Is Valorant the new esports title we need?

Is Valorant the new esports title we need?

If you were lucky enough to grab a Valorant beta key then you should be well aware of how fun the game is. Breaking Twitch records with a great strategic partnership and having some of the biggest streamers on board, the game has instantly become a hit with gamers around the globe. Although there’s no actual Valorant release date, except for a vague “summer”, players can definitely look forward to a competitive FPS game backed by Riot.

Valorant POV

While a lot of claims have said the game was a mix between Overwatch and CS:GO, it’s much more similar to the latter. Yes, the game does possess a range of characters with abilities but that’s where the similarity ends. The game feels like a hybrid of CS:GO’s 5v5 team format with one side attempting to plant the spike (bomb) and the other trying to defuse it. With a range of characters with a number of different abilities, it makes for an interesting game. Not only is this fun for the casual player, but the abilities also allow for a great tactical game that should be a big hit with the more hardcore esports enthusiasts. 

With a plethora of Valorant characters, abilities and guns available there’s no limit of different ways to approach the game. While characters have the typical FPS abilities of flashes, grenades and smokes there’s also reviving, trip mines and throwing knives available. While Riot has announced that 10 characters will be available at the start of the game, the possibilities are endless with the addition and removal of more characters and maps. If you’ve played CS:GO, gun familiarity won’t be a problem. Although you’ll need to learn new spray patterns, the guns themselves are similar and are very balanced.

Valroant Brimstone

One thing Valorant had to deliver with was the gameplay. By making it accessible to everyone with the low specifications of the game was a risk, but one that paid off. Combine this with 128 tick servers (which CS:GO has failed to provide) and Vanguard, the new anti-cheat protection, shows how much time and resources Riot is putting into the game. With the promise of a constantly evolving anti-cheat system, matchmaking may actually be fun to play.

Valorant Recommended Requirements

  • CPU: Core i5-4460
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • Video Card: GTX 1050 Ti
  • Pixel Shader: 5.1
  • Vertex Shader: 5.1
  • Dedicated Video RAM: 4096 MB

Although the hype created around the game has been nothing short of incredible, they may have segregated a big part of their FPS audience. While Valorant is a game that can exist alongside other competitive esports titles, referring to it as a killer to CS:GO may have isolated the title from hardcore fans of the Counter-Strike series. With a summer release date planned for the full PC release of the game, console fans will have to wait that little bit longer with no planned release of Valorant for consoles.

Valorant Buy Menu

Not only is it accessible to the majority with a gaming PC, but the simplicity and easy also follow gameplay should make it a great spectacle for a multitude of viewers. This gives the game a huge advantage over other titles which take a lot of time to really learn it to be able to follow what’s going on. The fun characters and abilities should also appeal to a younger demographic and maybe even grab some of the Fortnite audience involved with the game.

With all of this, it definitely has the base to become a top esports title as long as Riot handles that side of things correctly. The audience is definitely looking forward to seeing the progression of the game and to see what the future holds. Make sure you watch plenty of Twitch streams with beta drops available to get your hands on a key for the game, it’s definitely worth trying. 

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