I would say that, at their core, both games are close. But competition is obviously a lot more fierce in CS(as it's one of the most popular online games out there), which in turn makes the skill cap way higher. Also, MGO2 has way more broken mechanics and glitches than CS(bullet registration, terrible net code, desynchs from server, etc), which make it far less skill intensive than it could be.XxAsunaxX wrote: CS still has a higher skill cap then MGO2.
Still, both games require you to both have mechanical gaming skills(mainly aiming) and use your brain and play tactically in their own way. While MGO also features the skill system, combined with SOP, CS has a much greater emphasis on eco strats(as in, knowing when it is correct to eco, and whether you should full save for the next round, or buy like a p250/tec-9/five seven with armir). Since they are both shooters, you also have the usual strats of wall hughing/rushing sites/whatever that most shooters have and you need to get used to them as you play more. But again, since CS is by far the most competitive game, people tend to study these tactics a lot more on it.
Overall, maybe CS takes more skill to play that MGO ever did, but I can't help but wonder if it would be the same if MGO2 was ever nearly as popular and Konami actually fixed the game's many technical issues. Since there are way more maps, weapons and variety than in CS, I'm not so sure it wouldn't turn out to be nearly as skill intensive, if not more.