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Half-Life: Counter-Strike is a stand-alone package containing a collection of multiplayer Half-Life mods.

Includes: Half-Life Multiplayer, the Counter-Strike mod (play as terrorists or counter-terrorists), Team Fortress Classic, Opposing Force Multiplayer (adds marines and new equipment to Half-Life MP), and some fan-created mods: Wanted, Redemption and Firearms.

The Linux and Macintosh PC versions were never available separately. When they were released, Half-Life: Counter-Strike could only be bought as a compilation pack containing both Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and the original Half-Life: Counter-Strike. However, existing players who only owned Half-Life: Counter-Strike thus received it for the additional platforms for free, even if they did not own the original Counter-Strike: Condition Zero or never bought the compilation pack.

The Steam version does not include mods other than Counter-Strike itself.


Half-Life: Counter-Strike Windows It was an accident...  No really!
Half-Life: Counter-Strike Windows Cobble
Half-Life: Counter-Strike Windows Waiting for the prey.
Half-Life: Counter-Strike Windows Round start - Internet play.

Promo Images

Half-Life: Counter-Strike Screenshot
Half-Life: Counter-Strike Screenshot
Half-Life: Counter-Strike Screenshot
Half-Life: Counter-Strike Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "戰慄時空之絕對武力" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "半条命:反恐精英" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "CS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Counter-Strike" -- Xbox and Steam title
  • "카운터 스트라이크" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The start of a new style of first person shooters Windows Kartanym (12763)
A paradox in entertainment. Windows kbmb (435)
Multiplayer revolution indeed. Windows Zovni (10638)
Re-defined Multi-player games, but also re-defined kids into bunch of @#!%[email protected]$'s Windows Indra was here (20910)
One of the Steepest Learning Curves Ever! Windows SamandMax (78)
Best multiplayer game ever!!!! Windows Archagon (113)
Cool game, but the same as the pc Xbox Daniel Allen (15)

Critic Reviews PC Gaming Windows Jul 09, 2004 10 out of 10 100 Windows Mar 23, 2006 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot Windows Nov 27, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Informer Magazine Windows Jan, 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Christ Centered Game Reviews Xbox Jun 01, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
VGcore Xbox Jan 03, 2004 8 out of 10 80 Xbox Jan 12, 2004 79 out of 100 79
XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Nov 23, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
GameCell UK Xbox 2003 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Xbox Nov 01, 2003 C+ 58


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Brazil version

Counter-Strike was banned from sale in Brazil due to a judge's ruling in October, 2007. This was apparently triggered by the popularity of a user-made map named cs_Rio in which the court claims the objective is for drug dealers to kill police in Rio and that they can also take UN members as hostage. What is not pointed out is that players can play on either side of the two unnamed groups, and that a game company has no control over user-made maps.

German version

The US version of Half-Life is banned in Germany but Counter-Strike is not - which is surprising, because the Counter-Strike version distributed in Germany is basically a cut-down version of Half-Life US with the Counter-Strike mod.

On 16th May 2002, after a long debate, the German authorities came to the conclusion that Counter-Strike would not be banned in Germany. The reasons were stated in the BPjM's opinion, released shortly after the verdict. Key points include "strong strategical elements", "possibility of team communication" and "action scenarios that do largely without sensationalism"

There are two German censored versions: original retail and the Steam version. In the original releases all blood effects were removed, there is only one kind of hostage and killed persons don't die but sit on the ground and shake their head. In the Steam version only the blood was removed.

Retail version

The version of Counter-Strike included in this package is identical to version 1.0 that can be freely-downloaded; the difference is that it's sold commercially and the mod authors receive a portion of the profits. This mod is officially sanctioned and distributed by Sierra.

References to the game

  • Half-Life: Counter-Strike was parodied in two episodes of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. They were published on the DVD of issue 04/2005 and 01/2006 respectively.

  • The game is referenced in the 2010 Susanne Bier film Hævnen (English title: In a Better World). The boy Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen) can be seen playing the game on his laptop.

Robert Steinhäuser controversy

After the mass murder in a school in Erfurt, Germany, where thirteen teachers, two students and a policeman were killed by Robert Steinhäuser, an ex-student of that school. In Germany, the waves went high, the politicians wanted to ban each and every violent game and movie, the sooner the better. Many people think that he was an Counter-Strike addict but the only source that he's playing this game was a policeman, telling this right after the incident. At a later press conference policemen said that Steinhäuser didn't even have an internet-connection! And playing Counter-Strike without internet is quite a boring thing. You couldn't even download bots...


  • In the map de_dust, there is a smarties pack hidden inside a wall (you can only see it in free-look mode)!
  • In as_highrise, in the corridor behind the boards, there is a sign behind a door (it's hidden, you can only see it in observer mode!).
  • In cs_office, there is a blow-uppable wall near two boxes. Blow it up and you will find a surprise!

Trademark names and logos

Since version 1.0 (retail), the game replaced many trademark names and logos. Some were crudely replaced (The Beoks neon logo in cs_militia reverts to Becks in software mod at distances, for example).


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2001 (Issue #201) – Add-On of the Year
    • November 2002 (Issue #220) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
  • Game Informer Magazine
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #49 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – Special Award for Multiplayer Gaming
    • 2001 – #29 Top Game of All Time
    • 2011 – #6 Top PC Game of the 2000s
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2002 - Special Award as "Best Multiplayer Game in 2001"
    • Issue 01/2007 - One of the "Ten Most Influential PC Games". (It is one of the most successful game mods and shows how user participation can keep a title alive for a long time. Because of Half-Life: Counter-Strike, many of today's suitable games can be modded and the usability of most editors improved greatly. This game is also an important step for the electronic sports scene.)

Information also contributed by -Chris, Archagon, leileilol, PCGamer77 phlux, Scaryfun, Sciere and tarion.

Related Web Sites

  • [email protected] (A very comprehensive CS website. Includes CS screenshots, links, and movies.)
  • Official Website (The official Counter-Strike site. You can download the full version here (Half-Life required)!)
Contributed to by Kasey Chang (4617), deepcut (1863) and LepricahnsGold (129988)