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A Review of Valorant | Half a Year Later

It was earlier this June that Riot dropped the surprise announcement during a video conference that Valorant was getting an early release date of June 2nd. At the time, there was no doubt that the gunplay would be smooth, the controls tight, and the art ~poppin~.
What really was left to be answered, for those of us interested in the longevity of competitive games, was it’s ability stand the test of muscling some room into the tactical FPS genre beside the likes of CS:GO and R6.
 
Now, six months later, it’s time to review how the game is fairing, what it’s future looks like, and if it has made a lasting relationship with the community it hoped to capitalize on.
 
#TheGameItself

Valorant, in a vacuum, is a game that can hold its own in terms of design. It’s characters offer the same kind of variation in gameplay that Rainbow Six: Siege can boast, but also has the same fast(er) moving gameplay that CS:GO is known for by comparison, but with added mobility and flair that sets itself apart.
 
While playing CS:GO, you feel like you’re one man fighting against another on an even playing field. While playing Valorant, this concept is thrown out the window, and you’re more or less a super hero fighting against other super heroes with insane abilities. Valorant accomplishes this gameplay well enough for most people, although things tend to get a bit hectic and overwhelming when this larger than life game design is sprawled out over close quarters combat, which the game has a lot of.
 
Mobility is a huge part of the game, along with character-unique smokes and flashbangs that come in plenty of numbers per round and can take up huge parts of the map which, as I alluded to earlier, are designed in the manor CS:GO maps are designed despite the apparent variation in gameplay. This makes the game, for some, feel less intricate and far more sloppy as abilities lock down entire sites or prevent much counter gun-play as round after round devolves into ability spamming to obscure vision and nade out choke points.
 
When the game DOES become a team effort involving mastered weapon play and coordinated team pushes, it shines. As stated before, the gun play is smooth and well put together. And in terms of team-play, even the most well practiced CS:GO plays will pale in comparison to the antics a 5-man team can pull off in Valorant. And credit is given to Riot where credit is due, that is completely by design. The problems involving Valorant’s cluttered ability selection is the same problem that makes this strength in flair so glaringly obvious, and it’s clear Riot had / have well thought out intentions when making everyone so wildly powerful in their own rights.
 
It’s the same Principle you can find in a game like DOTA 2: If everyone is OP, no one is. And that’s a fun kinda game to play, even if it’s less than graceful in its execution.
 
#TheCompetitors

The real question to be asking for anyone concerned with it’s Esports viability in the FPS room is how it stacks up against the competition. It’s one thing to be a good game that people want to play, it's another to be a good game that people want to play over anything else, and I’d venture as far as to say that no, Valorant, in its current state, isn’t going to be able create enough shoulder room for itself to compete with the viewer counts of the R6 and CS:GO pro leagues.
I could go on and on about how the game was designed to be accessible to so many people that it failed to achieve anything of real depth in the same way CS has, but I’m sure there are a lot of people who are smarter than me who could argue otherwise, so I’ll stick to the basics of this argument: The game just isn’t that rewarding.
 
The skill cap in a game like this, by default of being an FPS, is high. And that ceiling is probably never ending, unless you’re able to play like you’ve got wall hacks. That said, the intricacies in the gameplay itself just aren’t satisfying enough to justify giving this game my seal of approval for long-term emotional investment by anyone. I cannot, for the life of me, find anything about this game that makes me feel the way a professional match of CS or R6 can make me feel. Hell, I can’t find anything about this game that a solo-queue match of either of those games can make me feel. I sense no rewarding gameplay, no slow-n-steady playstyles, no alternate mindsets to have when playing Valorant that I see in its respective counterparts. All I can see (or not see) is a spamming of abilities and a test of accuracy.
 
And maybe this is the overflowing gameplay that creates this feeling, or maybe it’s the bubbly art-design that takes me out of excitement, or both. But the fact is that this game just doesn’t offer rewarding experience for players who like long-term investments.
 
That isn’t to say you shouldn’t like this game, or that you shouldn’t follow the Esports scene if you want to, you absolutely should. What I’m saying is that I don’t think there’s going to be a whole lot of people who you can share that passion with in the years to come. While a game like R6 won (and is winning) over more and more fans with a steady upward trend of player count, I feel as though Valorant will slowly decline from it’s explosive launch to an afterthought of a game that is played, but played sparingly, on average.
 
And that’s the best way I can sum up this game: Average. Although that’s more than a little unfair when also factoring in the ways Riot Games managed to buck the trends in the FPS genre, I still can’t help but feel like Valorant is the love child of Overwatch and CS:GO that came out a little half-baked. That isn’t to say the developers did a poor job, or conceptually the game isn’t any good. It’s just to say I feel Valorant isn’t all that it could be.
 
But hey, we’re living in an age where games are being developed after being put out, so maybe Riot will take Valorant to new heights and I’ll have to eat my words.
 
But as it stands, 6/10: Decent game, nothing revolutionary.
 
GLHF,
-E

A Review of Valorant | Half a Year Later  +2
A Review of Valorant | Half a Year Later
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