CS GO Exploding Popularity
Before CSGO there were CS 1.6 and CS: Source. Truth is, CSGO Source was never the proper successor to CS 1.6 that Valve intended it to be. As a matter of fact, for most of the past 10 years CS 1.6 has remained more popular than its successor. The main reason for that was CS: Source was missing the significant upgrades that would warrant a transition from players who had invested thousands of hours into the original. So when Valve got to work on CSGO, it made sure to think long and hard about how it could take CS to the next level.
Why CS 1.6 is a success?
CS 1.6 has a long history of being one of the most popular competitive first-person shooters, and there’s a reason for that. Its precedence of skill over RNG (random number generation) has made it a game where high-skill players aren’t held back by frustrating mechanics. As such, it has endured the test of time as an E-Sport title.
But the truth is that the original CSGO is now 15 years old. While its gameplay isn’t necessarily dated, it looks every bit of its age. CSGO does exactly what CS 1.6 fans would hope for from a proper installment in the franchise: it adds a fresh coat of paint to gameplay that didn’t need more than a few minor adjustments. It may appear to be a totally new beast, but it plays remarkably similar, with recoil control transitioning well between games, and physics feeling largely the same. You can even quick-scope with sniper rifles, something most shooters these days have nerfed with scope delays. If you spent a lot of time in CS 1.6, you’ll feel right at home.
CSGO does make some minor adjustments to ensure that it isn’t the exact same game as CS 1.6 outside of its visual upgrade. One example of this would be crouch peaking, which previously allowed players to quickly tap crouch to check above crates and other obstacles. Now, if you want to peek over an object you have to commit to a full jump, which produces noise and leaves you much more vulnerable. Also, smokes are now extremely effective, making them a vital ingredient for cover and decoy.
Then there are the new weapons. The previously popular MP5 is gone, now replaced by an MP7 and MP9, both of which serve the role of close range firepower during round two and three, but feel quite different in the hands. In the handgun department, the Five-Seven has been modified to be an effective option for CT, and the newly introduced T counterpart, the Tec-9, is capable of devastation with its 32 round magazine. Meanwhile, the Molotov cocktail and incendiary grenade have added costly ($400/$600) options for deterring pressure.
For CS 1.6 veterans such as myself, CS: GO’s formula of 80% CS 1.6 and 20% new flavor is a great blend that has not only brought veterans back to the franchise, but made long-time players transition from the old to the new.
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