11 Games Like Counter Strike

Games Like Counter Strike Our list of games like Counter Strike (CS:S and CS:GO) has free and paid multiplayer alternatives to the classic and popular competitive shooter.

Counter Strike is one of the original first person shooters to become wildly popular for online play due in part to simple core mechanics that made it accessible but still provided sufficient tactical depth. Not only did it attract countless players to online servers it also became a regular feature on the eSports scene and was among the small number of early games that saw competitive leagues.

The origins of Counter Strike go back to a modification of Half-Life and eventually was developed into several fully fledged titles that stayed true to the original premise of the game while innovating and updating as necessary. The staple of the Counter Strike series has always been the round based game between terrorists and counter terrorists though which requires the planting or defusing of a bomb at a particular map location. Once a player dies in a round they must wait for a new round to begin before respawning and in between rounds players have the option to purchase equipment based on their performance in the previous rounds.

The games like Counter Strike that you will find below focus on first player multiplayer experiences with simple core mechanics, healthy multiplayer communities and competitive eSports scenes.
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Critical Ops

Focusing on a multiplayer online experience Critical Ops takes plenty of inspiration from the popular Counter Strike franchise and brings it to the mobile arena. Critical Ops does not play around when it comes to honing in your focus on finding a game and getting into the action as soon as practically possible. With the slimmed down main page and simplistic menu design there isn’t much to stop you from stepping into a game once you’ve completed your basic training tutorial. Said tuto...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (8 votes)
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Combat Arms

Combat Arms is a free to play shooter that delivers a fast paced multiplayer experience with plenty of game modes and weapons for players to experiment with. Originally launched in 2008 the game currently is split between Combat Arms: Reloaded and Combat Arms: Classic which have similar core mechanics. In Classic players return to the original version of Combat Arms while Reloaded is a modern and updated version that has upgraded itself with the times. The gameplay on offer in either Combat Arms...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (46 votes)
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Warface

Warface offers free to play shooting with classes and co-operative modes against an ever expanding number of maps. Available for PC and at one point Xbox 360 (shut down Feb 2015) Warface is a highly rated free to play shooter and recently added it’s own Battle Royale mode. Co-op mode in Warface features a class system of Rifleman, Sniper, Medic and Engineer which each bring their own skills to ensure victory in the daily missions that you and your friends will have to conquer. This ensures...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (25 votes)
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S4 League

S4 League is a stylish fast paced shooter with sci-fi and MMO elements at the heart of the game experience. With a catchy techno soundtrack combining with small map designs it offers a less tactical approach to the genre where you can jump into a game and instantly be in the thick of action. This highly stylised and quick paced experience has made S4 league a popular casual option but also goes beyond the casual crowd at the higher levels of skill due to the high mechanic skill cap associated wi...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (17 votes)
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CrossFire

CrossFire is a free to play shooter that focus on offering a depth of game modes and gun varieties to allow it to compete against the popular paid first person shooters. With a history spanning back to Korea in 2007 CrossFire has a clear competitive balance focus which still holds true today despite the expansion into other regions. In the current FPS environment CrossFire stands a top the genre in terms of player base and update frequency which makes it the clear choice for fans of the genre se...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (26 votes)
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Urban Terror

Urban Terror offers a free first person shooter that was developed off the Quake III Arena software and grew from mod like beginnings to eventually become is own independent game that continues to operate a decade later. While first released in 2000 Urban Terror achieved standalone game status in 2007 with continuous development since that time. Urban Terror has changed many times since these early days of development and these days resembles something akin to early Counter Strike releases that ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (9 votes)
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Ironsight

Opting to offer futuristic warfare Ironsight has come from the East to North American and European players in 2018. Set in a universe only a few years ahead of our own (2025) where two factions fight resources you’ll join the fight with an arsenal of 100+ weapons across futuristic environments. Including all the features of most paid FPS titles with a free price tag Ironsight quickly captured a solid audience post release and continues to maintain a healthy playerbase. Praised by many in t...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (12 votes)
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Dirty Bomb

For objective based shooters it is hard to ignore what Dirty Bomb brings to this popular shooter formula. With a host of large multi-objective maps to conquer with your own team of unique mercenaries with different abilities. Set after a wave of attacks cripple London the leaders on both side of the conflict look towards hired mercenaries to ensure their interests are well looked after. On one side you’ve got the criminal syndicate looking to get their hands on all sorts of objectives whil...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (8 votes)
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Mission Against Terror

Mission Against Terror (M.A.T.) is a simple free to player shooter offering plenty of guns, solid core gameplay and relatively low system requirements that make it suitable for gamers that don’t have a powerful machine at their disposal. Like many other free to play shooters in this genre Mission Against Terror prides itself on offering a huge range of game modes and constantly updates with new content for players to experience. With dozens of maps and hundreds of items it’s not a game that is s...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (7 votes)
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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour takes Gameloft’s franchise to new heights with amazing mobile graphics, tonnes of multiplayer improvements and a solid single player campaign to follow the foundations of the original games. While the mobile shooter genre has seen many Call of Duty clones in the day the Modern Combat franchise has consistently been able to deliver a top mobile experience where others have failed. Plot wise the game isn’t going to blow you away with players running across the globe to g...[Read Review]

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6.5 User Avg (11 votes)
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Overwatch

Overwatch is Blizzard’s addition to the fast and often frantic first person shooter genre offering a team based objective variant that encourages you to work with your team while utilising the unique strengths of your character to counter your enemies character choices. Marking the first of the Overwatch franchise and launching with an initial cast of 21 heroes Overwatch quickly gained popularity as both a competitive and casual shooter. In terms of setting Overwatch is set on Earth approx...[Read Review]

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6.1 User Avg (12 votes)