Posted on March 6, 2008,

Counter-Strike Won’t Be Left Behind

counter-strike.jpgHardcore Counter-Strike fans are really nuts for their game. This much we know. Refusing to play Counter-Strike: Source, many stuck with an older version of the game so as to keep their precious view of the game intact. (Yes, I’m somewhat mocking you, but only so much as someone that would like to believe the ninth season of The X-Files never happened can.) So, as you can imagine, the pressure would really be on Valve should they ever make a sequel to Counter-Strike, which Gabe Newell called “an incredibly important product to this company.”

Eurogamer transcribed part of what Valve’s VP of Marketing, Doug Lombardi, recently had to say in an interview with GameTrailers. While he didn’t announce any sort of sequel, he posed several hypothetical points about where Valve could potentially go with the game, nothing that it would fit in well in an Orange Box-style package.

“Do we go start over from scratch and build this whole new game, do we do something that looks more like Team Fortress 2 that is rooted in the old game but has a ton of new stuff, or do we just sort of take everything that’s new that we’ve released and whatnot and put that out in a new box?”

“I think we’re leaning more towards the two more radical places than just sort of rolling up the new box and re-skinning the box and putting out all the new stuff.”

I’ve never really been into CS, just because the barrier of entry is absurdly high for someone that isn’t going to devote a lot of time to it so long after it was first released. I mean, I get killed sitting in the menus. But if Valve somehow redid the game with a slightly more simplified fashion (like they did with Team Fortress 2), I’d definitely be willing to give it a shot.

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10 Comments on Counter-Strike Won’t Be Left Behind

Kommodore

On March 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Simplified CS? are you kidding me, buy gun run around and shoot is all there is to it now. What does the writer want auto-aim and to be on rails?

brandonjclark

On March 6, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Yes, that’s it. Simplify Counter-Strike so the largest online-action fanbase ever will hate it. Great idea, moron!

xx-Thor-xx

On March 6, 2008 at 2:22 pm

i think he meant simplify the buying system into something else probably more kit oriented. as far as hating it.. eh die hard fans always hate new iterations of their favorite games no matter how good or incredibly fun they are.. so even if “CS2″ is the most ridiculously fun game on earth and they gave you 150$ back on your purchase of 20$ the die hard fans would still find things to nit pick and about.. its how it works.

Handshakes

On March 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Counter-Strike Source IS the simplified version of CS. They need to bring it back to its hardcore (yet rewarding) learning curve roots.

Jose

On March 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I’m gonna say it…

Don’t think you can stop me…

Here goes…

Counter Strike SUCXSSSSCXXSXSSXSSSXSXSXXSSXSXSXSSSXSXXXSXSXSXX.

There, I think we can all be happy now.

I mean, I love to play a game that has a hacker in every single server I play in. That is super fun. Thanks for waisting my time with your bs autoaim bots and see through hacks. If they want to make a new version then thats great. Make sure they make it harder to hack and ad PB. Duhhhh…

brandonjclark

On March 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Jose said, “I mean, I love to play a game that has a hacker in every single server I play in. ”

Man, you must really suxorz at CS! I play CS:S and I hardly ever run into hackers. I mean, if you’re getting shot in the head all the time and people seem to “see through walls,” maybe you should move around more. CS is a very instinctual game, and your sounding like a predictable target.

Log on anytime and look for me, I want the easy kills:)

silverbacksilverback – steamid

weclock

On March 6, 2008 at 4:38 pm

1. Hossies from CZ pwn all other Hossies in any game, ever.
2. CZ ing rocks.

For those of you who are idiotic,

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero

fy

On March 6, 2008 at 6:18 pm

CZ was the worst port of CS ever made, gawd…

Source was a far simpler version of 1.6, and without the reg issues, it could of been better on the whole.

As far as making CS simpler, what more can they do? If you never played the game on release, then you can either devote time to pick it up and play it at a high standard or simply play it casually with the others who choose to; there are enough ‘noobie’ public servers around to crash Steam in general.

CS2? Come off it, you’ll see another port in the not too distant future, but I’ll my printed-out config if it goes by that name.

Iku Tri

On March 6, 2008 at 7:31 pm

I guess this is what they meant when they made the “No Child Left Behind” Act…….

Most people who play Cs are kids……

weclock

On March 6, 2008 at 8:23 pm

CZ is ing awesome.

when it first came out it wasn’t that great, but they updated the crap out of it and it rocks.