Starting as a mod of one
of the greatest PC games of all time, Half-Life, Counterstrike revolutionised
online gaming with it's class structure and the way that it forced players to
adopt a team mentality as opposed to just looking out for number one the whole
- Players 1
Genre: First Person Shooter
- Custom Soundtrack
- Rating: 15+
In-game Dolby Digital
System Link 2 -16
One of the first things
that gamers should realise is that this title is really designed for online
play. Playing with and against humans, not the bots who you will pit
yourself against if you play this title in the single player mode.
This might not bother some, but for others
who felt the same disappointment when playing Quake III Arena on the PC
against bots, it lacks a certain something. Myself personally, I don't mind
playing against bots at all as I find it an amusing distraction but for you
gaming purists out there it is only going to get annoying very
quickly. So I believe that I can say that if you don't have an XBox Live
subscription, it's worth every cent just to play this game. I am going to
base almost the rest of the review around the assumption that you are going
to go Live at some stage also.
The first thing to note is how easy it is
to get into a game of Counterstrike and get up and running. One of the
things that I found surprising was how few players can actually get into a
game at one time, with there only being 10 at a time. That said however,
maps are designed for the smaller number of players and the general flow of
gameplay is solid.
It's apparent immediately that Valve only
intended this game to be online pretty much the same as it's PC ancestor
was with nothing really on offer in the single player department. It's the
interaction with other human players that makes this game the loads of fun
that I found it to be, and their reactions to your actions that make it as
interactive and addictive as I discovered.
The trick when playing is basically
entering into a game where the other players are in the same frame of mind
as you as there is nothing worse than a team game where one player has to
be the hero. The key to getting through Counterstrike is to actively play
the role you have chosen and use that character's strengths to further the
cause of your team.