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Dota 2

Dota 2 is a competitive, fantasy MOBA and is the successor to the incredibly popular Warcraft 3 custom map. Dota 2 features a standalone client, a brilliant musical score, and a huge cast of heroes.

Publisher: Valve
Playerbase: High
Type: MOBA
Release Date: Jul 9, 2013 (NA/EU)
Pros: +Over 108 playable heroes. +Great e-Sports scene. +Good variety of skins, UIs, and voice packs. +Well-balanced. +Custom game support.
Cons:  -Steep learning curve. -Community can be toxic. -Slow update schedule.

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Overview

Dota 2 Overview

Dota 2 is the successor to the original Dota and features polished graphics, smooth gameplay, and an excellent amount of variety (heroes, game modes, and skins). Despite the steeper learning curve than other MOBAs, Dota 2 appeals to a broad audience and is one of the most popular and widely played MOBAs in the world. The game was developed by IceFrog, the the same designer behind the original Dota. Gameplay-wise, Dota 2 plays exactly like the first game, except with a lot more polish given the new engine and stand-alone client.

Dota 2 Key Features:

  • All At Your Fingertips – players have access to ALL of the game's heroes from the start. No need to unlock or purchase heroes.
  • Snowball Easily – dying results in a loss of gold, can magnify the effects of snowballing.
  • Huge Variety of Cosmetics and Skins players can customize individual parts of their heroes (weapons, armor, helmets, etc.).
  • Custom Game Support – players can build their own custom games within Dota 2 (Pudge Wars, Tower defenses, Racing, Battleships, and more!)
  • Skill-Based and Competitive – similar to LoL, Dota 2 is heavily reliant on a player's skill, is very competitive, and has a large e-Sports scene.

Dota 2 Screenshots

Dota 2 Featured Video

Full Review

Dota 2 Review

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Videos

Dota 2 Videos

Links

Dota 2 Links

Dota 2 Official Site
Dota 2 Wikipedia
Dota 2 Gamepedia [Database / Guides]
Dota 2 Wiki Teamliquid [Database / Guides]
Dota 2 Subreddit

System Requirements

Dota 2 System Requirements

Minimum PC Requirements:

Operating System: XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz / 2.8 GHz AMD CPU
Video Card: GeForce 8600 GT / HD 2600
RAM: 4 GB
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB

Recommended PC Requirements:

Operating System: XP / Vista / 7 / 8
CPU: Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz / 2.8 GHz AMD CPU
Video Card: GeForce 9600 GT/ Radeon HD 3600
RAM: 4 GB
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB

Mac OS X Requirements:

Operating System: OS X Lion 10.7 or newer
CPU: Dual Core Intel CPU
Video Card: Nvidia 320M / Radeon 7000 or better
RAM: 4 GB
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB

Linux / SteamOS Requirements:

Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer
CPU: Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz
Video Card: GeForce 8600 / 9600 GT or Radeon 2600 / 3600
RAM: 4 GB
Hard Disk Space: 8 GB

Dota 2 was designed by Valve to run efficiently on all sorts of systems. Any modern computer should be able to run the game, even with an Intel integrated graphics chip.

Music

Dota 2 Music & Soundtrack


Additional Info

Dota 2 Additional Information

Developer: Valve
Engine: Source
Other Platforms: Mac OX C / Linux
Designer(s): IceFrog
Composer(s): Chet Faliszek, Ted Kosmatka, and Marc Laidlaw
Closed Beta Date: August 18, 2008 (Suba Games)
Open Beta Date: August 29, 2008 (Suba Games)

Foreign Release:

Japan: 2005 (Nexon)
South Korea: 2011 (Nexon)
China: 2009 (Perfect World)
Vietnam: 2006 (Published as Phi Doi by VTCGame)
China: 2007 (Perfect World)

Development History / Background:

Dota 2 was developed by renowned game developer Valve. It is the successor to the incredibly popular MOBA Dota: All Stars for Warcraft 3. Development for Dota 2 began in 2009, when Valve hired IceFrog, the designer behind the original Dota for Warcraft 3. Keep in mind, IceFrog didn't "create" Dota  he merely kept the game updated after Eul and Guinsoo stopped active development. However, IceFrog was the man responsible for much of Dota's success. The idea behind Dota 2 was to create a stand-alone version of the popular Warcraft 3 MOBA. The benefits of a stand-alone client would be enormous the ability to reconnect, better visuals, better interface, and ultimately more control over the game. Dota 2 was meant to be identical to Dota 1 in terms of gameplay, and for the most part, it is. Development of Dota 2 was first hinted at when IceFrog announced on his blog that he would lead a team at Valve to design a game. IceFrog revealed nothing else until Valve officially announced the game on October 13, 2010 to much hype and fanfare.

  • I've been playing DotA 2 on and off since it originally launched. It's an unbelievable improvement over the original game with vastly improved graphics and gameplay fluidity. It's still the same game in spirit though. Other MOBA players be warned; DotA 2 is pretty unforgiving. You lose gold for dying, so it's very easy to fall behind and continue falling behind. It's well worth checking out though! I got a cool 500+ hours on here already.

  • Ahmed

    I'm so addicted to this game, this is one of the best moba games along side LoL.

    • Agreed. Dota 2 is solid, i got 600+ hours clocked in so far even though I mainly play LoL, I still play a lot of DotA 2. The reborn custom maps are a lot of fun too. 10vs10, Overthrow, etc.

  • Addrianna Wing

    Some people told me to try it out, Its okay. I like to play games like that, the camera views, the battling, its all fun, but I just really prefer games like Skyrim, Final Fantasy, and Alteria.