Five Reasons Dota 2 Is My Most Anticipated Game
Posted on Saturday, June 30 @ 11:12:59 Eastern by Jonathan_LeackAbout seven days ago I received an e-mail from Valve stating that I got into the Dota 2 closed beta. My first reaction was that I really didn't care since I played Dota a few times and wasn't able to get into it. However, after spending a week denying creeps, destroying towers, buying epic loot, and setting up ganks, it has shot to the top of my wishlist.
There are a lot of reasons why I'm madly in love with Dota 2 right now, but there are a few main reasons that make it one of the best upcoming releases. Below are five of those reasons.
Over 100 Heroes
If there's one thing that makes Dota 2 rich and satisfying, it's the sheer amount of characters to play as. There are already over 80 of them in the beta, and by the time it releases there will be 108, if not more. I've played over a dozen and each character has its own skills, look, and personality. It's time-consuming to learn how each hero behaves, but it pays off in a big way. Since each character has its own stats and skills, knowing how to counter them is incredibly important.
There are heroes who specialize in things such as support, initiating, ganking, laning, and carry. Playing each of these roles can take weeks, if not months, to master and when you pair that with a high level of teamwork you have a game that is complex but extremely satisfying.
I can't remember the last time Valve released a game I didn't like. Team Fortress 2 is still one of the three most popular first-person shooters five years after release, and the same can be said about Counter-Strike which is much older. A lot of that has to do with the amount of support Valve offers. Patches are deliberate with new content added, such as Team Fortress 2's slew of new items and maps this year. All of this is added at no cost, which is something that few other developers do.
Another great thing about Valve is that they're very community-friendly. User feedback has been critical to the development of Dota 2 and other Valve games, so this won't be a situation where the common voice isn't heard.
Oh, and as usual Steam will back Dota 2, which is arguably the most full-featured platform in gaming. There are community features, a friend list, chat, voice communication, and a lot more. You can even look up Dota 2 strategies while in-game by using the overlay; I know I've been doing that a lot.
Dota 2 is one of the most teamwork-oriented games you can play. Without communication it's impossible to win against skilled opponents. Teamwork and skill are the deciding factors when it comes to winning matches, and it feels great to use communication with teammates to pull off timely kills, not to mention fun to watch.
As a result of Dota 2's tournament-friendly design, it's very likely that it will join StarCraft II and League of Legends as the few games that you can find at every LAN tournament across the globe. In other words, it'll have a hardcore community that promotes practice and grouping. Heck, maybe you can make a few bucks if you get good enough.
One common theme I seem to find in every game I spend hundreds of hours on is a strong set of social features. Dota 2 includes a few of them such as live replays, where you can spectate games and talk with people while watching, as well as a lot of chat and community functionality. The entire main menu is geared toward communication and includes an integrated Steam friends list. Dota 2 might not be an MMO, but it sure promotes meeting new people and playing with them like one.
Even though Dota 2 is a high-budget game with a lot of play value, it won't cost a single penny to play. Instead, Valve will offer—and has already unlocked for beta players—a series of vanity items. The items are completely optional and have no impact on game balance, so while it's free-to-play it certainly isn't pay-to-win. Ultimately, you can download and play the game to see if you like it without any commitment. That's one heck of a demo!
I'm extremely excited to see Dota 2 release, and until it does I'll be playing the beta like a madman. See you there!
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