Dota 2 is like a virus through the virtual office of VGU. Slowly but surely many of the editors have found themselves playing almost every day, together, trading items, buying keys, and having a blast. Recently I just hit my first 100 hours with the game and I show no signs of stopping. I probably put about 300 hours into League of Legends before really getting hooked on Dota 2, since then I haven’t looked back. In my opinion Dota 2 is a much prettier, more complex, and competitive game. I even wrote a piece with Scott Peltz some months back called “Dota 2 VS League of Legends” where I defended League of Legends and talked about why I preferred it over Dota 2. After all these hours playing Dota 2 with many of the VGU editors I have switched sides, I’m addicted to Dota 2.
However I still think the game has a long way to go till it gets out of beta. Recently Valve added a tutorial mode to help new players get accustomed to everything that goes on in a Dota 2 game. For me it’s too little too late, but I think it’s going to be an essential feature for new players when the game finally launches. Another thing I really love about Dota 2 is the addiction to items. Half the fun is the constant chase for new items for your favorite characters, new couriers, and other fun stuff. Dota also allows you to use any character right from the get go, League of Legends makes you unlock characters by playing for hours or paying for the characters.
Dota 2 is also backed by Valve, giving the game access to the crazy steam trading economy. I’ve already spent more money on Dota 2 keys and items then I ever have on League of Legends. It’s just much easier to put your money into Dota 2 because of the lower prices and the overall value of what you get.
Dota 2 still has a few issues Valve needs to work out before its launch however. The game is still buggy to an extent, VGU editor Zac Davis often has trouble with his auto attack switching back on automatically, many times we aren’t able to move, and sometimes item drops don’t appear after a match that you earned one in. Regardless the game is still solid and feels like it is close to release.
So I would say my first 100 hours of Dota 2 have been really fun and addicting. Of Course Dota 2 still isn’t perfect and has a ways to go until it’s a fully fledged title, but nevertheless the future looks bright for Dota 2.