Counter-Strike 2 will shortly descend and likely become the most-played FPS game on Steam, replacing CSGO. With revised maps, an improved tick rate, and overhauls to buy stations and smoke grenades, frankly, the Valve shooter sequel and Counter-Strike 2 release date cannot arrive soon enough. In the meantime, however, it seems Counter-Strike 2 is hiding a petrifying, jump-out-of-your-seat visual glitch, specifically when you try to claw back some CS2 HP using the health shot.
We already know plenty about Counter-Strike 2 maps, and also the enhanced VAC system that will intelligently target and ban Counter-Strike 2 cheats. But while the Valve multiplayer game is looking absolutely superb so far, there’s one hidden but very startling bug buried in its health system.
Introduced for CSGO, the health shot does precisely what you might expect, restoring a bunch of HP when you’re close to death. An adrenaline-filled auto syringe, when you use it, it creates a brief visual effect to represent that it’s taking effect. In some cases, however, this visual effect doesn’t appear correctly – instead, you’re suddenly greeted by an enormous black-and-pink missing texture, which you can see in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber ‘Akhir Khopdi.’
Although the bug is rare, it’s apparently caused by your CS2 anti-aliasing settings. Reportedly, using Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing 2, or CMAA2, for anti-aliasing, can result in the health shot missing texture bug. If you’re experiencing it yourself, changing your settings ought to provide a fix.
CS2 players say they have reported the texture bug to Valve, which is currently releasing regular patches for Counter-Strike 2, so it’s possible this will be resolved in the future. While we wait, however, just be aware that when you use the health shot, there’s a chance a big missing texture panel will leap off the screen to terrify you.
If you want to jump into CS2, find out all there is to know about getting Counter-Strike 2 beta access. You might also want to try some of the other best free Steam games, while we wait for the Valve shooter to arrive in full.