Review by ASX

"An awesome FPS multiplayer game."

Half-Life: Counterstrike is still one of the most popular online multiplayer games, even after a few years in release. It didn't sound too good before, but I picked it up recently and I was drawn in immediately by its awesome gameplay.

In the beginning of a CS game, you can choose to join the terrorist or the counter-terrorist (CT) force, and you join in a battle of stealth and firepower to take out the opposing team. There are also several other game mode options, which include:
Hostage Rescue: which the CTs escort hostages to a rescue zone and the terrorists try to stop them by taking the CTs out.
Bomb Defuse: which a random terrorist member is given a bomb to plant in a designated area. The terrorists must keep the CTs from defusing the bomb.
Escape: which the terrorist force begins in a designated area and must move to an escape point, while the counter-terrorists try to stop them.
Assassination: which one member of the CT team serves as a VIP (with a different skin and only two weapons) and the team members must get the VIP safely to an escape point, avoiding the terrorist force.

Well, this category really all depends on your computer's graphics card. If you have an out-of-date one, of course the models will look blurry, along with slowdown, but if you have a newer card, it will be faster. This is probably the only noticeable bad feature of CS. To fully enjoy the experience, you'll need to upgrade, and that's too bad. Besides that, however, all the maps, characters, and weapons are designed smoothly.

SOUND: 8/10
Like the graphics, you'll need a pretty good sound card to fully enjoy the experience. It doesn't affect the gameplay as dramatically as the graphics though. Sound effects and voices are crisp and clear, although there's not much music.

Without a doubt, CS is an extremely fun game. It just never gets tiring taking out your enemies, and it's always a big thrill. There are literally hundreds of maps to play on, and if you get tired of using one, just download another! There are also many other features you can get off the Internet, so you can make each game an entirely new experience.

Half-Life: Counterstrike is definitely awesome, but the minor graphics and sound problems bump the overall score down a notch. Still, you should pick this game up if you haven't already done so. It's worth the $25 all the way. Head down to your local software store now.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 07/05/02, Updated 12/18/02

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