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Whether this is your first time setting up Half-Life (Mod) or Counter-Strike (Retail) depending on which version you've purchased or if you're coming here for some tips and tricks. Here are a few things that should help you with a smooth installation of Half-Life Counter Strike. If you do not find what you are looking for then please feel free to make a post in our Public Clan forum.

by Sebastian See Profile
last modified: 2002-11-02 16:52:57

Half-Life Counter-Strike is the ultimate fps multiplayer game, combining all the elements of the Half-Life with new single and multiplayer content. At the heart of this package is Counter-Strike, the number one played online action game built as a modification for Half-Life, named Game of the Year by over 50 publications worldwide! Since it's initial Beta release in Fall 1999, Counter-Strike has taken multiplayer gaming by storm to become the number one played online action game surpassing all commercial and non-commercial titles in its class! Now Counter-Strike is being offered in this incredible stand-alone package, Called the retail version. Counter-Strike is the most popular online first person shooter (fps) game that has ever existed. At any giving time of day between 80,000 - 120,000 players are playing worldwide, making it one of the most popular games ever.

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

by Sebastian See Profile
last modified: 2002-11-03 16:39:06

I guess that's a matter of preference, I will explain a little between the two versions, Mod and Retail.

Counter-Strike Retail:

This version already includes the counter-strike mod, you will still need to download patches and updates to bring the game up-to date. As of 10/01/02 the out of the box retail version is v1.0, currently you will need to update to v1.5 which will require a hefty patch of about 105MB's, This patch can be downloaded by clicking Here

What are the benefits of the retail version? with the retail version you get many more mods (games) already built-in. Currently the retail version features 8 additional mods with a total of 9 (including CS). This version does not contain the original Half-Life game.

Both these titles contain Counter-Strike retail:

The retail version contains the following Mods:
  • Counter-Strike (Obviously)
  • Team Fortress
  • Half-Life DeathMatch
  • Ricochet
  • Opposing Force CTF
  • Wanted!
  • FireArms
  • DeathMatch Classic
  • Redemption
Half-Life Counter-Strike (Mod Version)

This version doesn't have as many mods (games) as the retail version, although they can be obtain separately by downloading them. This version also requires that you download two different patches opposed to the retail version which only requires one. you will need these updates to be able to play counter-strike, install them in the order they appear:

Both these titles contain Half-Life Mod:

The Half-Life Mod version contains the following Mods:
  • Ricochet
  • Team Fortress
  • OZ Deathmatch

That is the difference between the two. Does that tell you which version you should purchase?, Probably not. The only real difference between the two is Half-Life CS (Retail) Doesn't have the Original Half-Life Game, So if you purchase the retail version then you're getting one less game, But it doesn't require you download Multiple patches opposed to the Half-Life (Mod) version that requires two additional patches. The Retail version cost about $5 - $10 more but it's worth it if you're a Dial-up user (You won't have to spend 4 - 6 hours Downloading the patches), and you also get many more mods included that the Mod version doesn't have. I myself use the Retail version which I am happy with.

by Sebastian See Profile
last modified: 2002-11-02 16:53:27

The system requirements for counter-strike was written three years ago, during that time many changes and additions to counter-strike which have made the requirements much higher. I recommend at least a pentium 2 500MHz with at least 256MB RAM and a 32MB video card.

System requirements:•Pentium 133 MHz
•Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, or Me
•24 MB RAM
•400 MB hard disc space
•2x CD-ROM
•SVGA, high-color (16-bit) graphics
•Win-compatible soundcard
•32-bit Internet service provider with 28.8+ modem or LAN

Recommended Requirements:
•Intel Pentium II 233 or AMD K6-2
•48MB of RAM
•3D Accelerator card, Open GL or Direct3D

by Sebastian See Profile
last modified: 2002-11-02 16:53:09