For the longest time, loyal fans of FPS gaming have waited for a competent and well designed FPS shooter to grace the mobile platform. As we look at this one through the lens of 2020, we thankfully now have many well designed and established mobile FPS games to choose from. However, as recently as 2018, there still wasn’t a multitude of games to choose from and even less that were worth your time. So this is when Standoff 2 joined the party.
This game is for all intents and purposes, the unofficial mobile version for the Counterstrike franchise. This game aims to offer the features, match types and overall charm of the series that translates to the mobile screen. Attempts have been made in the past through games such as Critical Ops to a mixed reception. This game could also be closely compared to Call of Duty mobile.
CS:GO On The Go
Standoff 2 is wonderful at faithfully capturing the essence of what makes CS:GO so special and bottling it up into a condensed and concise mobile app. The visuals for this title, although not anywhere near the standard of the PC inspiration, are outstanding for the mobile platform, allowing players to fully immerse themselves in battles without janky textures or poor models getting in the way of a engaging experience.
The game also uses game modes that replicate those present in CS:GO. With the four normal modes on offer being team death match, defuse, arms race and sniper duel. Each asks for different skills and tactical awareness from the player and on the mobile platform at the time of released, this was unparalleled.
This unparalleled performance also translates to the controls and mechanics which feel so accessible and familiar. In fact, this exact same layout is used in the fully licensed Call of Duty Mobile title. Which only highlights what this game was doing right.
A rich community
This game also has a fine community of players that you can interact with and compare yourself against via leaderboards. Not to mention, this game follows the trend set by CS:GO of using skins as a commodity and creating a marketplace for said skins. This has always been part of the appeal and core gameplay loop for the famous franchise and Standoff 2 replicates this admirably. Not to mention that the game complements this with competitive games and prizes in the form of skins. Which you can of course, sell on the market. It creates a sense of intrigue, motivation and keeps the interest for the game there indefinitely.
This game is arguably the FPS app that has paved the way for more competent and we’ll design apps to come to the forefront. Through being true to its inspiration and delivering a game that is as poised and polished as the platform allowed at the time, this one has garnered a loyal following and the respect of the CS:GO community.
So if you are an avid CS:GO player and you’ve been frustrated for the longest time that there is no mobile version of the title. Standoff 2 is here to fill that void and do so with aplomb.
- A true embodiment of its inspiration
- Great gameplay and game modes
- Bustling community and marketplace
- Great visuals
- Occasional performance issues in relation to high ping
- Smurfs and hackers are rarely reprimanded.
Download Standoff 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP