Recently, Riot Games' Valorant has been touted as the top contender for the multiplayer FPS place CSGO currently has.
Some describe the game as a marriage between Overwatch and CSGO. While others take the risk and proclaim Valorant the "CSGO killer".
From an impartial player's point of view, the new release is unlikely to cover up the hordes of CSGO fans. But the game is a real competitor, so it's worth digging a little deeper and comparing the two.
Low requirements galore
CSGO is famous for its super low requirements. In fact, you should be able to play on a five-year-old laptop. To refresh your memory, the minimum includes the following:
- Intel 2 Duo core or AMD equivalent
- 2 GB of RAM
- 15 GB of internal storage
- GPU with at least 256 MB
- DirectX 9 compatibility
And when you take a look at the Valorant minimum, the specs are almost the same. Only you need 4 GB of RAM and 1 GB of VRAM. This is not surprising given the fact that Valorant has been developed on the Unreal engine. As such it is a bit more demanding. But it can also offer more in terms of physics and effects.
Things to keep in mind
The minimum specs allow 30 FPS games, and this is true for both releases. And if you want to boost to 60 FPS, Intel i3 and Geforce GT 730 are the lowest benchmarks. Again, this is true for CSGO and Valorant.
With this in mind, the difference between gaming at 30, 60, and higher refresh rate monitors is striking. This could give games that use better teams an unfair advantage. But if you don't play pro level, your gaming experience should be pretty decent with lower specs.
On the other hand, server support is an important starting point.
Unlike CSGO, Valorant managed to provide 128-tick servers to facilitate the game in the best possible way. And this could be one of the main selling points of the game, especially if you want to compete.
Furthermore, Valorant promises a bulletproof bulletproof frame. Again, this is something that Valve was unable to effectively establish for CSGO. That said, Valve's anti-cheat catches criminals, but so far it hasn't been fast enough.
Please note that Valorant had not been officially released when this article was published. Therefore, it remains to be seen whether the advanced anti-cheat cheats thousands of players on servers around the world.
What about the gameplay?
If you were showing the gameplay of Valorant and CSGO to casual gamers, they probably wouldn't notice the difference right away. But this is not necessarily a negative thing and Valorant sticks to the main attractions of the FPS genre.
You play games in the five-on-five format. Attackers need to plant a bomb at one of the sites within a given map. The bomb is called a "spike" and if the planting is successful, the attackers win.
Of course, the other way to win is to destroy the opponent. And after each round, there is the purchase phase when you can buy weapons and abilities for the next round.
The saves are also available, and are likely to be as popular as CSGO's. Then there is the shooting physics which seems to be exactly the same as in CSGO.
For example, each weapon has a different spray pattern. With practice, you should be able to master the target, regardless of which weapon you prefer. But this is not the only similarity.
If you shoot while moving, your accuracy decreases. In turn, the game forces you to be more tactical and stop, watch and peak before aiming to kill. Speaking of which, Valorant's game is pretty slow, maybe even slower than CSGO, but this is a subjective observation.
Still, the same shooting physics and slow pace put CSGO veterans at an advantage. They are likely to get higher scores and climb the rankings much faster than the rookies.
Characters and abilities
Without a doubt, character and skill selection is where the two games differ the most.
In Valorant, there are a large number of characters that you choose before each battle. Each one has predefined abilities along with a supreme power that must be replenished. It is true that some of the skills have their counterparts in CSGO.
For example, you can throw what appears to be a smoke grenade, Molotov, or a flashbang. But the game becomes really interesting when you start to launch healing or poisonous clouds. And yes, you can also teleport your character.
The important thing is that the final powers of a character can turn the battle to your advantage. But these do not appear in all rounds, which makes the game a little more attractive.
Let the games begin
In the end, Valorant is an FPS that is well worth your time. The game takes cues from CSGO, but none of the games can claim to be the final winner of the FPS multiplayer genre. And remember, Counter-Strike has years of development behind the game, and Valorant has yet to earn its stars.
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