Counter Strike has brought a lot of innovations in the FPS genre since its inception in 1998. There are so many changes in the game and one of those was the players’ gear during the CS:GO era. Let’s talk about why gears are essential to players.
The year 1998 saw the first rise of Valve’s prized shooter franchise. It was a big hit among many players all over the world, and some of the best players couldn’t get over it. It was a popular game all the way to the 2010s, just a few years before CS:GO was launched.
Since then, there are a lot of new features in the game. CS:GO was well-received by fans and players from 2012 all the way to the present time. The community has grown bigger, and Valve added a lot of tweaks in the game as they wanted to offer the best to their followers.
Aside from the weapons and maps, Valve made sure that players would also get to experience more of the game. Valve added new elements such as knives, gloves and even skins just to make the game relatable to a lot of players.
Those new features paved the way for CS:GO’s success, and it sure turned the tide of the game’s popularity for good.
Gloves give a stylish gameplay
Over the years, Counter-Strike only had default designs for each agent per side. For example, the French GIGN has its own glove design different from the British SAS or the US Navy SEALs. That was changed in CS:GO as there were a lot of gloves added into the fray as well.
Gloves were a part of clothing that was added in the November 2016 update. This allowed players to change and modify the gloves that their characters have. These are also visible in third person and can be used to match weapon skins and stickers.
While the gloves will never have an effect when it comes to a player’s damage, health, armour and speed, these will put the human element in the game. That makes CS:GO an immersive game among other esports.
CS:GO has seen a total of eight types of glove skins so far. All of these are put as rare items and even have a star attached to their names. These gloves include the Hand Wraps, which are made of various materials depending on the design. These are used by a lot of close combat players since these wraps look like they were used by pros and assassins in real life.
Moto gloves are usually bulky and cover all fingers. Specialist gloves, on the other hand, are the standard-issue gloves that most operators have. Sport gloves have a similar design to the ones that athletes use. Driver gloves’ design is based on the same one used by delivery drivers.
Knives add a killing blow
The knife is one of the key weapons in CS:GO that comes along with the pistol in starting rounds. This trusty buddy has been there for so many years and CS:GO fans loved it when they saw it got some changes in the current game.
Valve added a lot of new designs for the knife and gained a lot of praise. For a weapon that cannot be dropped, being able to customize one is a huge plus.
Silent but deadly, the knife is always a last resort for many players. It has a fast yet low damage on the primary attack, and even a backstab can cause serious damage to enemies. This is why it remains one of the biggest options in every game.
It has a short attack range but the damage varies where a player is hit. Aside from backstabs, a hit to the head will score an instant kill, while any other part of the body will deal less damage.
There are a total of 19 knife types in CS:GO. These are known as cosmetic knives and they serve as an option other than the base knife that was first added in the Arms Deal update. These knives are different in design but have the same stats.
In addition, the Gold Knife in the Arms Race mode along with the Spectral Shiv are just another variant of the base knife and Flip knife. They are not counted as new skins but serve as a varied design for the specific game mode instead.
Gloves help players win games with style
Weapon skins and stickers changed everything for CS:GO. It was the big shift in the game and it has set the bar for FPS games after that. This made CS:GO so popular to the point where other shooter games tried to copy the format of the game’s economy-based play and the skins as well.
Skins have been customizable and it is even possible to put one’s name into a weapon. That says a lot about the human detail that Valve wants to put in CS:GO. There are a lot of factors when it comes to using these skins and stickers, but it made CS:GO a better game than most fans expect at this moment.
CS:GO continues to meet the demands of the players which makes it the best among many shooter titles. No one knows how long CS:GO will reign at the top of FPS games. Thanks to these new features, CS:GO now has a unique element in the game that no other title has.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores