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Counter-Strike is team-based, and casts players in the role of terrorist or counter-terrorist. Each team has access to different ammunition and equipment, and each player has unique attributes and the ability to upgrade their gear as they successfully complete each mission. A growing number of missions are available, each having specific goals, such as rescuing a hostage, eliminating key enemy structures or protecting the VIP from being executed.
Weapons include the usual assortment of pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, grenades, demolition devices (C4). Each side has access to a different subset of weapons so for example only the counter-terrorist can use the M4A1, and only the terrorists can use the AK-47. Some weapons are available to both Counter-Terrorist and Terrorist.
There are two ways to obtain this game. You can purchase Half-Life and then download the modification from counter-strike.net --Alternately, you can purchase a retail version of Counter Strike that has everything you need to get started.
The current off the shelf Counter-Strike game is version 1.0. There is an update available at counter-strike.net that will take you to the current version. As of now I have heard of no plans to make the retail version ready to play off the shelf. That could change by March 2003 with the release of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero that would offer the updated modification.
written by: KoshVorlon, Sebastian