CS: GO is now available to play for free on Steam.
In our review of CS:GO back in 2012, we called the game "Great" calling it a "top-tier tactics game that will probably share the long-tailed legacy of its predecessors".
Counter Strike: Global Offensive is ready for the next era of shooters. Whether that's your preferred style or not, the entire game is now F2P with in-game purchases supporting its economy, while existing players will immediately see their accounts updated to Prime Status. That does create the issue of whether, if you know where other players are, you pursue them to up your kill count or avoid them like the black death because you know you'd be outmatched. I'm going to assume that the free-to-play aspect is proving more popular with new players than the battle royale, but I imagine jumping on that bandwagon can't have hurt.
Most battle royale games follow a familiar pattern: Up to 100 players are dropped into an expansive map and forced to scavenge for weapons they can use to (hopefully) wind up the only survivor.
Up to 18 players are included in a Danger Zone match.
Prime Status is an upgrade available to all CS:GO players. If you queue as a squad of two or three, your match will have up to 18 players. Weapons will be from the CS:GO arsenal, like the AK-47 and Desert Eagle. It's playable in Solos, Duos, and Trios, with the developers noting that they're "just getting started". Explore your environment and complete special missions to out-earn your rivals.
Valve have also released an extensive FAQ on Danger Zone to answer all of the burning questions that players might have. According to Valve, Danger Zone games should last around ten minutes, keeping the pace and action up.