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Play Counter Strike: GO for free now

...but you can only play against bots.

A free version of Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now available on Steam.

The free version was unveiled in CS:GO's patch notes (thanks, PC Gamer) earlier this week. Available for offline play only, you won't be able to take on your buddies or other players, but the freebie wants to help newbies get familiar with maps and loadouts before taking on online competitors.

As well as taking on AI opponents, you can also pick up tips from the pros by spectating matches via GOTV.

The shooter is still hugely popular and maintains a healthy "very positive" aggregated rating from over 2.5 million reviews on Steam. Despite moving into its seventh year, it also continues to receive regular updates, too.

Other improvements included in the latest CS:GO patch include better support for Panorama UI on low-end machines, an adjustment to optimal movie resolution based on user's CPU and GPU levels, a new recommended Steam Controller configuration, and several other quality-of-life tweaks.

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When​ ​her friends​ ​were falling in love with soap stars, Vikki was falling in love with​ ​video games. She's a survival horror survivalist​ ​with a penchant for​ ​Yorkshire Tea, men dressed up as doctors and sweary words. She struggles to juggle a fair-to-middling Destiny/Halo addiction​ ​and her kill/death ratio is terrible.