Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is a multiplayer video game and the follow-up to Half-Life: Counter-Strike. The game was released in 2004 using the GoldSrc engine. Condition Zero features a multiplayer mode, which features updated character models, textures, maps and other graphical tweaks. It also includes two single-player campaigns, including Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes.
- Technically, it is just a port of Xbox version of original Counter-Strike, and even then, it has only few of its content. It also raises a question: Why would they turn it into a separate game and not an update for 1.6 instead?
- Single Player is nothing more than game with bots, where you have to do specific tasks like "Defuse bomb in X seconds", basically making it a filler.
- The game had a somewhat troubled development cycle, being switched developers (the game was originally developed by Gearbox Software) before going back to Valve. The final game is considered to be very outdated as it uses the GoldSrc engine.
- Deleted Scenes has some flaws such as aged voice acting, some not so good design choices, somewhat linear missions and screw up of Counter-Strike's canon (For example, Arctic Avengers are Russians instead of Swedes and Guerilla Warfare are South American and/or Mexican Cartels instead of Middle East terrorists). Although the level design issues could be chalked up to the troubled development.
- The retail version costs 40 dollars, yet it's just CS 1.6 with some tweaks and two single-player campaigns.
- Graphics feel a bit outdated when compared to other games at the time on better engines, since Condition Zero runs on the GoldSrc engine.
- Despite being a cashgrab and technically a poor port, with mods it can give players an opportunity to play with content from Xbox version of Counter-Strike 1.6.
- While suffering from various problems, Deleted Scenes can be pretty fun and interesting, being a better version of Counter-Strike Campaign (unlike "Campaign" actual Condition Zero offers), plus it was a nice move to include it as an addition for the game itself. Steam version also has missions which were originally cut.
- Speaking of Deleted Scenes: it also features many new weapons and items exclusive to it as well as the removal of the weapon limit which make it feel fresh.
- It was the first CS game to introduce bots, and at they time, they were so advanced it felt like you were actually playing with a real person. They were implemented into CS 1.6, (retail version only) and later in Source, and Global Offensive, and are still advanced to this day.
- The Steam version is much more cheaper (9.99 USD) and you get it for free if you buy original Counter-Strike. Plus, as said in RQ point 2, you get extra missions in Deleted Scenes.