Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a go! The team-based shooter has been released for WindowsPC and the Mac just a few hours ago and will be launched for PSN and Xbox later tonight and tomorrow morning. CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
CS: GO comes with a number of competitive leagues already running from months of beta testing, and several tournaments are already gearing up, including the ESWC and Go4CSGO. There’s also a lot of additional content, such as the Zombie mod, and Valve is working towards the release of the Map Workshop so map makers will be able to quickly share their ideas with the community.
Some in the community have complained that CS: GO is nothing more than the original game with a little extra content, and asked why an entirely new game hadn’t been released. Whereas there is some validity to this argument, a significant amount of work has been put into upgrading the artwork for the game, adding more weapons to use, and launching the game with a full community of players that you can jump into that have a long history behind them.
System requirements aren’t that steep either:
- MacOS X 10.6.6 or higher
- Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
- 2GB RAM
- At least 7.6GB of Space
- ATI Radeon HD 2400 or better / NVidia 8600M or better video cards
You can download the game right now off of Steam for a mere $14.99.