I am never a hard-core gamer before. Athough I do have ever played good RTS games like StarCraft, Red Alert 2 or Empire Age, as well as others such as the famous FPS game – Counter Strike, I have never spent any second on Multiple online battle area (MOBA) games before. I can still remember clearly the time when all of my friends were crazy about Warcraft and Defense of the Ancients, because that was the first time I knew that some games are really popular, but I didn’t try it, until recently I got my hands on the DotA 2.
First things first, DotA 2, as a MOBA illustrator, is impossible to play on mobile devices or game consoles that without a mouse, so it has only been released on PC and Mac platforms. Similarly, the well known Riot Game’s League of Legends is the same, being accessible only on computers. The reason for that is because these MOBA games are so in depth, with tons of options and settings, and requiring a lot of accurate clicks and drags throughout the game session. Typically, a DotA 2 session can go from 40 to 50-minute uninterrupted time, with a 5 V 5 competitive gameplay. Thus saying, DotA 2 is also a team play game. You’ll need teammates to cooperate together to destroy the base of the other side, and vice versa.
It is an extremely difficult game to get hands on, since its depth in gameplay. But once you are in, you are in for life. If you are a casual gamer, it might not be the one for you, but if you are a purist, you have very little room to complain about its excellence in practice of MOBA. Being such a deep and well-balanced game, it is not without drawbacks. For example, it is too “harsh” on newbies, and it is also not mobile-welcoming. The complexity it possesses is a gem but also a fallback. It also lacks in the customization in skins and items, just like what Apple does to its iOS, limiting what the gamers to do to change the looks in the game, while instead offers exclusive skins on sale to attract hard core fans.
That said, it is a great game to be learned from if you are interested in the market of MOBA games, but it is also important to keep its dissect simple to not let readers down. Analyzing DotA 2 truly could be written into an entire book with tons of details and complexity.