A fast paced multiplayer shooter that pits aliens against humans in a strategic and action-packed struggle for survival!
User reviews: Very Positive (5,506 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

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"A team based FPS with some strategy elements. A lot of fun that relies on teamwork whether your the Marines or the Aliens."

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November 26

NS2 Mega Pack 90% Off!



We’ve completely lost our marbles, and are offering a new ‘Natural Selection 2 Mega Pack’ for 90% off. This pack includes NS2 Deluxe Edition, all DLC items, & NS2: Combat by Faultline Games for the low low price of… I’m going to stop right there before I start sounding like a stereotype.

Here’s the short version: Everything NS2 is ridiculously cheap right now. Tell your friends. Tell your mum. Tell your cat.

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/54667/

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November 1

Reaper + Update 270



A new update ("Build 270") has been released! It will automatically download to your Steam library. This new update celebrates the two year anniversary of Natural Selection 2's launch!

Along with various changes to the core game, this update adds the "Reaper Pack" DLC item, which gives all alien lifeforms a freaky new look.

http://store.steampowered.com/widget/310100/

A full changelog follows below, and you can read more detail on the Natural Selection 2 blog: http://unknownworlds.com/ns2/reaper-build-270-live-steam/

**PATCH NOTE** WE HAVE UPDATED SOME SHADERS, THIS WILL MAKE YOUR INITIAL LOAD TIME FOR EACH MAP MUCH LONGER THAN NORMAL

FIXES
Fixed players having voice communication cut off while entering or exiting commander mode
Lerks will no longer grunt when moving at low speed
Bots will not be counted towards the number of players that are required to pass a vote
Fixed an issue which would result in a second IP being spawned at the start of the game with less than nine players
Fixed conflicting default key-bind between the show map key and the 10th commander grid spot (this will only affect new players, current players need to change their bindings manually)
Fixed fullscreen windowed mode to not minimize when alt+tabbing on Windows
If you have something bound to the same key as VoteYes/VoteNo, it will no longer be triggered when casting a vote
Fixed that it was possible to transfer pres between rounds
Fixed occasional error when attempting to enter the Mods menu
Fixed Commander bindings menu not saving cleared binds
Fixed server crash that could be caused by exos in the readyroom
Fixed small visual glitch while in exo that was causing nameplate borders to show up when they shouldn’t be
Fixed customize menu to ensure the variants always show in the proper order
Fixed customize menu to only show arrows when appropriate
Fix marines losing the parasite outline when switching variants / sex
Fixed Clogs having decals projected onto them

IMPROVEMENTS
In the voice request menu you can now select items by moving the mouse past them (similar to NS1)
Added an option in the sound tab to continue recording after the microphone button has been released for a fraction of a second to help ensure your last word isn’t cut off (defaults to 150ms)
The number of players connecting to the server will now be shown on the scoreboard
Building range circles now use decals instead of models
Votes that cannot pass anymore fail immediately
Made Fade and Onos view models not highlighted in Alien vision
Babbler eggs are now highlighted in Alien vision

SDK
Added Server.GetNumPlayersTotal() which will return the number of players that have an active connection to the server, regardless of if they have passed authentication and are finished loading yet
Allow materials to specify a 0.5 highlight value to not be highlighted in Alien vision and not have decals projected onto them

BALANCE
Raised mature tunnel health by 10% to give aliens a little bit longer to respond to a tunnel that is under attack, and raised its maturity time by 15 seconds to compensate

ENGINE
Upgraded Awesomium library to version 1.7
Upgraded LuaJIT to version 2.0.3

MAPS

Biodome
Fixed stuck spot between Agri Labs and Falls
Fixed stuck spot in West Route

Descent
Fixed exploit in monorail vent

Refinery
Fixed bug / exploit in lava falls

Ready Rooms are now Halloween themed and players can throw candy!

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Reviews

"NS2 is a genius mash of Counter Strike and Starcraft"
Kotaku
"This is getting close to my idea of the ultimate game"
Machinima

Strategy Meets Shooter



Natural Selection 2 is a First Person Shooter and Real Time Stategy game rolled into one! Each team, alien and human, has a Commander. The Commander looks down on the battlefield and issues orders, places structures, collects resources, researches technology, and deploys abilities.



Here's some gameplay examples: A human Commander could drop health packs and ammunition to a trapped marine squad, and deploy sentry guns to help them defend their position. Or an alien Commander could grow a new Hive to spread infestation throughout newly captured territory, allowing more alien eggs to spawn...

Two Unique Sides



Aliens players choose to evolve into one of five lifeforms: The fast, fearsome Skulk can run on walls and deliver massive damage with is jaws. Lerks fly and deploy gasses to support their teammates in battle. Gorges heal other lifeforms and build tunnels, hydra turrets, walls, and other tactical structures. Fades blink in and out of battle, picking off marines with giant scythes. Finally, the giant Onos is so massive and so tough, that even entire marine squads can't take it down.



Marines wield rifles, shotguns, grenade launchers, pistols, and other weapons. Cluster grenades can clear ventilation shafts of sneaky Skulks, flamethrowers make short work of alien structures and infestation, and boosts dropped by the commander Commander like nano-shields and catalyst packs increase combat effectiveness.

When attacking on foot doesn't cut it, marines can construct hulking Exosuits wielding miniguns and railguns, and equip jetpacks for high speed assaults on alien Hives.

Long Term Development



Natural Selection 2 receives constant updates. This year (2014), it has received a major update, on average, once per month! These updates are created by the Community Development Team, supported by Unknown Worlds.

Mod Tools Come Standard



Natural Selection 2 comes with all the tools we used to make the game. All game code is open source. That means you can create, and play, an endless variety of mods. Publish, share, and download mods from the Steam Workshop, and automatically download mods when you join modded games.

Digital Deluxe Edition



Digital Deluxe Edition includes:

Official Soundtrack - 1 hour of tribal, industrial music composed by David John and Simon Chylinski
Digital Art Book - 40+ pages of art by Cory Strader, including environments, creatures, weapons and more
Exclusive Wallpapers and Avatars - Unique views of the NS2 universe by artist Rantology
Exclusive in-game marine model - A new marine model with custom visor and armor plating

About This Game



Natural Selection 2 pits alien against human in an action-packed struggle for survival. Wield devastating weaponry as a Frontiesman marine, or become the xenomorph as a deadly. Kharaa life-form. While both teams fight each other in first person, two commanders look down on the battlefield in a top-down Real Time Strategy view. These Commanders can issue orders, build structures, collect resources, research technology, and deploy abilities to help their team overcome the enemy.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo 2.6 ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9 compatible video card with 1GB VRAM and support for Shader Model 3 (e.g. ATI X800, NVidia 8600 or better)
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo 3.0 ghz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9 compatible video card with 1GB, AMD 5770, NVidia GTX 450 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
569.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I love this game. The action is fast paced but requries thought (tactically and strategically). You don't just run in guns blazing, but you need to work with your teammates. It's a perfect mix of FPS and RTS. Biting marines as a skulk is fun too.

Some say this game has a high learning curve. Maybe it does, but I don't think so. You work with your team, collect resources, and then you and your team can afford to buy upgrades. Oh yeah, and kill the other team while trying to prevent them from collecting resources and upgrading. Is that hard? Try the tutorials. Start on nebie friendly servers. USE A MIC and ask for direction. It's a relatively small community and most players are very willing to help people who are looking to learn.

Try it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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45 of 62 people (73%) found this review helpful
142.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
High skill curve, high amount of knowledge to play correctly. Do not buy if codfag.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
pretty dank game 10/10 would bang
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
509.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A great competitive FPS, unfortunately ruined due to in my opinion launching too early. Of course it 'had to be launched for financial reasons' and I love the developers but I really wish they had an extra few years to flesh it out and then do the release. The main issues being performance, lack of in-depth or interactive tutorial, and a real way to have a form of player made matching which is for sure the new standard in all forms of video games, especially competitive video games.

A lot of the negative reviews and feedback came from the games launch and thus I think really hurt the playerbase, and new potential players. The game didn't really come with an in-depth tutorial for this generations of 'everything in front of me, learn nothing' demographic of gamers. These new gamers also do not like to be demolished by veterans and learn from their mistakes, instead they blame things on cheats or simply complain and then remove the game from their library's and continue back with something more casual.

The developers were very active in the forum and with updating even to this date. The community is great and really keeps the game alive and thriving. In its current state I for sure recommend you try it out if you like competitive fps what so ever. But don't always expect to find a server with your preferences as there isn't too many running. Especially if you like small player counts and not an excess of mods.

As for the developers they continually work on other projects and I recommend you follow them and their products if you value your pc games. They keep a great community and really take into account player feedback.. it's pretty much your duty as a gamer to support developers such as this to keep the pc community thriving.. or else you'll end up with some multi-million dollar recycle every year that your three year old brother could play on a high level.

I love this game, its community as I said before, and the developers. I give it a solid 9 out of 10.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Love this game! I'll give it an 8/10

Suggestions:
It is a real time strategy and first person shooter. If you don't like the RTS part you don't have to command your team, just ask someone else too. Make sure you listen to your commander if he even talks. This game is very fun when you get to learn it. The biggest problem for me was it has a pretty steep learning curve. You will join a server (hopefully it will be a rookie friendly server) and have NO IDEA what to do, maybe even after you played the tutorial. It took some time learning. If you can find a siege mode server you should try that. The flow of the game play will be more repetitive instead of people trying to do different strategies you don't understand. You will die alot. Your best bet would be to play as a supporting player and watching what other people do. Grab yourself a welder as a marine or follow people around as a gorge. You will be killed by a skulk almost EVERYTIME before you finally manage to get lucky or see them before they see you. Yet when you play as a skulk you will probably get killed EVERYTIME until you at least get a few hours in. The game could change in a heartbeat if you have a good commander on either team. What I like to do?
Xenocide alot
If you get an exosuit stay back and blast the alien scum from a distance,
Don't be a hero
Don't do things alone
When someone wants to rush in or your commander says so make sure everyone is there before you do
Don't ignore your resource nodes
For the love of god don't hop in the com chair when you don't know what you are doing. You will be burned alive
If people want to be jerks to you just ignore them or go someplace else
Join a rookie friendly server.
Make friends with the mods and admins
Don't say I don't know what to do (say what it is you need help with instead)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
64.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
If you're looking for a assymetric, tactical, very team-based shooter with a Alienesque theme, look no further.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Do you like first-person-shooters? Do you like real-time-strategies?! Do you like being told what to do while you run around getting bit to death by alien hounds? Well come on down to Natural Selection 2, a game based on a mod based on the BEST IDEA for a team-based shooter ever. It lacks some polish here and there, but it's really addicting & also pretty fun, ok???
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This is the alien game I wanted for years now since Alien Vs Predator :D

Play as an alien morphing into even uglier thing with unique abilities like flying or cloaking yourself, be a healer or an enormous tank :D

Or tanke sides with the marines. Big guns and flamethrowers keep those crawlers away! Not enough manpower? Build turettes to keep em at bay ;)

Really awesome is the function as a commander. It takes you out of the ego-shooter and puts you in a RTSish position where you have to build resource generators, command your players to actually act like a elite squad commandos ^^
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
643.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
My favorite game, very very good.

To any newcomers struggling with the game, Itssupereffective has a great video series on youtube to use
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
117.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Amazing gameplay, comparable to CSGO. It's basically a well done mixture of CSGO and Starcraft.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
239.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Probably the best FPS I've ever played. Difficult if you are brain dead.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
a cool fun game though a bit difficult to begin overall a great game
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
10/10 would onos again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
221.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Great game to learn strategy. It has a few flaws in randomizing teams because one side can get stack very easliy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This is an awesome action packed game , both sides (marine/aliens) are well balanced and equiped to kill eachother.

Keep in mind ti's an older game and the community of NS2 Gamers has shrunk, but still allot of people can be found online at any moment, but it should be more!

The big weakness of this game is the fact that each team NEEDS a decent commander to win, and it can take a couple of games before you encounter one. Allot of sad lonely people also constantly complain to these commanders and make it very hard for new commandes to want to continue learning how. It's not easy.

That counts for this game in general. It's not easy. You dont get any free kills, you will often end a match with less kills then deaths by far, but if you help your team it will be very satisfying and you will care more about the victory then your score.

Allot of players have been playing it for years and they make up the hard core of the online community for this game, most of them are very nice but they can be vary impatient. Allot of them are also insanely good at the game and there will be more then one game when your team is wiped of the field by 3 very experienced players working together.

There's no rewards or badges or "Good job nerd!" coming across teh screen but you will feel much more like you did something usefull when your real person commanders pats you on the back for holding off the enemy allone. If you loved COD, you will hate this game.

But it if you are up for a challenge, and if you like to take control be sure to try out the commander seat, yopu'll find most people are very patient and jsut want try to win, and some people will ♥♥♥♥♥ constantly but you can mute them or offer them your command seat, most will ♥♥♥♥ their pants if they have to command themselves.

Buy this game if you like teamwork, strategy, fighting the ods and using your voicecom. You WILL need to TALK to your team.

All in All one of the best games i bought on sale ever!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
201.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
High Skill + Teamwork + Aliens + Space Marines = Best Game Ever.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
its very fun to pplay and has some good team work elements
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
48.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I Spawned... I Ran... I shot at something, It killed me...
I Spawned... I Ran... I shot at something, It killed me... Again... But this time,
I Spawned... I Ran... I shot at something, someone else killed it but he said good job and it felt excellent.

10/10.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Loading simulator :P
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
642.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
By far the best MP game I have ever played! If you're looking for the perferct challenge both to your twitch as well as your tactiacl/strategical skills, this is for you. After 700 h I'm kinda burned out but for a lack of a better (or equal) experience I'm still coming back every now and then.

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