Valorant: How to play Riot Games' tactical shooter

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Valorant is finally here, and you can play now for free.

A mix of CS:GO style tactical shooter and Overwatch-inspired classes with unique abilities, Riot is no doubt hoping the formerly titled 'Project A' will be a new entry on the competitive FPS scene.

Here's how to play.

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Valorant: How to play

Valorant is a first-person shooter with an objective-based focus that revolves around planting and diffusing bombs.

If that sounds familiar, that's because by Riot's own admission they've been heavily inspired by Counter-Strike.

You'll be split between attackers and defenders, protecting or assaulting bomb spots, and while your shooting skill is key to success, you'll also be able to use different character abilities.

With some characters focused on disorientating enemies, others focused on support, and some straight out damage-dealers, there's a lot to learn.