22 October 2010

Learning Counter-Strike Source

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Counter Strike has been a hugely successful game for over a decade now, with new players starting out every day. This is good overall for the gaming community, but can often be very frustrating for the new players that find themselves up against veterans of several years or more. A learning curve is to be expected with any game, but in Counter Strike, it can be so frustrating that it leads to many new players giving up.

The real disconnect between the semi-pro players and the "newbies" however is not simply long hours of experience. There are some fundamentals to the game that every players needs to learn. Without this solid foundation, your chances of success are slim.

Equipment

It may seem like a basic thing to the experienced, but I have met countless Counter Strike players that have played for years and did not know that you could double your chances of survival by purchasing armor at the beginning of every round. If possible, never play a round without armor. With limited funds, I would buy armor before buying a primary weapon and just stick with the pistol.

If you are playing on a bomb map, ALWAYS buy a defuse kit. If you have to choose between the kit and armor or a weapon, buy the kit. Having a defuse kit cuts bomb defuse time down by two thirds. Defusing the bomb grants a significant bonus to your team, and you will get a lot more money the next round. Buy the kit before anything else. It is THAT good.

Combat

Counter Strike has a feature known as "locational damage." That means that damage is taken according to where a bullet strikes a player. Hits to the center mass cause a lot more damage than limb shots. Hits to the head are almost always fatal.

When facing off against opponents, place your crosshairs just above the enemies belt if possible. Your weapon (and therefore, your shots) will rise with recoil, striking your enemy in the chest and possibly the head. This will help you deal out maximum damage.

Rifles deal the most damage and should be used whenever possible. I could not count the amount of times I see new players running around using a sub-machinegun (SMG) a dozen rounds into the game, when money is plentiful. Rifles penetrate armor better, penetrate obstacles better, shoot straighter, and do a lot more damage. Buy a rifle as soon as you can.

Be on the lookout for flash-bang grenades. You can usually hear them bouncing along the ground before you can see them. If one lands near you, quickly turn your head the other direction. This will minimize the flash effect, and possibly still leave you with some sight when your enemy jumps out to attack.

Practice

If you still feel like you are outclassed by the "regulars," set up a local server on your own PC and play against some bots. Bots can be configured to play at various skill levels and are a great training tool.

M. Holland
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