Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game that has started out as a Half-Life modification. Due to its success, the project was soon transformed into a standalone game and then turned into one of the most successful shooters in the world.
Shooting at its finest
Unlike most FPSs nowadays, Counter-Strike 1.6 doesn't have a story, you just join one of two teams: terrorists or counter-terrorists and spring into action.
If you just want to sit back and enjoy a match, you will be able to enter as a spectator. Players killed during a round will also be made spectators until the next round begins.
As soon as players join a team, they will be asked to choose a character (there are four on each side) and a weapon.
A large armory
Each player spawns with a pistol (9x19mm sidearm for Terrorists, KM .45 Tactical for Counter-Terrorists) and a melee weapon (knife). In order to buy more items, you must access the buy menu, which contains eight different categories:
- Machine guns
- Primary ammo
- Secondary ammo
- Equipment (armor, grenades, defuse kits, night vision, tactical shields).
Buying equipment must be done fairly quick, as the freeze time before each round starts is rather short (about 5 seconds).
Maps and mods to please everyone
Before creating a match, you must choose the desired mod. There are some official ones like Bomb Defuse (where you must stop the terrorists from detonating an explosive device), Hostage Rescue (where you must save the kidnapped scientists and take them to your base) or Assassination (where you will have to escort a VIP to the escape vehicle while protecting him from Terrorists).
With its huge gaming community, the game now features tons of different modes: fight yard, sniper war, gun game, jail break, base builder, grenade war, knife arena, death race and lots more.
For those who want to try new modes or new maps, we recommend you head out to Softpedia's Maps Category.
Note: This is a Steam installer, which means you need a valid copy of Counter-Strike. The Counter-Strike package can be bought via Steam for €9.99.