Move over, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Homefront, and all the rest. The grandpappy of terrorist-blasting floating disembodied gun simulators is finally back to show the incredibly conformist youngsters how its done. Well, OK, it's not quite back yet, but you can finally mark down the hour of its triumphant return on your calendar. CSGO's closed beta kicks off on November 30. Initially, it'll be limited to folks who managed to nab keys at shows like PAX and the Eurogamer Expo, but it promises to steadily open the floodgates as time goes on.
Modern Warfare and Battlefield 3 may be near-constantly forced into the colossal, cyclopean public eye these days, but make no mistake: Counter-Strike is still huge. Competitive gamers, especially, perform the eternal dance between terrorists and counter-terrorists with the lithe grace of swans. Swans with guns. And bombs. With CS:S recently reaching the ripe old age of seven, though, it's even getting a bit creaky in Valve Time. Enter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It's new and different – but, er, not. In a good way!