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Counter-Strike 2: An Evolutionary Update for a Classic Shooter

Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) has recently been released by Valve Software, and it has garnered significant attention from gamers and critics alike. This new iteration of the 24-year-old shooter is powered by Valve's Source Engine 2 and features various upgrades, including new lighting with global illumination, physics-based rendering (PBR), improved audio, and updated materials and effects.

PC Games Hardware (PCGH) had the opportunity to test CS2 and provided a comprehensive review. They described the game as an evolution rather than a revolution, as the developers have chosen to modernize the gameplay rather than completely overhaul it. CS2 still maintains its “oldschool” charm while sounding and looking more contemporary.

The PCGH team expressed their positive impressions of CS2, praising its updated visuals and enjoyable gameplay in their personal comments. They emphasized that the game manages to strike a balance between retaining its classic appeal and adapting to modern gaming standards.

It's worth noting that the release of CS2 coincided with a relatively quiet period in the gaming industry, which made it a perfect time for Valve Software to make a significant impact on the market. With big-name titles like Assassin's Creed Mirage, Forza Motorsport, Lords of the Fallen, and Alan Wake 2 on the horizon, the release of CS2 has added some excitement to the gaming landscape.

As with any game release, opinions may vary among the gaming community. However, the initial response to CS2 has been largely positive, with players appreciating the enhancements made to the classic formula. CS2 serves as a testament to the enduring popularity and longevity of the Counter-Strike franchise.

– PC Games Hardware