Conclusion: Dota 2 deserves its intimidating reputation, and it probably won’t suit you if you’re looking to play casually. There’s a huge time investment before you can even enjoy a game, let alone feel competent at it.
Excerpt: Two teams of five fight across three lanes. Three specific types of shop sell sixty different magical items. There are more than a hundred characters to play, and an unknown quantity still to come. Eight types of specific role that you can play as part of your team.
Summary: Lion and Tinker and Bane, oh my! The original Defense of the Ancients , a custom map for Warcraft III , became a hit almost instantly. Chances are, if you were playing Warcraft around that time, you've played a round or two of DotA .
Excerpt: Dota 2 has just officially released. It’s been in Beta for over two years now, and I’ve been on board right from the start. Over the past couple of years Dota 2 has evolved quite substantially: new heroes are regularly added, new features and modes get introduced, and the menus and hero models get...
Excerpt: DOTA 2 is Valve's newest addition to the lane pushing genre, which include games such as League of Legends (LoL) and Heroes of Newerth (HoN). The genre was basically founded by the prequel, Defense of the Ancients, which is a user-created mod for Warcraft III and has been reported to be one of the...
Pros: Interesting mechanics, possibility to improve, team-work orientated multiplayer experience
Cons: Appalling online community, very intensive gameplay
Excerpt: Of the half-dozen people I started learning Dota 2 with, three still play regularly. Though there are hundreds of thousands of players of our approximate skill level populating the matchmaking queues, the four of us are more like each other than we are like anyone else playing Valve’s isometric...
Conclusion: If there is one thing Dota 2 sparks more than anything, it is the perfect implementation of competitive and cooperative gameplay, so sublime that even PvP fanatics are enraptured by the addiction to play just one more round.
Conclusion: One final note - Valve have been very active in dealing with the oft-criticised toxicness in the Dota community. They're constantly tweaking their player reporting system, and recent results are promising.