CS2 First Gameplay Impressions, Bugs, Memes - Hellcase Blog

The Limited Test of the newest Counter-Strike 2 is at full blast. Professional players, streamers, and content creators have already had a chance to try out what Valve has to offer. For example, smooya had hit 1,000,000,000 total views on his latest CS2 stream!

Here, we will look closer at new features, stream clips, and a few funny bugs players encountered while playing CS2. Also, we will find out how CS:GO community reacted to the announcement of Counter-Strike 2 launching this very summer.

Counter-Strike 2 New Features

When Valve announced Counter-Strike 2 yesterday, they had already shown the most significant changes to our beloved game, including reworked smokes, new graphics and maps, and no-tick-rate gameplay. You can find out more about these changes here .

However, since the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test launched, more new features have been revealed by pro players streaming the gameplay. Currently, the Limited Test only offers a Deathmatch Mode and 5×5 Unranked Mode on de_dust2 for players lucky enough to get an invitation.

test invite

Counter-Strike 2 has a redesigned main menu and developer console.

cs new menu

In Counter-Strike 2, developers added a new sound of dropping and picking up C4. It is now more distinct.

Smooya showed the new pre-match load screen, which displays the team’s characters with different weapons, and destroyed bots in his first-ever played round of Counter-Strike 2.

In Counter-Strike 2, training grenades are on a whole new level. Now, on a training server, you will see pre-throw trajectories of the nade while aiming, and also the game will show you where is it landing in real time after the throw.

Legs! You will be able to see your legs! Previously, when you looked down in-game, there were no legs of your character’s model visible, and this is about to change in Counter-Strike 2.

Let’s Keep Going

Here's the feet pics you've been asking about: pic.twitter.com/l41NqAs5wn

— CS2 (@CounterStrike) March 22, 2023

Another satisfying feature coming In Counter-Strike 2 is the permanent consistency of jump throws. No more binds!

In CS2 jump throws are possible and consistent without a bind, therefore there is no jump throw bind. Try jump throws and let us know what you think.

— CS2 (@CounterStrike) March 22, 2023

You are able to land jump throw smokes consistently WITHOUT a jump throw bind in #counterstrike2 👀 pic.twitter.com/NruWWAu7uX

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 23, 2023

Also, users found models of two new knives: Twinblade and Kukri. So exciting!

Here is what the model of the Kukri knife style looks like. The Kukri is a short dagger with a contrasting recurve in its blade that originated in Nepal. It is used as a melee weapon and a standard cutting instrument across most of South Asia.

kukri knife

And here’s the screenshot showing the model of the Twinblade knife. We bet that this knife will be extremely popular once it is released, thus extremely expensive.

twinblade knife

Although Valve has not yet announced that new knives are coming to Counter-Strike 2, it is more than likely that we will get to see them in-game in the future.

If you are still here, then you like it! Follow us on Twitter to discover more & enjoy every CS moment.

2 entirely new knife models have been found in the CS 2 beta files 👀
Here's what they could look like with some popular skins on top!
Would you like to own one? Let us know in the comments 👇🏼 #csgo #CS2 #counterstrike2 #counterstrike pic.twitter.com/HJYWgOndnK

Hellcase 🔥 (@Hellcasecom) March 23, 2023

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Zeus now has an inspecting animation, meaning we might get Zeus skins in the future. Is anyone as hyped up about it as we are?

The Zeus being inspectable in #counterstrike2 can only mean one thing.

ZEUS SKINS CONFIRMED. ⚡ pic.twitter.com/8yQ8X3goMd

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 23, 2023

Explaining your 200 IQ strategies will become much easier, as in Counter-Strike 2, you will be able to draw on the map, like in DOTA 2.

Drawing on map CONFIRMED @jamesbardolph ✏️ pic.twitter.com/45F6PPqPLe

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 23, 2023

New radio announcements are coming to Counter-Strike 2 in male and female voices.

Looks like we're getting new @CounterStrike 2 radio announcers.

Currently unused (as far as I am aware not in beta pls fix)

Two announcers – male and female. pic.twitter.com/cEMOjYGdmC

— ALE (@_ale_cs) March 23, 2023

The sounds of many weapons have been changed. Check out the new sound of the AWP’s scope, for example.

What do you think of the new AWP sounds? 🔊 #counterstrike2 pic.twitter.com/WSQjaRECN2

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 23, 2023

Some other new features include:

  • There will be no skyboxes on maps, meaning grenades will no longer bounce back by hitting an “invisible barrier” in the sky. You will be able to throw them however you like.
  • Aminated profile pictures will now work in Counter-Strike 2 as well, you will be able to see them in the HUD.

As of now, these are all new features of the new game apart from the one’s Valve described on the Counter-Strike 2 website. As the launch date approaches, we are sure to hear more from the developers.

Counter-Strike 2 First Highlights

n0thing did a master class on nailing the round with the new smoke mechanics in mind.

Pimp was onto something showing an incredible strategy for Counter-Strike 2, but a series of unfortunate events led to this clip.

aaand there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Pimp tricks meet Counter-Strike 2 🤣 #Counterstrike2 #CS2 pic.twitter.com/4EBsImdvHn

— Jacob “Pimp” Winneche (@PimpCS2) March 22, 2023

One of the first aces in Counter-Strike 2 by Znorux.

Counter-Strike 2 ACE 💀 @CounterStrike ❤️ pic.twitter.com/sJqaA2R4Zk

— Znorux // (@Znorux) March 23, 2023

NAVI posted a couple of highlights that s1mple hit yesterday on his stream.

CS2 calls 📞 pic.twitter.com/dbB3SZ0YQV

— NAVI (@natusvincere) March 23, 2023

Counter-Strike 2 First Bugs

In one of the rounds of the new Counter-Strike 2, smooya’s knife caught fire! This is surely a bug, but hey, um, Valve… could this become a feature?

We are unsure what happened here, but it is an amusing bug. Imagine a game mode with AWP shooting with the speed of a Negev, that would be hilarious.

Community Reactions to Counter-Strike 2 First Gameplay

Professional CS:GO teams, players, and content creators posted their first impressions about Counter-Strike 2 on Twitter. Here are a few tweets we have found to share with you.

Team Vitality shared the players’ first impressions of Counter-Strike 2 gameplay.

First Counter Strike 2 impressions 🧐 pic.twitter.com/MWkGK0RmBz

— Team Vitality 🐝 (@TeamVitality) March 22, 2023

FaZe Clan also posted a video of their CS:GO roster discussing Counter-Strike 2 trailers.

OUR HONEST REACTION TO COUNTER-STRIKE 2 pic.twitter.com/o9eaz4V86v

— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) March 22, 2023

A FaZe Clan player, Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, posted his impressions on Counter-Strike 2 on his Twitter account after actually playing the game. He enjoyed the new graphics, open skyboxes, and new smokes and Molotov mechanics.

The open skybox's and the new smokes are going to bring a new depth competitively and help the game evolve. The new smokes and molotovs are a big improvement, better visibility for both, almost entirely removing the ability to 1-way either one. Well done @CounterStrike 😊

— Russel van Dulken (@Twistzz) March 23, 2023

Streamer TimTheTatman also encountered a firing glitch while testing Counter-Strike 2. Complexity shared a clip from his stream.

🤣 First impressions…

"That's @CounterStrike 2 what do you guys think?" @timthetatman #CS2 #Source2 #counterstrike2 pic.twitter.com/MNwOyh9K8Q

— Complexity (@Complexity) March 23, 2023

If you remember, the ESL Pro League Season 17 Playoffs are still happening. The organizers asked several pro players to share their first impressions after the Counter-Strike 2 playtest at the venue.

Well here it is…

We asked the players thoughts on the Counter-Strike 2 playtest here at #ESLProLeague . pic.twitter.com/czsEZXTkX1

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 21, 2023

Jake Lucky also gathered a few tweets of pro players reacting to Counter-Strike 2.

CS pros give their thoughts on Counter Strike 2 👀 pic.twitter.com/22OaKBfXe0

— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) March 15, 2023

Nail polish? I don’t see why not.

Petition to add custom nail polish skins to @CounterStrike 2 now that we can see our feet 🦶💅 pic.twitter.com/LCmuGSrB7B

— Lucy (@LucyLuce_) March 23, 2023

Counter-Strike 2 Memes

CS:GO community loves memes, and the announcement of Counter-Strike 2 is an excellent newsbreak for new memes. We have scoured the Twitter accounts of professional teams, players, event organizers, and content creators to bring you the best Counter-Strike 2 memes.

Hey, @CounterStrike , we have an idea for skins. pic.twitter.com/oKijWB68Tf

— NAVI (@natusvincere) March 22, 2023

CS 2 map improvements are insane! pic.twitter.com/fVeny8EOzz

— NAVI (@natusvincere) March 22, 2023

rest in peace to a legend pic.twitter.com/AHluYsGN8S

— Cloud9 CS:GO (@C9CSGO) March 22, 2023

Can't wait to see all my skins in the sick new CS2 graphics on 4:3 and lowest video settings 😈 pic.twitter.com/6M55xTZ1UI

— BIG (@BIGCLANgg) March 22, 2023

Trying to hide behind smokes in @CounterStrike 2: pic.twitter.com/8Qzkdx77Aw

— BIG (@BIGCLANgg) March 23, 2023

FEET 😍 pic.twitter.com/33fz9aJsOT

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 22, 2023

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ❌

Counter-Strike 2 ✅ pic.twitter.com/Q9dWlUz5Qt

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 22, 2023

When you're trying to run a tournament and Counter-Strike 2 drops. #ESLProLeague pic.twitter.com/uWEANisjRN

— ESL Counter-Strike 2 (@ESLCS) March 22, 2023

COUNTER-STRIKE 2

LIVE ON TWITCH -> TV/OHNEPIXEL pic.twitter.com/mSltzY1iG0

— ohnePixel (@ohnePixel) March 22, 2023

texture detail: very low pic.twitter.com/d2uURZjaz7

— ENCE (@ENCE) March 22, 2023

purrfect day pic.twitter.com/ctROm5lVBF

— ENCE (@ENCE) March 22, 2023

¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/f4kZdd3enj

— AGO esports (@AGOesports_) March 22, 2023

walking outside behind all these people that don’t know counter-strike 2 is out and it makes me sick

— lau (@launders) March 22, 2023

BREAKING NEWS: If you've ever had VALORANT installed your Steam account has been permanently blacklisted from the Counter-Strike 2 Beta

— HEROIC (@heroicgg) March 22, 2023

RIPBOZO YOU WONT BE MISSED pic.twitter.com/WSVQ0x53oJ

— HEROIC (@heroicgg) March 22, 2023

Our Counter Strike 2 looks different.. pic.twitter.com/wx7Nwr3Uxg

— NRG (@NRGgg) March 22, 2023

shoutout to all the believers. they called us crazy. look at us now pic.twitter.com/i1RVmIKzME

— HEROIC (@heroicgg) March 22, 2023

Me waiting for beta key: pic.twitter.com/cpY4dVdt3e

— BLAST Premier 💥 (@BLASTPremier) March 22, 2023

Perfection. pic.twitter.com/BA0zKIHGMf

— FNATIC (@FNATIC) March 22, 2023

the counter strike 2 hopium is real pic.twitter.com/7KjckDI3rZ

— FNATIC (@FNATIC) March 22, 2023

The time has come @CSGO pic.twitter.com/mWInAP9KR8

— FNATIC (@FNATIC) March 22, 2023

Got selected for Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test pic.twitter.com/MdUmvCPlYE

— G2 Esports (@G2esports) March 22, 2023

The new smokes are cool and all, but can you do this in CS2? pic.twitter.com/65WNdxCxa7

— G2 VALORANT (@G2VALORANT) March 22, 2023

NiKo would have hit this on CS2 pic.twitter.com/3Tc51KZlAt

— G2 Esports (@G2esports) March 22, 2023

They don't know CS2 is out pic.twitter.com/nE0iuppETu

— G2 Esports (@G2esports) March 22, 2023

These surely brought a good portion of laughter!

To Wrap Up!

Counter-Strike 2 looks amazing so far! Are you among the few lucky ones who have had a chance to try it out already? If not, check out the Limited Test F.A.Q. on Steam Support to find out all the details of the testing and how to get an invite.

Explore our blog for more articles about CS:GO (and CS2) cosmetics, in-depth game guides, and esports news. Also, stay tuned for updates on Counter-Strike 2!

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