|Half-Life: Counter-Strike Artwork|
|Release date(s)||Mod: June 12th, 1999|
Retail: November 8, 2000
|Available on||PC, Xbox|
Counter-Strike is a first person shooter originated from the popular game Half-Life. What was originally started as a mod made by two men, Minh Le and Jess Cliffe, turned into it's own official game. It was initially released as a mod on June 12th, 1999, but then was sold retail by Valve on November 8th, 2000. There is also a Microsoft Xbox version of this game that was released on March 25th, 2004.
Counter-Strike 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 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 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.
Counter-Strike is available via Steam as well as in retail stores. Although the price values in retail, purchasing the game online via Steam is priced at $9.99, and also includes Counter-Strike: Condition Zero.
Counter-Strike is also available in certain bundles on Steam.
The Counter-Strike Complete Bundle includes Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat, Deathmatch Classic, and Ricochet. It is priced at $29.99.
The Counter-Strike 1 Anthology includes Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Day of Defeat, Deathmatch Classic, and Ricochet. It is priced at $14.99.
The Valve Complete Pack includes Counter-Strike along with every other Valve made game. It is priced at $99.99.
Counter-Strike received an 8.9 from IGN.com, and was labeled as 'Great'.
Gamespot.com gave Counter-Strike an 8.4, and also labeled the game as 'Great'.
Counter-Strike was released in 2000, and is still very actively played today. In fact, it is the second most active game played on Steam, next to Counter-Strike: Source. The game is also played actively by professional gamers.
Counter-Strike has multiple sequels that were released in later years. The first was Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, which added a single player mode to the series. In 2003, Counter-Strike was ported to the Xbox, making the game's second sequel. Finally, in 2004, Counter-Strike: Source was released, becoming the first game to run on Valve Software's new Source Engine, which powers Half-Life 2.
 System Requirements
Taken from Steam.
500 Mhz processor
16mb Video Card
800 Mhz processor
32MB + Video Card
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