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Old school shooter Counter-Strike has maps that are the stuff of legends. No really, I promise you there are levels that aren’t Dust2. One of my favourites is Train, the stage that’s packed with… well you know what. Valve felt that the map had reached the end of its line, and decided to build a new one from scratch.

Here’s a neat video showing the transition from old to new (via Pc Gamer)

We’ve rebuilt the map from the ground up in order to improve both the visual appearance and competitive gameplay balance of this iconic location.

(Vidme Link)

Why did they do it though? What were they aiming for?

Our primary goals were to improve the gameplay balance of the map while simultaneously upgrading the overall visual experience. This meant making more intuitive layout changes, then re-interpreting large and small-scale environment elements to improve judgement of space and distance.

What stands out to me most (personally) is the change to Bombsite A. It’s a lot less busy and a lot more open now.

The layout of the site has been adjusted to improve the strategic experience of taking or retaking control of the bomb target. Checking Site A for hidden enemies was especially difficult in the previous version of Train. In the upgraded version, it’s possible for a confident team to check common hiding spots in a more deliberate and methodical fashion, instead of needing to rush out into dangerous overlapping lines of fire.

You can read a complete breakdown of the other changes here. I haven’t touched Global Offensive for months, but I updated it this morning to see the changes myself. It looks good to me and seems more balanced. I’m no professional though, so it’ll be interesting to see how the competitive scene receives it.

The new Train comes part of the latest update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. With it are some balances and changes which can be read right here.

Are you happy Train got reworked? Are their other maps you feel need some balancing too?

Last Updated: December 11, 2014


  1. I am Global and I find this offensive?


    • ToshZA

      December 11, 2014 at 11:44

      Oh hi Internet, how are you doing today?


      • Rags

        December 11, 2014 at 11:50

        • Hammersteyn

          December 11, 2014 at 11:59

          Cant hear anything


          • Rags

            December 11, 2014 at 12:05

            Sorry about your loss 🙁

          • Hammersteyn

            December 11, 2014 at 12:16

            My browser almost crashed

        • Grant [_G_] Hancock

          December 11, 2014 at 12:18

          Why !


    • Admiral Chief BellatorMachina

      December 11, 2014 at 11:44

      [insert cricket sounds]


  2. Norm (@e3zype3zy)

    December 11, 2014 at 11:50

    Those tags….


  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    December 11, 2014 at 11:56


  4. Sageville

    December 11, 2014 at 12:59

    I miss making maps for Counter-strike… Worldcraft was a pretty easy tool to work with.

    Never did touch GO though…


  5. Charl van der Merwe

    December 12, 2014 at 10:03

    Played it last night, as a terrorist felt much more able to take site A confidently with 2 well placed smokes, which previously was quite a task.Also the path leading to bombsite B allows terrorist to get into a better position which was previously more restrictive.

    Great improvement on the map.


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