Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

PC, PS3, XB360, MAC / Action / Release: Aug 21, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Counter-Strike: GO 'Operation Phoenix' rises for $3

Counter-Strike: GO 'Operation Phoenix' rises for $3

Following the success of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Payback and Operation Bravo, Valve has released a third set of community maps under the banner 'Operation Phoenix.' This new pack will include eight community-made maps, 13 new weapon finishes, and an in-game coin to help keep track of competitive stats.

Read more: Running through June 4 »

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Steam controller shown in action

Steam controller shown in action

We've seen the promo shots of the Steam controller and heard generally positive reactions from indie developers, but we haven't yet seen it in action. That changed today, with a demonstration video that shows the prototype being used to control games ranging from the generally console-friendly shooters to more PC-centric titles.

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Counter-Strike: GO 'Operation Bravo' brings new maps for $6

Counter-Strike: GO 'Operation Bravo' brings new maps for $6

After raising over $150,000 for community mappers with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Payback, not to mention an undisclosed amount for itself, Valve is having another go. Last night it launched Operation Bravo, with another set of maps people can play on official servers if they pony up $5.99. It also offers exclusive weapon finishes.

Read more: Running until January 20 »

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Counter-Strike: GO 'Arms Deal' update adds weapon skin trading

Counter-Strike: GO 'Arms Deal' update adds weapon skin trading

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has launched the "Arms Deal" update today, creating a player marketplace for in-game cosmetic tweaks to weapons. The update also adds weapon cases, special timed drop lock-boxes that can only be opened by buying or trading a key.

Read more: More than 100 weapon finishes, special eSports case »

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CS: GO 'Operation Payback' extended after raising $150k for mappers

CS: GO 'Operation Payback' extended after raising $150k for mappers

Operation Payback was another of Valve's experiments with 'games as services' and paying community creators, and a jolly successful one at that: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community mappers earned over $150,000 from players paying $6 to run around their seven maps on Valve's official servers. So huzzah, it's been extended for another month, until August 31.

Read more: $150k after Valve's cut »

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Valve forms Overwatch for CS:GO community to police itself

Valve forms Overwatch for CS:GO community to police itself

As someone reading this on the Internet, you know that people on the Internet are often awful. Doubly so if they're playing a video game. To help weed out horrors, Valve is playing with a community self-policing scheme for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It sounds similar to the Tribunal in Riot's League of Legends, presenting players with "cases" of others who've been reported and asking them to make judgements.

Read more: Analysing anonymous replays »

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Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

What do you do when your platform already sells and launches video games? Make the platform itself a video game, naturally. Valve announced the beta launch of "Steam Trading Cards" today. The collectible meta-game lets you upgrade your Steam profile by playing games and collecting and trading their associated (virtual) cards.

Read more: Currently supports Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 »

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rewards mapmakers with 'Operation Payback'

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rewards mapmakers with 'Operation Payback'

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is introducing a new community program today, aimed at rewarding the community's best mapmakers. It kicks off today with "Operation Payback," a collection of seven top-voted community maps that will be promoted through July 31.

Read more: Exclusive challenge coin available »

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hostages piggyback to safety

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hostages piggyback to safety

For umpteen years now, the fundamentals of rescuing hostages in Counter-Strike have remained the same. From the original mod, through the commercial release, the revamped Counter-Strike: Source, to the new CS: Global Offensive, you'd head to where they spawn, then lead all the idiot AIs home. But that young upstart shook things up in a patch yesterday, switching to randomised hostages you need to carry.

Read more: Only two hostages, and only one needed »

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PSN Gamers Choice winners announced, discounted

PSN Gamers Choice winners announced, discounted

In case you missed it, the PSN Gamers Choice Awards winners were revealed last night, kicking off a sale on the games that were picked as favorites. Journey was the only game to win two awards, Best PSN Exclusive and Best Indie. The Walking Dead beat it out for Best PSN Game.

Read more: Other winners include Assassin's Creed 3, Gravity Rush »

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PC adds deathmatch

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PC adds deathmatch

For times when you simply want to shoot men, the PC edition of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has added a deathmatch mode. Modders hacked such a thing into the game months ago, of course, but now it's all proper and official and shiny. Yesterday's patch also brought a whole heap of balance changes.

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Counter-Strike: GO free weekend starts today

Counter-Strike: GO free weekend starts today

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is getting a free weekend, for all you holdouts who can't decide if you should stay or you should GO. It starts today, and lasts until Sunday at 1 PM PST. In case you're just dipping your toe in for the first time, Valve has issued a little primer to get you ready for the various headshots that will keep you from playing the game for any more than 15 seconds at a time.

Read more: Tips for newcomers »

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive patch has Vertigo

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive patch has Vertigo

Classic Counter-Strike map de_vertigo has arrived in CS: Global Offensive's latest patch alongside a brand new map for Arms Race mode, the snowy ar_monastery. The update also shakes up matchmaking for Classic Competitive mode, making would-be terrorists and counter-terrorists queue rather than tossing them into games in progress.

Watch: A peek at the new maps »

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review

The Counter-Strike formula is universally recognizable and has been since it first saw the light of day in 1999 as a Half-Life mod. While it has undergone several iterations, the point has always been the same. Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists fight for honor and glory in a series of best of 10 matches. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive doesn't do much to reinvent this wheel, as it feels more like Counter-Strike: Source with a shiny new coat of paint. It's a fine jumping-on point for newcomers, but feels like a pricey update for CS veterans.

CS: GO looks undeniably gorgeous. Many classic CS maps make their return with fresh new detail and visually stunning effects. For example, Aztec is once again a part of the map rotation. In addition to new textures, players will notice weather effects as they trudge through the terrain. Many of the other classic maps feature similar upgrades, offering more realistic visuals than previous CS games. Veterans will feel right at home in many of these maps.

Read more: Testing the new game modes »

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive launching with zombie mod

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive launching with zombie mod

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is treading a well-worn path in the shooter genre, with the announcement of a zombie mod for the game. Yes, if you haven't gotten your fill of knocking off zombies by the truckload yet, you'll be able to take down some undead when CS:GO launches tomorrow.

Read more: Plaguefest partnership for the mod »

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