Video game review: Valorant | Insider HS

With beads of sweat forming on my forehead, I tremblingly tried to defuse the bomb. My teammates were sending each other messages about the possible location of the enemy. I continued to defuse the bomb, cutting the wires, then I heard a click.

A high-pitched male voice said, “The bomb has been defused.” Cheerful music follows as a bright victory sign appears on my computer screen.

Screaming and screaming, my friends and I cheered as we had just successfully won an intense match against another team in the PC game Valorant, a free first person game. published by Riot Games on June 2, 2020.

According Valorant WikiThe objective of Valorant is to plant the bomb offensively or to defuse the bomb. Players play a role on a team, with each team having five players, and each role having multiple agent characters to choose from.

My favorite role to play is that of Sentinelwhich emphasizes defense. Zero is my favorite Sentinel agent due to his ability to take out enemies with ease.

Personally, I like to take the trick slowly and take our time as we gather information in order to execute an offense against the opposing team or play defensively and be patient while waiting for the opponent to make a move.

The objective of the offensive side is to plant the bomb. The defensive side must kill the opposing team in order to defuse the tip of the bomb before time runs out.

Besides being a fun game to play with friends, Valorant also allows working with teammates in a way that really improves teamwork and leadership skills. Since it is a 5-player team game, it is essential to choose different agents with different special abilities to carry out certain strategies to win in attack or defense.

I often play with my basketball teammates, and spending time working on the video game together actually strengthens our bond and our ability to work together on the court.

For example, my friend who is the main leader in our Valorant team games often directs us in our gameplay as we work together to defeat opposing teams. When we play, he would notice different patterns of the opposing team and communicate to us in order to take advantage of the pattern and use it against the opponents.

In the game, we follow his direction and lead, and when we’re on the basketball court, I’m the team captain and everyone follows my lead. Being able to play Valorant allows us all to take on different roles than we usually do on the field, which strengthens our rapport and trust with each other, improving our ability to work together on everything.

A common complaint is that Valorant is a toxic community game. For example, many people join random teams and then try to sabotage the game, trying to make the team they are on lose.

I think Valorant has done a great job of preventing toxicity by triggering penalty time if someone doesn’t play the game or adding the functionality to report the player. Sabotaging teammates have not been an issue when playing the game thanks to this feature, which makes it more enjoyable.

Overall, I highly recommend playing Valorant if you like team-based first-person shooter combat games. It’s a great game for having fun with friends while learning new communication and teamwork strategies.