So I wrote a rather Dota fanboy-ish review on the Lo L
page so I thought I'd write why I like Dota 2 here, particularly in comparison to Lo L
First of all, the graphics are better, which is not a very big deal for me. However, they have a lot of Valve polish: for example, all the characters have unique sillhouetes and such that make it very easy to tell who's who. In Lo L
I often got confused by who was who with the models because a lot of them looked samey and lacked definition. In this game, Valve went to the effort to make everyone recognizable, which is appreciated in chaotic teamfights. Also, the particles are distinctive: I can always tell which characters are casting which spells, even in a chaotic teamfight.
The characters more personality than characters in other MOB As
. They aren't deep or anything, but they mock rivals and greet allies, and some of the lines are hilarious (Jakiro: "Puck, you should have had more dragon, less fairy. Not that there's anything wrong with that.")
The gameplay is very smooth. I can't really describe it, you have to play it. One of my favorite things is that all the spells have a huge effect. Fissure's sound is a huge, satisfying rumble, Sand King's ult shakes the screen, Kunkka slams a big-ass boat. It's a lot more visceral than other MOB As
. And also more hard, but a lot more rewarding if you do well.
However, the game does have flaws. The community, as in all MOB As
, is horrible. There's not enough communication systems, you can only ping or type things in (though the recently implemented chat wheel should fix that a bit). The shop UI is pretty bad; unlike Lo L
, where you can just look up "health regen" if you want regen, in this UI items are seperated into weird trees, like "Advanced caster" or "basic stat items." It also engages in the usual MOBA "sexay" pandering shit; I can only think of two human-like women who aren't sexualized.
The game will be completely free to play once it comes out. All the heroes will be free. The only things you have to pay for are cosmetic items.
This is my favorite MOBA. Unfortunately, a lot of the things that I like about it over the others can't be expressed in writing very well. But I played Lo L
for two months and prefer this a lot. Play both and pick the one you like most before blowing money.