Counter-strike, a modification of the game Half-life was released in 1999.It was developed from Half-life but now with the passage of time as Counter strike became popular among masses; it can even be bought without the copy of half life. It is a first shooter game in which the player either becomes the terrorist, counter terrorist or a spectator. Each side is given a map in which the goals have been mentioned such as bomb diffusion, assassination, hostage rescue and terrorist escape etc. Moreover, each side is given access to a certain set of weapons and bombs. M4A1 can only be used by a counter-terrorist whereas AK-47 is used by terrorists.
It is a multiplayer game in which there is a war between counter terrorists and terrorists. Before the game starts the player during the ‘freeze time’ buys his equipment and his armory. To make it a more unique and customizable experience, the option of changing its features has been released. The color and skin of both characters and guns can be changed. However, to get this feature you must download the custom colors and skins to your Steam files or you can install them before you use the server. Because of the recognition it received after its release this game is now in series. Counter strike: Condition zero, Counter Strike: Source, Counter Strike: Global offensive which is to release in 2012. Over 25 million copies have been sold worldwide in a period of 12 years.
To play the game you first have to download Steam which contains the game engine through which CS and its servers run. After the Steam download is complete, open and log-in to the server. Once the server has been joined you will come across different maps and game modes. Once the game loads, chances are that the game has already begun. You can either join it or wait for it to end.
If you are new to the game, in the beginning it is difficult to play better than most players on the server but once you get the hang of the tactics and have a control over the keys you can rule the game. You should be aware of the keys before starting the game, for example B, brings up the gun menu. W, A, S, D keys are for fighting. It will take some time to get used to these keys. Moreover, an exciting feature is that a player can also plant a bomb. You just have to click on the bomb and click where you want to plant it. You can use some tips while playing, like don’t stand in a corner and shoot people passing by. Also if you want to make your team stronger you can use grenades or bombs.
This game is very realistic. The use of maps, communication, engines and selection of armory makes it applicable to almost every age. If you are feeling irritated or annoyed form the game or from the shooting or its noises, then you are not for this game. It is a great time pass and actually a lot of fun especially for young boys!