Say you get bored of shooting terrorists. Where do you go next? The obvious answer here is zombies. For almost as long as humans have had access to Counter-Strike, we’ve dedicated a few servers to slaying the not-quite-dead. Global Offensive, the latest iteration of the game, is no different.
For the uninitiated, Zombie Mod has a group of players trying to survive until a timer reaches zero. Shortly after the round starts one or two players, depending on server settings, are transformed into zombies and are tasked with converting the remaining players into the undead. As a survivor, you’ve got the standard CS fare, including the buy menu where you can choose your zed-killing tools. However, it’s playing as a zombie where things get different. You’re only allowed a knife, but your health is pumped up to insane levels, which will come in handy, as a lot of servers enable unlimited ammo, so you’ll be taking more gunfire than you ever have before.
You see, the general strategy for the survivors is to hole up in a room, use your gun to move a couch or vending machine in front of the doorway, crouch, and wait. The furniture makes it so the zombies have a smaller window of entry into your room, and your gun’s pushback makes it almost impossible for a lone attacker to reach you. This means that, as a zombie, you’re going to have to use teamwork, and get creative in order to win. Well, unless the game bugs out of course, which is always a possibility on community maps.
Now, let’s move onto the CS:GO zombie community, shall we? There’s currently only one server currently running the classic Zombie Mod, but it’s got a nice rotation of maps, including maps like Parish, Crazy City, and the love it/hate it Lila Panic. Unfortunately, even with Global Offensive’s list of changes, not a whole lot of them affect Zombie Mod. The new weapons don’t mean much when you’re spamming fire, and the hitboxes don’t come into play when you just need your bullets to connect. So you’re not going to go into the game and get a brand new zombie experience to match the tweaks in the official game modes.
Fortunately, for those who are sick of the hide-behind-the-couch gamemode, there’s one more zombie themed server currently active, and it’s running a mod called Zombie Escape. Zombie Escape is basically the same as plain old Zombie Mod, but played on maps without tiny closed off rooms, so now you have to actually run from the zombies, or risk being turned. It’s definitely a more active playstyle, and better if you’re more about action than hide-and-seek.
So, when it comes down to it, you’re might want to hold off if Zombie Mod is the current deciding factor for a possible CS:GO purchase, but if history repeats itself, soon enough you’ll have more zombie servers than your little heart can handle. Just don’t expect an experience that’s much different to what you’ve already played.
Both servers are hosted by plaguefest, creator of CS:GO’s zombie experience. You can find the regular server at zmgo.plaguefest.com and the Escape server at zego.plaguefest.com