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So my good friend Philip often mentioned to me how great this game called Dota 2 is. He was always kind of vague about it though. He never even told me if this word Dota actually stood for anything. A couple of years after knowing this game exists, I decided to try out Valve’s free-to-play juggernaut that’s not in first person, Defense of the Ancients 2.

This game falls within the spectrum of the MOBA genre; a term that covers more popular games like Warcraft and League of Legends, and an acronym I didn’t know existed until I put about a hundred or so hours into this game. It stands for multiplayer online battle arena, which as far as I’m concerned is an RTS that doesn’t have players controlling head-spinning numbers of minions of differing traits. Instead, the player chooses from a pool of hundreds of high-powered characters, called heroes to control and slaughter hundreds of hapless NPC units called creeps. Only when the players run into each other do they have to employ tactics, and where the gameplay mechanics start to unfold.
Killing enemy heroes is what makes the game challenging, as each hero has a unique ability set tailored to performing different jobs based around whether the hero is a strength, agility, or intelligence hero. There are a number of exceptions to how heroes in these categories are played, but strength heroes can be broadly described as being hefty damage sponges that hit hard and slow; like a retired body builder to a punching bag. Agility heroes tend to be less able to bite the bullets and acid sprays strength heroes can shrug off, but they make up for it by eventually striking targets so quickly, players give up on keeping track. Then there are the intelligence heroes. These guys are usually casters that do massive damage in football field sized chunks or stopping enemies from using the abilities they desperately need to carry their own weight. Looking at it like that, the game sounds fairly easy to pick, but trusting that it is will later result in a number of computer peripherals being sent sheetrock, towards the heads of anyone unfortunate enough to be on the other side. Dota 2, beyond these very broadly defined characteristics has heroes that fit into sub categories like nuker, pusher, carry, disabler, dismantler, disemboweler, etc., etc. Not to mention the game itself provides such a boggling assortment of items, heroes that one would expect to be a disembowler is now a fairly effective despiner. So yes; there is a bit of a hill to climb before getting some basic mechanics down, and even after playing for an amount of time that climbs into the triple digits, the community at large will always be ready to reaffirm just how much new players still have to learn. Once this barrier to entry built with the grotto of players who thought they could easily get into the game is passed, hero to hero combat is fast paced, exciting, and serves up harsh punishments for mistakes.

Now, believe it or not, there is a story that roughly explains why it is exactly that these heroes are gleefully trying to rip each other’s throats out. Apparently, two individuals named the Radiant and the Dire (Redmond and Blutarch Mann) contested so fiercely that members of ancient civilization locked them into a rock and hurled them into space. The rock would eventually orbit some other planet and be forever known as the Mad Moon. It eventually collapsed, and fell to the planet where it gave the inhabitants superpowers through ingestion. Like with any other superpower giving entity, it caused a bit of addiction among the people who built shrines to worship these things called ancients. These ancients only contain a fraction of the power they used to have, and the only way to restore their strength is to blow them up. It’s nothing particularly gripping, but it’s enough to justify repeatedly stabbing foes with a rusty meat hook. The heroes each have their own back stories as well, which does spark a bit of interest considering how varied they can be, from a warrior that fused with an ancient dragon to a ghost that was formed along-side the universe itself.

For a game with such scope, the visuals hold up pretty well. The character designs are about as detailed as what can be found in Valve games like “Team Fortress 2”, albeit less cartoony, and effects like explosions, lasers, and flaming arrows, while lethal on the receiving end are pretty cool to look at. My personal favorite is a black hole summoned by a hero named Enigma. Purple energies swirl ever more rapidly inward to form an accretion disk while a miniature quasar wobbles about the event horizon. The heads up display is very clean, using subtle visual cues instead of text to show when the player needs to completely lose his or her mind, and an announcer to keep track of just how much better the enemy is doing. Granted, I would like my monitor to be at least twelve feet high so my feeble mind can better keep track of the blood and glitter storm of a team fight.
Personally, I really like this game. It more than not, infuriates me with the sheer number of players that possess Mach 1 reaction times and items I’ve never heard of, but the prospect of earning massive rewards for doing well keeps me going back for punishment. I’d recommend this game to anyone who has the free time to dedicate to single matches that can last between forty and seventy minutes, not to mention it’s free-to-play with the only financial expenditure coming from DLC that doesn’t stand for much reason other than to be esthetically distinct. I’d say try it out simply because it’s free, but definitely be afraid of facing things that bare names like Riki and Phantom Lancer.


P.S. Sornette, this is not the big project. Just something to do amidst working on it.
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I have been playing Dota Wc3 then moved on to Dota 2. Currently, I have no time to play Dota 2 because college. I'm glad that you found Dota 2. It must be a great experience for you. Have fun! The game is totally teamwork base and heroes.
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lianghong1 wrote:

I have been playing Dota Wc3 then moved on to Dota 2. Currently, I have no time to play Dota 2 because college. I'm glad that you found Dota 2. It must be a great experience for you. Have fun! The game is totally teamwork base and heroes.


I am in college silly. Well erm, junior college; taking bone-head classes as my last semester closes.
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I believe this should have been placed in the PC gaming section of the forums instead of general discussion.
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justanotherguy_2005 wrote:

I believe this should have been placed in the PC gaming section of the forums instead of general discussion.


Okay, you do have a marginally valid point. It is a PC game, but I'm decided to go ahead and assume that this game in particular, based on the numbers, is generally discussed; among Dota players.
Posted 3/3/14
But by placing your thread here it is now competing for attention against such titans as "Do you poop at school or work?", "Wet Dreams" and of course "Why Do/Don't you think you're Good Looking?". All of which will surely get more attention than this review. If it were placed in the PC gaming section though it could stay on top and rule that section...forever.
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justanotherguy_2005 wrote:

But by placing your thread here it is now competing for attention against such titans as "Do you poop at school or work?", "Wet Dreams" and of course "Why Do/Don't you think you're Good Looking?". All of which will surely get more attention than this review. If it were placed in the PC gaming section though it could stay on top and rule that section...forever.


I like a challenge.
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Lethargic_leopard_Seal wrote:


lianghong1 wrote:

I have been playing Dota Wc3 then moved on to Dota 2. Currently, I have no time to play Dota 2 because college. I'm glad that you found Dota 2. It must be a great experience for you. Have fun! The game is totally teamwork base and heroes.


I am in college silly. Well erm, junior college; taking bone-head classes as my last semester closes.


Well, I spent most of my time on anime and study biology. I already stopped playing Dota 2 and just watch it on twitch. I played for 5 years. Its time to quit playing Dota 2. I'm at the stage when I getting bored of playing games now.
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justanotherguy_2005 wrote:

I believe this should have been placed in the PC gaming section of the forums instead of general discussion.


And thus, I have moved it there.
Happy gaming!
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I've been playing since 2005 at DotA days till now, and it's crazy how i still learn new shit everyday, this game is ridiculously complex when played at a high level, it's almost like a chess match with a lot more variables thrown into the equation.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UDN32KSBIA
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