Counter-Strike Xbox

Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. Mastering Counter-Strike is no simple task, as there’s a wide variety of highly detailed maps to learn. The graphics could’ve used more attention, but those looking for the ultimate in team-based gameplay need look no further.
  2. If you don’t have Live, you shouldn’t be buying Counter-Strike.
  3. Edge Magazine
    80
    Thankfully, the conversion from keyboard and mouse to pad has been made with rare judgement - movement is smooth and aiming is easy. The classic gameplay has made the transition too, and is as rewarding as ever. [Jan 2004, p.110]
  4. 80
    While the game doesn't look as good as it should, the gameplay and online support is terrific, and the focus on team play puts it in a class by itself.
  5. If you have a broadband connection, but this game. If not, I highly suggest a rental. [Jan 2004, p.147]
  6. 100
    The epitome of an addictive multiplayer game that has just the right amount of action and team strategy to make it worth every cent to play online.
  7. The game is not easy and might leave some players mad and tired of constantly getting fragged while playing against skilled human opponents, but I guess that's what keeps the players striven to practice their skills off-line against AI and then taking it back on the real battlegrounds.
  8. A must-have for Xbox Live subscribers, Counter Strike for Xbox far exceeds expectations with outstanding online multiplayer matches exuding intensity, competition, and pure fun.
  9. A fantastic game and even a bare minimum of effort on the part of the developer can't take that away from it.
  10. 85
    Possibly the best game currently available for Xbox Live. Conversely, the single-player game offers very little gameplay and thus the title will likely not be too attractive to offline gamers. But what the game sets out to achieve, it achieves quite well.
  11. There's no denying that the Counter-Strike formula still works and as such, is still a load of fun. It’s just a shame that Xbox owners are only getting a slightly upgraded game that’s over five years old.
  12. I wish I can say that this is the closest to online gaming heaven you’ll ever get but it’s small faults are just too hard to ignore.
  13. Fun, addictive and rewarding and it shouldn't have it's rich history held against it. It ranks right up there with any shooting game on Xbox Live.
  14. 79
    A decent game if you take it for what it is. However, I couldn't help but feel disappointed that neither Ritual nor Valve nor Microsoft Game Studios seized the opportunity to make the Xbox version of Counter-Strike something more visually impressive and worthy of our attention.
  15. I'll be definitely playing it online, and I hope to see you. But that's really all this game is. And it's all you should expect out of it.
  16. This is one of those games that leaves you feeling like you’ve actually be there after the game is over, and even then you'll find yourself replaying the action in your head...preparing for the next time you pick up the controller.
  17. Weekly Famitsu
    75
    7 / 7 / 8 / 8 - 30 silver [Vol 798; 2 Apr 2004]
  18. Easily one of the best on-line titles for Xbox and is still one of the most fun and addicting games out there. Valve could have done a lot more with this title, specially in the off-line modes, but as it is, it is still a fine game, assuming you have XBL.
  19. The fast-paced and dynamic-yet-simple gameplay is guaranteed to keep people hooked for hours and hours on end. And as I am one of those fps fans who has Xbox Live, I would like to thank the guys at VALVe for providing me with another reason to keep myself broke just a little longer.

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#3 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Michael'sfather
    Nov 27, 2003
    10
    OK my son michael is kind of stupid he doesn't know anything about games so don't listen to him buy this its the best online game OK my son michael is kind of stupid he doesn't know anything about games so don't listen to him buy this its the best online game ever made. Full Review »
  2. SimonY.
    Feb 1, 2008
    9
    This is great if you want to experience the greatness of Counter Strike, but don't have a PC suitable for gaming. Even if you don't This is great if you want to experience the greatness of Counter Strike, but don't have a PC suitable for gaming. Even if you don't have Xbox Live, the bots are still great to play against, lots of people play Timesplitters against bots and can still have fun. The bots are better than most players on Expert difficulty, and about as good as an average player on Professional. But if you have a decent PC, you really should get Counter Strike: Source, as it is superior, but if you are a Counter Strike fanatic, it might be worth getting it for the Xbox exclusive maps. Full Review »
  3. AndrewM.
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    Very excellent game came through and is probably the most versitile game ever, lets the gamers affect everything from levels to the very mods Very excellent game came through and is probably the most versitile game ever, lets the gamers affect everything from levels to the very mods every player plays on. Defiently not your average game. Gameplay is awesome, brings the meaning of 'team' to use. You can go rogue,b ut dont expect to get very far. Full Review »