Counter-Strike: Source - PC

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About the Product

  • Single-elimination, team-based online shooter
  • Completely overhauled with better graphics, new characters, items, and environments
  • Package includes Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Day of Defeat: Source
  • Real-world physics adds depth the gameplay
  • Internet connection required for online play

Product Description

Product Description

Counter-Strike: Source kicks up the action in the world's most popular online game. It's the same Counter-Strike you've played and loved, but with the enhancements of the Source engine. With the Source engine, you get high-resolution textures, detailed character models, realistic physics and lighting, support for up to 64 players, shiny water effects & better objects - creating a more realistic gaming experience.
Become a squad leader in an elite counter-terrorist operative, use new intel and weapon skills to complete an incredible collection of single-player missions. Lead your team in increasingly challenging scenarios -- from harsh jungle environments to severe arctic terrains, unforgiving deserts to dangerous international city streets. Rescue hostages, escort VIPs to safety and locate and defuse bombs. It's all in a day's work, for the world's deadliest soldiers. Downloadable content and new maps for extended gameplay

From the Manufacturer

Blending single elimination, team-based gameplay with the notion of an economy to produce an online action experience of incredible depth and realism, Counter-Strike is the most played multi-player online action game in the world. With Counter-Strike: Source, the now legendary game has been given a complete overhaul, with graphic enhancements such as higher polygon models, shadows and reflective water to add dimension to the new characters, items, and environments. Counter-Strike: Source also contains all new maps.

In addition to the award-winning Counter-Strike gameplay, this package also includes Half-Life 2: Deathmatch--featuring fast action gameplay in physically simulated environments--and Day of Defeat: Source, Valve's World War II online action thriller set in the European theater of operations.

About Counter-Strike: Source
Counter-Strike: Source icon Counter-Strike: Source blends Counter-Strike's award-winning teamplay action with the advanced technology of Source technology. Featuring state of the art graphics, all new sounds, and introducing physics, Counter-Strike: Source is a must-have for every action gamer.
About Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch icon Fast multiplayer action set in the Half-Life 2 universe! HL2's physics adds a new dimension to deathmatch play. Play straight deathmatch or try Combine vs. Resistance teamplay. Toss a toilet at your friend today!
About Day of Defeat: Source
Half-Life: Source icon Day of Defeat offers an intense brand of online gameplay set in the WWII European Theatre of Operations. Players assume the role of light/assault/heavy infantry, sniper or machine-gunner class, and missions are based on historical operations.

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Release date September 26, 2005
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3.9 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
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Ok, here are your options. You can buy this package and get three multiplayer games. Or you can buy the retail version of Half Life 2 and get Counter Strike:Source, Half Life 2 Deathmatch, and the story version of HL2. Basically, with this package versus HL2 retail, you will be trading the story version of HL2 for the multiplayer game Day of Defeat and whatever price difference there is.

Now with that out of the way, I'd assume you are looking at this page because you are interested in Counter Strike: Source. Good choice. There is a reason CS:S is the number one online game in the world. The game is's that simple.

The game is set up around the premise of Terrorists vs. Counter-Terrorists. When you first join a server you choose which side you want to be on, the main difference being the weapons you will have access to. During the game each team has a different goal. One some levels the Terrorists have to plant a bomb while the Counter-Terrorists try to stop them. On other levels the Counter-Terrorists try to rescue some hostages while the Terrorists try to stop them. During each round you get 1 life. That's it! This means if you die you have to sit around and wait until the round is over. It's not a big deal though, the levels are generally small and well designed, and rounds don't usually last very long. Some of the positives of this system are that it discourages "Rambo" type play where people will just run around with guns blazing, of course some people still do that, but most people are more concerned about being careful with their life.

The graphics in this game are amazing! All the particle, smoke and water effects are extremely well done. There is a reason the Source graphics engine is so popular and it shows in this game.
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If you've played the original Counter Strike than you will know what I'm talking about in this review. If you are looking at this game than you already know that it's online only which means that you are really only going to be playing against other people. When you start out, these people are going to be leagues ahead of you in terms of skill.

I'm saying that you're bad at video games or FPSs (first person shooters), but you aren't going to be used to the way this game plays. Everyone else playing is going to already have memorized each map, how each gun fires, and they're going to know where you are. So while you're just trying to figure out how to use your flashlight properly you're also being hunted down. This can annoy and deter many people from enjoying this game. When you die twenty times without killing a single person, it can be irritating.

Luckily, CS:S has two things that can save you. One: you can create your own server and add a bunch of bots (computer controlled players) and set them to different difficulties and practice with them. This will start to get you used to how other players play, and you will get to know some of the maps and guns. Two: There are literally tens of thousands of servers out there and many of them are there for new players. So instead of going to clan servers you can go to newbie servers and just have some fun.

Overall, the game engine for this game is incredible. In my opinion it's the best FPS engine out there. The only problem are some of the people playing it with you. My advice is to find a static server that has people that have the same mindset about the game as you do (Relaxed-Serious) and just enjoy. If someone gets angry at you for not playing well, or playing too well then just leave and find another server. You'll enjoy the game much more that way.
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In 1998, the first person shooter genre was revolutionized with the release of Half-Life. Players fought human beings and alien hordes and other various types of opposing creatures as they explored a secret base called Black Mesa. The popularity of Half-Life sparked many new talented developers. In 2000, the action video game genre was defined with the Half-Life modification of Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike featured an extremely addicting and superior gameplay that before hasn't been seen since the release of Pong. An entire culture seems to have been formed because of Counter-Strike as it's seen today, and now it is the most popular online action game in the world. Half-Life 2 featured stunning graphics and physical gameplay which gave Valve the signal that their new game engine, Source was a huge success. The next major project Valve decided to work on is Counter-Strike: Source, a completely overhauled and remade version of the legendary Counter-Strike with the Source engine. However, Valve knew that it would be a challenge both carefully keeping the sensitive gameplay intact that has been released years ago and both upgrading the way players play without the game becoming a failure. So, how did Valve do with the late 2004 release of the highly anticipated release of Counter-Strike: Source?

Before any quick conclusions are made about the game, players should know that it is actually still in development. The game is frequently updated by Valve with content additions and enhancements and maps that have not yet been ported to the Source engine yet. However, players will be happy to know that the major maps such as Dust2, Aztec, Office, and many others have already been ported to the new game. Only the least popular such as Siege have not yet been added to the game as of August of 2006.
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