Taking the main stage in June 2020, VALORANT is an extremely popular team-based first-person shooter (FPS). This game has taken the competitive gaming scene and live streaming community by storm, with almost 13 million followers on Twitch. The game is currently available on Windows computer devices.
You, and a team of four other people, choose multicultural characters to make up your team of Agents which faces off against another group of five. This game has seven different modes, which change the objective of the match. The original modes – competitive and unrated, feature 5-on-5 combat, which is most popular, but some of the other modes have larger teams or individual fighting.
Each character has their own unique ability. Some characters can create barriers, others can revive people, and some have special attacks. Winning rounds, getting kills, and completing objectives earns you in-game currency, which you can use to purchase weapons. Pick up guns at the end of the round or give bought weapons to teammates to get an advantage next round.
Riot Games, owned by major tech company Tencent, published and created VALORANT. Their work with this title won them three awards at the 2021 Esports Awards show: Esports Game of the Year, Production Team of the Year, and Publisher of the Year. Riot Games is well-known for developing League of Legends (LoL) and hosting LoL tournaments. Since the development and release of VALORANT, Riot Games hosted the 2021 Champions Tour and recently hosted the Masters 1 section of the 2022 tour in Reykjavik, Iceland.
VALORANT can only be played on Windows computers. The minimum specs required to play the game are 64-Bit Windows 7, 4 GB of RAM, and 1 GB of VRAM. The game takes up just over 7 GB of computer storage.
If you are looking for strategical 5-on-5 fps combat with non-traditional mechanics, look no further than VALORANT. While this game has a developed competitive scene and an online ranking system, the average player and amateur game enthusiast will have no trouble picking up the game in unrated mode. This game is rated T for Teen in the US and PEGI-16 in Europe.