CS: Global Offensive boasts new Arsenal modes, fresh screenshots

Our first glimpses of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive haven’t been particularly encouraging. Early footage of the game looked a little lo-fi for a modern title, but Rock, Paper, Shotgun has some promising new screenshots. Although the visuals aren’t stunning, they do look like a definite upgrade over Counter-Strike Source. You can see all of the screenshots in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

RPS also reports that CS: GO will include new Arsenal modes based on the Gun Game mod for Counter-Strike. Gun Game replaces the monetary system with a guns-for-kills model that starts everyone out with a basic pistol. Players are rewarded with new weapons for kills, which nicely matches Valve’s desire to expand on the number of guns commonly used on Counter-Strike servers.

Valve has a history of hiring mod developers, and it’s working directly with the Gun Game creators to flesh out the new Arsenal modes. My Counter-Strike addiction ended long before the Gun Game mod became popular, but it sounds like a fun twist on the core gameplay.

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    • Silus
    • 8 years ago

    Wow…such crappy graphics…
    Hey Valve this is 2011! Technology has evolved!

    What the hell am I saying anyway. The Church of Freeman will pay for anything Valve releases, no matter how crappy it is or looks.

      • dashbarron
      • 8 years ago

      No dissing Valve or the archaic Source Engine here. You’re in the land of the faithful and they’ll brand you for it.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 8 years ago

      You can keep your fancy graphics, I’ll stand by Valve for what they’re known for. Gameplay.

      Gamplay > graphics

        • Silus
        • 8 years ago

        Oh yes, that legendary gameplay of pointing a gun at something and shooting…

          • Arclight
          • 8 years ago

          They mean skill, you can learn to shoot and do trick shots in Cs 1.6, Cs:Cz, CS:S. There is a long learning curve in CS:S, it almost feels endless when you see pros playing in tournnies. I have seen many people learning the recoil of different rifles and pistols and controlling them in Cs.

          You advocate graphics over gameplay but personally i haven’t seen any Crysis tournament…and yet i’ve seen plenty of Cs and Sc Bw tournaments, which by your standards shouldn’t even be played.

      • travbrad
      • 8 years ago

      Graphics aren’t important if the gameplay is fun. A lot of my favorite games had “average” graphics for their time. I’ve logged more hours in L4D2 than any other recent game, despite the “old” source engine. I’m not saying CS:GO will be a great game, but it’s dumb to dismiss it solely because of the graphics.

      There’s a big advantage to having a game that runs smoothly on just about any hardware too. Stuttery framerates detract more from the immersion than lower detail settings IMO

        • Silus
        • 8 years ago

        Yet we have dozens of games being dismissed by graphics alone or because they don’t support DX11 in this site, except for Valve games…Either people are idiots or…Wait, there is no other option…

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    “Valve has a history of hiring mod developers, and it’s working directly with the Gun Game creators to flesh out the new Arsenal modes. ”

    There really isn’t a whole lot to gungame, unless it’s changed… You kill someone and get a new one in a preset rotation. Why do they need anyone for that?

    • Glix
    • 8 years ago

    Other exciting game modes include Warcraft mode, Superhero Mode, Surf, Zombie, and AIM.

    Honestly this is how you can tell they have no idea what they want for CS. Including an old mod because they haven’t got any creative juices to make CS exciting for the console crowd, yes it’s new for them but CS is a rather hardcore game set in ‘old’ ways with no unlocks (unless they make custom player models, hold up there’s a new idea for CS! Unlockable player outfits and addons, but not hats! They are already experimenting with this in TF2, you can set ‘style’ on items like an arrow sticking out of the shield.) and no killstreak perks.

    Am I being too critical because I was once a hardcore CS player that loved playing leagues matches and mixes?

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Yup.

      No, that’s pretty much the way it is. I think CS is too old skool to have a revamp, they should just start a new IP if they really want to change things, otherwise just give it a graphical overhaul. Players in that community wont tolerate too much in the way of change.

      • Dashak
      • 8 years ago

      I used to play on a server called Superhero Junkies. It was awesome. They shut down in 2005 and I couldn’t find mod that was as balanced. D:

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    I’m happy in general to see many of these little improvements but is it just me thinking that this is not enough to draw in new players?

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 8 years ago

      Maybe Valve just wants to sell a few million copies to all of the current CS fans. Additionally, they probably want to unify the CSS and CS1.6 communities. They’ve been making a push in e-sports recently and CS has always been an e-sports candidate.

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