Dota 2: Well, there goes more of my life…

As you can tell from the title, this is going to be a positive review in a sort of resigned way, because I know how much time I’m going to be spending on this game in the future. I can’t really believe how much I like it. This isn’t even the kind of game I usually play. My experience with RTS is fairly limited. I was into Warcraft III and Age of Empires, but generally speaking RTS as a genre doesn’t appeal to me too much. I like things to happen fast in games and a lot of the time there’s all this painful (at least for me) base-building to get through before you can even begin to think about attacking the enemy. You can’t just stroll on over and shoot someone and be done with it or rather you could try, but you’d probably die a quick death. There’s nothing wrong with RTS of course, that’s just my personal preference and my lack of patience for and experience at it. However, Dota 2 is a major exception to this. It’s an RTS game that doesn’t feel like pulling teeth to me. It’s fast and action-packed and has zero base-building. The only character you control is your own hero and it’s all about upgrading your skills and buying the right equipment and of course strategising. The best thing though about this action-RTS game? It’s free-to-play.  That’s right, this incredibly involved, dynamic and addictive game is totally free (unless you want to pay for some completely optional and purely cosmetic items). For $0 you immediately get the full range of over 90 heroes, all with their own unique appearances and combination of skills and over 60 items. I can tell you now, this is possibly the best free-to-play game I have ever played. How they can sustain this, I have no idea, but I’m not complaining.

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