VALORANT Game Review

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One of Valorant’s logos (photo courtesy of playvalorant.com).

Developed by Riot Games, Valorant is an FPS (first-person shooting) game that was officially released on June 2, 2020. Now, almost a year later, the game has garnered over 3 million players and counting. With its popularity still skyrocketing, I decided to try it out for myself. 

To preface, Valorant has four game modes: competitive, unrated, spike rush, and deathmatch. Players are required to win ten unrated matches (matches that don’t affect rank) before they can play five placement games that will allow them to be placed in a rank. 

The lowest ranks begin at iron I, then iron II, then iron III. After iron is bronze, which also progresses from bronze I to bronze III. Next is silver, then gold, then platinum, and then diamond. All of these ranks have subranks (I-III). Lastly, for the best of the best players, there is the Immortal rank and the highest: Radiant. In order to rank up, players have to play competitive games. Their performance and win count will ultimately decide if they can progress or if they will be stuck at the same rank. And as for my rank? Let’s not talk about it. 

Valorant also has a large variety of agents to choose from. These include the following: Astra, Breach, Brimstone, Cypher, Jett, Killjoy, Omen, Phoenix, Raze, Reyna, Sage, Skye, Sova, Viper, and Yoru. Each agent has their own special array of abilities. For beginners, there are five that already come unlocked: Brimstone, Jett, Phoenix, Sage, and Sova. 

Let’s begin with the game graphics. Valorant has 5 maps: Bind, Haven, Split, Ascent, and Icebox. Even from a beginner’s perspective, the maps are very detailed and each has its own unique spin so that players can practice a variety of strategies. The agents are also drawn in detail. The graphic settings can also be adjusted to change the colors to suit the player- whether they prefer bolder colors or something easier on the eyes. While the game doesn’t have the best graphics out there, it definitely isn’t lacking either. 

Valorant also utilizes the classic WASD keys to move (W is forward, S is backward, A is to strafe left, D is to strafe right). The spacebar is to jump. It also enables a walk/run option as well as a crouching option. It also makes use of right and left mouse clicks to use the agents’ special abilities (there are four abilities with the fourth being called an “ultimate”) and for zooming in on opponents. These keys are all customizable in the settings. The majority of these keys are simple to use and with a little practice, it becomes second nature. That is unless you become the last player standing and you suddenly forget how to play. Not speaking from personal experiences, of course. 

The game also offers the option to speak to your team whether you use push-to-talk or sound detection. While this method is very convenient for discussing strategies and having fun with teammates, it also opens the grounds up to toxic players. And there are quite a lot of those. While the game can’t necessarily filter out the toxicity, it still provides players with the option to mute certain teammates and report them. 

The weapon options are the same for all players, but they’re all customizable… for a fee. Prices can range anywhere from $10 USD to over $100. Many players consider this to be a reasonable price, but just as many think it’s overpriced. They’re just eye candy for players who like cool effects and designs, which is why I personally believe it’s a scam. Would I still fall for the scam? Yes. Would I risk my life every round to pick up someone else’s weapon skin? Also yes. 

Lastly, it’s important to discuss Valorant’s originality and replayability. When it comes to originality, Valorant is a game that’s very similar to other FPS games. An example would be comparing Valorant to CS: GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive). Both games are centered around the idea of five-person teams that have to plant and defuse a bomb. Also, all Valorant players have knives equipped that allow them to run faster, which is a common theme across many shooting games. However, the game’s maps and a large selection of agents give it a new and unique spin. There are many lineups that players can try as well, making the game one that doesn’t bore people to death. From the standpoint of a mediocre player, the game takes some time to adjust to, but once you do, it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun- especially when played with friends.