For many years Counterstrike was extremely popular and then came along CSS servers when Half Life 2 was released. Most switched to CS Source by investing in better PC’s, but many stuck with the original Counterstrike.
For the tactical snob Counterstrike appeals, as well as offering fast paced free for all. Both work in different environments. You can face anywhere from 32 opponents to as little as four, and the gameplay changes accordingly. The tactically gaming clans normally stick to 5 versus 5. Standard Counterstrike has two main types of gameplay- either with a bomb, or hostage.
The many plugins and addons are what has enhanced Counterstrike and made it so successful. For example, you can turn your server into death match or a prison break game. The admin tools made available make admin on the server an easy life. Rcon is great for the basics.
For every mod there is a custom map. Some are designed to work specifically for a type of game like death match, fun or prison break. Map makers still cater for the original game types. This isn’t surprising, since these gametypes are still the most popular.
Counterstrike uses weapons with different advantages and disadvantages from all round the world. The real life weapons are emulated in terms of recoil and power. There has always been much debate as to which weapons are better.
It’s fairly easy to setup a Counterstrike server, and you can host multiple game servers from one dedicated server. The great thing about running your own dedicated server is you can run the server exactly as you want.
As well as being able to communicate in game by text, you can also use the voice-powered communication tool. The in-game voice can be good for quick communication but lacks any quality. Hardcore gamers generally opt for a dedicated voice server such as Ventrilo or Teamspeak 3. A dedicated voice server offers admin, privacy and control.