Standoff 2, A CS:GO Portable?

Valve‘s flagship game, Counter-Strike, has undeniably dominated the esports arena for several decades. Launched in 2000 after a year in beta stage, the game quickly captured the attention of gamers worldwide, breathing life into the esports scene. Despite various iterations and versions over the years, the core gameplay dynamics have remained consistent.

Over the years, the Counter-Strike games have undergone significant improvements in quality and graphics, adapting to the era and generation in which each installment is released. While these enhancements are commendable, it is essential to consider that not everyone possesses systems capable of running the latest mammoth overhauls of the game. Counter-Strike 2 has taken a significant leap forward in terms of graphics quality compared to its predecessor, meaning that a more powerful system will be required to run the newer version.

If you find yourself among those gamers who lack the required system or cannot afford an upgrade, then this game is tailor-made for you.

Standoff 2

Standoff is a mobile game with nearly identical features to CS:GO. It is not entirely clear how the developers at Axlebolt managed to replicate the game’s features without facing legal repercussions initially. However, players have little reason to complain about it.

Standoff 2 is one of the very few mobile games that run on the Unity engine, widely renowned for its use in the development of numerous AAA games. It adopts the familiar concept of a terrorist facing off against a counter-terrorist squad across various modes, including the competitive mode, reminiscent of the gameplay experience in CS:GO.

RANKING SYSTEM

Moreover, Standoff 2 features a ranking system akin to CS:GO, where players can ascend to higher ranks by winning competitive matches and may lose points or ranks in case of defeat. The ranking system holds significant importance in Standoff, as unlike CS:GO, attempting to play with friends of substantially higher ranks in the ‘Competitive’ mode is disallowed by the game’s matchmaking system.

When compared to CS:GO’s ranking system, Standoff’s metrics and ranking mechanism are notably stringent and unforgiving. Players may experience significant point deductions even after performing admirably in a match, and a single poor performance leading to defeat could result in the loss of half of their current rank.

OVERLAY / UI

Picture CS:GO’s UI with the health bar and all other elements—it is nearly mirrored in Standoff 2. From menus to health bars and timers, the resemblance is striking. Navigating through options in the UI is effortless and bears a remarkable similarity to CS:GO’s interface.

Standoff 2

Long-pressing the gun or bomb icon will bring up a selection of all available weapons for players to choose from.

MAPS

The maps in Standoff 2 bear a striking resemblance in aesthetics as well. For instance, the ‘Dune’ map evokes the iconic De_dust vibes, capturing the essence of its surroundings. Other maps similarly remind players of the CS:GO experience, showcasing the developers’ dedication to preserving the essence of the original game.

GUNS

The guns in Standoff 2 mirror those found in CS:GO, with only a few unique additions. Players won’t notice much of a difference between the two.

However, the damage system in Standoff differs significantly. Submachine guns like the P90 have a higher likelihood of killing opponents compared to rifles, primarily due to the nature of being a mobile game. Players will find it easier to go on a rampage with the P90’s 50-bullet magazine compared to the standard 25–30 bullets found in rifles such as the AK-47 or M4A1 variants. The game offers a wide range of skins for customizing guns and items as well.

All players need to do is log in to the game, inform their interested friends to do the same, send friend requests with ID numbers, create a lobby, and start playing. The catch is that players who wish to play together should start the game simultaneously to ensure they can play matches together, due to the stringent matchmaking issues.

Standoff 2

Another setback faced by this game is a lack of player engagement. The player traffic is considerably lower than that of CS:GO, for obvious reasons. Standoff 2 is still a relatively undiscovered mobile game in comparison to the established presence of CS:GO on PCs and other popular multiplayer mobile games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Free Fire. This lack of player engagement often results in long waiting times, and even when players do join, they are not always inclined to play as a team.

Now, it must be pointed out that Standoff 2 does not introduce new features akin to Counter-Strike 2. Instead, it remains closely connected to the aspects of its predecessor, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which was recently discontinued by the developers.

Here is a link to the game for both Android and iOS devices. However, readers should be aware that the iOS version of the game might experience delays in updates compared to the Android version. This discrepancy in timing could potentially cause significant annoyance for iOS users. If you are a member of a squad with some members using iOS devices, you may encounter delays in playing together after each update.

While there may be numerous games on both platforms’ stores that have attempted to imitate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or at least some of its aspects, none come close to the level of mastery demonstrated by Axlebolt with Standoff 2. It is a must-play for those who do not have a proper gaming system to play Counter-Strike 2.

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Abdullah Jan
Abdullah Jan
Abdullah is a die-hard PlayStation fan and believes in Red Dead Redemption II supremacy. He is a storyteller himself, so his love for story-driven and realistic games is a no-brainer. He gives his two-cents on everything, he's that generous!

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