Reaper Reviews #001: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

I’ll be honest. 80% of the games that I have articulated in this blog, I’ve never played before. Mainly, it’s because my PC can’t run it, but ever so occasionally, I get the time to test out a few games here and there that surprisingly, my PC can run. So here we go! Sunday reviews!

Welcome to Toxic-land!


Again, let me be dead honest. The only reason I’m still playing ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ today is simply because the people that I play with are some of the most hilarious and sadly, stupid people alive on the planet. The most amazing thing about a multiplayer game is the online community. That, and that alone can define the downfall or rise of a game. For instance, ‘For Honor’ was deemed a success until about 90% of their player-base left. Now, whenever someone mentions ‘For Honor,’ people don’t go, “Wow, that game is amazing!” They just go, “Meh, it was better in the past.”Related imageAs any online multiplayer game goes, there will always be toxic users online. Trolls, hackers, and scammers fall into this category. ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ is no different. The community is plagued with hackers, scammers and sadly, very rude individuals. I’d say about 90% of the users are toxic, the other 5% are tolerable and the last 5% are honestly the ones that you would really want to befriend. It really takes time to dig deep into the community and find that 5% friendly users who aren’t so rude and actually makes the game a lot more fun.

A Very Steep Learning Curve


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Unlike any other game, ‘Valve’s’ ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ has a very steep learning curve. Each gun, and I mean every gun, has a unique spray pattern. What’s a ‘spray pattern,’ you non ‘CS:GO,’ players ask? A ‘spray pattern’ is a pattern that each and every bullet that leaves a gun’s barrel follows. Depicted to the right is a typical ‘AK-47’s’ ‘spray pattern.’ Each and every orange dot is a bullet that leaves the gun’s barrel. Whenever you empty an ‘AK-47’s’ clip, this will most likely be where the bullets land. Mind you that each and every gun has a unique ‘spray pattern.’ In lower ranks, you don’t really need to pay any attention to the ‘spray pattern’ simply because no one else does. In higher ranks however, you need to memorize these ‘spray patterns’ and be able to adjust your shots accordingly. This defines ‘CS:GO’ as one of the only games out there to have this mechanic implemented.

Tactical Team-Play


Hailed as one of the most tactical FPS game in the world, ‘CS:GO’ hasn’t been crowned for no particular reason. Each team composition can determine the win or loss of a team even before the game starts. In a competitive level, each player in the team has a specific role and must do their job accordingly. Not only that, but each player has to be able to adapt to the current situation accordingly. Losing just one player in the team can mark the match as a loss.

Collectibles


I won’t dwell on this topic for too long simply because of how simple it is. Collectibles are basically virtual items that you can apply to your weapons to make them look different. You can obtain mediocre skins, stickers and pin-ups simply by playing games or obtain better ones by purchasing in-game crates. Simple. Some people, however, spend thousands of dollars simply on skins for virtually no reason. I can’t even begin to explain it because I do not understand the logic behind it.Image result for counter strike global offensive

In Conclusion…


In conclusion, if you’re expecting a difficult FPS game that needs hours and hours of training to master, then ‘CS:GO’ is the game for you. If you’re simply looking for a FPS game that requires no teamwork, skill or training whatsoever to master, then ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ is not the game for you.

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