|Counter-Strike||Counterstrike, originally created by Minh Le and Jess Cliffe, started in 1999 as an inofficial mod to Valve's successful 1st person shooter Half-Life and quickly became one of the most well-known standalone video games in the world and integral part of the e-sports community. Valve now holds copyright to the game and its current version 1.6 needs to be run on Valve's gaming platform Steam.
The game revolves around moderately paced tactical teamwork and does not feature a story. The setup is as follows: Two hostile teams, called Terrorists (Ts) and Counter-Terrorists (CTs), compete against each other in real time, but on a per round basis, meaning that once a player's character is dead, he will not be respawned until the current round is over by victory or respective loss of either one team, the victory conditions depending on the map type.
Common setups are:
Â The Ts have to set a bomb they spawn with at either of two predefined locations or enable the destruction of the sites by eliminating all of the enemy team. CTs have to prevent them from doing so by either killing all of the enemy team before the bomb is planted, holding them back until the timer expires or defusing the planted bomb.
Â CTs have to rescue hostages in time while Ts fight them.
Due to the low ressource requirements and fluent gameplay Counterstrike 1.6 is still being played and thus maintained by Valve. However, there have not been any changes to the existing version since 2003.
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||
Grand Theft Auto started as a DOS game where you ran around various cities, shooting other citizens, stealing cars, running people over, escaping from the police, oh and doing some missions too. Vice City comes a long way from the aerial-view original, with its now 3rd-person 3D engine being used with the previous game Grand Theft Auto 3. The engine and graphics have some minor improvements over GTA3.
As for the gameplay in GTA:VC, one might be excused in thinking it's the same as in the original GTA. Yes, you can do all the same things, but the 3D perspective alone makes a big difference. If you're naughty enough, you can get the FBI or even the Army after you. There is a variety of weapons to be found - you can only pick up one of each class, eg you can't have both a baseball bat and a golf club. There's also a lot to be done in Vice City that's not related to your standard missions, which now have solid storyline than GTA ever did.
You are Tommy Vercetti. You've been in prison for 15 years and the Mafia wants you to head down to Vice City, Florida to start on the business there and make a mark. During the introduction you look at Tommy taking part at a drug deal which fails and he nearly gets killed. Now you come in and have to take revenge on the guys who stole your money and your drugs. And you musn't forget your Mafia clan...
|1.x Steam||Vice City on Steam
|Left 4 Dead||
Left 4 Dead is a multiplayer co-operative survival horror first-person shooter game from Valve Corporation. The game has been built using Valve's Source engine.
Left 4 Dead pits four human playable or AI controlled survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive "Infected". The Survivors' goal is to help each other make it through various scenarios to safety. The Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players' progress and situation. In an alternate game mode, human players can control up to four mutated Boss Infected with special abilities and cooperate to stop the Survivor players.
Note: Natively available for Linux.
From Valve website: "Steam is a broadband business platform for direct software delivery and content management. At its core, Steam is a distributed file system and shared set of technology components that can be implemented into any software application. With Steam, developers are given integrated tools for direct-content publishing, flexible billing, ensured-version control, anti-cheating, anti-piracy, and more. Steam consumers enjoy the benefit of starting their favorite applications within minutes of confirming their purchase. They can access their applications from any PC. They are no longer challenged to find the latest updates for these applications. And they no longer need to wonder if their device drivers are compatible with the latest software. The Steam SDK also includes an integrated set of communications tools and Valve's Graphic User Interface (V-GUI) that provide built-in support for a variety of services such as instant messaging, configuration, and server browsing."
Steam is a content platform for Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Deathmatch, Counter-Strike: Source, Counter-Strike 1.6, and all mods made with either the Half-Life or Source engines. All games made to work with these engines are compatible with Wine.