Half-Life mod Counter-Strike was in many ways the first mainstream PC gaming mod trend. A few fans modified the original Half-Life game by Valve Software into a tactical military simulation pitting terrorists against peacekeeping forces. What resulted was an e-sports phenomenon, and, eventually, commercial stand-alone releases of the mod for both Half-Life and Half-Life 2 by Valve itself.
It’s been eight years since the latest iteration of Counter-Strike — Counter-Strike: Source — came out. And the series has never made a splash on consoles despite a once-upon-a-time Xbox version. Enter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the first new game in the franchise. It hit Mac and PC via Steam this week, and today you can get it on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360 too.
The game is also headed to the PlayStation Network; we’ll update with a link to that version when it comes. The price is $15 on all platforms.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (sometimes abbreviated CSGO) has the exact same core gameplay that its predecessors had, including the Bomb Defusal and Hostage Rescue game modes. But it also has two new game modes: Arms Race and Demolition. The new game also offers up some new weapons and equipment.