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Counter-Strike: Condition Zero

aka: CS:CZ, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero - Deleted Scenes, Fankong Jingying: Lingdian Xingdong

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Super Play (Sweden) (8 out of 10)

De som äger Half-Life har sedan stenåldern haft tillgång till Counter-Strike (äger du inte spelet ska du köpa det). Därför ställer jag mig frågande till om det är livsviktigt att köpa den här uppgraderingen för 300 kronor om man redan har spelet. Jag tycker nog inte det. Men skulle du ha legat under en sten de senaste tio åren och missat Counter-Strikes onlinebaserade egenskaper finns det definitivt en poäng. Det är trots allt världens mest uppskattade first-person shooter vi talar om.

Mar 2004 · Windows

JeuxVideoPC.com (16 out of 20)

Condition Zero, CZ pour les intimes, n'est clairement pas une révolution par rapport à la dernière version de Counter-Strike, la 1,6. C'est plutôt une légère évolution de celui-ci, puisqu'il repose sur le même moteur graphique et les mêmes possibilités en LAN. Bref, la seule vrai évolution est l'intégration d'une campagne solo.

May 19th, 2006 · Windows · read review

CD-Action (8 out of 10)

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero mimo sporej ceny (ok 130 zł) i niepowalającej grafiki jest grą udaną. I do tego wszystkiego chodzi to całkiem dobrze nawet na słabym sprzęcie. Czy jednak osoby grające nałogowo w CS-a skorzystają z tego produktu? Trudno powiedzieć. Jeśli mamy zamiar grać tylko przez sieć, lepsza grafika jakimś specjalnym autem nie jest...

Jun 2004 · Windows

DreamStation.cc (7.5 out of 10)

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero attempted to satisfy the fans of Counter-Strike by bringing in a new element of play, the simulated multiplayer mode. Fans and non-fans alike will either like or dislike this new mode of play. The mission based portion of Condition Zero proved to be interesting but lacked a solid story line to follow. If you like first person shooters or are a fan of Counter-Strike go ahead and buy Condition Zero. But for those who are starting to get into first person shooters, look else where, the $35 price tag isn't worth it.

May 22nd, 2004 · Windows · read review

PC Gamer UK (7 out of 10)

Like Marmite then, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is not for everyone. Those well versed in CS's charms should stick to the existing free online game, while anyone tempted by CS:CZ's Deleted Scenes alone should instead investigate the far more polished counter-terrorist thrills of Soldier of Fortune II, based as they are on a 3D engine that doesn't quite qualify for its bus pass yet. In fact, and quite bizarrely, Condition Zero seems far better suited to new players; those looking for a more gentle introduction to the maps and tactics of CS before tackling the far more uncompromising world of human opponents out there. A mixed bag, then, and hardly worth the years we've had to wait, but far better than Valve's initial official effort at getting the game finished.

Apr 1st, 2004 · Windows · read review

Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( )

One main gripe likely to be leveled against Condition Zero: You can only play the game from the counter-terrorist perspective. Since, as Ken Drown likes to refer to it, the game is essentially “CS with training wheels,” that’s a bit of a bummer—it would have been nice to give new players some perspective on playing as a terrorist, too. Still, Ken is right in that Condition Zero is an easy way for newbies to grow accustomed to one of the most popular online games ever. As it turns out, it’s also fun for old- school CS players like me.

Apr 2003 · Windows

PC Zone Benelux (70 out of 100)

Voor doorgewinterde CS-spelers heeft Condition Zero vrijwel niets te bieden, voor beginners des te meer. De slimme bots doen uitstekend hun werk en worstelen alleen met de strikte opdrachten die ze van de programmeurs hebben meegekregen. De graphics zijn uiteraard wat aan de antieke kant, maar daardoor is de game wel op vrijwel ieder systeem speelbaar. Al met al is Condition Zero een aardig pakketje voor een redelijke prijs, maar het is natuurlijk wel een beetje mosterd na de maaltijd.

May 2004 · Windows

Games TM (7 out of 10)

As an offline training tool for the hectic world of network play and a stepping stone to bigger and better things, Condition Zero is a triumph, but as a standalone game it can't offer more than 'more of the same'. Which is no bad thing.

Apr 22nd, 2004 · Windows · read review

GameCell UK (7 out of 10)

Overall I'd say this game is good: if you're new to Counter-Strike and want to know what all the hubbub is about, the bot mode is a lot better way to learn how to play the game than getting repeatedly slaughtered online. And for CS veterans the new player & weapon models, maps and missions add enough to your favourite game to justify the purchase. Condition Zero is only let down by the outdated graphics engine.

2004 · Windows · read review

IGN (7 out of 10)

Forty bucks? I could see giving this a hearty (well, hearty-ish) recommendation at half that price but forty dollars is a bit steep for what you're getting here. Gamers who don't already own the frenetic Counter-Strike should be attracted to this new game as a good introduction that helps them transition into serious online competitors. Gamers who already accomplished Counter-Strike players will find the offline component somewhat novel but not indispensable. It certainly doesn't do enough to compete with today's shooters and the fact that much of the game is already available in another format makes this version seem a bit redundant.

Mar 23rd, 2004 · Windows · read review

Thunderbolt Games (7 out of 10)

After so may delays one would expect the second coming of Jesus, but instead we’re given a disappointment (although a fun disappointment it is). The singeplayer is laughable, though I couldn’t help but having a somewhat enjoyable time with it. The deleted scenes are a nice distraction, but Condition Zero definitely should have been a budget title. The whole thing can be beaten in a few hours since there are only eighteen maps. With a free download you can get so much, so paying full price for this isn’t even worth it. Wait for the price drop on this one.

Apr 5th, 2004 · Windows · read review

ActionTrip (69 out of 100)

If anything, Condition Zero captures the true feel of a CS online game, and presents it for exactly what it is - the most addictive and popular online FPS game of the past 5 years. The game retails for $40, for what is essentially a rehash of the most popular maps, coupled with a few new arenas, with bots capable of making the game fun for lone wolves and LAN parties. If not for Turtle Rock Studios, Condition Zero may never have seen the light of day, and while Ritual and Gearbox did their damnedest to put an adventure spin on CS, it is apparent to the world that their best simply wasn't good enough.

Mar 23rd, 2004 · Windows · read review

PC Games (Germany) (68 out of 100)

Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach, in meiner Brust. Die des Counter-Strike-Fans wirkt besänftigend: Okay, die Solokampagne ist kein Hit, aber es bleibt ja immer noch der bewährte Multiplayer-Modus. Und die Bots sind die besten, die ich je in einem Computerspiel gesehen habe - sogar besser als die von Far Cry (dt.). Die des Kritikers aber meckert: Für ein kleines Grafik-Update und ein paar KI-Gegner hat Valve so lange gebraucht? Die Betaversion, die mir Gearbox vor zwei Jahren vorbeigebracht hat, war beinahe genauso weit - warum wurde die nicht veröffentlicht? Der Solomodus taugt bestenfalls als Training für Counter-Strike-Neulinge, die sich damit die Häme der Veteranen auf öffentlichen Servern ersparen. Wer mit M4 und AK umzugehen weiß, ist nach einem halben Nachmittag durch. Und dann bleibt nur noch ein Mehrspieler-Match in den renovierten Levels.

Apr 25th, 2004 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (6.8 out of 10)

In the end, Condition Zero is a product that will appeal most to those players who haven't tried CS yet (and how many of them are there?), those who don't want to deal with the hassles of playing the game online, and those who just want to have some offline practice. For those of you who are already playing Counter-Strike online (let alone finished with playing Counter-Strike online), there isn't much reason for you to own Condition Zero, because it's basically the same thing you're already playing.

Mar 23rd, 2004 · Windows · read review

PC Action (Germany) (66 out of 100)

Im Netz kann ich Counter-Strike nichts mehr abgewinnen. Das ewige Geiselnbefreien und Bombenentschärfen langweilt inzwischen und die überdimensionierten Kisten finde ich nur noch peinlich. Deswegen habe ich mich tierisch auf die Einzelspielerkampagne gefreut. Schließlich hat die mit dem eigentlichen Counter-Strike nichts am Hut. Aber herausgekommen ist ein müder Black Hawk Down-Abklatsch mit hoffnungslos veralteter Technik. Was haben die Entwickler bloß in den letzten zwei Jahren getrieben? Ehrlich gesagt will ich es gar nicht wissen.

Apr 22nd, 2004 · Windows · read review

GameStar (Germany) (64 out of 100)

Für Einsteiger mag Condition Zero durchaus einen Blick wert sein. Aber der Blick ist ebenso kurz wie unbefriedigend. Wer mit Bots Spaß haben will, greift zu UT 2004. Wer mit Bots in Taktik-Shootern Spaß haben will, greift zu Raven Shield oder Battlefield Vietnam.

Apr 2004 · Windows

Gamezoom (63 out of 100)

Kurzlebig und schwach umgesetzt! Meiner Meinung nach ist das Spiel eine unnötige Offline-Umsetzung eines genialen Online-Shooters. Es macht zwischenzeitlich Spaß, keine Frage. Jedoch darf man nicht groß überlegen was gerade geschah. Ich frage mich einige Dinge: Wieso darf ich keine Terroristen spielen? Und wieso darf nur ich die Geiseln befreien, wenn die netten Bot-Kollegen alles tun, um mich daran zu hindern? Ich fasse es kurz zusammen: Wer mit guten Bots spielen will nimmt UT 2004, wer in Taktik-Shootern Spaß haben will, greift zu Raven Shield oder Battlefield Vietnam.

May 10th, 2004 · Windows · read review

Peliplaneetta.net (62 out of 100)

Counter-Strike: Condition Zeron tarjonta on kovasta yrityksestä huolimatta vähintäänkin laihaa. Vuositolkulla pelin parissa viihtyneille veteraaneille se ei tarjoa käytännössä mitään uutta tai ihmeellistä. Täysin uudeksi tuttavuudeksi se on puolestaan aivan liian ruma ja sisällötön jotta kukaan jaksaisi siitä todella innostua. Hyvin toimivien bottien kanssa yksinpeli toimii erinomaisena harjoitusmoodina ennen tositoimiin siirtymistä, mutta peli on tähänkin tarkoitukseen valitettavasti vuosia myöhässä. Eiköhän CS:n ensimmäinen inkarnaatio ala muutenkin olla jo näin Half-Life 2:sta odotellessa pikkuhiljaa tiensä päässä?

May 13th, 2004 · Windows · read review

Gameplay (Benelux) (60 out of 100)

Counter Strike: Condition Zero is bij momenten goed, bij momenten zeer slecht, ziet er verouderd uit en komt gewoon veel te laat.

Mar 31st, 2004 · Windows

Withingames (3 out of 5)

Was ist Dein Lieblings-Onlinespiel? Auf diese Frage antworten wohl 2/3 aller Befragten mit „Counter-Strike“. Mich persönlich hat diese Welle nie so richtig erfassen können, egal ob im Action-, Strategie- oder Rollenspielbereich. Deshalb hatte ich mich wirklich auf „Condition Zero“ gefreut, als es vor drei Jahren erstmals angekündigt wurde, da hier endlich auch einem einbrötlerischen Soloplayer wie mir die Möglichkeit geboten wird, an einem CS-Match teilzunehmen, ohne mich mit anderen Spielern, Cheatern oder Besserwissern abgeben zu müssen. Das finale Produkt erfüllt in meinen Augen auch genau diesen Zweck und daher finde ich es auch ganz gut gelungen, wenngleich man durchaus im Solobereich auch etwas für die Optik hätte tun können, anstelle jahrelang an irgendwelchen grottenschlechten Missionen rumzuwerkeln. Den Kaufpreis von 30,- EUR ist es eigentlich nicht wert. Für den Bot hätte sich in meinen Augen ein kostenloser Download oder eine billige Update-CD für einen 10er getan.

Apr 1st, 2004 · Windows · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (6 out of 10)

It's still a bit of an albatross, but this is by no means the turkey that everyone expected. Instead, it's a strong package that suffers partly because we were promised so much in the first place, partly because so much of it is available online for free, and partly because the new stuff is exactly the sort of thing Valve would have released for free in times gone past (and arguably did, given that bots made it into one of the beta versions of Counter-Strike before going AWOL when Condition Zero threatened to ship). Buy it if you live in a modem-shaped cave, if you're planning to move to an Antarctic research station for 12 months, or if you need a Rocky-style training montage to get you up to twitch killing standard. Just make sure you haggle.

Apr 13th, 2004 · Windows · read review

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( )

Counter-Strike is an exceptionally engaging game mod and always has been. Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is at a disadvantage because it doesn’t add anything to the brew that compels anyone to pay up to $40 for entry over what’s already available in the freely downloadable mod for Half-Life. There’s some value for newbies who want practice before exposing themselves to online fracases, and the AI does, with a couple of exceptions, fairly accurately render what online competition is like. Diehards won’t find enough here to make it worth the overzealous retail price point because, while the single-player mode and the deleted scenes are a fun diversion, they’re not enough to warrant the investment listed on the price tag. After the newness of those modes wears off, Condition Zero is basically the copy of Counter-Strike you likely already have.

Apr 21st, 2004 · Windows · read review

G4 TV: X-Play ( )

If you already play and love the original "Counter-Strike," there's not much of a need to plunk down the money for this revamped version. The updated graphics and sound effects are an improvement, but the game is still inferior to modern PC games in this regard. Not to mention, there's something to be said for the massive community that may remain loyal to the original. If everyone decides to jump ship and make "Condition-Zero" the online game of choice, you wouldn't be in bad company, even if some of your new teammates end up being the remarkably lifelike bots.

Mar 24th, 2006 · Windows · read review

GameSpy ( )

Since Condition Zero is really just an extension of the six-year-old Half-Life, the presentation is, unsurprisingly, quite dated. Blocky models, simplistic lighting, and some ugly textures (particularly noticeable in the Deleted Scenes) just barely get the job done. At least the sound effects are solid, if overly familiar. The real crux of Condition Zero is simply that it provides a great way to enjoy Counter-Strike offline, old graphics or not. If you're perfectly happy playing the free Counter-Strike mod online, don't bother with Condition Zero. If botmatches are your thing, by all means, check it out.

Apr 8th, 2004 · Windows · read review

4Players.de (56 out of 100)

Okay, über die »Gelöschten Szenen« sollte man besser nicht zu viele Worte verlieren, sondern wirklich nur die Del-Taste drücken - ich kann es aber trotzdem nicht lassen: Black Hawk Down für ganz Arme in hässlich, mit blöder KI und der Abwesenheit von Spaß. Eines muss man ihr jedoch zugute halten: Sie läuft auch auf dampfbetriebenen Maschinen angenehm schnell. Das tut Pong allerdings auch, und macht nebenbei noch Spaß. Das eigentliche Condition Zero ist für Counterstrike-Neulinge nicht zuletzt dank der ganz guten Bots eine nette, wenn auch schnell langweilige Sache, der Mehrspielerpart natürlich nach wie vor prima und spaßig - allerdings kann sich Counterstrike auch in der neusten Inkarnation alleine schon optisch lange nicht mehr mit Multiplayerperlen wie Battlefield Vietnam messen, die das Genre des Teamshooters sinnvoll weiterentwickelt haben.

Mar 30th, 2004 · Windows · read review

eXp.de - Extreme Players (5.4 out of 10)

Ein Condition Zero rund um die "Deleted Scenes" hätte vor einigen Jahren in ansprechender Verpackung, evtl. mit Story und so, sicherlich den einen oder anderen zumindestens erwärmen können. Heute hat man nur noch ein müdes Lächeln für derlei.

Jul 30th, 2004 · Windows · read review

Gameguru Mania (50 out of 100)

To conclude, CS:CZ is Counter-Strike 1.6 with a few bad additions and one good one, namely the bots which will entertain you if you can't play online. So, is this title worth buying? Nope. Not worth the money. This retail package offers poor value and is a huge disappointment. Paying full price ($39.99) for a bots isn't a very wise decision since the multiplayer component is available for free (if you have a copy of Half-Life).

Apr 3rd, 2004 · Windows · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (10 out of 20)

30 euros pour avoir des bots assez malins (mais pas tant que ça) et pouvoir jouer à Counter Strike tout seul, hem, ça fait un peu cher quand même, et un peu léger pour tout ce brouhaha autour du développement. Si Counter Strike reste un must en matière de multijoueur, on voit mal pourquoi on devrait mettre la main à la bourse pour ce Condition Zero qui n'a que peu d'arguments pour justifier l'achat. Eventuellement pour les débutants qui ont peur de se faire exploser online. On lui préférera un pack Half-Life, qui sent déjà moins l'arnaque.

Feb 25th, 2004 · Windows · read review

ESC Magazine (5 out of 10)

The fact is that when you can no longer pull amazing stunts and kill three enemies in a row, the fun of the game is really gone. Counter-Strike is surely going to go down in history as a phenomena of epic proportions, a game that brought together people from all across the world for years upon years, just to shoot each other with realistic guns and then to make fun of each other. It's simplicity and elegant strategic structure are what truly sets it apart from its peers. However, what we have here is the defective offshoot of a superb franchise, a heart-breakingly depressing port. Stay away, and get your fix elsewhere.

May 31st, 2004 · Windows · read review

Game Revolution (C-)

I suppose if you've never played CS (all 10 of you) and would like a glorified tutorial to get you going, then by all means, grab Condition Zero. The gameplay itself is still pretty fun and this package isn't bad for CS newbies, though at this point, how many of them are there? As for the millions of CS vets, as you were. This old soldier isn't worth it.

Mar 29th, 2004 · Windows · read review

UOL Jogos ( )

"Condition Zero" pode valer a pena para quem quer comprar um disco com a versão mais atual de "Counter-Strike" para jogar online. Mas quem já tem o título e estava em busca de uma versão offline com um belo enredo e surpresas irá ficar seriamente desapontado.

Mar 19th, 2004 · Windows · read review

CanardPC (4 out of 10)

L'argument de vente de Condition Zero, c'est qu'il permet de jouer à Counter-Strike en Solo. On nous a donc sorti 18 cartes sur lesquelles on fait courir une armée de bots censés simuler d'autres joueurs. On retrouve les excellentes sensations de CS pendant quelques parties, en tentant d'oublier le moteur 3D qui date du siècle dernier, et puis bon, on se dit que rien ne vaut le jeu en réseau, contre de vrais humains. Et c'est à ce moment-là qu'on se demande pourquoi on a claqué 30 € dans ce qui est - et aurait dû rester - un mod gratos pour Half-Life.

Feb 18th, 2004 · Windows · read review

Game.EXE (1.5 out of 5)

Condition Zero проста, как табурет. Она - ботматч. Никаких мудрёных режимов, болтовни на спецназовском жаргоне и предмиссионных брифингов здесь нет, и за это надо отдать должное Turtle Rock, которой хватило ума и мужества задаться вопросом: кого может интересовать вся эта чепуха, если C-S сызмальства славился нулевой планкой вхождения? Никого. Дайте же детям их законную бонбу-на-палочке.<...> Одним уродливым долгостроем на трассе меньше. Настоящему чудовищу Duke Nukem Forever дан зелёный свет.

May 2004 · Windows

Joystick (French) (2 out of 10)

Jouer à CS : CZ n'est pas une torture insurmontable ni une dépense folle, mais son potentiel bâclé et gâché ne donne pas envie d'aller plus loin. Y a-t-il un intérêt à payer pour un jeu solo dont le seul point fort est le mode multi, disponible gratuitement sur le net ?

Mar 2004 · Windows

Player Reviews

Fun at times, but there's nothing new
by Chris Jeremic (160)

The Good
I like the new High Def Models, and DE_Dust is VERY detailed now. The single player missions can be somewhat fun yet is the same game play only with selectable team mates. The game play is fun, even if it is the same as CS1.

The Bad
Well, the AI is Really Dumb and the game play is the same old thing, and I don't really care for the new Leet model.

It's also very glitchy, and my last complaint will be that some of the weapons are seriously underpowered.

The Bottom Line
It is a Good game. The new single player can be fun at times. But there is nothing to new. I would play it over CS 1.6. But the new AI is kinda dumb. Example: they will throw grenades at themselves, or not shoot until you are in front of them for 5 seconds.

If you are a CS fan I would buy it; if not, buy CS 1.6 first.

Jan 11th, 2009 · Windows

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