Dota 2 Review
Dota 2 Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Valve
Pub: Valve
Release: July 9, 2013
Players: 10
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Contains strong language from the game’s community, Blood and Violence, Comic Mischief

Sadly, losing a game is the exact opposite: you feel like crap, which your teammates usually think you are. There’s no escaping the game’s (at times) incredibly toxic community, but Valve is taking all the right steps from day one. By commending my teammates for their good work (and them commending mine), I’ve noticed a severe drop-off in the flaming and verbal abuse. That’s not to say the system’s perfect; I’ve had games where people act completely stupid in terms of how they play, but that’s an issue with every game.

Dota 2 Screenshot

Despite being a full launch, the game could use some work in other areas. There are still a few heroes that need to be brought over (people are clamoring for Techies to make their debut), and the game lacks a sense of personality (the gray-ish color scheme combined with the classic-but-generic announcer doesn’t entertain me in a way that the over-the-top announcers and vibrant colors in Heroes of Newerth do). To be honest, I’m just nitpicking here. I’ll get used to the art style (I hope), and I can always mod in announcers (NBA Jam, here I come).


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.

Don’t just take my word for it, take their word too.

Jake Valentine
Contributing Writer
Date: July 19, 2013

The art style is calm, runs smoothly, and everything is clear. Though, it’s personally not my cup of tea.
Once you get used to the game’s pace, everything works like a champ.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Characters will react to what’s going on around them. They’ll taunt their opponents. Announcer mods (e.g., NBA JAM) are simply awesome.
Play Value
Incredible selection of heroes, great gameplay, and fantastic spectating options.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Intense 5v5 action that requires strategic gameplay and teamwork.
  • Diverse set of heroes that each offer a unique experience.
  • Completely free to play.
  • Fantastic spectator system that lets you watch games as you wait to play.

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