CB:RO is one of the big name first person shooters on the roblox market, right up there with Phantom Forces, but why is it so successful?

CB:RO is the roblox version of Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), You play on one of two teams, the terrorists (T side), whose goal is to plant and detonate a bomb at one of two bomb sites (or hold/defend their hostages). or the counter-terrorists (CT) whose goal is to defend the bomb sites (defusing a bomb if need be) or to rescue a hostage from the clutches of the terrorists. Although both sides and both game modes (bomb site and hostage rescue) you can also win by eliminating the entire enemy team, as each player only gets one life per round. Each team can have up to 8 members, for up to 16 players a server.

There are 8-15 rounds total in CB:RO depending on how well each team does, each round won by a team gives that team a point on the scoreboard, the first team to eight points wins that match. On top of keeping track of how many wins each team has the game also keeps track of how many kills and deaths each player has (their KDR or Kill Death Ratio).

There is a diverse range of weapons to buy, from assault rifles (ARs) and snipers to shotguns and Light Machine Guns (LMGs), as well as an assortment of pistols. On top of a wide range of diverse weapons there are also some weapons only purchasable on one side, for instance both sides have a scoped automatic ARs, but the CTs’ have the AUG to the Ts’ SG553. They are both scoped ARs but they have their differences. This is not to say you CAN’T get an SG553 as a CT, you just have to grab one from the ground after someone with it has been eliminated/has bought a different weapon, same with all the other side specific guns.

It should be noted that the first round of every match is called the “pistol” round, due to the fact that you get 800 starting cash, which is enough to buy any pistol, but not enough for the cheapest primary (the Mac-10, T side exclusive, 1050 cash).

There are also items besides guns you can buy, such as 3 types of grenades and two pieces of armor. The three grenades are Smoke, Frag, and Flash-Bang. Smoke grenade is exactly what it says, throw it and you get a cloud of smoke to obscure anything behind or in the smoke, Frag is an explosive that deals damage if they’re caught in it’s blast, and Flash-Bang is another that’s exactly what it says, throw it and it makes a flash and a bang, blinding and deafening anybody who is near/looking at it when it goes off for a short period. The two types of armor are a helmet, and body armor, if you buy just a helmet it’ll cost you 650, while a helmet and body armor (one item) will run you 1000 cash.

At the start of each round you get a set amount of cash depending on if you won or lost the last round, as well as cash for each player you eliminate, this cash can accumulate up to 10,000 if unspent. It can be spent on guns, armor or grenades to get you a full loadout.

A full loadout consists of a primary, a secondary (pistol), helmet/armor, grenades and your knife. You don’t have to have a full loadout, some people will go “eco” and not spend money on anything for the first 1-3 rounds, and save up for their favorite gun as the better weapons (like AWP, Negev, and Auto, which all cost  4-6 thousand) are pricey.

At the end of each match you are awarded CaseCash (unofficial name to differentiate it from in round cash), You get 5 CaseCash if your team lost the match, and 10 CaseCash if your team won the match. As the name suggests CaseCash can be spent on cases which can give you weapon skins (a aesthetic for your gun), or very rarely a different knife from the default knife, such as the karambit.

Once you’ve played for 5 hours, (or bought the trading pass for 50 robux) you can head to the trading area to trade skins/knives with other players, to complete your collection. In CS:GO these skins can also be sold for steam credit, unfortunately that can’t be done on a roblox game as it breaks the TOS (terms of service).

All in all it’s a rather simplistic game to play, but getting good at it?, that’s a whole nother story. In the end it’s a fast paced oddly addicting FPS game.

There is also a small competitive community for CB:RO that competes in tournaments for robux or monetary prizes to the winning teams.

On a side note. CB:RO 2, officially called CB:R (Counter Blox: Remastered) is currently in paid access for beta testing, I’ve played it myself but it’s a little buggy for my tastes at the moment, but will likely be a great game once finished.

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