If you are playing Counter-Strike Online 2 for the first time, you might be unfamiliar with the complex layout compared to the simpler direct approach in other Counter-Strike games.
The Quick-Start guide brings you through the crucial aspects of the game . If you are looking to explore more, access the User Interface guide.
Joining games have never been simpler. Simply click on the blue button near the top-right corner and a window would appear.
From here, you are able to select the game mode, followed by the grayish button below. Usually it takes a few seconds to immediately join an ongoing game. If the waiting time exceeds every minute, additional rewards (additional EXP, weapon boxes) are offered to compensate the waiting time.
Alternatively, selecting this button provides a more intuitive and elegant interface.
The Heads Up Display (HUD) is pretty much simple and clean; your health, armor gauge and character used on the bottom-left, the minimap on the top-left, the player and team wins counter on top and current loadout on the bottom-right.
This is where you get to manage your loadout, change weapon skins, main character per faction (Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist) and costumes. There are many choices to choose from, separated by categories (Weapons > Pistols/ Shotguns/ Rifles and so forth).
Skin qualities are ranked by grades. Naturally, spray skins are categorized as C-grades, while gold skins bear the S-grades. They are solely for cosmetic purposes and therefore do not affect gameplay in any way.
You are also able to edit the three available loadouts for Team Deathmatch. Rather than manually setting the next weapons to respawn with, pressing on the F1, F2 and F3 keys respectively automatically equips your character with the pre-defined loadout until the game ends.
During events which happens on a regular basis, players are able to enjoy freebies, such as fortune boxes, costumes and in-game tokens. While some require playing specific game modes for a pre-determined number of times, many simply involve accumulating game time (lobby or joining a room) for 30 minutes on a daily basis as displayed above.
Fortune boxes like these house special goodies inside. If you're interested in rare skins and characters, don't miss out on giveaway events. You might never know what's waiting for you, such as this awesome Xmas-themed MG3 upon the first unboxing!
If your system is not able to handle the default settings, the Video tab allow you to change all the details accordingly. There is no Developer Console unlike in Counter-Strike Online so this method is the only solution for adjustments.