Is Valorant better than CS:GO?
In the gaming community, a game really has to be something of its kind in every aspect possible, be it different or just borderline hard to get accustomed. A game gets its popularity when it retains its players to play more and have fun at the same time. This is why not every game makes it to the front page. But that does mean a game has to be perfect and well balanced to get such a level? Not always.
The current hype in the gaming scene is majorly dominated by Riot Games’ ( the maker of the famous League of Legends ) new title in the 5v5 competitive FPS game mode “Valorant”. Now let’s just address the elephant in the room, i.e. ‘Is Valorant a copy of CS: GO?’. Everyone once in a while has heard this question if they had ever come upon anything related to Valorant. We will try our best to clear out both the games according to what they are offering the players.
1. Why is Valorant being compared to CS:GO?
The very first thing, if anybody can remember, that started as an advertisement of Valorant’s closed pre-development gameplay footage, then named ‘Project A’ was openly compared to the ever so dominating title CS: GO straight out the back. Though it was clear the game was heavily influenced by CS: GO, it did have some unique features compared to CS: GO. Like abilities that players can implement during the game and different agents each having their unique sets of skills and abilities, yeah kinda like Overwatch or Rainbow six siege. Then why it’s being compared to Counterstrike Global Offensive mainly? Because it was not only influenced by the 5v5 FPS Competitive aspect of CS: GO. There were also a few more similarities like the economy system, Win and loss bonuses, and many guns inspired by their competitor. Not only these, many ex Counter strike professionals and map designers were involved in the making of Valorant.
A competitive game is considered to be the one that everyone can have access to as not everybody can afford a good gaming setup. Here comes the best part about our contenders, both CS: GO and Valorant’s minimum system requirements are really very low and accessible that a little potato PC can handle it. The System req. For both, the games are:-
-CounterStrike Global Offensive- Minimum System Requirements
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750|
|RAM||2 GB ram|
There should be a Stable Broadband Connection to play this game.
Minimum System Requirements
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|RAM||4 GB ram|
|VRAM||Intel HD 4000|
|STORAGE||3.6 GB download size with nearly 8 GB after installation|
There should be a Stable Broadband Connection to play this game.
Both games are currently free to play. This is mainly implemented after CS:GO’s status to compete in the same market by Riot. But to play matchmaking with prime, a new player has to buy Prime Status with money or has to grind till ingame rank 21 to receive it for free. This is a big difference point because often players find cheaters mostly in non-prime matches tan in prime. But Valorant offers equal match opportunities for everyone. CS:GO is available on Steam store and Valorant can be downloaded from Riot’s dedicated Official site for Valorant.
CS:GO is very much influenced by its community, most of its maps and skins are made by the community making the distance between players and the game very thin. CS:GO offers a vast selection of maps, game modes ( including 5v5 competitive, 10v10 casual, arms race, deathmatch, etc) and skins. Players can even have their own dedicated public server hosting their choice of game modes and features. CS:GO features 64 tick rate servers in their official game which is not really accepted properly by professional players as it makes them feel they are playing the game with its half potential.
Valorant’s community is very closed with near to none community control. No custom maps, skins, or dedicated public servers. Currently offers a handful of skins (mostly can be unlockable via money) and 4 maps to play. It also has two types of game modes i.e Unrated and Spike Rush. It also features a custom game feature which is pretty basic and can be found in the former title too. Valorant official features 128 tick rate servers making the feel very smooth and responsive with optimized UI for players to understand everything.
CS:GO is infamous for it anti-cheat service called ‘Valve Anti Cheat’ or ‘VAC’. It works, well sort of, as players do encounter cheaters often ingame without them getting banned during their action even of using blatant cheats most of the time. Valve also offers manual bans via the conclusion of the community’s verdict by a system called ‘Overwatch Ban’ where game demos are manually reviewed by anonymous players where they observe the match and give their verdict at the end in exchange they get some XP if their verdict proves to be correct.
On the other hand, comes the recently released and already controversial Valorant’s Anticheat called “Vanguard’. Why is this controversial you ask? Well, this antivirus used to always remain on in the background and has level 0 Kernel access to your computer. This is Riot’s new way to vandalize cheaters from their game but it is a little bit excessive. You would not want a software to have access to everything on your computer just for playing a game. Well, they listened to the people and they made the anti-cheat to be disabled when not in use. But now the player has to restart their computer every time they want to play Valorant in order to enable Vanguard if it was closed before in the same session. Does this stop cheaters? No, every game has its share count of cheaters. Since the closed beta, players came across cheaters many times. Recently if a player seems to be obvious cheating then they easily get caught by Vanguard and the match gets cancelled with the cheater’s account getting suspended. Players don’t have to sit and play the whole game against a cheater anymore. Kudos! To the developers and we can easily say that Vanguard is pretty much doing a little better job than Vac.
CS:GO was initially released on 21 august 2012 for platforms like Microsoft window xb0x 360 and PlayStation 3, with Linux based version in 2014. Since then, the console versions were called of for being a complete disaster while PC versions still dominating. CS:Go was received both well and with critic. It has made history so many times and is still in the top 5 games on steam in the world. It had so many events, so many legendary players, so many legendary moments, and a community greatest than anywhere else. The community is not perfect but it is still something players call home. It’s just not just a game but an emotion. Everyone has a love-hate relationship with it. It is still getting updates, events, and emerging player base and is dominating for 8 years now. On the other hand, comes the newly released Valorant with a global release on June 2, 2020. It has a lot to prove and it is. Players have received it gladly worldwide and are loving it. It has its own stories to be told and even though it has similarities to the former one, they never really feel the same while playing. I have played both the games, CS:GO for 4 years and Valorant from June 2, 2020. So it is very hard to compare them with each other. I enjoy playing both and CS:GO is one of my favorite games, while I am currently enjoying Valorant too with friends. It feels good for a change and CS:GO after dominating for so long has finally some strong competition. The competition will just make each game better and provide content for the player base. I don’t see either of it as a threat or a ‘Killer’ of others but as huge potential in the gaming community and professional field.