VALORANT

Valorant

Valorant is Riot Games latest first-person shooter, blending elements of games like Counter Strike and Overwatch. While it lacks originality due to borrowed concepts, it makes up for it with a strong execution. 

Gunplay is satisfying, combat encounters are incredibly intense, and hero abilities provide subtle changes to increase the depth of gameplay without taking away from the core experience.  

In Valorant, players compete for objectives; 

  • Attackers are tasked to plant an explosive called The Spike, 
  • While the defenders need to either eliminate each enemy or defuse the bomb. A team has to prevail in 13 rounds to completely win a match, which means games can take quite a bit of time to finish.
  • Between each round, players earn a number of credits depending on how well they did in the round prior. 
  • With these credits, you can purchase from an arsenal of 16 different weapons or invest in your signature abilities.

Combat arenas 

Valorant has four playable maps, all of which feel different aesthetically and tactically. 

  • Bind, which is a sandy industrial factory in the middle of a desert, has a design that allows for more concentrated gunfights without a lot of circling around in devious ways.
  • Haven, on the other hand, takes place within a gorgeous asian monastery, where there’s an extra control point and a ton of methods in which enemies can sneak up behind you and execute your team without ever knowing what happened.
  • Split, which is both a traditional and modern representation of Japanese architecture, is most interesting due to its elevators, which split the map down the middle. 
  • And finally, Ascent, a floating European city, has a handful of open areas that can lead to incredibly chaotic combat scenarios between opposing teams.

Since Valorant is entirely free to play, four maps is a perfectly serviceable amount. However, Overwatch launched with 12 playable maps, some of which have three variations due to the game modes they’re coupled with, and today, the game has 28 playable maps. 

Art direction

Valorant’s use of color is especially nice, as the grim and muted look of something like Counter Strike can be a bit tiresome. Thankfully, they have taken another page out of Overwatch’s book, keeping the game lighthearted and cartoony. 

However, when comparing the quality of its character designs and art direction, Valorant has trouble matching the creativity and charm of Overwatch. 

Valorant may be a team-based tactical shooter and first-person shooter set within the near-future.Players assume the control of agents, characters who come from a plethora of nations and cultures around the world. In the main game mode, players join either the attacking or defense with each team having five players thereon . Agents have unique abilities and use a financial system to get their abilities and weapons. The game has an assortment of weapons including sidearms, submachine guns, shotguns, machine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles. 

Agents

  • Jett

Initiator

Breach, the bionic Swede, fires powerful, targeted kinetic blasts to aggressively clear a path through enemy ground. The damage and disruption he inflicts ensures no fight is ever fair.

  • Raze

Duelist

Raze explodes out of Brazil together with her big personality and large guns. With her blunt-force-trauma playstyle, she excels at flushing entrenched enemies and clearing tight spaces with a generous dose of “boom.”

  • Breach

Initiator

Breach, the bionic Swede, fires powerful, targeted kinetic blasts to aggressively clear a path through enemy ground. The damage and disruption he inflicts ensures no fight is ever fair.

  • Omen

Controller

A phantom of a memory, Omen hunts within the shadows. He renders enemies blind, teleports across the sector , then lets paranoia take hold as his foe scrambles to find out where he might strike next.

  • Brimstone

Controller

Joining from the USA, Brimstone’s orbital arsenal ensures his squad always has the advantage. His ability to deliver utility precisely and from a distance make him an unmatched boots-on-the-ground commander.

  • Phoenix

Duelist

Hailing from the U.K., Phoenix’s star power shines through in his fighting style, igniting the battlefield with flash and flare. Whether he’s got backup or not, he’ll rush into a fight on his own terms.

  • Sage

Sentinel

The stronghold of China, Sage creates safety for herself and her team wherever she goes. Able to revive fallen friends and stave off aggressive pushes, she provides a calm center to a hellish fight.

  • Soya

Initiator

Born from the eternal winter of Russia’s tundra, Sova tracks, finds, and eliminates enemies with ruthless efficiency and precision. His custom bow and incredible scouting abilities make sure that albeit you run, you can’t hide.

  • Viper

Controller

The American chemist, Viper deploys an array of poisonous chemical devices to regulate the battlefield and cripple the enemy’s vision. If the toxins don’t kill her prey, her mind games surely will.

  • Cypher

Sentinel

The Moroccan information broker, Cypher is a one-man surveillance network who keeps tabs on the enemy’s every move. No secret is safe. No maneuver goes unseen. Cypher is always watching.

  • Reyna

Duelist

Forged within the heart of Mexico, Reyna dominates single combat, popping off with each kill she scores. Her capability is merely limited by her raw skill, making her highly hooked in to performance.

Arsenal

  • Classic

Primary fire lands precise shots when still, and is equipped with an alternate burst-firing mode for close encounters.

  • Shorty

A nimble, short barrel shotgun that is deadly at close range but can only fire twice before needing to reload. Pairs well with long range weapons.

  • Frenzy

Lightweight machine pistol that excels at firing on the move. It’s high rate-of-fire can be difficult to control, so try short bursts at medium ranges.

  • Ghost

The Ghost is accurate and carries a large magazine if you miss. Distant targets require a controlled fire rate. Quickly tap the trigger when you can see the whites of their eyes.

  • Sheriff

It’s high-impact rounds pack a ton of recoil and require true grit to master.

Wield the Sheriff right, and your enemies will know they were expendable.

  • Stinger

This SMG is more potent at medium to long range than its counterparts, but at the cost of firing rate and mobility.

The 20-round mag gets wasted in recoil-filled sprays, but lands lethal blows at medium distances with ADS and controlled fire.

  • Spectre

A jack-of-all-trades weapon with a great balance of damage, fire rate, and accuracy—at both short and mid range.

It haunts the corners of every map and requires only steady aim to drop foes at long distance.

  • Bucky

Heavy but stable, Bucky’s primary fire is for holding tight corners or charging close quarters. Alternate fire strikes targets at medium range.

  • Judge

The Judge is stable at the stand but volatile when fired rapidly.

Primary fire hammers short range targets and you’ll need to be steady to nail anything beyond an arm’s-length.

  • Bulldog

A surefire beast when you can pick your shots. Alt. fire let’s you ADS and spew accurate, short bursts at anyone who tries you from medium to long-range.

  • Guardian

The designated marksman rifle. Heavier and less mobile relative to other rifles but precise and powerful. Headhunt when enemies appear at medium to long distances.

  • Phantom

Go full auto for anyone who tests you up close and short controlled bursts scramble enemies from anywhere. Best when fired while stationary.

  • Vandal

Extended fire results in less stability, however. The Vandal retains high damage over distance and rewards those who focus single shots at a target’s head.

  • Marshal

A nimble lever-action sniper rifle with a single zoom that can keep bullish enemies at bay. A slow rate of fire means you have to either hit the mark or leave yourself open to attacks.

  • Operator

A fierce bolt-action sniper rifle with high-powered dual zoom. Extremely immobile but fires an incredibly powerful round that can devastate a team with one shot.

  • Ares

The Ares large magazine means it excels at suppressive fire or dealing heavy damage to clustered groups.

  • Odin

Suppressive, high damage fire with surprising stability. Spray enemies at short range and use alt. fire to make yourself a living turret.

  • Tactical knife

When in doubt or out of bullets, hit them with this. Lets you run fast, destroy objects faster, or one-shot enemies in the back with alt. Fire.

Some other details of the game

Valorant was first teased under a tentative title Project A in October 2019. It was officially announced on March 1, 2020, with a gameplay video on YouTube called “The Round”. The closed beta of the sport was launched on April 7, 2020. For an opportunity to get a beta access key, players were required to check in for accounts with both Riot Games and therefore the streaming platform Twitch. Valorant was released on June 2, 2020.

Valorant has been compared to Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with both games having two teams of 5 attempting to plant a bomb,and Blizzard’s class-based shooter Overwatch.

Viewership

On the primary day of its beta launch, Valorant amassed the second most concurrent viewers for any game ever on Twitch, with 1.7 million viewers tuning in across dozens of streams. 

Only another game from Riot Games, League of Legends, has seen more viewers when 1.73 million watched the 2019 World Championship final.

Accomplishment of the game

Valorant’s greatest accomplishment is its ability to mash up different styles of games and actually come out with a worthwhile product, but that’s also what makes it less interesting. 

Even when playing, it’s hard to shake off the feeling that much of the game was taken directly from Counter-Strike or Overwatch. While this isn’t a big deal, it would be nice to see Valorant build its own identity over time.

Otherwise, Valorant’s gunplay is intense, abilities are tactical without being overwhelming, and character designs are pretty good. If you’re someone who’s always been skilled at aiming and flicking your wrist to get swift headshots, Valorant is the game for you.

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