Review: Valorant explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Welcome to the new sensation in competitive tactical games online: Valorant! Choose a character, learn the mechanics of the game and face your enemies in this competitive game where there is no room for error! Remember: the important thing is to click on the heads of the bad guys.

Release date: June 2, 2020

Developed by: Riot Games
Published by: Riot Games
Available on: PC

Type of game: FPS, competitive
Average duration of a game:30 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game: Infinite

Themes: Fights, action.

Business model: Free game with in-app purchases.

Number of players:
1 player per PC.
Teams of 5 players online. 10 players per game.

Available in digital format (download).
Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
Neophytes
Intermediate
Experienced
Difficulty
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Valorant has very particular and difficult to learn mechanics: in particular, players must learn to position themselves in the levels, to stop moving when using their weapons and to limit the sounds that their character produces. Because of its competitive online environment, to become good in the game, you have to learn the strategies in addition to learning the controls. Players on a team must work together to succeed.

Violence, fear, nudity?
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Presence of violence. The characters shoot themselves with guns, knives, grenades. Remote or hand-to-hand combat. However, there are no blood splashes.

Language level used
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The language level of the game is approachable for the youngest and teenagers. The characters do not utter insults or refer to adult themes. Players from both teams can use the microphone feature or built-in chat to communicate inappropriate messages. Be warned.

Positive message
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Valorant represents a variety of characters and encourages teamwork. The characters offer a wide variety of ethnic and physical diversity.

Minimum reading level required
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Ask to read.

Additional costs ?
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It is possible to purchase additional content, such as costumes, different appearances for weapons and cosmetics associated with the player’s profile. The player is constantly asked to buy these cosmetic items with money. The characters in the game are also purchasable with real money, although they can be unlocked by playing. However, the time it takes to unlock the characters is relatively long.

Players in games with in-app purchases may feel social pressure to comply by purchasing appearances for their character. These strategies for spending are much the same as in the Fortnite game.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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The player’s character can use weapons and skills. Several buttons are used and you have to know them well to defeat the opponents. Valorant’s combat and movement mechanics are inspired by tactical games like Counte-Strike and are thus more complex than most online shooting games. The fights in Valorant are fast and require the player to have good reflexes.

Principle of the game

Valorant is a first-person multiplayer tactical shooter. The standard mode of the game places two opposing teams in conflict, who, in turn, must defend points where to attack them. Players choose characters with different tactical skills and compete to try to win 13 rounds of play before the opposing team. The fights are very fast: the weapons do a lot of damage, and most of the time, a bullet that hits the head is enough to kill an enemy.

Each round lasts only a few minutes. The player buys weapons and equipment that he will use during the round. The characters in the game normally have a role to play within a team: some can heal allies, others have tools to reduce the effectiveness of enemies, others have the role of entering combat first and eliminating opposing players, and so on.

The different characters have skills like explosives, fortifications, reconnaissance gadgets, or specialized weapons, which different players must use to win each round.

Local game modes

Valorant offers a training mode, to practice your reflexes, but, otherwise, there is no single player mode in the game. You must have an online connection to use this single player mode.

Online gaming modes

The basis of Overwatch is its multiplayer mode, where two teams of five compete against each other. There are several ways to play this mode.

Unranked mode

The player joins a team, chooses a character and must defend or attack the objective. This mode is a way to play without the pressure of the competitive mode, but some players are still demanding of their allies.

“Competitive” mode

This mode works substantially like the mode “Unranked”. Some rules of the match are different. Each player has a competitive rank, which allows him to be placed with players of equal strength, and can lose or earn points depending on his performance in the game.

Conclusion

Valorant has been a very popular game since its release. The game is recommended for teenagers, because of the lack of adult themes. Despite the difficult approaching combat and movement mechanics, Valorant is an excellent competitive game with fast and satisfying gameplay.

More information about the game: Official page of the game on the official website of the game

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About Cédric Duchaineau

Actuellement étudiant à la maîtrise en communication, jeux vidéo et ludification, Cédric est toujours curieux d'en apprendre plus sur les jeux vidéo, les communautés et les réalités de notre monde numérique.

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