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Ho Ho GO: Counter-Strike Winter Update Adds Revolver

It's finally a complete FPS

Our Graham will tell you that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] is a cracking FPS, but he'd have been wrong until yesterday. Last night Valve dropped CS:GO's Winter Update, which added something no FPS can be truly great without: a murderlicious chunky revolver.

The first new CS weapon in yonks, the R8 revolver is a high-damage, high-accuracy, eight-shot pistol which drops into the Deagle slot. Oh, and it's slow as heck, as revolvers should be. Oh, but you can also fan it to boost fire rate at the cost of accuracy, as revolvers should allow. I am currently reinstalling CS:GO just to see. It's really not healthy, is it.

Bolt-action rifles and pump-action shotguns are also essential to a Truly Great FPS, but CS has had those forever. It's nice they've finally addressed this oversight.

Head on over to the patch notes and you'll find some interesting balance tweaks too:

– Adjusted recovery time on the AK47, M4A4, and M4A1-S assault rifles to reduce the range at which spraying is preferable to tapping/bursting.
– Increased move inaccuracy on pistols: Elites, Fiveseven, Glock, P2000, P250, Tec9, USP, CZ75a.

I'm not nearly familiar enough with CS:GO to speculate upon how much this'll change things, though I do recognise that Valve are fiddling with most of CS's core weapons in those assault rifle tweaks. GOers, what do you make of it?

Also in the update are Killer Replays, which will let you see your death through the eyes of the person who killed you. It looks like this. The option's only in Demolition and Casual modes, mind. Oh, and Valve have tweaked the round times in Competitive Matchmaking, and added a new crate full of ghastly gun skins.

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.