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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Valorant 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
There are currently 14 agents to choose from: Brimstone, Phoenix, Sage, Sova, Viper, Cypher, Reyna, Killjoy, Breach, Omen, Jett, Raze, Skye and Yoru. Once chosen you join the attacking or defending team. You must use your Agent's unique abilities to defeat the other team and achieve your objectives. You start with a "classic" pistol and one ability. To this, you can add an assortment of weapons: submachine guns, shotguns, machine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles.
There are different play modes available:
- Unrated - Best of 25 rounds. The attacking team has to get a bomb on one of the multiple specified locations and then protect it for 45 seconds so it detonates.
- Spike Rush - Best of 7 rounds. All players on the attacking team carry a bomb, but only one can be activated per round.
- Competitive - Require 10 unrated match wins to enter.
- Deathmatch - 14 players have 10 minutes to kill 40 opponents.
Currently confirmed for PC, but the style of PEGI/ESRB rating suggests this will be for Xbox One and PS4 as well.
Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB rated TEEN with Blood, Language, Violence, Users Interact and In-Game Purchases. Players use an assortment of firearms (e.g., pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles) and special abilities (e.g., poison gas attacks, electric arrows, ninja-star throws) to kill opponents to complete mission objectives. Battles are frenetic and are accompanied by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and screen-shaking effects. Characters emit spurts of blood when shot, and quickly collapse to the ground when killed. The word “sh*t” is heard in the game.
In addition to the rating, it's good to note that (on PC, unconfirmed for PS4 and Xbox) you can turn off blood, mature content and corpses of dead characters in the game.
13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
In-game purchases for cosmetic outfits and skins for weapons. These are purchased with Radiante Points that can be obtained with real money in the game. A Battle Pass offers access to more items and Radiante Points and can evolve (customise like in Rocket League) skins and other content types.
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