VALORANT is a tough game to get into. It's built on the bones of Counter-Strike, a notoriously unforgiving shooter, and adds in characters with unique effects, too.
Persevere, though, and Riot's shooter quickly becomes a cornerstone of any PC gamer's rotation of games - and since it's free, you've got nothing to lose.
Here's how to hone your skills and improve at VALORANT.
Practice Makes Perfect
It may sound obvious, but the game's firing range is a great place to practice those wrist flicks and headshots.
The mode offers the entire range of weaponry, as well as customisable target spawn rates, making it ideal for a warm-up even if you're an expert.
Try Other Modes
If you're struggling to hit a barn door with a banjo, why not try Deathmatch? I love it.
It sounds bizarre to try and pit yourself against other players in a free-for-all when you're not the most confident gunslinger, but by allowing respawns, random spawn points, and your choice of weapons, it's a great way to get used to the game - albeit without using abilities.
Then there's Spike Rush, which restricts players to a set weapon in fast-paced, objective-based modes. It's a nice preamble to the game's standard bomb-planting mode, and is well worth a try if you can't stomach going the full 45-minutes for a single game.
Here are some considerations for upping your game in VALORANT, particularly if you're a newcomer.
- Avoid running where possible. Holding shift while moving will allow you to move slowly, and more quietly. You'll also be more accurate.
- Stop, drop, and pop. Where possible, if you're approaching an enemy consider stopping, crouching and firing. Firing while moving is a surefire way to fire all around an enemy without hitting them.
- Armour is crucial - be sure to buy it when you get a chance before rounds.