RPS Advent Calendar 2020, December 4th

2020 was a great year for multiplayer games, whether you want to relax and hang out with your friends or not. The next choice for the latter, one of my favorite games of the year.


Ed: Valorant is a multiplayer first-person shooter, basically a wizard and ninja counter-strike. This means that the focus is on precise trigger pulls and crisp headshots, but it also adds a blend of hero abilities. Before the start of each match, there is a list of agents called here, from which you can choose. It’s your job to set up a bomb or prevent it from happening.

At first, I thought the agent and its capabilities did not mesh well with the more measured knife edge tension of Counter-Strike. Well, Barorant proved I was wrong. Each agent most often brings something to the table that isn’t intended to be used aggressively, but acts as a clever tool for creating opportunities. Curl a surveillance camera that helps spy on enemies from a distance, or a rounded horn and blind invader that fires an orb.

I’ve always been crazy about Counter-Strike because it rewards hard work as well as teamwork. Not so many now, but a few years ago, before jumping into a ranked match, I warmed up with targeted training exercises (what a giant nerd). Eventually, I was burned out by the fact that I really needed to practice to keep playing at a certain level, but deeply I seem to have missed the grind.

Then Barorant came and refreshed the counter-strike experience. Perhaps above all, it reconnected me with my old Uni friend who had moved to America all the time for work. I used to play a lot of Counter-Strike together, so it was great to dust off the mouse, dangerously lean on the monitor, and animate a little too much on the non-real virtual character. It was like a shit version of a redemption arc, where two people sank into a gaming chair after a long distance from esports.

Imogen: I didn’t like Counter-Strike (soz Ed). This is a problem I have with many tactical and military taste games, I just think they are a bit boring. Valorant is slow and tactical, hmm, rushing, so I thought I would feel the same. Well, that’s right, but thanks to the weird characters with weird abilities, it’s at an unpredictable level and I think it’s a lot of fun.

One game I might be playing as The Omen teleports here and there in an attempt to surprise enemy players. In half the time this ends up in my death, but if it works, I’m very smart and want to start over. In another match, I set the turret as Killjoy and accidentally trapped it in the back corner. Sure, it might be a predictable turret spot, but what you can never predict is a fool standing behind it, somehow killing all four enemies while shooting a damn turret.

So don’t do that second thing. But the important thing is that Valorant loves how much he encourages players to experiment. I was able to move the turret, but I didn’t have time to spare and wanted to know what would happen. In a highly skilled match, you’ll be less stupid, but stupidity is the best! Most recently, I played the entire match that both teams wanted to get angry with, and finally did a 5v5 knife fight (although I certainly wanted to do banana bread). I just ended the game so that I could take it out of the oven).

In this strange year we call 2020, Valorant has become very sociable to me as well. Performing strange and unexpected strategies, whether random or companion, is even more rewarding if you can get people to do it with you. A competitive shooter that is also Shenanigan’s main real estate – what more can you ask for?

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The RPS Advent Calendar 2020, December 4th

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