Counter-Strike: Global Offensive available for pre-order

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the long-awaited sequel to one of the most popular online games of all time, finally has a release date: August 21, as announced by Valve on Tuesday. The game will launch simultaneously on Windows and Mac OS X.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will cost a budget price of $14.99, but it is 10% off until Thursday during this week's Midweek Madness promotion on the Steam Store. This brings the price down to $13.49.

As stated, the game will officially release on August 21, but those who pre-order the game will gain access to the beta, starting on August 14th. As that is merely one week ahead of the game's official launch date, it might as well just be early access.

CS:GO features new maps, characters, weapons and gameplay modes, according to the game's product page description. It also features some of the more modern additions to Valve's Source engine over the years since Counter-Strike: Source, such as matchmaking, leader boards and more.

"Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac."

Source: Steam

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The beta is brilliant, obviously some things are abit annoying as with any beta...

My main gripe is molotovs in T side have a tendency to bounce into a very weird direction, when they should just smash on impact!

bjoswald said,
So is this a rehash of CS:S or just a poor-man's CoD?

It is CS through and through. No COD whatsoever.
Some new maps, with some classics. One kill your done. Few new weapons and nades. But same old CS.

DirtyLarry said,

It is CS through and through. No COD whatsoever.
Some new maps, with some classics. One kill your done. Few new weapons and nades. But same old CS.

Not for me then. Thanks for the clarification!

bjoswald said,

Not for me then. Thanks for the clarification!


No problem. If you were not a fan of earlier CS games, you will not be a fan of this game, as it is just an updated version of the previous games. It is dumbed down a bit, but not all that much honestly. They have pretty much stuck to the formula.

DirtyLarry said,

No problem. If you were not a fan of earlier CS games, you will not be a fan of this game, as it is just an updated version of the previous games. It is dumbed down a bit, but not all that much honestly. They have pretty much stuck to the formula.

What exactly is dumbed down?

nvllsvm said,

What exactly is dumbed down?

Recoil was largely removed from both versions for console players, and casual servers can let you spawn with body armour all the time.

DirtyLarry said,

It is CS through and through. No COD whatsoever.
Some new maps, with some classics. One kill your done. Few new weapons and nades. But same old CS.

Don't forget they also added GunGame as an official game mode now, even if it isn't named GunGame in the beta (at least when I played last it wasn't).

It's not going to win any awards for its graphics or originality but having played the beta it seems decent enough and the price is pretty attractive. I'll be pre-ordering this.