Game Introduction – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the latest iteration of the highly popular FPS game. It features a variety of multiplayer modes both new and old, and more guns than you can shake a stick at. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information and hints on how to play your best game.

Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

  • To download the game, click the “Play Now” button at the top of this page.
  • Twiddle your thumbs in anticipation as the game downloads.
  • All done? Go ahead and fire it up in Steam.
  • Now you’re playing (with power)!

The basics

  • CS: GO is a largely multiplayer game. There’s a weapons course, and a mode where you can play bots, but outside of that you’ll be playing against human opponents at all times.
  • There are a lot of different modes in the game, many of which fans of the original Counter-Strike will feel right at home with. But before that, let’s delve into the main menu…

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  • Play – If you want to get a match going, this is the button for you!

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  • My Accomplishments – Fancy yourself an achievement hound? Achievement cat, perhaps? Either way, here’s where you go to view your overall stats, leaderboard placement, and how many achievements you’ve earned thus far.

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  • Help & Options – In this section, you can fiddle with all sorts of game-related items. Dissatisfied with your control setup? You can fix that here! Want to play the game with a controller? No problem! On top of that, you can adjust the audio, video and general game settings, as well as view the credits and read a “How to Play” blurb.
  • Exit Game – If you’re running late for class or about to miss the bus to work due to playing CS: GO, quit attending both! Alternatively, you can click “Exit Game” on the main menu. Whichever.

Starting a game

  • If you’re ready to begin playing, go ahead and click that “Play” button on the menu I mentioned moments ago. Doing so will lead you to the following menu:

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  • Find a Game – If you wish to throw caution to the wind and get a game going as quickly as possible, here’s your best bet. You’ll be greeted with a handful of different modes to choose from, and I’ll explain those in detail in the next section. Spoilers, I know.

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  • Play with Friends – It’s easy to get a match going with your friends. Once you’re in this particular section, go ahead and invite them. You’ll notice in the bottom right that you can set matches to either public or private.
  •  Community Quick-Match – Like previous iterations of Counter-Strike, you’d have a tough time firing up CS: GO and not encountering a whole load of user-hosted matches waiting for you. To dive into one immediately, here’s the button for you.

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  • Browse Community Servers – If you’re a little pickier with your matches, this section of the game will provide you a list of the community servers currently up and running. You can sort them by various settings, as well as check if your friends are playing in any of them.

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  • Offline with Bots – It takes a lot of practice to get good at CS: GO, and this is a great place to do it. Just be warned that the AI is pretty awful.
  • Weapons Course – To gain a stronger understanding of which weapons in the game are capable of what, go here. You’ll be provided a pretty involved training scenario.

Match Types

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • There are a lot of different ways to play CS: GO – some new, some old. Unless you choose the Weapons Course or Community Quick-Play, you’ll have a say in what type of match you’ll have.
  • Arms Race – In Arms Race, each new kill awards you a new weapon. If you manage to make a kill using every single weapon, you win. Unlike the other modes, you respawn as soon as you die – rather than at the end of the match – here.
  • Demolition – In this mode, you’re also provided a new weapon with each kill. Difference is, the weapons get worse as you go. And there’s more to Demolition than just killing – like the two modes I’m about to mention, you’ll be tasked with either rescuing or killing hostages, or planting or diffusing a bomb. With that said, killing everyone else on the other team results in a win.
  • Classic Casual – Here’s a mode old school Counter-Strike fans will recognize. You’re presented with similar bomb/hostage scenarios, and the money you earn from kills and completing objectives can be spent on weapons in the next round. And because this is casual, friendly fire and team collision are deactivated. Fire away!
  • Classic Competitive – This mode is the same as Classic Casual, only friendly fire and team collision are on, and you can purchase kits to defuse bombs, thus speeding up the process.

Weapons

  • You won’t always have access to the best weapons in the game. They cost more, and thus playing well in a round is crucial to purchasing them on any sort of regular basis.
  • Every tier of weaponry has both cheap and expensive items, and believe me when I say you have a lot to choose from. Categories include handguns, submachine guns, rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, machine guns, and grenades.

Maps

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • CS: GO has 16 maps in total. They’re divided into different match types:
  • Casual and Competitive maps – Fans of classic Counter-Strike will likely find all of these maps familiar. They’ve been updated and at times slightly tweaked, but by and large they’re the same as they ever were. When defusing bombs is on the menu, the maps include Aztec, Dust, Dust2, Inferno, Nuke, and Train. If you’re dealing with hostages, expect to play on either the Italy or Office map.
  • Arms Race and Demolition maps – If you’re playing one of the two new modes, you’ll also be playing on new maps. For Arms Race, it’s Baggage and Shoots. In Demolition mode, maps include Shorttrain, Bank, Lake, Safehouse, Sugarcane, Stmarc.

Tips

  • While the game is very similar to older versions, a few changes have been made. Most notably, the hitboxes for headshots and other shots has been reduced. It’s worth it to toy around and form a better understanding of how it operates now.
  • You’ll be on your own in some modes, but it’s generally in your best interest to try and cooperate with your team. Running out into the map alone could result in all sorts of quick deaths.
  • There’s merit to being alone at times, though. If you can find a good hiding spot, you can be plucking out enemies left and right with ease.
  • It’s tempting to jump into the multiplayer right away, but spending some time in the weapon’s course beforehand will give you a better idea of what weapons work best for you. They cost in-game currency, so it’s an important thing to know!

Congratulations!

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