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10 Great Games Like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

These are hand-picked games similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 18+ or ESRB MATURE 17+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are terrorists versus counter-terrorists with a few exceptions.

Unfortunately, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is not available on Android, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @ValveSoftware

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game 'loot box' purchases

Fortnite

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/07/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @EpicGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online

Fortnite (sometimes misspelled Fortnight) rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is...

Valorant

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 02/06/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Riotgames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Valorant is a team-based online shooting game, where two teams of five compete under the role of agents with unique abilities. It's designed to be competitive and requires considerable skill and practice to win matches. Between rounds players spend...

Spellbreak

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Developer: @PlaySpellBreak

Players: You can play this with 42 players online

Spellbreak is an online magic battle like Fortnite, but this Battle Royale is fought with spells rather than guns. This means more varied gameplay and tactics as you master different elemental magic and cast powerful spell combinations.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 25/10/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Call of Duty (COD) and Modern Warfare are games that recreate the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these are games...

Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/09/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...

Due Process

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @EnemyCrabGames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Due Process is a tactical shooting game that focuses on both the planning and execution of missions. You are presented with a unique mission where teams of five either have to defend or attack a particular location. Spending time talking through tactics...

Apex Legends

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @Respawn

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.

Planetside 2

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @RoguePlanetSD

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with thousands of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe, players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...

Rocket Arena

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Rocket Arena is online shooting game where two teams of three battle each other. The twist is that you never die and leave the action. To win you use your characters unique rocket attacks and abilities to champion the other team.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 01/12/2015

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Rainbow6Game

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Rainbow Six Siege is a 5-v-5 multiplayer tactical shooting game where you either play a terrorist or a counter-terrorist. Your job is either to defend an objective such as a bomb site, biohazard container, or hostages or to stop the terrorist by...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the following lists:

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satsifying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combinatino of angles and trajectories in Video Ball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your oppoenents.
 

Outwit The Crowd In Online Battles

Battle Royale games are played online against 100's of other players. They blend different genres of games: survival, exploration, adventure, shooting and scavenging while introducing the last-man-standing gameplay.

They are usually played in an arena where players start with basic equipment and aim to kill all the other players. The arena area shrinks as play proceeds to bring the game to a crescendo.

"The name for the genre is taken from the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, itself based on the novel of the same name, which presents a similar theme of a last-man-standing competition in a shrinking play zone." - Wikipedia
 

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 
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Pode

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PEGI Rating 3+ for PodeESRB Rating EVERYONE for Pode
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Lego

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PEGI Rating 7+ for LegoESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Lego

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 
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Dirt

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PEGI Rating 3+ for DirtESRB Rating EVERYONE for Dirt
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FIFA

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PEGI Rating 3+ for FIFAESRB Rating EVERYONE for FIFA
Game image Halo

Halo

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PEGI Rating 16+ for HaloESRB Rating TEEN for Halo

Esports Ambition and Talent

When a young child shines at activities like chess, playing the guitar, maths, tennis, football or public speaking parents and carers are used to recognising talent and helping them develop. However, when a child rises to the top of their age group in competitive video games we are often blind to their talent and opportunities.

The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit national body established to promote esports in the UK, increase its level of awareness, improve standards and inspire future talent.

It helps teachers, parents, carers and advocates distinguish between obsession and discipline in their children’s video game playing. This opens the door to the adults in children’s lives being ambitious about their game playing and celebrate successes as they would when children pass music exams, win at football and so on.

Esports offers an opportunity not only to prize money (at the top level) and status, but international recognition, travel, personal development and career potential. There are many roles in esports outside of the professional player position, such as coaching, content creation, management, commentating, production and more.

Below is a list of games that are all played competitively in competitions that require high skill, training and talent. Unlike other video games, Esports are typically played competitively with many people tuning in to watch tournaments online on livestream platforms such as Twitch.

British Esports also runs the British Esports Championships for school and college students aged 12+, and has also partnered with Pearson to offer the Level 3 Esports BTEC, the first qualification of its kind.
 


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