Valorant: A Refreshing Change To The FPS Genre

By Gourav Dey

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Riot’s version of a Tactical FPS, offers players a great choice of agents to choose from. Every agent has a different set of special abilities that makes them distinctive. According to the structure of each map, their value to the team varies. On top of that, there is a lot of synergy between agents that results in team compositions serving a crucial role in a match, be it casual or competitive.

The sudden shift of players certainly provides a future competitive rush; acclaimed players of PUBG and Counter Strike are showing their interest in Valorant’s unique gameplay. Considering the fact that the core concept of the game feels like a child of Counter Strike and Overwatch. Major esport players like Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo, Adil ‘Scream’ Benrlitom and Michael ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek have already switched their interest which clearly denotes the massive change in interests.

Valorant has been introduced to competitive esports and the future of the game seems brighter. Although, replacing CS GO is not going to be a question because counter strike has a humongous fan base, Valorant definitely creates a path for new gamers who are trying to build up a career in esports.

Idiosyncratic Gameplay

All playable characters, ranging from Brimestone to Astra rely upon their own ‘Signature Ability’, each of them proving to be a key asset to the team. Characters can be changed in every single match, allowing versatility to the gameplay. Speaking of signature ability, Phoenix's ‘Hot Hands’ burns enemies while also healing him. Sage’s signature ability allows her to bring a dead teammate back to the round of an important match. Every aspect of the game can be used to end the matches in a more fruitful and creative way.

The match starts off with concept similar to Counter-Strike where one team tries to plant the bomb (Spike) and the other team prevents the detonation of the bomb. The game offers a vast range of weapons to select from other than the eccentric ability received from the chosen character. Weapons have been categorized into two sets – the primary ones consist of sub-machine guns, shotguns, machine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles while secondary weapons feature a variety of ‘side-arms’.

With the latest updates, the game currently features a standard plant and defuse scenario with both ranked and unrated matches along with Spike Rush, Deathmatch and Escalation modes.

The magic of the game is that it manages to reproduce those great qualities of weapon control while tossing magical ice walls and drones into the arsenal. The deliberate detachment from reality also allows traditional support tools like smoke, flash, and fire grenades to become playful abilities with varied uses, inspiring skill shots that aren't possible in Counter-Strike.

System Requirement and accessibility

In addition to being a free-to-play game, the system requirement to enjoy a smooth gameplay is as low as having a system with 4GB of RAM and 1 GB of VRAM. Although, the maximum performance can be unleashed by a configuration of Intel i5 4460 (3.2GHz) with a GPU of GTX 1050ti, which after the release of i9 processors and RTX series seems very trivial in comparison.

A lot of gamers around the country does not have the privilege of a high-end gaming laptop or game-ready PC and misses out on a lot of ‘Triple A’ titles over the years. The average gamer generally sticks to games demanding mid to low tier system requirements, which is an absolute plus point for Valorant.

The fact that it has a minimalist design and focuses more on combat with a system requirement which is considerably low makes it even more inclusive. This was a major cause for Fortnite failing to capture the Indian Market. Riot Games, on the other hand, really knows what it’s doing when it comes to building titles for the masses, with League of Legends being the most viewed in the history of E-sports.

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