Posted on March 11, 2023

If you’re looking for a realistic, shooter-style video game, look no further. Valorant is a competitive tactical shooter game, where two teams of five face-off with the goal of winning the most rounds. The first team to win 13 rounds takes the victory. Let’s begin with the basics. Before each game, gamers are provided with a cool selection of 18 characters known as agents, each with special and unique abilities. Most players specialize in a few agents, which allows them to learn and know the agent like the back of their hand. Every agent has a range of one to three Basic Abilities, one Signature Ability, and one Ultimate Ability. Knowing these abilities well is what turns average players into masters. 

So, how do players win the rounds? Each team is assigned to either play attack or defense, which affects their objectives. Players can either eliminate all the players on the opposing team or complete their specific team-objective to win the round. Unlike some other games, there is no respawning in Valorant during a round. If a player is eliminated, they are out for the round. Because of this, the nature of Valorant is much more cautious, as one elimination could be critical to a team. 

Valorant takes place on a futuristic Earth, and has nine different maps. That being said, each map is unique in its own way, aiding certain players to victory and leading others to defeat. Aside from choosing agents, players can also use many different weapons. These weapons can either be bought with creds, the in-game currency of Valorant, or picked up when dropped by a dead player. These weapons consist of shotguns, rifles, sniper rifles, sidearms, SMGs, machine guns, and a knife. Each agent can be paired with weapons that best match the abilities of the agent, so players must choose wisely when deciding on both agent and weapon. Indeed, Valorant trains players to think critically, increases their reaction speed, and teaches them the importance of teamwork and cooperation. 

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