After a huge period of beta testing, Counter Strike 2 has been officially released as a Free to Play on Steam by Valve on Windows and Linux PC systems.
Every PC gamer has a Steam account making it almost impossible to not know what Counter Strike is.
Replacing the former title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), CS2 is a brand new, overhauled version of the beloved game that brings new features to the popular competitive Esports platform.
CS2 uses the Source 2 engine from valve that provides a host of quality of life improvements as well as features that will enhance tactical gameplay and overall gaming experience.
Smoke grenades are a huge factor in high level Counter Strike gameplay. Watching any Global Elite level play will showcase what knowledge of smoke grenade throws can do to turn the tide of a game.
In CS2, smoke is a dynamic, volumetric object that interacts with the environment. Throwing a smoke no longer involves hoping that the grenade lands in the perfect spot. The smoke will envelop bomb sites and choke points in the map to fill the space better. However, smokes also react to other environmental factors to give both teams advantages. Firing your weapon through a smoke will cut a small window through the smoke so you can ‘peek’ at the enemy position. Throwing a frag grenade towards a smoke blocked corridor will not only damage any players lurking in the smoke but clear the smoke from the area too.
Tick Rate improvements server side show a dedication to improving the player experience at high level play. Previously on CS:GO, many players used third party matchmaking services like FACEIT to access dedicated servers with high tick rates. The overall feeling of the game on a server with a good tick rate was a huge difference and provided an incredibly smooth experience. Now with CS2, Valve has implemented server side improvments that mitigate much of the issues that high level players reports. From the off, CS2 feels smooth and the gunplay is responsive out of the box.
With a host of upgrades on the horizon for CS2, your CSGO items will all carry over to the new platform.
Counter Strike is a rewarding and challenging title that encourages teamwork, tactical awareness and strategy. It’s a must play for any first person shooter fan.
CS2 is designed to be easy to run and will perform admirably on most modern PC Systems.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS – MINIMUM:
OS: Windows® 10
Processor: 4 hardware CPU threads – Intel® Core™ i5 750 or higher
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Video card must be 1 GB or more and should be a DirectX 11-compatible with support for Shader Model 5.0
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 85 GB available space