Whenever a new game releases and the internet consequently breaks for a few days or weeks, plenty of outsiders are left stranded on the fence asking the age-old question: is it worth playing? Whether it’s 2019’s WoW Classic or 2020’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it’s easy to get swept up in much of the recent hype surrounding any viral release. But for many potential players, by the time you make your decision to get into the game, you’re already far behind the rest of the internet. 

However, with months to go until Valorant goes live and available for download, there’s plenty of time to determine whether or not the game is worth picking up. Luckily, there’s a few ways to determine if Valorant might be worth it for you

First and foremost, the easiest way to test out Valorant is by getting a key to the closed beta and stepping into the arena to try the product out for yourself. With the beta launching tomorrow, April 7, the best way to get a glimpse of what Valorant is all about is by, well, actually playing Valorant

But don’t get your hopes up; it’s going to be really tough to get your hands on a key. 

On Friday, Riot handed out the first 25,000 access keys to viewers of certain Valorant Twitch streams. When the beta launches tomorrow, viewers will once again have access to keys through random drops, although this time around, the flat number of keys being given out will be increased to 75,000. So, while trying for a Valorant key might be the best way to tackle the game’s first hand experience, there’s still alternatives at your disposal if you’re unlucky. 

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Perhaps the next best way to get a feel for Valorant without actually playing the game itself is by watching some of those aforementioned streams of the game. While the experience wouldn’t be on the same level as actually playing, you can still get a good feel for what’s going on.

However, if you’re insistent upon actually interacting with some kind of game in order to get a grasp on what Valorant is all about, then I’d highly recommend playing something that stands somewhere close to the character-based shooter genre that the game is going to be breaking into. Your best options in the current market would be Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, or Apex Legends

The first of those three would give you the closest experience to an actual game of Valorant, considering it puts a heavy emphasis on strategy, timing, and precision. CS:GO is by miles the closest you’re going to get to Valorant without actually playing Valorant. On the other side of that coin, Overwatch and Apex Legends are less concerned with the specific angle of gameplay that Valorant would offer, but instead revolve around the concept of a character-based FPS. While Overwatch is objective-based, Apex is a battle royale. Pick which one of those genres suits you better. 

However, personally, I’d recommend trying out all three of those games if you haven’t already. They’ll do their best to not only give you a primer of a fast-paced FPS experience, but more importantly, they all helped to influence Valorant in one way or another – either directly or indirectly – meaning that you’ll be getting a glimpse of Riot’s vision in some fashion. Whichever way you choose to determine whether or not Valorant is right for you, don’t sweat it. There’s plenty of time between now and the official release day, so you’ll have ample opportunity to make up your mind and come to an educated decision.


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