VALORANT CLOSED BETA
A rocking good time.
HANDS ON PREVIEW
By JAY TEE
Valorant has absolutely got its hooks in me, scratching an intense competitive itch with tight gunplay and a polished beta experience. This is every bit the Overwatch / CS:GO mash up that early footage suggested, but it’s also anything but a lazy rip off. Abilities that focus more on obscuring sight lines and quickly closing distance ensure they don’t dominate moment to moment engagements too excessively, and the snappy round timer guarantees that even an early exit will mean you’re not stuck watching the spectator cam for too long.
“The game itself demands precision, situational awareness, and smart leveraging of your own abilities. You'll quick find yourself getting bombarded by an effectively coordinated opposition, raising the stakes for each quick fire, single life round. Sound plays a massively important role here; walking mutes your footsteps, opening up all manner of corner ambushes and sneak attacks.
That being said, you'll want to stay light on your toes, particularly if there's an objective to diffuse or a flank to be exploited. Death happens quickly, especially if there's headshots involved. Prepare yourself for late game clutches, and self directed fury at your lack of skill.
The CS:GO comparisons continue in the pre-
BOOM. Headshot. Maybe.
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