Counter Strike …
This game is by far the most popular FPS online game today.
What is it that makes it so popular ?
(Many facts only apply to public CS)
My guesses are :
1 . Playabillity - CS can be played by everyone together, both newbies AND pros. Since you are so vulnerable in CS and you can’t heal yourself, a newbie can easily land one little bullet into a pro and kill him, therefore making this game immensely satisfying for newbies.
One death only, no respawn - In CS you don’t respawn when you die. This makes the game a lot more tense than instant respawn games like Quake 3, and makes it so much more satisifying when you kill 3 or more players (4 or higher for pros) in a single round.
Its recoil system makes every gun unique and even though newbies can kill with an M4A1 (by, for example, spraying all over the place), then the pros can master the gun, using efficient bursts and other techniques.
Updates - The game is constantly being modified and updated. New content and bug fixes and balancing make every version of CS an almost unique experience and give people the chance to learn things others haven’t thought of yet.
It’s free, and therefore a lot more appealing (you only have to buy Half-Life).
Realism - Even though space combat is appealing and futuristic weapons have their charm, nothing can withstand real life substitutes. And since the game is very realistic, “down-to-earth” people can enjoy it also.
The game is fun in every stage of playing it and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve played, you can always enjoy public playing (In quake for example, a newbie can’t kill an advanced player by a long shot).
So these are my reasons.
I have played CS for 3 years now, so I find that I know a lot about the subject.
Does anyone have more reasons for its popularity or any positive critisism about my reasons?
Please post your thoughts.