This weekend Valve are offering gamers the chance to buy one of the PC multiplayer classics, Counter-Strike: Source at 75% off the usual selling price of £13.99.
Counter-Strike started life as a mod for the original Half-life and quickly became extremely popular. Later on it was given a major facelift with the release of Half Life 2 adding new graphics and a physics engine. Over the years the gameplay has stayed true to the original. Despite its age CS:S impressively still has twice as many players online as Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2 put together and sits just behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 according to Steam.
In case there's anyone out there who isn't familiar with Counter-Strike, the game splits players into two teams - Terrorists and Counter-terrorists. It cycles round a set of various maps. Each map has one objective which is planting a bomb, rescuing hostages or sometimes escorting a VIP. At the start of the round players choose guns, ammo, armour and accessories then either defend or carry out their objective. The round is over when either one team wipes out the other or the objective is successfully met. Money is given for achievements within each round allowing the winning team to buy better equipment for the next round.
One of the main appeals of the game is the seemingly simple gameplay as all the weapons are based on real-life weapons. There are no rocket launchers or other similar explosive weaponry, putting the main focus on teamwork and accuracy. New players may find this makes the game feel somewhat spartan and frustrating to begin with, but after getting a feel for the combat and the map layouts, getting some kills is very rewarding. There is no single player story or campaign mode as the game is entirely multiplayer, although there are reasonably good bots to practice with or make up numbers in a multiplayer. CS:S was part of the original HL2 pack however since then it has mainly only been available on Steam which means if you've ever fancied this game, this is a great time to pick it up.
Thanks to McCormack on Hotukdeals.