A fast paced multiplayer shooter that pits aliens against humans in a strategic and action-packed struggle for survival!
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Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

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May 20

Update 299 Released!



This week we have brought you a whole bunch of new alien toys including a new ability for the Shade hive which saps health, a new Crag hive ability which allows players to do extra damage to armor, and a totally revamped bone shield for the Onos!

Aliens didn’t get all the love, though. Marines have also received some new toys and changes to their existing tech. A preliminary version of the Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) has been added. This is a gun that was loved in NS1 and one which many of us have always wanted to see make a return in NS2. The HMG was pioneered successfully in Comp Mod, and now it has made its way into the main game.

We’ve also heard your cries and beacons, and recognize that Contamination tended to be very frustrating for Marines. We’ve made some changes to how it works to give Marine players more time to react to it. It will now do its damage over time rather than immediately when the ability is activated.

All of these gameplay changes are sure to shake up the meta, but that’s not all we’ve been doing. We’ve also been making general improvements to the game, including integrating many features from NS2+ as the defaults that new players will see when they play on any server.

We are excited to see how these changes are received and we want to hear from you, especially about how the new abilities and weapons impact the balance of the game and your own experiences. Please come join us at our Discord server or discuss it in our forums. Although we will be playing games as well, if you think something is completely overpowered, we want to know.


Tweaks / Improvements

  • Alien abilities have been shuffled around, and two new abilities have been added!
    • Crag Hive - Crush
      • Increases armor damage to structures up to 15%, when you have 3 shells
      • Increases armor-fraction used on players up to 15% (amount of armor that is used when calculating damage) on players by 15%. Does not affect early game balance
    • Shade Hive - Vampirism (replaces Phantom)
      • Provides cloaking and heals your health every time you damage players with a direct attack (no spores / bilebomb)
        • Lifeform specific values for life leech (at 3+ veils):
          • Skulk: 14hp for bite
          • Gorge: 15hp for spit
          • Lerk: 2hp for spikes, 10hp for bite
          • Fade: 20hp for swipe and stab
          • Onos: 40hp for gore
    • Shift Hive - Silence
      • This was moved from the Shade Hive to Shift, and split out from Phantom
      • Makes all movement and attacks silent
  • Biomass scaling has been increased for Lerk and Onos to help their survivability in late game
    • Lerk has been increased from 2 to 3hp per biomass
    • Onos has been increased from 25 to 30hp per biomass
  • Onos Bone Shield has been revamped, and now refills armor!
    • Costs 40 energy to trigger, can only be held for at most 4 seconds, and a 10 second cooldown has been added
    • Regenerates 100 armor / second while in use
    • Will now block 66% of damage from the front instead of 75%
    • No longer saps energy while in use
  • Cysts no longer die when disconnected from hive
    • Cysts instead rapidly lose maturity when the chain is disconnected, making them easier to destroy. When reconnected, maturity is regained rapidly.
    • Nutrient mist can be used to prevent the maturity loss.
  • Contamination Tweaks
    • Increased cooldown to 6 seconds (was 5)
    • Bile now sprays every 2 seconds, up to 3 times, and can be stopped by destroying the pustule
  • HMG has been added, to help deal with those pesky lifeforms
    • Note: Sounds and art assets for HMG are temporary.
  • Jetpacks now use more fuel based on a weapon’s weight
    • Shotgun and Flamethrower now use 7.6% more fuel
    • Grenade Launchers use 15% more fuel
    • HMGs uses 130% more fuel
  • Mine changes
    • eHP changed to 40 (from 100)
    • Cost reduced from 15 to 8
    • You now get 2 mines instead of 3
  • Medpacks can snap to players from a slightly larger radius, snapping already existed but previously was not shown to the commander
  • Alien vision has been replaced with “Huze’s Minimal”
  • Alien vision will default to On every time you spawn in
  • Crosshairs have been updated with new art
  • Power nodes can now be rebuilt at the same speed with a build tool as with a welder
  • Wrench damage icons now show how hurt teammates are, and have an outline if you have a welder
  • Dropped weapons expiration bar will now be colored based on how much time is left before it is destroyed
  • Range circle indicators have been added for many alien commander abilities, as well as a secondary circle to Shifts to indicate the radius of the energy regeneration passive effect
  • Mines and Welders will be highlighted and show as pickupable even if you already have one
  • Dropped weapons will be picked up automatically, if you have an empty slot
  • Server browser:
    • Added the ping filter
    • The server details window now has a short delay so users can doubleclick at the server entries wherever they like.
    • The server count display is not clickable anymore and has a tooltip
    • Favorites and History are now a toggle, clicking again at them while show your previous game selection
  • Reduced amount Enzyme particle effects obscure view
  • Death screen blood splatter effects will disappear immediately when you start respawning

Fixes
  • Fixed the issue of ragdolls not getting destroyed
  • Players will no longer have nutrient mist effects applied to them unless they are an embryo
  • Server browser Join button should work better
  • Reduce network cost of the concede cinematics slightly
  • Fixed an issue where welders would build faster with E than with LMB
  • Fixed that medpacks got weirdly offset when hovered over marines. It will now show where the medpack will actually spawn

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May 13

Update 298 Released!


After the response and tracking of a lot of the changes we introduced last week we decided to continue with another update of shakeups. There are some minor adjustments to a few items from the patch after more feedback. Also new this week is a revamped server browser! We have been hard at work to create a better way to filter and sort the list and even provide more information to the user before choosing what server to connect too. Our week to week experiments and changes have been very interesting to watch and see what works and what doesn’t and we aren’t done just yet! Over the next couple weeks there are plans for some additional UI changes, maybe a new weapon? A new map? Additional weapon skins? And if we sell more shadow fades then maybe that Onos will appear (hint: go buy more shadow fades).

Special shout out and thank you to xDragon for allowing us to use his code.

Until next week, happy hunting!

UPDATE NOTES

Tweaks / Improvements

  • When a team concedes, everyone is treated to a short sequence showing all the conceding team’s players and structures being destroyed.
  • New Server Browser:
    • Highlighting custom gamemodes better by having only two filters, NS2 and Modded
    • Restructured all UI elements for better usability and to better feature the two main filters
    • New fancy color scheme and artistic design
    • No longer showing relative server skill, since it was not very useful
    • Search bar will search for both matching map names as well as server names
  • Added an option to disable health bars for those that prefer less visual clutter
  • Spectators will be able to see nameplates from further away than players
  • Enemy health bar tweaks
    • Changed armor color to be more readable
    • Bile Bomb and spores now also mark enemies
    • Melee attacks now cause enemies to be marked for longer (5s instead of 2s)
    • Fixed that health bars were disappearing semi-randomly as they got close to the edges of the screen
  • Added a new achievement for collecting all 15 of the random drop items
  • Corrode damage type changed to be more effective vs exos and less effective vs players
    • Damage reduction to player armor changed to 12% (was 23%)
    • Damage reduction to to exo armor changed to 40% (was 30%)
  • Phase gates have more of their eHP moved to armor and now has 1500 health and 800 armor (was 2000/550)
  • Fade blink movement changes
    • Vertical speed can no longer be converted to horizontal
    • Celerity will have a slightly lessened effect on changing direction
    • Ability to change direction without celerity has been improved
  • Marine HUD Parasite icon displays the time left on parasite effect, for Marines
  • Gorge:
    • Gorge Webs
      • Now available at biomass 0 and can be placed for Free!
      • Limited to 3 Webs maximum
      • Enemies will be parasites for 10 seconds if they walk through a web
      • Web slowdown effect changed to a 25% reduction (was 85%)
      • Slowdown duration now lasts for 1.5 seconds (was 2)
    • Gorge Babblers
      • You can now only place one egg, but it will spawn 6 babblers
      • Babbler movement speed increased to 7.5 (was 7)
      • Babbler damage type changed to Structural (double vs structures)
      • Babbler damage reduced to 8 (was 10)
    • Gorge Tunnel:
      • Costs reduced to 3 (was 4)
  • Increased the amount of personal resources each resource tower grants per player from 1 to 1.25 per minute (by 25%):
    • Reduced Alien starting personal resources to 12 (from 15)
    • Lowered Marine starting personal resources to 15 (from 20)
    • Reduced Lerk personal resource costs to 18 (from 20)
  • Onos Gore:
    • Damage lowered to 90 (from 100)
    • Energy cost reduced to 10 (from 13)
  • Nutrient mist now prevents structures off infestation from taking damage, and prevents disconnected cysts from taking damage.  Also heals cysts at half crag efficiency.  It no longer requires infestation to be placed.
  • Improved damaged exosuit effects as well as minigun and ricochets, to be less vision obscuring (Thanks IronHorse!)
  • Umbra changes
    • Duration of umbra cloud reduced to 4 seconds (was 5)
    • Radius of umbra cloud reduced to 4 units (was 6)
    • Flat damage reduction vs all weapons changed to 25% (was 33% vs shotguns, 30% vs Minigun, and 32% vs Railgun)
  • Improved fade blink effects to be less vision obscuring (Thanks IronHorse!)
  • Reduced the damage Power Surge’s overcharge deals to 25
Fixes
  • Fixed that certain commanders abilities e.g. Power Surge did not cost anything.
  • Health bars show when a marine is being healed over time by medpacks, again
  • Insight health bars are far less colorful (will no longer show parasite and poison status)
  • Fixed issue with nameplates allowing players to see where enemies were through walls, if in close proximity
  • Fixed issue with fade blink sound sometimes getting stuck looping (Thanks xDragon!)
  • Fixed that the crosshair will blink red when players respawn
  • Fixed that the nav mesh initialized incorrectly causing issues at some maps (Thanks ZycaR!)
  • Fixed that directional damage feedback was only updating at 25hz
Translations
  • Completed Finnish translations (Thanks MisterOizo!)
SDK
  • Improved camera movement in Cinematic Editor
Maps
  • ns2_refinery
    • Changed dimensions of Ready Room join entity to prevent players from being stuck
  • ns2_summit
    • Added missing lights in Ready Room
  • ns2_veil
    • Fixed various floating props throughout Cargo and Dome
    • Lowered the infamous head-height trashcan. RIP.

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

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.

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 are 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 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, 2016, Unknown Worlds continues to develop new features, content, and improvements.

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 in-game marine model - Exclusive in-game marine model - A new marine model with custom visor and armor plating
  • Exclusive Wallpapers and Avatars - Unique views of the NS2 universe by Amanda Diaz

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista 32-bit
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66 GHz) or better
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9 compatible video card with 1 GB VRAM and support for Shader Model 3 (e.g. AMD X800, NVidia 8600 or better)
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 64-bit or newer
    • Processor:Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz) or better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9 compatible video card with 1.5 - 2 GB VRAM (AMD 5770, NVidia GTX 450 or better)
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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tsk_thomas
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
For Asian players, good luck finding a server, this game is abandoned. I regretted buying this a month before steam changed it's refund policy (meaning i can't refund it)
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Von Christen
( 111.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Great game, a must have for all fans of FPS and strategy.
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[Beef] Bearded Stranger
( 45.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Very interesting mashup of genres. I used to play it a lot until servers started disconnecting my client for strange reasons.
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x1oznoeR ;]
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
good game
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Jesus
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I got killed trying to retrieve my kite from the electrical line...


5/7 would play again
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Robin Williams Genie
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Cool concept, but terrible execution. Abandoned in the sense that any servers that have people on them have mod clutter. No anti-hack systems in play, highly unbalanced (the fade aliens are just stupid right now)
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one mintty dolphin
( 18.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Best AI I have seen in a loooooooooooong time.
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Ganjo
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
I like playing as marines only, so i basically only like half the game.
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qbit
( 2,558.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
A game that is on many people's list of the 10 best multiplayer games of all time.

Never before had I seen strategy and shooter work so well together.
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Kyoshu
( 1,009.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
I bought this game I believe 2 years ago and I was absolutely in love with it for quite some time and played it quite a bit. But patch after patch has reduced the game into an elitist circlejerk that represents the gaming community and its forums. New players are looked down upon so badly for not even knowing what certain abilities or effects aliens can use. And not just new players, but anyone who has a differing opinion really to the mainstream elitist mentality. The community is completely toxic to normal people and their peasant opinions. "git gud" basically. Good luck to new players with green names because if you don't clock in at least 60 hours, people give you ♥♥♥♥ for "sucking." The good ones from the community have nearly all left and now all ns2 has are the dregs of idiotic narcissts who are there to pad their hive score that only the 15 remaining competitive people in the whole world even give a rat's ♥♥♥ about now.

The community used to be fun and an absolute blast back when large servers such as Wooza's and modded servers were the most popular. They were popular for a good reason because it was actually fun to play. The dev's ruined that now by "hiding" those servers thus essentially killing off their biggest playerbase: casual/light gamers. People need to get their high horse out of their asses and understand that not everyone can clock in 1k+ hours and even those that do just want to relax and enjoy a good game at the end of the day. Not be two big macs away and a diet coke from a bursting a vein. Now the only 3-4 servers that you can play in NA are just completely ruined either due to terrible balance between the two races or just simply being full almost 24/7. And if you want to join an EU server because you happen to play at 7 AM, good luck because EU/Russia doesn't want our laggy comcast asses. So have fun in the 4 NA servers that are left. Which btw, there's always one or two guys who absolutely carry one team the entire time and you are just praying that they leave. Until another 4k hive score guy comes in.

As far as patches go, the game is pretty unbalanced as of patch 299. Several of my fellow ns2 players are leaving solely because of this patch. They each have 1k - 2k hours. That in itself speaks volumes of how the devs only listen to the circlejerking community of the top 10 players who constantly whine about adding stupid ♥♥♥♥ like a broken OP HMG while consistently nerfing aliens because they miss ns1 but don't want to go and play ns1. Instead they want to make ns2 become ns1 with fancier graphics. And also ♥♥♥♥ing up aliens. Thank god Overwatch will be out in a couple days from now. I can finally uninstall this increasingly frustrating, broken, elitist, ♥♥♥♥ing game. Thank you blizzard.


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Gonzo
( 373.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
holy crap the cringe in this community is ♥♥♥♥ing so strong. The only thing this game is good for is capturing soundbites from players and showing your mates what these absolute losers do/say.

What is it? a broken game since early access that no one wants to play so now they slapped a "MLG" sticker on it, and now it caters to 20 ppl who play proffesionaly agaisnt. themselves? if your bad your either kicked or banned from the 4 servers available.

keyword here is CRINGE
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KenyasEntirePopulation
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Ive owned this game for a long time and havnt played it in so long only to come back and be suprised that i have not seen a lack of players since when i started playing the game a year or two back. The game has community mods. steam market. DLCs that are purley cosmetic and dont give players an unfair advantage, no cheaters(i havnt seen or heard of any hackers), constantly active dev team still updating the game and adding new items even though the game is three years old. I would highly recomend this to those that enjoy SI-FI, FPS, MOBA, or anything inbetween as the game has so many unique aspects its by far one of the BEST GAMES IVE EVER PLAYED! It is a well rounded fun game and an absolute bargain for $10.
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Brenno von Brazil
( 35.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
The most teamwork based game that i've played.
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BAWB
( 1,043.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Fun while it lasted. You get nothing but 150+ ping Euro servers and locked 50 ping servers cuz hurr durr invite-only, team-speak circle-jerk type of games.

This game was never going to be a popular game anyway. Too high a learning curve for the average player. Just like the original, the remaining body of players are either high-strung elitists or invite-only mentality.

If you're a masochist and want to waste money and time to learn this game this far out in it's life-span despite a lack of credible servers to play in, = buy it.

This game is so dead in the water, rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia worn by community developers is washing over this game with the same type of terrible balance NS1 had, thinking it'll revitalize it with the things it had.
It's like the cancer that killed NS1 is slowly creeping up on this game. Was fun while it lasted (late 2014)

But too little too late.
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That one name
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
A very fun teamwork centers game that takes skill and coordination.
A fault I found with the game is the heavy reliance on a good commander.If the commander isn't good then you are destined to fail.
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RF.Rocknrolles
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Game is amazing but the community is dead, you need friends to make this game fun and it definitely is. They need to find a way to expand their community to become a lot larger
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Mr. Deluxe Penguin
( 264.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Its the best multiplayer strategy fps hybrid game on the market. It is also the only fps game that can truly call itself a strategic mutliplayer FPS game, no other fps game comes even close. The game is all, and I mean 100% all, about skill, strategy, and on your feet tactical decision making. The game has a steep learning curve, but there are rookie only servers and tons of guides and tutorials so you will not be overwhelmed. In order to play, you have to have a microphone, it really is that strategic and cooperative focused. The game also does assymetrical warfare in a great way, and it stays feeling fresh and fun for hundreds of hours.
If you ever want strategy in your FPS or action in your RTS this is the only game for you.
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-=Caine=-
( 2,825.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
The game is dead. Just view the steamcharts: http://steamcharts.com/app/4920
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Narth
( 65.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
After initially giving a negative review, I was reached out to by some members of the community (thank you Wooza and WasabiOne) who urged me to give it another chance.

And having done so, I can confidently say that with some reservations I CAN recommend this game.

The game is very fun and my initial impression that the community was full of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s has changed; it seems like I met most of the jerks right off the bat and since then I've played with some cool people.

Another opinion that's changed is that after you become rookie, you can barely play anymore because there are so few active servers after the "Rookie only" servers. This is still true; however, it seems to me a shrinking problem which is nice. I haven't had as much trouble finding games as in my previous review.

I was getting very frustrated with how often (after rookie only servers) I was constantly getting destroyed, but this too has gone away as the game mechanics (besides commanding) are pretty intuitive and with some patience and effort I no longer feel like a total idiot/scrub.

Needless to say, my sinking disappointment after I left the rookie servers at how awful the game seemed is gone and I think I've found another game to play regularly! Woohoo!
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HARDGORE
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
firearms are feel weak and underrated in the game.
too much low recoil easy shooting get bored over time
not recommended for who already experienced high recoil and deadly firepower with no crosshair like insurgency
ns2.. like i threw away team fortress2
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70 of 84 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3,205.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
This review is made to present you my community. Recently all the 24+ servers (as well as modded servers) got removed from the default server browser view. With that change people will no longer be able to find an important part of this community.

This is Woozas. Oldest and most popular NS2 servers alive.

Are you looking for fun, without being moderated by every action? After 2.5 years we only have 5 bans in total.
Do you like playing with others? With a lot of people? Wooza's Playground has 42 slots waiting for you. We also have Wooza's Hamster Wheel with 32 slots.
You don't understand why some server hoster want to generate money? We neither. You can create your own badges and receive skins for free.
Do you have problems finding your way into the game? Use text or voice chat and ask us anything! We are happy to help!
Are you curious what other modders did with this game? We have servers running almost every game mode that is working! We also have a good relation to most modders and support them.

If you are looking for competitve games (6vs6), our community highly recommends to join the ESNL Community. They looking for newcomers. And we love to watch competative tournaments!

Whatever you are looking for, NS2 has it!
Just keep in mind that after recent changes 24+ slot and modded servers are both hidden from the server browser by default, as intended by the devs.
Use the filters on top and press "MODDED" to see all NS2 servers and join the fun.

Fun fact: The developers increased the limit of slots from 24 to 99 which means that our servers are now officially supported and part of NS2. We don't run any balance changes, our servers running completly vanilla NS2, but the devs still claims that our servers are "modded". Funny right?

Join our Community chat or add me as friend in Steam if you have any questions regarding the game or setting up a server.

Thank you for reading this.
-Wooza
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46 of 68 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,081.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Natural Selection 2 has been my go-to multiplayer game for years.
If not for modded servers, I would have quit playing a long, long time ago.
Recently, the devs currently still making changes to the game have decided that modded servers don't represent what they want the game to be. As a result, they've made changes to the game in an effort to destroy the biggest community the game still has left. I can no longer recommend this game to anyone as this behaviour by the dev team is actively destroying what fun there is left to experience. The devs keep making changes no one is asking for, and soon there will be no one left to play with as a result.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
273.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
By far and away the best multiplayer experience I've ever had for an FPS and its a strategy game!.. The dynamic between commander / marine and aliens is beautifully balanced in this alien vs marine-esk universe. Nothing is more thrilling or terrifying than an alien hunting you down... the organic feel of a human controlled alien that is hunting you online is irreplaceable and at this point in AI technology cannot be replicated.

BUY this game, the DEVs have done an outstanding job with it, just as they had done with NS 1. The game gets updated frequently even after 3 years of its release. 9/10 (a 9 only because the learning curve can be discouraging for new people). Otherwise 10/10
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2,886.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Product received for free
The "Unknown Worlds Entertainment" develpers are making very stange decissions in recent patches. It's kind of hurting replayabality of original game. Right now I'll enjoing to play on modded server. especially bigger ones like Wooza's 42 slot server which is almost all the time full!
It's great fun to play with so great community on this server and they will show you how to play it.

Also I like to play GunGame modiffication for fast pace action or Siege+ which is basically like playground for everybody who like smooth games without stress.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
651.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I didnt want to play NS2. It didnt look appealing to me at all, but my friend forced me to play it. And I havent stopped since. Im not good at making friends and Im always scared of new places and new people. And messing up.

NS2 is an awesome game with loads to learn. But what do I like the most in it and why did I stay is a special community I found. When I joined 24+ server it was big enough for me to blend in. People helped me learn and over time I relaxed and made many friends. Server started to feel like home and made me promote the game and the server. Sadly recent changes have made it impossible to gain new players, which means my home will suffer slow and painful death.

So if you want to play an awesome game with awesome people, buy it and look for Woozas servers. Select ALL instead of NS2 in your server browser and come play with us. We are waiting for you (:

For more information you can join our steam group http://steamcommunity.com/groups/Apheriox
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
The most teamwork based game that i've played.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
241.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Counter-Strike meets Starcraft.
  • Marines have ranged weapons, explosives and siege artillery.
  • Aliens have teeth, claws, speed and excessive maneuverability,
  • and range in size from cat to rhinoceros.
  • Marines structures require power to function.
  • Alien structures build on infestation and slowly die when it subsides.
  • Each team has a commander that manages sturctures and upgrades via a top-down view.

Natural Selection is the single most thrilling, most competitive first person shooter I have ever played since the release of its Half-Life 1 mod in the mid 2000s. Sure, Battlefield delivers large-scale modern warfare in life-like graphics and SFX, but it fails nonetheless (like any other FPS I could think of) to implement half incredible teamplay potential that Natural Selection does!

Basically, you have a team of marines on one side of the map and an alien Hive on the other. The alien Hive is where the eggs spawn, and the aliens will aim to optimally build three or more Hives to unlock all their upgrades and reach full strength. It's up to the marines to eliminate the aliens before the situation spins out of control.

The game goes by controlling the map's resource nodes (scattered evenly between the 8-12 rooms that make up each map) in order to unlock higher weapons/lifeforms and upgrades faster, and ultimately kill all the enemy's command structures (the alien Hive or marine Command Center). And what makes it so full of heat is how quickly a single move could change the tide of battle! Both teams have structures made for quick commuting: teleporters for marines and underground tunnels for aliens. If used correctly, your entire team could be in the enemy base in less than 20 seconds.

Normally, the marines have to set up and DEFEND teleporters at Hive entrance chokepoints to suffocate the aliens by constantly teleporting in and damaging the Hive while preventing the aliens from scattering all over the map. The aliens on the other hand are better at sneak attacks; eliminating lonely marine resource nodes and setting up "sneaky tunnels."

When the aliens successfully lay a tunnel to the marine base undetected, their whole team could be in the marine base in less than 15 seconds! And then it's up to the marine commander to trigger the Distress Beacon to teleport all marines back in time or else the base would be overrun. But even when the base is defended successfully, the aliens will usually utilize this mass relocation of the marines to eliminate their structures somewhere else on the map!

The aliens also have the choice whether to destroy the marine structures in each room or to aim for the power node, which, once broken, conceals the room in pitch black darkness and disables all marine structures in it. Up until the red emergency lights come online, the only thing any rines in the room can see is whatever crosses the thin strip of flashlight that they have.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
77.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I've read many reviews complaining about an update that moved server-lists to a different, clearly visible, tab. I have to say that after purchasing this game I honestly believed that my experience would be mediocre at best: Veterans calling out noobs, discouraging them to continue playing, etc. Not once in my short period of owning this game has this happened. (I'm willing to rule out that I'm lucky and just haven't been around 'those' people).

However, I can tell you this: As an achievement hunter, I was able to contact a developer on the official discord server (Remi, you're awesome!). This person took the time out to help me join a private server full of veterans for a 'Captain's Night' (Shout out to TGNS, you folks are great and I hope to play with you all again!) and was nice about it. Not only that, but the folks I played with were all immensely supportive of a 'greenie' being on their side. Folks in the voice-comms were giving me tips, telling me to follow them around, and showing me some really neat tricks.

I personally like small maps with 7v7 teams; it allows you to know the folks you're playing with (especially if they are in comms). I've had a great experience so far.

TLDR; This game is awesome and I highly recommend it for the experience and the community.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
264.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Its the best multiplayer strategy fps hybrid game on the market. It is also the only fps game that can truly call itself a strategic mutliplayer FPS game, no other fps game comes even close. The game is all, and I mean 100% all, about skill, strategy, and on your feet tactical decision making. The game has a steep learning curve, but there are rookie only servers and tons of guides and tutorials so you will not be overwhelmed. In order to play, you have to have a microphone, it really is that strategic and cooperative focused. The game also does assymetrical warfare in a great way, and it stays feeling fresh and fun for hundreds of hours.
If you ever want strategy in your FPS or action in your RTS this is the only game for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
A very fun teamwork centers game that takes skill and coordination.
A fault I found with the game is the heavy reliance on a good commander.If the commander isn't good then you are destined to fail.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Ive owned this game for a long time and havnt played it in so long only to come back and be suprised that i have not seen a lack of players since when i started playing the game a year or two back. The game has community mods. steam market. DLCs that are purley cosmetic and dont give players an unfair advantage, no cheaters(i havnt seen or heard of any hackers), constantly active dev team still updating the game and adding new items even though the game is three years old. I would highly recomend this to those that enjoy SI-FI, FPS, MOBA, or anything inbetween as the game has so many unique aspects its by far one of the BEST GAMES IVE EVER PLAYED! It is a well rounded fun game and an absolute bargain for $10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
After initially giving a negative review, I was reached out to by some members of the community (thank you Wooza and WasabiOne) who urged me to give it another chance.

And having done so, I can confidently say that with some reservations I CAN recommend this game.

The game is very fun and my initial impression that the community was full of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s has changed; it seems like I met most of the jerks right off the bat and since then I've played with some cool people.

Another opinion that's changed is that after you become rookie, you can barely play anymore because there are so few active servers after the "Rookie only" servers. This is still true; however, it seems to me a shrinking problem which is nice. I haven't had as much trouble finding games as in my previous review.

I was getting very frustrated with how often (after rookie only servers) I was constantly getting destroyed, but this too has gone away as the game mechanics (besides commanding) are pretty intuitive and with some patience and effort I no longer feel like a total idiot/scrub.

Needless to say, my sinking disappointment after I left the rookie servers at how awful the game seemed is gone and I think I've found another game to play regularly! Woohoo!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Game is amazing but the community is dead, you need friends to make this game fun and it definitely is. They need to find a way to expand their community to become a lot larger
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
i love the game, probably my favourite...

but why is the mech so OP compared to an Onos? it costs less, but is stronger... i dont get that!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,057.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Natural Selection 2 hit a draught in the gaming industry, the market was overflooded with yearly titles and streamlined content. Along came a stand alone sequel to one of the greatest mods to Half-Life 1.

It launched with an editor. This was a HUGE deal at the time. You didn't have the option of the free UE4 Engine, and all of the major titles on the market were booming the DLC deal.

Player retention hasn't been good in Natural Selection 2, but the game deserve so much more play than it does. One of the reasons is that it's an old school titel, with roots in the mindset of the hl1 times. Getting good as either marine or alien takes time and practice, also a fair bit of knowledge, and on top of that you have the commander aspect which is basicly an RTS game with real players (some may act like AI's).

Not many players has the patience of old times, where people would defrag in a mod for Quake3, for weeks, only to outrick their opponents movement wise the in their matches.

TLDR:

- Getting gud is hard. (like in the old days)
- The game is awesome and have one of the best communities of all time, who are all happy to help / teach new players.
- Active forum / steam community.
- All it really needs is more players.

10/10

*Plushie Gorge's may cause cuteness overload*
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
86.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I recommend this game. Its a quite immersive fps.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
424.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
The best asymmectrical multiplayer shooter out there.
Very recommended.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
323.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
natural slection 2 is an amazing . you do need to use team work ( something that dosn't really exist outside of a few games*looks at typical cod players *) there is not a whole lot of story or lore behind it but its ment to be a multiplayer game , not a lore driven game. you might want to get a mic before you buy the game as team work is essental and team work with jsut a keyboard is difficult. if you prefer rts like starcraft over shooters then you can also join in on the fun by being the commander as well. it is worth the money that is put in to the game and i would eagerly suggest it to my friends.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,977.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
1.) review
2.) advertisement

1. review:

first off... im very disappointed at the developers of this game for making many bad decisions way of planing the game (e.g. playing toturial in 2016) and... if they had planed better and acted sooner ns2 could have glory days even right now as the graphics are still VERY fresh compared to games of 2015 or even 2016

despite all of that... this game is amazingly awesome for its unique gameplay, teamplay, and strategyplay
its one of the most challanging games ever and not some brainless shooter game
for everyone who will play this game for the first time... you will be utterly crushed and stomped >:)
if that doesnt scare you and you take a hard challange you will have to spend quite some time to
understand the strategy part of the game while fusing it with your tactical shooter skills
once you have mastered the strategy and the tactical shooter skills you will be able to know what to do out on the field
and even be able to tell your fellow teammates your well thought strategy while you are adepting to the fast changing situations!
however... if you run brainlessly as a pro shooter and actually kill many enemies you might end up losing the game by giving away someones position and ruining their strategy which depends on winning the game ;)

2. advertisement:

if you want to look into the community i play you should open the server browser and click on the filter "all" then search for wooza's playground which has 42 playerslots + 4 spectator slots (46slots)
there are many other wooza servers (luckily)
wooza's community is very generous kind and helpful towards practically everyone
as example some of my friends were playing on his server and won random games (killing floor 2, risen 3,etc...) in the game although there has been a lot of drama if you want to check the unknown worlds entertainment forums...
if you feel too much pressure on the vanilla game which has maxium 24 (12vs12) players (which isnt a lot and makes almost every player dependend on winning the game) just come by because your newbieness wont affect the team as much! the only thing it could affect is your computer's performance it can be kind of bad if you have a potato computer compared to the vanilla game servers
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,558.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
A game that is on many people's list of the 10 best multiplayer games of all time.

Never before had I seen strategy and shooter work so well together.
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