- Release date: 11/1/2004
- Developer: Valve
- Publisher: Valve
- Genre: Action
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Turkish
- Features: Multi-player, Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, Valve Anti-Cheat enabled, Stats, Includes Source SDK
- Requirements: View details
Full Review of Counter-Strike: Source
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If FPS or First Person Shooter games are your go to option when gaming, the Counter-Strike: Source title is, by far, one of the best. It is action packed and comes with impressive physics, graphics, and gameplay that keep entertained at all times.
Graphics — 5/5
Counter-Strike, as a game, has been all too popular in the FPS genre for years, but now that they have incorporated Source technology into the title, the graphics just come to life. It offers one of the most realistic looking action games in the market. From the very movement to the interaction with other characters and objects, the game is absolutely beautiful. Even the different levels and their landscapes look spectacularly real.
Gameplay — 4.5/5
Like all First Person Shooter games, Counter-Strike: Source revolves around you, the player, taking on the role of the good guy or the bad guy and shooting your way to victory. In this game, you can choose between playing as a terrorist or a counter-terrorist. As a terrorist, your mission, along with other players, is to plant a bomb in one of the two designated spots. After planting, you must protect the bomb from the counter-terrorists and ensure that it explodes.
You can even take down the enemies without planting the bomb if you choose. When you play as the counter-terrorist, your mission is to stop the terrorists from planting or defusing the bomb. Similarly, you can kill all the terrorists before they plant the bomb and you will win the round. There are quite a few maps to choose from and each one brings its own features. There are a number of weapons to choose from as well that include automatic guns, shotguns, snipers, pistols, grenades, and even armour to protect yourself from incoming shots.
Controls — 4.5/5
The Counter-Strike: Source can be played with either the keyboard and mouse or you could attach a compatible controller to your system and enjoy the game. The controls are quite regular as FPS games normally are. You move the character with either the arrow keys (or specially dedicated keys) on the keyboard or the D-pad on the controller. To fire your weapon or use other objects, zoom in and out, and switch weapons, you can use the mouse or the buttons on your controller. It is relatively easy to play and easy to master if you're a frequent player of FPS games.
Replay Value — 4.5/5
Counter-Strike: Source is a thrilling action FPS game that will have you coming back for more every time. It is exciting, fast-paced, and extremely engulfing. The game puts you into the map and lets you take control of the situation around you. Ever since Counter-Strike was first released, it has always had a positive response and the Counter-Strike: Source title delivers the same experience with the added benefits of exceptional graphics, sound, and gameplay.
After putting everything together, the Counter-Strike: Source title is one of the best FPS games out there not only because of what it offers. The Counter-Strike name has been a regular among the top rated games for years and thanks to the incorporation of Source technology now, the game offers amazing graphics and sound. When you combine that with the outstanding gameplay, they realistic physics of the game, and the plethora of maps available to play in, it is beyond a doubt that Counter-Strike: Source is a game that every FPS enthusiast should own.
If you are a fan of FPS games and are looking for something new, refreshing and truly exciting, the Counter-Strike: Source title will deliver all that, and then some.
Pros : Improved graphics and gameplay
Simplistic and customizable controls
Options for different maps to play in
Great in-game physics
Cons : Requires above average hardware to run properly
It is not suited for young children due to the violence
Replay Value 4.5