Kevin C. Wong

Computer Game - Valorant (2020) [+]

Valorant is a 5v5 fps shooter from Riot Games. Each player chooses a character and each character has a special power or two including an ultimate power that requires charging. A match consists of rounds and the first team to win 13 rounds wins the match.

In each round one team attacks, needing to go to one of three locations to plant a spike and defend it until the spike explodes, meanwhile the other team has to stop it by. A win is kill all the other team (once you're dead you're out of the round) or the spike either explodes or is disarmed. One team defends for seven rounds and then it switches.

In between rounds each player can buy and sell stuff. You can pick up stuff from opponents and you get money for round results. You can buy more armor, shields, or better weapons and can also trade with other team members and you have like 30 seconds to do this before the next round starts.

A round is two or three minutes making a match about 45 minutes. There are a few maps and in general each map has lots of corners and three or four avenues of approach for the spiking team, so the defenders need to spread out to see where the attackers are coming from and if it's not a feint the other defenders have to converge.

I like it because it's less chaotic than Overwatch so team communication is fairly important though you can still do ok even if your team doesn't do voice chat. You can die quickly but not too quickly and by that I mean you can make a mistake, get hit a couple of times, and dodge out of the way (unless you get shot in the head which is always fatal I think). Also the rounds go fast yet since it's multi-round there is a build up to the end.

Overall it's an entertaining game to watch and has a good combination of strategy, tactics and action.