Counter-Strike is one of the most influential games of all time. This is not an exaggeration. It largely defined what online shooters would be and created a modding scene that, while it never became as extensive and vibrant as Doom’s, managed to open a door that had previously been strictly English-speaking. Counter-Strike may not have created any of these things, but it did help democratize them long before Call of Duty made them mainstream. And that’s why it’s important.
On September 27th, Valve surprised gamers by releasing Counter-Strike 2. Since it’s a free update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the game is free to play, and there’s no need to pay to play it. However, the game has an upgrade to Prime status, which costs 14.29 euros. This upgrade allows players to receive commemorative items, weapon cases, and exclusive random Prime items. Additionally, it will match you only with other Prime status players to avoid potential gameplay imbalances.
Counter-Strike 2 was announced on March 22nd, with no specific release date other than a vague 2023 and numerous videos explaining the changes it would bring to the game. Using the Source 2 engine, the changes in both graphics and gameplay in Counter-Strike 2 are very noticeable compared to its predecessor, which, due to its age, was already showing signs of fatigue.
Among the changes you can find in Counter-Strike 2 are regional and global leaderboards, significant map changes, completely different dynamics in the physics of smoke grenades, redesigned visual and sound effects, and a smoother gameplay experience in terms of server stability. These aspects will be enjoyed equally by Counter-Strike veterans and newcomers to this veteran game, originally released in 1999 but appearing to be more alive than ever in 2023.