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Dota 2

Dota 2 is real time strategy game and the stand alone sequel to the popular Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III. Gameplay involves 2 teams battling against each other with each participant playing one of the game’s many heroes.

How it works?
Like in free online strategy games, designed as Dota games, players are split into 2 teams, each consisting of up to 5 players, to compete as the base defenders. Game offer extended multiplayer battles, while players control a unique character – there are over 80 characters available, with unique skills, statistics and methods of combat. Player can choose between two factions available in the game; the Radiant and the Dire. Dire faction is based at the northeast corner of the map, while the Radiant is based at the southwest corner of the map. The basic setup of game places 2 bases containing strategic structures “Ancients” at opposing ends of the map.

Similarly to League of Legends or Heroes of Newerth, these bases are connected by 3 main paths, (“lanes”), which are secured by defensive towers and groups of AI controlled units commonly referred as “creeps”. Creeps are periodically spawned, and they are traversing their lanes, attacking opposing units, player controlled characters and buildings upon sight. Every player should also remember that the towers and base defenses are invulnerable to attacks so long as the towers nearest to the opponent’s side still stand.

Are you ready?
To win, players need to know about two things and regard them as crucial to win. First of all because Dota 2 is highly team oriented multiplayer strategy game, players must coordinate with their teams in order to achieve victory. Effective coordination is often very hard, because one bad player or rage-quitter can ruin a match. Yet in Dota 2 Valve implemented AI controlled bots to replace all quitters! It’s simple and very helpful solution. Players are receiving in game money, gold, by killing opposing creeps, characters and enemy structures. By accumulating money, each team can gain advantage and in this way win the match, since gold is used by players to buy powerful equipment, such as magic armors, potions or deadly weaponry. To prevent this, and complicate the game to the opposing team, a typical behavior is to kill your own units, while they are critically damaged, close to death or destruction. During the match, player also receive experience points, needed to level up and to gain greater power and betters skills. How to get greatest portion of experience and gold? By simply (or maybe not…) killing/destroying towers or player controlled characters. There is also unique Coach System, helping new players to understand gameplay much faster. How it works? All veterans can teach newbies and this way, veterans will unlock new titles, cloth sets and other bonuses.

Game is using DirectX 11, so visuals are very, very impressive. Game is looking far better than previous DotA. DotA 2 is using Source engine, so all special effects or textures are very well polished. Good work Valve. Really good work!


(DotA 2 trailer)

Pros
No more “quitter” issues
Highly polished
Entertaining as hell
Extended PvP
Available on Steam
Challenging

Cons
Hard to master
Another DotA game?

 

Summary
Dota 2 is available as free to play online strategy game and like other Valve products is a great and very addicting game. The basic question is – is it worth to try another Dota game? With AI controlled bots replacing quitters, Coach System, and Steam availability – definitely! Overall battles are exciting, extended PvP is hard to master, challenging, but fun as hell. Of course at some point it reminds League of Legends and previous Dota games, but it’s well polished strategy available on Steam which is helping a lot (easy updates, large community and simplicity).

Is it Must-Play? Game won IGN’s People’s Choice Award, defeating games, including Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Guild Wars 2. So, probably yes…

DotA 2 system requirements
DotA 2 minimum system requirements
OS – Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
Graphic Card – nVidia GeForce 7600 GS or ATI Radeon X1600 series
Processor – Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon equivalent
RAM – 1 GB
HDD – 4 GB of free space
Sound Card – DirectX 9 Compatible
DirectX – Version 9.0c

DotA 2 recommended system requirements
OS – Windows 7
Graphic Card – 512MB, nVidia GeForce GT 240 or ATI Radeon 5670
CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
RAM – 2 GB
HDD – 4 GB of free space
Sound Card – DirectX 9 Compatible
DirectX 11