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. 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.
  2. Utterly exciting and addictive. Counter-Strike is a model of its kind and a thrilling action game.
  3. This is the "Rosemary's Baby" of video games, a video-offspring of demonic potential...the best multi-player game of 2000, bar none.
  4. 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.
  5. The core of the game is remarkable.
  6. Buy it, download it, whatever; just get on board and enjoy. Sure-fire fun for the online enthusiast.
  7. A tense, violent, hyper-realistic, team-oriented online gaming experience like no other. Viva la Half-Life!
  8. One of the most evilly entertaining time-wasters since the original "Quake."
  9. A revolutionary modification.
  10. 90
    It combines the best of team based gaming with an authentic and therefore exciting approach to tactical ops.
  11. 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.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 6326 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 508
  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. EricP
    Feb 23, 2009
    5
    Let me be clear that this 5 rating comes from an average of two specific things. As a game that (I believe) revolutionized the FPS and Let me be clear that this 5 rating comes from an average of two specific things. As a game that (I believe) revolutionized the FPS and Multiplayer genre, it deserves a solid 10/10. It is a technical marvel, it plays flawlessly, and is insanely addictive. Once you own it you just keep coming back for more. It doesn't matter what other games are out or will come out in the future, this title will stand out for a long time as the epitome of a perfect gaming experience. The average of a 5/10 comes from the other extent of my review which is a 0/10 for all the ridiculously annoying hackers that ruined the game for many many people. This game was so fun and entertaining until the hackers killed things for a good number of Counter Strike fans. That is all. Full Review »