VALORANT is a competitive 5v5 shooter from Riot Games that’s taken the world by storm. It takes the team shooter gameplay elements from CS:GO and mixes it with character abilities similar to Overwatch. The action is fast-paced, and it takes strategy, timing, and precision to get the upper hand on the enemy team.

One of the best things about this game is that it has low system requirements and can run on almost any PC released in the last few years. The game also has an ESRB rating of T so that most people can play it. It’s also free to play, so there are no excuses for not trying it out. This guide will show you how to download and play VALORANT so you can get in on the action. 

How to Download

  1. Go to the VALORANT site and click on “Play Free.”
  2. If you have a Riot account, you can sign in. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to register.
  3. Download the game.
  4. The installation will ask you to install the Vanguard anti-cheat software. The game can’t run without it, so you’ll have to install it.
  5. Once VALORANT and Vanguard are installed, you can start playing.


Getting Started

Since VALORANT requires fast movement and precise aiming, it’s best to configure the movement and aim to your preferences. Ensure all the buttons, including jump and crouch, are to your liking and that the mouse sensitivity isn’t too high or low.

When you start VALORANT, there’s a basic tutorial to help you get the hang of the shooting and movements in the game. You can go to the range at any time to hone your skills, and you can even focus on specific options like Open Range, Shooting Test, Spike Planting, and Spike Diffusal.

Game modes like Spike Rush and Deathmatch can also help you to get better fast. Spike Rush gives you random weapons, and the first team to win four rounds is victorious. Deathmatch allows you to choose whichever gun you want and run around shooting people without worrying about the spike. 

It’s also worth testing the different agents to see which one best suits your gameplay style. Some agents are better for offensive play, while others are more defensive. Remember to use agents who compliment the other members of the team.

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