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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets a new version of Militia, revamped hostage rescue

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Valve issued an update to first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today that brings profound changes to the game's venerable Militia map and hostage gameplay in an attempt to bring balance to the struggle between terrorists and counter-terrorists.

Unlike previous iterations of Milita, the CS:GO version of the map features only two hostages. Counter-terrorist players need only rescue one. The catch is that CTs must now pick up and physically carry a hostage to the rescue point, slowing their movement speed in the process.

Valve details further rule changes to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's version of Militia on its official blog. A full change log of bug fixes and tweaks — which includes an overhauled menu for the game — can be viewed on Steam.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is available on Windows PC and Mac, as well as PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

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