I know this will probably lower some opinions of me, but I don’t particularly care for the Half-Life series. The only thing I really appreciate at all about Half-Life is that it served as the base for one of my favorite games of all time: Counter-Strike. Back in a time when I was still on dial-up, I spent many hours (and many dollars) at local LAN/Online game centers playing de_rats, de_dust2, de_pool, and every other map that came up in a room full of people doing exactly the same thing. Now, 12 years later, Counter-Strike is coming to consoles in the form of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a PSN/XBLA/Steam downloadable game.
Releasing early 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will feature new maps and updated classics from the original Counter-Strike (de_dust, etc.). New gameplay modes, matchmaking, leaderboards, and more complete the package of what may end up being my favorite downloadable game of 2012. A bold claim already, since it’s still 2011, but I fear that once I get Counter-Strike on my Xbox 360, I won’t want to do anything else for a very, very long time.