DOTA 2 v7.0.5 Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA. For those not in the know, the genre is composed of games that pit the player character, the player's human teammates, and a AI army against a foe of equal strength. The players attempt to be the first to destroy the base of the enemy, usually after lengthy and tactically-involving matches. DOTA 2 isn't the first of these games on the market, but it's definitely got the strongest legacy. As the sequel to one of the earliest MOBAs, it's got a lot to live up to - and a community that always keeps its developers honest.
If you've ever played a MOBA, you've already experienced most of what DOTA 2 has to offer. Every match follows the same formula, the only real variables coming from the Champions chosen and the skill level of the players. DOTA 2 is a completely free to play game, and you can truly enjoy the game without ever spending a penny - Champions come and go from the free to play roster, and you can typically earn enough to make sure you always have your favorite hero available. For those who are truly competitive, though, buying a new Champion is still a relatively inexpensive process.
Engaging Community and a True eSport
It's hard to talk about DOTA 2 without talking about the community, which can be seen as both a positive and negative. First and foremost, the community is engaged. If you want to talk about the game, there are people to find at all hours of the day or night. Unfortunately, the community is also seen as incredibly toxic to new players. If you haven't mastered your hero, you can almost certainly expect a certain level of abuse. It isn't fair, but it's something for which players should be prepared.
The competitive nature of DOTA 2 extends past the players and into the eSports field. DOTA 2 is a true eSport, one that garners not only millions of viewers but that has a consistent roster of well-known players. It's the goal of many who play the game to make their way into these ranks, and a great deal of animus is directed towards anyone who is seen as holding them back. When you can find a game that matches your skill level, though, you can begin to understand why so many people take the game seriously. This is as close to reality as a virtual sport is likely to get.
DOTA 2 is mechanically friendly to new players, even if the community isn't so forgiving. If you've never played a MOBA or haven't played since the original Defense of the Ancients, this is the first game you should try. If you are already attached to a MOBA, though, there's not much new to be found here. This is one of the true exemplars of the genre and a game that shouldn't be ignored. Don't expect the wheel to be reinvented here, but do expect it to function as smoothly as possible.
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