Counter-Strike is a modification (MOD) to Valve Software▓s hit game Half-Life. It modifies the multiplayer aspects of Half-Life to provide the player with an experience that a trained counter-terrorist unit or terrorist unit might have. Players will join either a terrorist or a counter-terrorist force and play in one of the four types of scenarios. These are:
Hostage Rescue, where the counter-terrorists must rescue hostages.
Bomb / Defuse, where terrorists must plant a bomb in a critical area and counter-terrorists must defuse the bomb.
Escape, where the terrorists must escape from the counter-terrorists.
Assassination, Where the VIP must be escorted by the counter-terrorists to an escape point.
Weapons and other pieces of equipment are available at a cost, and players can earn money in a variety of different ways while playing the game. Players may also lose money for inappropriate actions. E.g. killing a hostage or a teammate.
After installing Counter-Strike, you will want to activate it through the Half-Life menu. To do this, choose ▒custom game▓ from the initial Half-Life menu, then select Counter-Strike from the list that appears. Choose ▒activate▓ and you should notice that the appearance of the menus has changed. The next thing you will want to do is familiarize yourself with the mapping of the game controls on your keyboard/mouse. Choose ▒configuration->controls▓ and look over the default keyboard configuration. To change any of the default mappings, double-click on the key/button field in the window. You will then be able to enter your desired key for that function. (A warning; if the new key/button was previously mapped to another function, you will need to select a new key for that function, as it will no longer have a key mapping). If you have no previous experience with Half-Life, it is strongly recommended that you play the excellent tutorial included with that game. See the ▒Controls▓ section below for a description of what each game control does.
As a terrorist, your role in a hostage rescue level is to prevent counter-terrorists (CTs) from leading the hostages from where they are being held to the hostage rescue zone. Terrorists win hostage rescue rounds by eliminating the counter-terrorist force while preventing them from rescuing hostages. CTs win a round by finding the hostages and leading more than half of them to freedom. CTs can get the attention of a hostage by moving near him then pressing their ▒Use▓ key (see Controls, Use). The hostage will now follow the CT back to the rescue zone. If a CT wants the hostage to stop following, they need to press ▒Use▓ again and the hostage will stay put. Sometimes when you have a group of hostages following you, they may block you into an area; you can push them out of the way by simply walking into them. CTs can also win a round by eliminating the terrorists.
In a bomb/defuse map, the goal of the terrorist is to plant a C4 bomb in the designated area then prevent the CTs from defusing the bomb. Players must remember to stay well clear of the bomb when it explodes, as it has a large and deadly blast radius. The bomb is randomly assigned to a terrorist at the start of the round. Team members can identify the bomb carrier by the backpack they are wearing and the player with the bomb will see an icon on their Heads Up Display (see HUD, bomb carrier). To plant the bomb, the carrier must be in the vicinity of the bombing target. While having the bomb as their currently selected item, the player must then press and hold their fire key (see Controls, Fire) for three seconds for the bomb to be planted. The bomb will go off after a set period of time has passed (45 seconds by default). The level is won by the terrorists when the bomb explodes (maximum payoff) or if the CT team is eliminated (smaller payoff). CTs can win a defuse map in two ways: by defusing the bomb or by eliminating the Terrorists (if the Terrorists managed to plant the bomb before being eliminated, CTs must still defuse the bomb to win the round). To defuse the bomb, CTs must stand near the bomb, target it then press and hold their ▒use▓ key until the bomb is defused. Buying a defuse kit will halve the time required to defuse a bomb.
The terrorist team starts out in a fortified location and must "escape" to one of the pre-defined escape points. The CT's must exterminate them before they can escape. The Terrorists win the round once 50% of the team has successfully escaped. They can also break into the armory to steal weapons, or just get out of there. The two teams will switch roles after every 8 rounds of play. Both sides can also win the scenario if they manage to wipe the opposition team out.
One member of the CT team will serve as the VIP. The object is to get the VIP safely to the pre-defined escape points. If he dies, the CT's lose the round. If he makes it safely, the CT's win. The VIP has a unique skin, only carries a knife and pistol, and has ample body armor.
The terrorist job is to assassinate the VIP, but with the other CT's guarding the VIP it is never an easy task.
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