Counter-Strike: Global Offensive took the long way to success. It started off with a number of significant flaws, but with time and some substantial patches, has become one of the most-played games on Steam and one of the best PC games you can play.
As usual, the people who know the game best are the ones who spend every night and most weekends in the trenches, defusing bombs, shooting chickens and desperately hunting for knives. Also as usual, the people who love the game most are also the ones who have the most complicated relationship with it. Play a game enough and even if you love it, part of you will probably start to loathe it. In a loving way. If that makes sense.
I've really enjoyed Patricia's semi-regular Steam Reviews round-up series, since they give a glimpse into the minds (and senses of humour) of a given game's most dedicated players. So, I thought I'd dive into the CS:GO Steam page and see what I could find.
Generally speaking: CS:GO players love the chickens, are flummoxed by the knives, are in agreement that Dust2 is in some ways the game's only map, and hate hackers almost as much as they hate being called hackers. And of course, like any good game, for all the complaints most people have, they still can't stop playing.
Let's see what Steam reviewers have to say about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:
One of my favourite reviews calls CS:GO "The future of competitive gaming," then lays out exactly what that future will look like:
And then there's my other favourite review:
We also saw a potato review of Skyrim, and the more I think about it, the more I think it's kind of a great system. Much simpler than the conventional 10-point-scale. Maybe we should consider adopting it here at Kotaku...