Valorant (stylized as VALORANT) is a free-to-play hero shooter developed and published by Riot Games, for Microsoft Windows. The development of the game started in 2014. First teased under the codename Project A in October 2019, the game began a closed beta period with limited access on April 7, 2020, followed by an official release on June 2, 2020. Valorant is a team-based tactical shooter and first-person shooter set in the near future. Players play as one of a set of agents, characters designed based on several countries and cultures around the world. In the main game mode, players are assigned to either the attacking or defending team with each team having five players on it.
Every player starts each round with a “classic” pistol and one or more “signature ability” charges. Agents have unique abilities, each requiring charges, as well as a unique ultimate ability that requires charging through kills, deaths, or spike actions. Other weapons and ability charges can be purchased using an in-game economic system that awards money based on the outcome of the previous round, any kills the player is responsible for, and any actions taken with the spike. The game has an assortment of weapons including secondary guns like sidearms and primary guns like submachine guns, shotguns, machine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles.
In the standard non-ranked mode, the match is played as best of 25 – the first team to win 13 rounds wins the match. In the Spike Rush mode, the match is played as best of 7 rounds – the first team to win 4 rounds wins the match. Competitive matches are the same as unranked matches with the addition of a win-based ranking system which assigns a rank to each player after 5 games are played. In The Deathmatch mode, 14 players enter a 9-minute free-for-all match and the first person to reach 40 kills or the player who has the most kills when time is up wins the match. The Escalation gamemode is similar to the “gungame” concept found in Counter-Strike and Call of Duty: Black Ops.
It currently offers 15 agents to choose from. There are a large variety of playable agents available in the game. Each agent has a different class which indicates how the agent is usually played. They are Brimstone, Phoenix, Sage, Sova, Viper, Cypher, Reyna, Killjoy, Breach, Omen, Jett, Raze, Skye, Yoru, and Astra. There are automatic and semi-automatic weapons that have a shooting pattern that has to be controlled by the player to be able to shoot accurately. Different agents allow players to find more ways to plant the Spike and style on enemies with scrappers, strategists, and hunters of every description.