Counter-Strike: Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes is one of my favorite games of all time. Falling through the cracks of PC gaming, it was more than forgotten and extremely rare to hear about. Being a part of such a huge online franchise, it's kind of peculiar that many pay almost no attention to this title.
While the graphics are somewhat not up to date, it's mechanics seem to mirror that of the Modern Warfare series. Being completely single-player, the game has an advantage by taking the player on many different journeys through many different areas. That variety only adds to it's strong core in which the gameplay implements a wide array of technology. Developer Ritual Entertainment fleshed out the maps out with tunnels, alleys, and improvised doors.
Not to mention that there is a lot of content. Although coming with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike (both multiplayer-based titles), I pay no attention to anything other than Deleted Scenes in this package.
It's clear that this game is very special to me. The fact that it's unknown to many helps it define what I look for in this medium.
Being a fan of such a small title attracts me to it more — in the sense that there's a greater connection with the experience rather than being lost in a crowd of millions of fans. It's awesome to be part of something so unique that it really helps someone in dire need of a new game to keep themselves from losing interest.
Triple-A blockbuster games are great. In addition to a steady budget, they are usually privileged with experienced development teams that incorporate brand-new technology to create new and interesting play styles. But in order to truly experience gaming culture and its roots, you should search for the obscure titles that have been lost to time.
It's very important to find a game that you can call your "own."
Not only is it refreshing, but it can spark newly found interests. Counter Strike: Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes personally helped me realize that gaming is much more complex than that of a poorly received, everyday blockbuster title. Games expressing a true form of art are everywhere. They may be forgotten, but they are not gone.
I encourage everyone to find a game in which she feels a timeless connection. Doing this is very healthy to those interested in gaming culture, as it provides an in-depth view of the different varieties of titles that have established what this vast industry is today.