Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This is the "Rosemary's Baby" of video games, a video-offspring of demonic potential...the best multi-player game of 2000, bar none.
  2. 90
    It combines the best of team based gaming with an authentic and therefore exciting approach to tactical ops.
  3. Exciting, fun, addictive - Counter-Strike is an awesome game, but I'd recommend buying Half-Life Game of the Year Edition then simply downloading CS rather than purchasing this more limited release.
  4. A tense, violent, hyper-realistic, team-oriented online gaming experience like no other. Viva la Half-Life!
  5. A revolutionary modification.
  6. A heart-pounding, visceral experience that gets under your skin. The "just one more round" addiction factor is very high. When you play it properly, with team work that clicks like a well-oiled machine, the game offers a sense of accomplishment and comradery that is simply amazing.
  7. 89
    CS is fast paced, intense, and satisfying--this game will not disappoint. This is truly one of the best mods for one of the all time greatest first person shooters ever.
  8. Buy it, download it, whatever; just get on board and enjoy. Sure-fire fun for the online enthusiast.
  9. Utterly exciting and addictive. Counter-Strike is a model of its kind and a thrilling action game.
  10. The core of the game is remarkable.
  11. One of the most evilly entertaining time-wasters since the original "Quake."
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 6382 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 514
  1. Oct 9, 2011
    10
    Counter-strike(1.0 - 1.6 not source) is one of the greatest esport fps games(if not the greatest) in the gaming history and is still worthCounter-strike(1.0 - 1.6 not source) is one of the greatest esport fps games(if not the greatest) in the gaming history and is still worth buying today. Graphics doesnt matter for a good gamer, gameplay does... Full Review »
  2. ÜbermenschR
    Oct 13, 2009
    2
    I don't understand why Counter-strike is so popular. I loved every Valve game to date, except counter-strike. I played Team fortress I don't understand why Counter-strike is so popular. I loved every Valve game to date, except counter-strike. I played Team fortress classic when Counter-strike was so popular. Recently I decided to buy it from steam. I found it bland, boring and repetative. Always the same: plant the bomb shoot the counter-terrorists, win/lose. I'm a tolerant man but I can't stand counter-strikes blurry textures. Bottom line: I may be the olny one but I don't care for Counter-strike! Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    After all these years this shooter remains to be a classic that can't be ignored. No other shooter is as accessible, easy to play, simple norAfter all these years this shooter remains to be a classic that can't be ignored. No other shooter is as accessible, easy to play, simple nor skillful as this. It can be enjoyed anywhere with the 64MB portable version for LAN parties. It's all about aim, accuracy, quick reflexes but does have a strategical element since it is a tactical shooter and there's no respawning. This game was a major turning point in the history of FPS, and this game is what made online multiplayer competitive gaming so popular. Full Review »