Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 6, 2012
    For those who can choose, they should obviously choose the PC-version: it's best controlled with a mouse and keyboard. But the console-version is in no other way inferior to the PC-version. Even there it's one of the best multiplayer shooters available.
  2. Sep 1, 2012
    CS:GO adds plenty, tweaks a little, and keeps the best parts of the classic multiplayer FPS. If you're into shooters, team-based gameplay, or just classic games that are updated well, you won't do better at the moment than CS:GO.
  3. Aug 27, 2012
    For the old school fans of Counter-Strike, you won't be disappointed. Global Offensive is very much a great successor to the original game.
  4. Sep 17, 2012
    Counter-strike isn't the force it once was, but its underlying quality remains insuppressible. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  5. Oct 11, 2012
    Definitely better teamed with friends. [Issue#90, p.91]
  6. Sep 7, 2012
    This Global Offensive refreshes the Counter Strike so many gamers loved. There are some new things beyond its production values, but the gameplay is roughly the same : quite demanding by today's FPS standards. So if you're fed up with assisted targeting and self-replenishing life, and want a bite of old-school FPS, it will probably be exactly what you're looking for.
  7. Sep 4, 2012
    Even though Counter-Strike: Global Offensive doesn't bring many new things to the table, it's still one of the best, pure tactical shooters out there. This is the perfect time to get to know the world famous series, and even for veterans it's worth a purchase. You get a whole lot of gameplay for a low price.
  8. Aug 29, 2012
    If you show patience, there's a great deal of worth here, especially in the modes, online multiplayer and tactical play.
  9. Aug 28, 2012
    Because it's a hardcore competitive game, Counter-Strike blocks party chat in an effort to combat cheating, forcing players with headsets to play with friends or brave the Wild West of obscenity that is Xbox Live.
  10. Aug 28, 2012
    Outside of a couple of glitched spawns that left me stuck in mid-air, I didn't run into many issues when it came to lag or connection errors. As a downloadable title, Global Offensive offers a tried-and-true experience at a reasonable price, even if its gameplay isn't for everyone. If you prefer working with others and attacking the opposing team with well thought-out tactics instead of brute force, you should find plenty to like in this updated release.
  11. 80
    A very balanced, very precise game: you can see how it's managed to endure for 12 years. It's also a basic game, and one that offers no reward beyond the inner glow of self-improvement.
  12. Aug 22, 2012
    It doesn't even try to reinvent the Counter-Strike formula, but this is easily the best version for consoles and a refreshing retro alternative to the modern military shooter.
  13. 75
    Packs just enough new content to keep its legacy alive for another year or two.
  14. Sep 13, 2012
    Lack of both new content and really precise controls prevents the otherwise good console version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to live up to its PC counterpart.
  15. Sep 3, 2012
    As an online game my apprehension is that if friends can't play together without hassle then soon they won't bother.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Aug 23, 2012
    First off lol at the guy trying to compare this with a COD game. Great throw back to the day. Game is just as fun as was back then. This is such a great team game. It doesn't play well with a bunch of random players so if you don't have a few friends to team up with try just playing bots. Fully customizable controls is what every game should have. Well worth $15 Full Review »
  2. Aug 22, 2012
    What can I say? It's the same game, with better graphics. Though they seemed to get rid of some of the physics, like shooting around barrels. Xbox360 version runs consistently smooth, no spikes in FPS and rubberbanding. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2012
    Just got done playing the console version of GO, and all I can say is that is TERRIBLE! Why did you have to ruin such a great game by putting it on consoles? No one helps out, everyone who actually tries to play the game gets called a **** or a hacker, and the worst of all, The graphics suck ass and you can only have 5v5 matches! WTF!!!! Do yourself a favor and ONLY get the PC version, the only platform CS is, and only has been good on. Do not waste your $15 on the craptacular 360/PS3 version. You will regret it. Full Review »