Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

GAME BYTES: 'Counter-Strike' Lackluster

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

GAME BYTES: 'Counter-Strike' Lackluster

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Before you get mad at me for writing a negative headline about the new version of "Counter-Strike," know this: I have been playing "Counter-Strike" for a long time. "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" was not my first go-round with this franchise. So here we go.

If you, like me, want a newly textured version of the maps Office and Dust, like I did, then you might be happy with your -"Counter- Strike: Global Offensive" purchase.

In a way, $14.99 is not a bad price to pay for some really nice looking updates to eight classic "Counter-Strike" maps. And since that's mostly what I've used it for since I bought it last week, I guess that's OK.

After all, we managed to love "Counter-Strike: Source" back in the day even though it didn't provide much in the way of new content. However, that game came free with "Half-Life 2." "Counter- Strike: Global Offensive" is a standalone product.

Classic gameplay on old maps is still great. You have two teams, the terrorists and the counter--terrorists, and you try to shoot each other, and the CTs try to rescue hostages or defuse a bomb, depending on the map.

The key is no respawns. When you die, you're dead until the end of the round. Rounds only last a few minutes, though, so you don't have to wait long. …

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