|Counter-Strike: Source Artwork|
|Release date(s)||October 7, 2004|
|Rating||ESRB: Mature 17+|
Counter-Strike: Source (CS:S) was the first game to be released on Valve Corportation's new Source engine that was created for Half-Life 2. Counter-Strike: Source is a sequel to Half-Life: Counter-Strike, which is still a heavily popular video game. Although the main objects of the game between both titles are similar, CS:S runs on the Source Engine giving the game a graphical and physical an advantage over Half-Life: Counter-Strike.
Counter-Strike: Source is a First Person Shooter that pits two teams against each other in a variety of game modes. The two teams competing against eachother are the counter-terrorists, and the terrorists. Each team has a different objective to complete. Depending on the game mode, the objective of each team is different. The two main game modes are the de, and cs game modes. In de, the terrorists' aim is to successfully plant and detonate a bomb at a given bomb site. In the cs game mode, the terrorists must prevent the counter-terrorists from rescuing a set of hostages. Counter-Strike: Source is unique from most shooters in several ways. First and foremost, there is no official ranking system created by Valve Corporation. Ranks are prominent in games such as Halo, and Call of Duty. Also, if you are killed in a round, you must wait for the round to be completed before you can respawn and rejoin in the action. Also, instead of spawning with weapons and finding more throughout the map like FPS games, Counter-Strike: Source requires you to buy weapons through a buy menu using money at the beginning of each round. At the beginning of each round, you begin with a pistol and a knife, and depending on the amount of money you have, you can buy weapons, explosives, and more. Money can be awarded by killing enemies, rescuing hostages, defusing the bomb, planting the bomb, or winning the round.
 Differences from Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
Counter-Strike: Source runs on the Source Engine developed for Half-Life 2. This engine gives Counter-Strike graphical and physical superiority over the engine that CS 1.6 and CS:CZ run on, which is called GoldSrc. GoldSrc is what Half-Life runs on.
Counter-Strike: Source is available electronically via Steam at a price of $19.99.
The game is also available in stores. It can commonly be found in what is called the Source Multiplayer Pack which contains Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch. In certain stores, this is priced at $19.99, and on Steam it is priced at $29.99.
Counter-Strike: Source is also available in the Counter-Strike Complete and Valve Complete Pack bundles on Steam.
metacritic.com gave Counter-Strike: Source an 88 out of 100.
 System Requirements
Taken from Steam.
Minimum: 1.2 GHz Processor,
DirectX 7 level graphics card,
2.4 GHz Processor,
DirectX 9 level graphics card,
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