Riot also released a gameplay preview that offers a few select moments from a full – round game.
While it’s difficult to form an opinion based on a video, Valorant seems a tense, but fun affair. The preview hints at a sophisticated balance of precise, lethal shooting and character abilities that encourage creativity.
We won’t beat around the bush – it’s Counter- Strike: Global Offensive with Overwatch’s character abilities thrown in. But, it’s done with enough reverence for both titles that Valorant is its own thing entirely.
Few would argue that Valorant doesn’t look promising. The only real criticism that we can level at the game is that it currently sports a bland aesthetic and lacks character. But this may not be a bad thing.
Riot Games appear to be favoring gameplay quality and balance over anything else. As players pour countless hours into a competitive multiplayer game, the visuals become an accepted norm of little concern. Take Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – by no means is it a looker, but it remains a staple of the eSports scene despite approaching its eighth anniversary.
Then again, Overwatch can attribute much of its success to expansive lore building and a vibrant cast of characters. If Riot Games nails Valorant’s gameplay and then imports its League of Legends-know-how to flesh out the world, we’ll soon forget this perceived blandness.
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