All the major changes made in Counter-Strike 2

Counter Strike 2 Cover
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Valve has just rolled out Counter-Strike 2, the upgraded version of the iconic FPS title Counter-Strike: GO. Counter-Strike 2 has undoubtedly been a much better experience for the players due to the new gameplay elements and visual and audio upgrades that it has received. There are numerous big and small changes that the developers have introduced while transitioning to the new game. But there are also specific changes that certainly excite the players and fans of this shooter title. With the use of the Source 2 engine in CS2, Valve has been able to provide the players with an extraordinary FPS experience. For those of you who are interested to know about the transition from CS:GO to CS2 in detail, in this guide, we will be mentioning all the major changes made in Counter-Strike 2.

Ability to sell guns

One of the most exciting changes in Counter-Strike 2 is the introduction of players’ ability to sell their guns during the buy phase. Previously, in CS:GO, you could not sell any gun or utility if you had bought them mistakenly or just changed your mind before the start of the round. However, thanks to the introduction of this new feature in CS2, you can now change your guns by selling them during the buy phase.

Sub-tick system

Counter-Strike 2 Subtick

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Network and connectivity are one of the most crucial factors in playing any multiplayer FPS game. While the developers can’t do anything to resolve network issues from the players’ end, every dev team has been trying their best to minimize this issue. Valve has newly introduced a 128 sub-tick system in Counter-Strike 2, which is expected to make the players shooting and movement smoother. Read more about this feature by clicking here.

Map reworks

Cs2 Site

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One of the most notable changes in Counter-Strike 2 is the map reworks. Many of the iconic maps have been completely overhauled, while almost all of the maps went through slight reworks for visual and audio improvements. According to previous updates, Valve has divided these maps into three categories according to their updates.

  • Touchstone Maps – These maps will receive slight adjustments.
  • Upgraded Maps – These maps will see massive visual improvements.
  • Overhauled Maps – These maps will be entirely changed with better visuals and more elements.

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Follow Recoil

Counter Strike 2 Gameplay

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To make the game more beginner-friendly, Valve has introduced a new mechanism in the game called Follow Recoil. In the Follow Recoil system, your crosshair will move according to the bullet spread of the specific gun you are using, making aiming easier in Counter-Strike 2. Read more about the new feature by clicking here.

Responsive smokes

Counter-Strike 2 Smoke Changes

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The responsive smoke feature is undoubtedly one of the most exciting features of Counter-Strike 2. The smoke mechanism of CS2 is highly developed and more realistic than CS:GO. To add to this, smoke now reacts to any weapon or utility. For example, shooting any bullet through the smoke will clear the traveling path through the smoke and create a small hole for you to watch enemies on the other side. Moreover, if any impact grenade hits the smoke, the smoke will move away from that area and vanish for a very short amount of time but will give you ample time to spot enemies through the smoke wall.

MR12 system

Valve has focused on making the match time in Counter-Strike 2 shorter, thus introducing the MR12 system. Replacing the first to 16 system, the MR12 has been introduced, making the maximum number of rounds 24 only. The team to reach 13 rounds before the other will eventually end up winning the game. Making the total rounds shorter would certainly make the matches less exhausting for the players, especially at the pro level.

These are all the major changes made in Counter-Strike 2. Counter-Strike 2 is now available on PC. Download the game from here.

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Akib has been working as a Freelance Guide Writer at PC Invasion since August 2023. He is also a business student and an avid gaming and esports enthusiast who is particularly passionate about FPS games. When he is not honing his skills in his favorite titles, Akib can be found tapping away at his keyboard, crafting compelling content for readers to enjoy. Whether it's sharing tips and tricks for mastering the latest FPS hit, exploring the latest trends in the gaming industry, or delving into the exciting world of esports, Akib loves to write about everything related to video games.