Yesterday I played the first five unranked games in Valorant and I have to say that the game is in many ways tragic. But the worst problem (which has already been reported in the media) is cheaters.
I immediately decided to check if the in-game reporting system works and how quickly it responds to reports.
For this, I cursed in the chat and the next day I have a mute for four days. So it works!
I won the first three matches with the results 13-4, 13-1 and 13-5, achieving high results in them.
Already in the third game I found a cheater on the opposing team. Fortunately, he was a noob, or he couldn't properly use or configure cheats, because despite using wallhack and aimbot, he often died, although there were occasions when he could kill players on my team within 360 degrees with all headshots. Also, he didn't cheat from the start, but turned on cheats after losing a few rounds. But then it got disconnected so we managed to win.
I lost the next two matches with the result 5-13 and 8-13.
In the fourth match, a player using wallhack + aimbot was on the opposing team, he also confessed to it in the chat and he did it brazenly, so it was not hard to notice. You know, if someone plays these games, it's not too hard to recognize a cheater. Especially if he knows everything, prefire, he shoots through walls and almost only hits the head.
This one player practically won the entire match alone, scoring the victory for his team with a final score of 40 kills, 9 deaths and 7 assists.
The fifth game turned out to be more even as there were two cheaters on my team too, so it wasn't too bad. However, I was able to do absolutely nothing. Every now and then I was killed immediately by cheaters from all sides. As a result, I was practically excluded from the game, because attempts to take any action always ended in failure. It was a typical hvh game where the ordinary player has no chance and even and well I could stay in the base.
Today I played two matches.
We won the first one 13-4. There were two cheaters on my team, and the opposite one as well, but mine also had an aimbot, so they didn't stand a chance.
The next game was funnier. We gave up because we came across three ragehackers. Three players on the opposing team came from around each corner prefire and insta headshots.
They completly rekt us, we could do absolutely nothing. There was no doubt that they had cheats, because they always knew absolutely everything and never missed, and their reaction time was better than that of professional players.
Before you start dealing with unbalance and map issues, do something about the cheater problem first, because if this game looks like this, it will end up like CS: GO, it will become a cheater training ground. A game that honest players simply don't play, because they have no chance of facing cheats, and playing with cheats is not fun for them.
I gave up CS: GO after more than 3,000 hours of gameplay just because only cheaters play this game outside of the world and no security can stop them. It never was, because many of the cheater profiles I follow on Steam have been cheating for several years without a single ban, which can be seen from their game and comments on their profiles from other users (you know "-rep cheater").
I thought that since Valorant has such a demanding anti-cheat, it's worth giving this game a try. However, it seems not.
Personally (after my experience with CS: GO) I think the PvP games are over. Currently, without cheats, there is no point in starting, because every major title is struggling with the scourge of this scum and it seems that nothing will change in this matter, as long as bans do not start to be issued on equipment, because nowadays a ban on IP also fails the exam.
Vanguard is a very intrusve anti-cheat. It requires re-moving the computer and prevents the use of many devices and programs, but despite this, cheaters have no problem with this game. So what's the point in using such annoying security when its only role is to irritate normal players?
Valorant is currently having a similar cheater problem to CS: GO. There are plenty of them and you can find them in almost every match, even in unranked games. One such player is enough to ruin an entire match.
I can imagine what happens in the ranked games, since there are so many cheaters in the unranked games...
Already Valorant is as unplayable as CS:GO is packed with cheaters that give you no chance for anything.