Review by maximus86

"The Best Multiplayer Game Ever"

Nothing beats unbelievably fun multiplayer games. They can get you so addictive, you will literally spend more than five hundred hours playing them. There aren't too many of them, but I can guarantee that Counterstrike is one of them.

Yet another great mod for Half-Life, Counterstrike is being hailed as one of the best first-person shooter multiplayer game out there. I would have to agree with that statement.

Visuals: 10/10

With a great computer, this game will adore your eyes with its graphics. It is such a beauty to see you and your teammates walk at 100 frames per second. People fall and die realistically. The levels look great. There is great detail in the guns you hold, the clothes you wear, and the blood you shed.

Audio: 10/10

Counterstrike doesn't have music, but that is fine, because the sound makes up for the loss. The voices, footsteps, glass shattering, guns firing, grenades exploding, and every other sound in the game sounds terrific. And plus, it's not like you listen to music when you are going to take down terrorists and save hostages, so it is almost better not to have music in this sort of game, and it's a good thing it doesn't have music.

Gameplay: 10/10

First-person shooters are nothing new. They have been around for quite some time now. That is what I find so unbelievable. How can a game like Counterstrike be so popular and fun when there have been other past shooters before this game with almost the same elements? Well, I guess there can be a lot of great answers, but I will only name a few. You can be a real pro in Counterstrike. By spending hundreds and hundreds of hours on it people can get so good at the game that it is almost unbelievable how good they are when you first start playing. The strategies can get very good. What a lot of people usually do is throw in a grenade before they go in a room to make sure there is nobody there, and if they are, then they are probably already dead. Another great thing about the game is you can shoot through almost anything, and the bullet will come out from the other side and cause appropriate damage.

So this is how the game works. You can be either Terrorists, or Counter-Terrorists. Up to thirty two people can play! There are rounds, and rounds are short from about three to five minutes. Before a round starts, you have few seconds to prepare yourself by buying weapons, ammo, grenades, and gear from a large selection. There is money of course, and you gain more money after the round is over. Once the time runs out, you move out and of course try to eliminate the opposing side. If you die, then you just watch the round from somebody's point of view who is still alive until the round ends. The terrorists can plant bombs in certain areas, and if the bomb goes off and the counter-terrorists can't defuse it in time, then the terrorists win.

Miscellaneous

Counterstrike is a mod for Half-Life, so you need to have that first, and then download a big patch for that, and then download Counterstrike itself. Make sure you have at least 750 megabytes free, cause that's about how much space it's going to take up.

FINAL SCORE: 10/10
Exact Score: 10

The Good
-it's free!
-great graphics and sound
-very high fun factor

The Bad
-so unbelievably addictive

What more is there to say? Counterstrike is simply the best multiplayer game ever.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 08/20/02, Updated 09/03/02


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