Counter Strike 1.6 is a competitive, online, multiplayer, FPS that requires teamwork, communication, and skill! While learning to play Counter Strike is easy, mastery is a journey that takes hours upon hours to perfect. In order to help you get around the game more easily we made this beginners guide.
If you are already familiar with the game you can check out our console commands article which will get you one step closer to mastering the game.
From the beginning you are provided with some options. Here is a list of all the items you can click on and what menu they take you to:
Find Servers: Click on this button to find servers to play on. When you click on it a server browser should pop up. From there you will have a pretty sizable about of servers to choose from. Never join a random server that appears suspicious! Because Counter Strike downloads content unique to that server you could end up getting a virus or other malicious software on your computer. If you strongly feel you need to join a server like the one mentioned always scan for viruses afterward! Some of the tabs above say things such as favorites and and friends. Click on the favorites tab to view your favorite servers. To add a server to your favorites simply right click it and click “Add server to favorites.” The friends tab will show you the servers your friends have been playing on recently. The history tab will show you a list of servers you have joined in the recent past.
New Game: Click on this button to create your own server! From the popup you will be able to choose many settings pertaining to the server. Use the tabs above to choose more options other than the map.
Options: Use this section to adjust the games settings to your own personal preference. You can adjust the resolution, sound quality, video quality, and multiplayer preferences.
Quit: Click this button to leave the game! Wait not yet we still haven’t even talked about the controls!
The default controls for the game are as follows:
B: Buy Menu
Notes: This is the main point of entry for the buying menus
M: Select Team
Notes: Pressing M will allow you to change sides. If you do choose to do this you will immediately die and have to wait until next round starts.
G: Drop Current Weapon:
Notes: You can only carry one primary and one secondary weapon. To drop your weapon press G. To pick up a better weapon from the battlefield, press the G key.
Z: Standard Radio Messages
Notes: Brings up a list of standard radio commands. Press the corresponding number to utter the message
X: Group Radio Messages
Notes: Brings up a list of group radio commands. Press the corresponding number to utter the message
C: Report Radio Messages
Brings up a list of reporting radio commands. Press the corresponding number to utter the message
W or UP ARROW: Move Forward
S or DOWN ARROW: Move Back
D: Move Right (Strafe)
A: Move Left (Strafe)
Mouse Y Axis: Turn or Look Left
Mouse Y Axis: Turn or Look Right
Mouse X AXIS: Look Up
Mouse X AXIS: Look Down
Note: In spectator mode space also cycles through the three observer modes
Note: In spectator mode this also opens the “Spectator Menu”
Note: Move forward at slower, quieter pace (important for stealth)
LEFT MOUSE BUTTON: Fire
Notes: Fire Weapon, Throw Grenade, Plant C4. In spectator mode clicking will jump to next player in observer mode
RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON: Special Weapon Function
Note: Invokes your weapons secondary function, i.e. burst fire, sniper scope etc
R: Reload Weapon
Notes: Tops up your clip…good idea before joining a firefight.
Note: Interacts with the environment (ex. get hostage to follow you, defuse bomb, etc)
N: Night vision
Note: Toggles the Night vision on/off (must be bought via equipment menu first)
Note: Toggles your flash light on and off
T: Spray Logo
Note: Pick logos in the multiplayer tab of the “Options” Menu
0: Menu Item 0
1: Menu Item 1
2: Menu Item 2
3: Menu Item 3
4: Menu Item 4
5: Menu Item 5
6: Menu Item 6
7: Menu Item 7
8: Menu Item 8
9: Menu Item 9
MOUSE WHEEL DOWN: Previous Weapon
MOUSE WHEEL UP: Next Weapon
Q: Last Used Weapon
TAB: Display Multiplayer Scores
Note: Shows scores, teams, wins, frags, status, bomb carrier etc
I: Recap Mission Briefing
Note: Press Jump, Fire or Special Weapon function to make the mission briefing go away
Y: Chat Message
Note: Broadcast message to all
U: Team Chat Message
Note: Broadcast message to team
Joining a Server
The following passage will tell you how to join a server:
Find Servers: Click on the “Find Servers” button from the menu screen. When you click on it a server browser should pop up. From there you will have a pretty sizable amount of servers to choose from! Double click a server to join it! Counter Strike downloads content unique to that server you could end up getting a virus or other malicious software on your computer so be careful when joining a server. If you strongly feel you need to join a server like the one mentioned always scan for viruses afterward! Some of the tabs above say things such as favorites and and friends. Click on the favorites tab to view your favorite servers. To add a server to your favorites simply right click it and click “Add server to favorites.” The friends tab will show you the servers your friends have been playing on recently. The history tab will show you a list of servers you have joined in the recent past.
Strong Caution: Never join a random server that appears suspicious!
Tips and Hints
This section will cover some basic gameplay tips to help you out when playing!
Sometimes stealth is key. Running around all the time will alert the enemy to your position making it easier to flank you! Using the silencers on your weapons is a very useful feature so remember to choose your weapons wisely based on your situation!
Use flash bangs frequently! Running into a room filled with enemies is the worst situation imaginable. Before you enter a room, toss a flash grenade into the center of the room. Exposing yourself while throwing a grenade gives your enemy the perfect opportunity open fire. Rather than expose yourself when throwing the flash grenade, try bouncing it off of a door, wall, or ceiling.
Communication is key! Don’t forget to use your radio, text chat, or VoIP to communicate with your teammates.
Be a team player! Shoot the enemy not your teammates.
Know your role! If you are a sniper, don’t jump to the front lines. Find a nice safe spot that you can snipe from while giving your teammates support. If you are on the assault division, make sure you fight hard and smart (i.e. use HE grenades/flashers, conserve ammo, and eliminate your enemies quickly and sensibly). If you are playing the support role, try to keep your eye on all of your teammates. Although you can rush to the front lines you are better suited to stay a little behind the assault players, as your larger weapon will usually slow you down. Also as support, you have more time than the other players to keep your eye out for enemies, so don’t forget to report them in! Finally, if you are playing as a Special Operative, use stealth to your advantage. Remember as the most elite of your team, you need to encompass most of the roles and lead your team to success!
Be frugal with your money. Try not to always buy expensive weapons (unless you are an extremely experienced player). Remember that the most basic SMG costs around $1200-$1400!
Think before you shoot! Don’t just start spraying at the first sighting of an enemy. Spraying usually doesn’t work very well. Instead, try aiming for the head or if they are farther away do short bursts or single shots.
Aim for the Head! Usually a head shot is an instant kill with most weapons.
Check your corners! When moving into a new area try to find spots where the enemy won’t see you. Also do a quick scan of the area when entering a new sector.
Bomb Away! Make sure to clear the area before planting/defusing the bomb. If a CT is still in the area all he needs to do is kill you and guard the dropped bomb. Also you NEVER want to be caught in the middle of a bomb plant (or defusal) and have people shooting at you.
We hope that this Counter-Strike 1.6 guide will help you get around the game easier. Use the tips we provided and start making your way in one of the best and most played first-person shooter game ever!
Have fun! While Counter Strike is a very competitive game it is also a heck of a lot of fun! Make sure to enjoy yourself!