Dota 2 Reborn

The second version of Valve Corporation's multiplayer battle video game that is set in an online battle arena

  • Category:

    Strategy

  • Works under:

    Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.5 (5699)
Dota 2 Reborn
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An action fantasy strategy game from Valve, Dota 2 comes from the ever-popular game from Warcraft III Defense of the Ancients. First announced in October of 2010, but they didn't release the game until autumn of 2011. This game operates off multiplayer-based action, and you have to fight against an opposing team with a fortified stronghold known as the, "Ancient Fortress." The battle especially goes in your favor when you team up with other players. The team combat happens as you defend your towers from the enemy and try to destroy the enemy's towers. This happens on the road to your enemy's towers.

Many Elements Borrowed

In many ways, we could call this game a direct lift of Defense of the Ancients from Warcraft III. You control your character and do your best to progress through the 25 levels of gameplay. You play in teams of five versus five. As you continue to play, you accumulate gold and earn experience points from taking down enemy targets. If you die, however, this can have a real impact on how fast you level. The faster you level, the more deadly of a force you will be to reckon with on the battlefield.

Hours Spent to Reach Mastery

Some gamers have reported clocking in as many as 4,700 hours while playing Dota 2. That's the equivalent of 198 days and more than 28 weeks. To put that into perspective, that's edging up to a full year, which is 52 weeks, just for playing Dota 2. Dota 2 can be one of the most confusing and disorienting and unforgiving games around. As a beginner, it can be difficult to learn for this reason.

Loosely Based RPG

You could loosely tie Dota 2 to a loosely based RPG. One example of a similar action-RPG is Diablo. You right click on the ground and move to the chosen location to attack enemies with your character's special abilities. Every character will have a need for different gear to make him better. Dota 2 primarily consists of five-on-five battles where you want to destroy the enemy team's ancient tree. Do this and you win the war. You can select a character from over 100 different choices to fulfill roles familiar to MMO players. Some of the roles in the game include: DPS, tanks and plenty of roles that fall somewhere in between. As a team, you want to choose a lineup to complement each other because you will have a higher likelihood of success. The game does, however, suffer from a lack of diversity, and you will play the same map over and over without much change to the dynamics or rules of the game.

Pros

  • Based on the popular game from Warcraft III.
  • Over 100 characters to choose from.
  • Older game with a lot of history, and it served as the precursor to the popular League of Legends game.

Cons

  • Lack of map diversity means you better find other things to appreciate about the game.

DOTA2 is an extremely popular MOBA game. It was developed and released by Valve. MOBA stands for multiplayer online battle arena. Dota2 is a mixture of a real time strategy game and action roleplaying game. In DOTA2 there are 10 players in total who play with five on each team. Each player picks from a pool of characters called heroes before the game starts.

The Hero Pool

Every hero in the pool has a main attribute. The attributes are Strength, Agility and Intelligence. All of the attributes do something different during the game. Strength increases your hit points. Agility increases your attack speed. Intelligence increases your mana pool. Every point in that attribute also increases the damage they do when they attack.

Every hero has four different abilities. You level up throughout the game. As you level up you gain increased stats points. However, you also get an ability point each time you level. So, you get to choose what abilities you level up first. There are three regular abilities and an ultimate ability. The ultimate ability can only be increased at level 6, 11 and 16.

Every hero has a different role that they can play. There are a lot of different roles that vary in complexity, so here are a few of them. There are nukers that do a lot of damage with their spells and are very good at killing enemies quickly. There are disablers whose abilities primarily focus on making enemies unable to act, and there are carries that do a lot of damage late in the game with their auto attacks.

Pros

DOTA2 is free to play with everything that is relevant to gameplay being accessible immediately. That means that you can play the full game without ever having to pay for anything. The game also has a lot of depth, which makes it have a lot of replay ability. You can play two different games of Dota2 and have entirely different outcomes and scenarios because of lane setup and the hero selection.

Cons

There is a huge learning curve for the game. Since there is so much depth to it, those who don't have a lot of experience with the game or the MOBA genre will have a very hard time getting into it. You can play the game every day for a week and still end up in situations where you don't know what's going on. The games are also very long. Every game usually goes to at least 30 to 40 minutes. If you're losing, it can be extremely frustrating to keep playing. Overall DOTA2 is a great game, but it isn't for everyone. There is a lot of fun to be had playing it, but the amount of knowledge required to play it well can be extremely difficult for some people to overcome.

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