CS:GO’s Operation Hydra adds new maps, modes, and a campaign

Counter Strike CSGO Operation Hydra Features

Operation Hydra is set to switch things up for the CS:GO community, right up until September. The event features three new game modes, seven new maps (four of which are brand new), a co-op campaign mode, a new case featuring a bunch of community-sourced weapons and, of course, a coin for you to display on your avatar.

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The game modes are where the most unique changes have been made here. There are three to check out and each of them really shakes up the standard CS:GO formula.

Wingman is a classic 2v2 skirmish tussle on single-bombsite maps, effectively making it a tug-of-war between attack and defense.

Weapons Expert takes the standard 5v5 best-of-30 match formula and throws in an interesting twist. Each weapon can only be purchased once per player. If you die, it’s gone, so expect to see players hunting anyone with an AK47 or an AWP.

War Games is made up of six different mini-game modes.

  • Heavy Assault Suit gives you a big, chunky bomb defusal suit, making you the centre of attention for enemy fire.
  • Headshots Only is… well… headshots only.
  • Hunter-Gatherers lets you steal enemy dog tags from fallen foes, as well as recover your own lost tags for points.
  • Stab Stab Zap is a close-quarters fight with nothing but a knife, a Zeus taser and whatever grenades you can afford.
  • The Flying Scoutsman has you bobbing about in low gravity with nothing but an SSG08 and a knife.
  • Trigger Discipline punishes you for poor marksmanship by dealing damage each time you miss. Victory will rely on being as accurate as possible and baiting enemies into taking risky shots.

In terms of maps, there are four brand new ones and three returning choices, spread across the bomb defusal and hostage rescue modes. These include old favourite ‘Insertion’, a rescue mission set in a Swedish countryside community. It gives the CTs a choice of four spawn points meaning the Ts have to be prepared for an assault from any angle.

The Guardian Campaign is a set of challenges, chosen by you, which enable you to earn ‘Guardian XP.’ This can be spent on Operation Stars and Operation Weapon Drops. Finally, the Operation Hydra case is your usual collection of funky-looking guns created by talented members of the community.

You can check out all of the Operation Hydra features at the official Counter-Strike website. As ever, CS:GO is a very reasonable $14.99/£11.99 over at the Steam store page.