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Game Reviews from around the web

100

A great PvP game that offers some of the most intriguing and nuanced team combat around.

100

If you’re willing to put in the effort, you’ll get a game with unparalleled depth and competitive fun. This one has one hell of a learning curve, but climbing it, you’ll find, is a huge pleasure in and of itself.

100

DOTA has marked the life of millions of persons. Valve and IceFrog has made sure DOTA 2 will be making the same for next decade. An extraordinary formula and a extraordinary work around it.

97

Dota 2 is one of the most spectacular and intense games of all time.

95

Simply irresistible and addictive as hell.

95

With zero cost to play and one of the highest skill ceilings of any game I’ve ever encountered, Dota 2 is a modern multiplayer masterpiece.

94

But once you start to learn its secrets, there’s a wild and exciting variety of play here that’s unmatched, even by its peers. It’s a challenge of knowledge as well as reflexes, and success is a rush.

90

Unforgiving from the get-go, but a landmark in competitive multiplayer design. [Oct 2013, p.68]

Games Master UK

90

There’s a steep, daunting learning curve, but DOTA 2 offers one of the most rewarding game experiences you can find on PC today. [Sept 2013, p.80]

PC PowerPlay

90

The most refined take on the genre yet. [Issue#138, p.98]

games(TM)

90

DotA 2 will be an important highlight for eSports in the following years. Try it and you’ll understand why.

90

A deep and rewarding competitive game that becomes something special when taken on in the company of others.

90

Dota 2 is an excellent game, complex and filled with surprises and rewards for all those patient enough to endure its very steep learning curve.

90

Dota 2 is so carefully constructed and improving at such a rapid rate that it won’t only be played for years, but possibly decades. Though it may take dozens of hours to learn, players that grasp Dota 2’s ideas will find a game that’s almost endlessly enjoyable.

90

You’ll never be able to play enough Dota 2 to totally master it, and although it’s an F2P game it can be too cruel and unusual for some. But persist through the tough start and accept the idiosyncrasies, and you’ll start to understand why so many have stuck with it for more than a decade. Why would they need something new when they’ve got this incredibly deep, rewarding multiplayer experience?

90

DOTA 2 it’s amazing. One of the best MOBA around. It needs a lot of practice to be mastered, but if you play MOBAs, then it is for you.

90

You’ll need knowledge, skill, and a smidge of spider-sense. Friends to learn with are a must, and don’t be deceived by the lack of a pricetag: Dota 2 will cost you hundreds of hours.

VideoGamer

90

Dota 2 is a great game that has a price to quality ratio set somewhere around infinity. Beginners are screwed at first, but eventually they will discover a new, extremely satisfying level of gameplay. Dota 2 is an amazing game because of its strategic depth, constantly varying games, and established highly competitive scene. This game generates challenges both for the casual and the more serious player.

90

Dota 2 remains fully loyal to its predecessor, which fundamentally started the moba genre, and that’s the best choice. Thanks to the long development process of the first Dota, the second part is now the most well balanced and complete game of all the multiplayer online battle arenas out there. This is mostly noticeable due to the enormous tactical freedom that makes every game different and the subtle elements that make the game so rich and expansive. No competitor even comes close to this amount of depth.

90

Dota 2 isn’t for the faint of heart. It isn’t for everyone. But if you play MOBAs, then it is for you. This is the game in the genre you need to play. If you don’t believe me, then consider this: There’s a reason why the community has crowd-funded a total of $900,000-plus to the prize pool for The International 3.

90

Those who choose to commit to Dota 2 will find many happy hours within this immaculate update.

90

Valve studiously avoided reinventing the wheel with Dota 2, and given how beloved the gameplay is that is undoubtedly the best thing for the game, the community, and the genre. The infrastructure for matchmaking, spectating, and everything else that surrounds actual matches is executed on a level only the best studios can rival.

90

Dota 2 it’s obviously one of the best MOBA around. It offers more than 100 beautifully designed champions for free and it needs a lot of practice to be mastered. Better or worse than LoL? It’s just different, you have to try them both.

90

It’s an amazing game – technically outstanding, showing all of Valve’s usual polish and attention to detail, especially in the all-important multiplayer aspects. The continual balance tweaks and new heroes combined with the vast amount of content in the game offer countless hours of enjoyment. It’s hard to master but good wins with your teammates are incredibly satisfying. It took me a long time to warm up to, but I’m helplessly addicted and every day look forward to getting home to fire this up with my friends. If you can spare the time – play it.

90

All of which makes Dota 2 an absurd video game to try to recommend. Being the largest and most immediately open MOBA, with Valve showcasing its talent for rewarding and fostering a community, it demands and offers more than literally any game I can think of. It’s almost more comparable to basketball than most commercial games. Something utterly opaque bearing no endgame, but that could happily fill every waking second of your life.

90

A great game that will keep players in front of the screen for hours, specially the most dedicated and competitive one. It has not evolved too much from its predecessor, but it was hard to do so without ruining its essence.

86

Quotation forthcoming.

85

Team players may dive deeply into the tactical and co-operative components of a game that awards planning and effective communication.

80

Right now it’s the only game that I want to come back to even after a solid beating. It offers a dynamic and balanced gameplay based solely on player skills. If you haven’t tried Dota 2 yet, you need to. [CD-Action 09/2013, p.54]

CD-Action

80

To many players, these sorts of persistent issues can damage their enjoyment in significant ways, but the dense tactical gameplay manages to shine through more often than not, and if you really get in deep, this may be the last game you need for months. And if you’re completely unsure about the genre or heavy online teamwork, it couldn’t be cheaper to give it a shot.

80

Gaming’s ultimate eSport gets a well-considered makeover by the masters at Valve, although new ideas, and fixes for old problems, are currently thin on the ground.

70

A strategic adrenaline rush, but the graphics are dated and the learning curve is steep.

Good

  • Hours of gameplay
  • offers more than literally any game I can think of
  • One of the best MOBAs around

Bad

  • Steep learning curve
  • dated graphics
  • demands a lot of time

Summary

Gaming’s ultimate eSport gets a well-considered makeover by the masters at Valve
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