Counter Strike: Global Offensive Updated with Arsenal: Demolition Mode

The steady stream of updates on Counter Strike: Global Offensive is quite fantastic. The latest update from Hidden Path Entertainment, the makers of the newest Counter Strike game, is the addition of a new game mode called Arsenal: Demolition. Demolition, as we all have come to know and love, is the mode where the Terrorist team plants a bomb at one of two specified sites, while the Counter-Terrorist team either stops them [dead], or defuses the bomb once it is planted. Another “mode” for the game is the server side mod developed by many gamers called Gun Game. In a Gun Game, there are no buy menus and everyone starts with the same gun. As the game progresses and as the players rack up kills, the player is awarded either a better gun in the next round (the classic Gun Game) or is awarded with a weaker gun the next round (the reverse Gun Game).


The new update for Counter Strike: Global Offensive includes the Arsenal: Demolition mode which is a combination of the demolition mode as well as the reverse Gun Game mode set in a brand new map called “Lake”. The CT team starts with the M4A1 and a knife, while the T team starts with the AK 47 and the knife. Each successive ‘level’ crossed brings the player a weaker weapon and increases the difficulty. The game goes on for five rounds per team with a 5 second break to switch teams. Thus it is a really short 10 round game.

The developers said that the classic Gun Game will make its appearance later in the Arsenal: Arms Race mode. T

We will have more on CS: GO with a short review soon (guess who got a beta key?)

Counter Strike: Global Offensive–Tentative Concept Art and Map List Leak

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is the newest planned Counter Strike game that aims to completely revamp the series from its somewhat outdated setting and places and bring it back into modern day insurgency and counter insurgency skirmishes in and around the world. Valve is looking to add new factions and weaponry as well as new locations for players to battle out in teams in what was arguably the most played team FPS game before Team Fortress 2 became free to play.

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Steam Community user 12and4, while poking around with the CS:GO code found a bunch of unusual strings such as this:-

gungame classic gungametrbomb gungameselect gungameprogressive pro competitive casual de_shorttrain de_stmarc de_quarter de_sugarcane de_lighthouse de_safehouse de_generator de_freight de_docks de_depot de_club de_bank de_lake gs_baggage ar_shoots ar_monastery ar_baggage de_vertigo de_balkan de_prodigy de_nuke de_inferno de_dust2 de_dust de_aztec cs_office cs_italy cs_assault

To fans of Counter Strike the map codes of two letters (signifying demolition or counter-strike) followed by a name, quite a few of these names (such as ar_shoots, de_balkan or de_freight) must be new, as are the two-letter codes of ar and gs. In addition, it also has icons for the Xbox 360 controller buttons such as X and Y as well as RB and LB – for tutorial use or something similar, we think.

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In addition, 12and4 also extracted a bunch of images from CS:GO (the matchmaking.dll file) and uploaded all of these to MediaFire. A lot of the images are icons for achievements while a good few are concept images for locations as well as factions. Interestingly, there are concept arts for both male and female soldiers from a faction and a lot of new factions. The new factions included are:-

Pirate (Somalian Pirate, that is, not the Capt. Jack Sparrow variety)
Cultural Revolutionaries

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In the immortal words of [some anonymous GIF file captioner] “Dis gon’ b gud!”

Fy_Abbottabad, With Apologies To Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnoon sweaty, while I pandered Counter Strike wary,
Over many a quaint and curious servers begotten from a store,
While I play’d, clearly pwning, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my Steam chat door.
`’Tis some Scrim-er’ I muttered, `tapping at my Steam chat door –
Only this, and nothing more.’

Ah, distinctly I remember it was the server of the IndiaGunner,
And each separate dying Terrorist wrought his spray upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished for de_dust2; – vainly I had sought to burrow
From my inventory surcease of sorrow – sorrow for that lost Lenore –
For the rare and radiant Desert Eagle whom my CTs named Lenore –
Bullet-less here for evermore.


And the sudden and uncertain dingof each little chat curtain
Distracted me – filled me with terrible aiming that I could ne’er before;
So that now, to still the beating of my AWP-er heart, I stood repeating
`’Tis some Scrim-er entreating entrance to his server door –
Some bored Scrim-er entreating entrance at his server door; –
For they have less than ten [players], and nothing more,’

Presently my skills grew weaker; hesitating then no longer,
`Dude’ said I, `or Guy, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was gaming, and so gently you came chatting,
And so engrossed I was with my laming, walling at the double door,
That I scarce was sure I read you’ – here I opened wide the chat door; –
A link there was, and nothing more.


Deep into that link peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But lo and behold it was a CS map, and the link gave no token,
And the only comment there spoken was the upvoted ment, `Awesome Ore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the comment, `Awesome Ore!’
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the game turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a chat pingsomewhat louder than before.
`Surely,’ said I, `surely that is a player from my server;
Let me see then, what the problem is (probably lack of $$$), and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment before I recharge the $$$ and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the starting money and nothing more!’

This is where I pause my plunder of Poe’s poem full of insanity, and get to the meaty part of my experience with fy_abbottabad, a map for the game Counter Strike: Source (as if you do not know this already).
This is the reviewof a map some random scrim friend posted on my chat box while I was playing de_dust2. He was very excited that the rumor mill of the internet had, for once, said something true that right when the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death reached an ardent CS:S fan, he immediately shouted Counter Terrorists Winand gone ahead and made a map for the game based on this lavish estate of Osama’s.

The result is an extremely good virtual representation of the Abbottabad complex where Osama Bin Laden was allegedly shot dead by a US strike team. The terrorists spawn inside the main building, while the counter terrorists spawn right outside.

The difference between the complex in real life and in CS:S is that the Terrorists also have weapons. They also have a bias in this map since they have a great view of the CT entry points from higher ground (the balcony):-


Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a silenced bullet’s splutter,
In the distance stepped a Terrorist of the violent days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of a fanciful sniper, AWP-ed me in front of the entrance door –
Perched upon a balcony just in front the entrance door –
Perched, and sniped, and nothing more.

Okay I’ll stop. But the point is as you can see from the screenie, it’s very easy for a sniper vs. sniper battle to go in the Terrorist’s favor at this balcony. Especially if some Terrorist decided to nade the tiny enclosure.

There are three main entry/exit paths (one of which is the balcony/tiny room) where the T stronghold meets the CT spawn point very alike de_dust2’s triple points. But there are a thousand ways in which I would get team-flashed, smoked and generally easily killed in this map (with the classic maps, it was simple you get flashed by your team rather than by your opponent wherever there’s a nice little tunnel). (Elucidated in screenies below)




This map is an excellent novelty item and something that I would play with a small bunch of CS:S players when I get bored of the normal maps. But the point is, I have probably played… four maps (?) from the stock so whenever I get spare time I ask for some exotic map like cs_italy or something.


In summary, I am a terrible parody maker, fy_abbottabad is a fun novelty item and CS:S is still the bee’s knees on Steam.

(To view an unedited clump of the screenshots I took, please have a look here)

Download Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad Compound Counter-Strike Map

Abbottabad, Osama Bin Laden’s hiding place in Pakistan has been recreated as a map for Counter-Strike: Source

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The creator of the map, Fletch says

The map’s creator says it may be used as a base for a bomb or hostage map at a later stage.For now, it’s a general purpose multiplayer map based on the known dimensions of bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

The game has been rated 8.33 on a scale of 10. The map has been download 22,574 times since the time it was released for download. You can download the map from GameBanana here

Watch the Abbottabad Map – Gameplay

Screenshots of the map:

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P.S. The map works only on a fully updated non-pirated version of Counter-Strike: Source.