Metacritic: 89/100
Release: Jul 2013
Reviewed on: PC

Dota 2

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Good: Free to play – Mature community – Unique heroes
Bad: Slower paced MOBA – Learning curve
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Dota 2 is a free to play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) developed by the Valve Corporation.


Dota 2 is the sequel the the original MOBA game (Defense of the Ancients) which grew from humble beginnings as a mod for the popular Warcraft III video game. Dota 2 is free to play and officially launched in July 2013 after being in beta testing since 2011.

Dota 2 stays very true to the original game with players battling over a number of lanes while they attempt to break through to the opposing team’s stronghold to destroy their Ancient. Characters in the game are known as ‘heroes’ with each having their own unique skill set like most other MOBA games.

Most games in Dota 2 will progress at a slower rate than similar games with an emphasis on strategy and careful decision making. This mostly has to do with how characters scale and the larger map size within the game. As such the game generally attracts an older and more mature gaming audience but also has a higher learning curve in comparison.

Dota 2 offers over a hundred heroes for players to choose from with heroes split into three basic attribute groups (strength, agility and intelligence) which impacts the playstyle and strengths of each hero.


These simplified attributes do slightly streamline the experience compared with other MOBA games which does take some of the curve away.

Dota 2 also offers great graphics, in game voice chat, Steam Cloud support, spectator mode and extensive AI bots support. With many games in the genre still lacking some of these features its hard not to enjoy Dota 2.


  • Great MOBA experience.
  • Builds on the original Dota game.
  • Large and mature community.
  • Regular game updates to keep content and strategy fresh.
  • Available on PC and Mac.

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Dota 2, 8.7 out of 10 based on 112 ratings
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  1. Owen
    November 12, 2014

    Better Than LOL In So Many Ways To Someone Who Has Played Dota Since Defense Of The Ancients.


  2. Guy
    January 23, 2016

    “Mature community”




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