Counter-Strike 2 Takes Inspiration from Valorant: New Features That Are Game Changers


Counter-Strike 2 is the latest installment in the Counter-Strike series, and it’s turning out to be quite the game-changer. If you’ve been following the game, you probably know about the new features that have been added, which are set to revolutionize the way you play. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of these features that have been inspired by Valorant.

Crosshair Follows Gun Recoil

One of the most noticeable features that Valve has added to Counter-Strike 2 is the “Follow Recoil” feature. When you enable this feature, your crosshair will follow the gun’s recoil pattern. This is similar to what Riot has implemented in Valorant. In Valorant, when you initiate ADS mode (aim down sight) with a gun, the crosshair in ADS mode follows the gun’s recoil. This feature is a game-changer for seasoned players who can now perform spray-downs and take down multiple enemies with more accuracy. The inclusion of this feature makes practicing recoil patterns or keeping up with them easier. Check out what the feature looks like in action:

Preview Grenade Landing Position

Valve has added a new feature to Counter-Strike 2 that allows players to preview their grenades before they land. In practice mode, when a player initiates the utility-throwing action, a small screen comes up in the UI and shows where the grenade will land in-game. This feature is not only great for new players who want to learn how to throw grenades more effectively, but it also gives Pro players a chance to experiment with grenades and lineups.

CS2 Radar Shows Footstep Noises

The developers of Counter-Strike 2 have updated the in-game radar (mini-map) to display a visual indicator for the noises of a player’s movement. So, when you jump, land, or run in-game, the radar will accurately reflect up to what distance the player’s movement actions can be heard. You will see concentric circles from your position on the mini-map. Firing a gun and a few other actions also trigger this indicator in the radar. This is a great addition to the game, and it makes it easier to determine the location of enemies.

Anti-Cheat Now Terminates Matches

Counter-Strike 2 has a new VAC Live anti-cheat system that will ban cheaters using hacks (such as aimbot, wallhacks, spinbotting, etc.) in the middle of a match. Similar to Valorant’s Vanguard, the anti-cheat system in Counter-Strike 2 will terminate matches and notify the player that a match has been detected. This is a much-needed addition to the game and will help ensure that players are playing fair and square.

New UI to Celebrate Your Kill Count

Counter-Strike 2 now has a new UI feature that celebrates your kill count. With every kill, a playing card is added to the middle of the UI at the bottom, which then stack up based on your kill count. When you get an ace, the deck completes, and the UI changes further. This is similar to the “skull” feature in Valorant that indicates a kill, but it takes things up a notch and adds some much-needed excitement to the game.


Valve has taken inspiration from Valorant and added some game-changing features to Counter-Strike 2. From the Follow Recoil feature to the updated radar and anti-cheat system, these features have made the game more exciting and accessible for new and seasoned players alike.

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