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Dota Underlords review
This makes DotA 2 more than just a game: it’s a cybersport and a subculture, spectacular to watch and full of inner memes to find soulmates. Released by Valve in 2013, this game has become a cult and retains this status.
When you begin, you are offered a brief instruction on the basics. Each team starts in a corner of a square battlefield. There are three ways to the opponents’ fortress: diagonally (the shortest), or along the edges. All the enemy units (as well as yours) are displayed in real-time on a mini-map.
Your primary hero can be controlled manually, go forward, attack, retreat, or standstill. Every 30 seconds your fortress generates a squad of creeps, bot warriors that only move forward and never avoid a fight. These creeps depend on your class and settings. All the players in a team generate their own creeps that follow the hero.
Though the game takes place on quite a small board, it looks very large; zooming in and out with the wheel lets you see the overall picture or detailed view of, say, a battle in some direction. The overall style is typical for fantasy settings, but characters, creeps, skills, and spell icons are made quite easy to distinguish, so you will find the correct one when you need to activate it in the middle of the fight.
If you want to join the world of DotA 2, check whether you have enough time for that. It takes months of active playing to get aware of the heroes, classes, spells, tactics, and so on. The game has been around for years, and there are lots of players that have started before you. That’s a challenge worth accepting. But if you cannot afford to spend much time playing, you better opt for something more casual.
On the other hand, DotA 2 is a subculture that connects people. It can bring you more than just an evening online. Now it’s a cybersport with popular tournaments, star teams, and incredible rewards for champions. Popular gameplay streams are as interesting to watch as TV shows, and the best players and streamers become Internet stars. Even if you don’t have the ambition to join them, you need to have spent some time playing to understand why it’s so much fun.
The game is basically free to play, though it offers lots of paid extras that give you an advantage. In fact, you can play DotA 2 without investments just for fun. But if you have serious plans to play like a pro, you will need to accelerate your advance with some cash.
- Simple basics and lots of nuances to master;
- Very spectacular visuals;
- The appeal that lasts for years with updates and events;
- Low system requirements;
- Its own subculture already formed.
- Not meant for casual playing;
- The game can get you addicted;
- Not available on consoles and mobiles.