Counter-Strike: Source

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Counter-Strike: Source
Counter-Strike Source (box art).jpg
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Turtle Rock Studios
Hidden Path Entertainment
Publisher(s) Valve Corporation
Distributor(s) Electronic Arts (retail)
Steam (online)
Series Counter-Strike
Engine Source
Platform(s) Windows, OS X, Linux
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Distribution Optical disc, Download

Counter-Strike: Source (commonly abbreviated as CSS or CS:S) is a complete remake of Counter-Strike using the Source game engine. As in the original, Counter-Strike: Source pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won either by completing an objective (such as detonating a bomb or rescuing hostages) or by eliminating all members of the enemy team.

Gameplay[edit]

A screenshot from the map "cs_italy", the player is holding a Maverick M4A1 Carbine.

Counter-Strike: Source retains its team-based objective-oriented first-person shooter style gameplay. The aim of playing a map is to accomplish a map's objective: defusing the bomb, rescuing all hostages, or killing the entire opposing team. The ultimate goal of the game is to win more rounds than the opposing team. Once players are killed, they do not respawn until the next round, though this depends on which server people play on. This gameplay feature distinguishes Counter-Strike from other first-person shooter games, where players respawn instantly or after a short delay.

Shooting while moving dramatically decreases accuracy, and holding the trigger down to continuously shoot produces severe recoil. The severity of damage induced by weaponry is dependent upon the specific locations of hits, with hits to the head being most lethal and shots which make contact elsewhere causing lesser loss of health.

History[edit]

Counter-Strike: Source was initially released as a beta to members of the Valve Cyber Café Program on August 11, 2004.[2][3] On August 18, 2004, the beta was released to owners of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and those who had received a Half-Life 2 voucher bundled with some ATI Radeon video cards.[4] On October 11, 2006, Valve released an experimental update entitled Dynamic Weapons Pricing. Under this system, item prices are determined based on their demand the previous week.[5][6][7]

On March 5, 2010, Valve Corporation announced the release of games from its first-party library, including games from the Counter-Strike series, for Mac OS X. The ports were slated for release in April 2010.[8] Valve employed Hidden Path Entertainment to provide support on updating Counter-Strike: Source. On May 7, 2010, Valve released an update that includes new features and functionality developed in collaboration with Hidden Path Entertainment. These include 144 (now 146) new achievements, a new domination and revenge system, similar to that of Team Fortress 2, player stats, an upgrade to the Source engine and more. On June 23, 2010, Valve released the beta to the public alongside the promised OS X version.[1] On February 5, 2013, Valve released a port of Counter-Strike: Source for Linux.[9][10]

Reception[edit]

Counter-Strike: Source was met with positive reviews from professional critics.[11][12] Aggregate review website Metacritic assigned the game an overall score of 88 out of 100 based on 9 reviews from critics.[13]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 89.71[11]
Metacritic 88/100[13]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[12]

Legacy[edit]

On August 12, 2011, Valve announced the production of a successor to Counter-Strike: Source, entitled Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.[14] The game, developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, was released on August 21, 2012 for Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Counter-Strike: Source Update Released". Steam. Valve Corporation. June 23, 2010. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source beta begins". GameSpot (CNET Networks). August 11, 2004. Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source update history". Valve Corporation. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source Strike ATI Customer". Advanced Micro Devices. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source, Source Engine And Sourcetv Updates Released". Valve Corporation. October 11, 2006. Archived from the original on March 15, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  6. ^ Goldstein, Maarten (September 22, 2006). "Counter-Strike: Source Switching To Dynamic Weapon Pricing". Shacknews. Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pricing Algorithm". Valve Corporation. Archived from the original on November 25, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Valve to Deliver Steam & Source on the Mac". Steam. Valve Corporation. March 8, 2010. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ Hillier, Brenna (February 11, 2013). "Half-Life, Counter-Strike now available on Linux". VG247. Archived from the original on May 25, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Stahie, Silviu (February 6, 2013). "Counter-Strike: Source Is Now Available on Steam for Linux". Softpedia. Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Counter-Strike: Source for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Counter-Strike: Source Review". 1UP.com. November 19, 2004. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Counter-Strike: Source for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "VALVE ANNOUNCES COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE (CS: GO)". Steam. Valve Corporation. August 12, 2011. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ Parker, Laura (June 4, 2012). "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive landing August 21". GameSpot. Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.