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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July 1

Update 304 Live on Steam!


With the summer sale now in full swing, we decided to take a lighter approach to the update this week. Minor tweaks and improvements over last week’s patch should address some of the feedback we heard. Moving forward, we are adjusting our patch cycle to be bi-weekly. This allows us to start tackling some larger features and helps with our testing schedule.

As many of you know and for those of you that don’t, each update to NS2 comes with not just hours of development time but lots of bug and gameplay testing. Our playtesters are community volunteers and give many hours each week so that you can enjoy the fruits of our labors. Our EU Playtest Lead Asraniel has been around since the beginning of time and given so many hours that I couldn’t even begin to list all the many influences and tasks he has helped address. Asraniel is taking a step back to focus on his next step in the world and we wish him nothing but the best in his endeavors. He has left his mark on not just this game but our community as a whole, thank you and good luck!

Update Notes
Tweaks / Improvements

  • Exo miniguns will not overheat each other
  • Feedback UI – “Out of sight, out of mind”
    • Every time you close the feedback UI will increase the time it won’t show up afterwards
    • Every time you give feedback will increase the time the feedback UI shows up
    • You can also close the feedback UI using the Escape button
    • Feedback UI doesn’t show up at listen servers anymore
    • Added a close button to the feedback UI (as requested)
  • Sandbox Mode – “Back to the roots”
    • Restored the tooltip functionality of the sandbox mode (no idea how that broke)
      • Explore the map and all game elements with descriptions
    • Made sure all weapons, upgrades, classes and abilities get unlocked in the sandbox mode
    • Limited to Docking at the moment
  • Many game strings still need to be updated (Weldable Doors are still not planned)
  • Running an experiment to see if changing the default setting for health bars, damage numbers, and hit sounds makes a measurable difference to new player behaviors (this will have no impact to current players)
  • Removed British alternate tutorial VO
Fixes
  • Fixed that the feedback UI blocked various button presses
  • Fixed a script error caused by the arcade achievement
  • Fixed issue where forward movement was dependent on view angles.
  • Fixed right click preventing sprinting
  • Fixed arcade achievement not being given on ns2large servers
  • Fixed phase gates not setting angles correctly for people who use inverted mouse (boo, hiss)
  • Fixed guns floating in midair when dropped.
  • Fixed guns held by marines sometimes not following the marine.
  • Fixed exploit allowing instant switch to rifle once per life
  • Fixed that the boot camp stayed invisible after closing the popup with escape

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June 22

Update 303 Released!



Happy Summer Marines! We are ushering in the sunshine with update 303. This is a lighter patch focused on some bug fixes and a couple tweaks and additions to the game. With this update we are introducing a new post-round feedback system, this will help provide us with more details about your games and comparing round data to support future changes.

The last six months has seen a lot of changes and experimentation to the game and we aren’t done yet. We are working on developing plans over the next week to continue to build on the new foundation that we’ve created over these last few months. Be on the lookout for some exciting new opportunities and changes to come.

As always, thank you for being part of our community and your continued support of our team.

UPDATE 303 DETAILS

Tweaks / Improvements

  • Added a round feedback UI – Help us to improve the game based on your feedback
    • Rate the last round you played
    • Select multiple reasons on feedback based on rating
  • Added new Achievement “Arcade Champion”
    • Explore for at least one hour the various community made custom game mode which wait for you in the Arcade section of the server browser:
      • Faded
      • Gun Games
      • Siege
      • Last Stand
      • Defense
      • NS2 Large
  • Removed all outdated tip videos in the training menu
  • Updates the “VS. Bots” tab of the training menu
  • Commander bots can now generally be replaced by entering the command station
  • Restored the spawn animation of eggs (broke a long time ago)
  • The spawn animation of alien structures is less obscuring now by lowering the size of the initial infestation blob
Fixes
  • Fixed that parasite never timed out if an entity was outside the relevancy distance
  • Fixed a bug that stopped the scoreboard from showing up after connecting to a server
  • Fixed an script error which occurred when you used escape at the tundra unpack menu
  • Fixed that the cancel button of the tundra unpack menu wasn’t functional
  • Fixed Gorge structures not being destroyed in warmup mode
  • Fixed various in-game tooltip descriptions (e.g. power surge, contamination and mines)
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause a research button for a commander to permanently disappear — forcing the commander to either let someone else start the research, or return to ready room to reset it.
  • Fixed that marine upgrades stayed available after an arms lab has been power surged
  • Power nodes no longer play the flinch animation and buzzing sound when they are infested but their armor is gone. However, the lighting in the room will continue to flicker to indicate the power node is infested.
  • Power nodes will now be properly infested if they are rebuilt from death in an infested area.
  • Cysts will no longer “flash” infestation right before it begins to spread.
  • Fade stab will now work even after switching to a different weapon mid-stab.
  • Marines can now immediately shoot upon spawning from infantry portal — they no longer play the rifle deploy animation. IP-biting skulks beware!
  • Marines will now always look in the proper direction after using a phase gate. Before, having previously used a gorge tunnel would cause the view angles to be different.
  • Command station will no longer leave behind the login screen after being killed.
  • Fixed Gorge tunnels and Phase Gates are deactivated during the concede sequence.
  • Fixed exiting a hive or command station, the commander will now face the direction they were facing when they entered.
  • Fixed that bots were counted as human players by the concede and commander eject vote
  • Fixed various script errors caused by the Marine commander bot
  • Fixed that Commander bots placed structures in warmup mode
Maps
  • Caged (Thanks Flat!)
    • Made ceiling geometry around the fans in Ventilation commander invisible
    • Fixed misaligned trim textures on the curved corners of the doorways in Main Hold
    • Added collision geometry behind pipe in east corridor of Central next to Access entrance so Fades cannot get behind it
    • Made various props and sections of geometry commander Invisible in Life Support and the east corridor of Central
  • Tram (Thanks Zavaro!)
    • Fixed the Occlusion Geometry in Shipping around the door towards South Tunnels
Editor
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the displacement tool to crash the editor.

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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

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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Vani11aPudding
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Bought this two years ago and it never worked.

I asked the Facebook page for help and they blocked me.

Do not buy.
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Ragnar
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
It is a very good game check it out!

i rate it 7.9/10 very fun to play with friends
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Radical
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
why so marine op even at rookie
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|H|H| Fr3ddi3 - Never Mako
( 171.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
NS2 is a great game and i really do like it alot. I just cannot recommend it to anyone because the ship has sailed in more ways than 1.

The issue is the community, don't get me wrong the playerbase is generally very friendly and accepting of newcomers, it is a plesant experience and they are pretty dedicated to the game. It's just that it's rather small these days and the players who remain are really damn good, even with the basic tools and classes.

You will be the equivilant a Star Trek Redshirt for a long time untill you eventually reach a point where you can at least get some objectives done, and even then you will still be lightyears behind the community skill level, it's so far ahead in fact that i fear that new comers won't catch up.

As a result i just can't recommend this to anyone.
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Mellis3pm|
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Bought this when it was 50% off and that was worth it but 9,99€ for it, nah. This is a very good game overall but they don't really accept new players, they will just kick you! The game is easy to play but hard to master. If it's on a sale: buy it. If not: Do not buy it.
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infinityrsl
( 124.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Great innovative game that involves skill, strategy, and teamwork. Play with friends and communicate with your team for the best experience.
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ayden769
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A very good game, Yet i find it hard to hit targets because im so used to using controller! If the developers notice this, please keep this in your agenda that more people want controller support than don't!
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hthehidden
( 61.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is amazing, and I had some of my best gaming experiences in it. The only reson I not reccomending it is because lately I've had trouble getting into a game so much so that i hardly try anymore
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PrauD
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Great game to play with friends!
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
673.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Ahhh. NS2. The perfect combination of RTS and FPS. I have spent hours doing pretty much everything possible in this game, sans competative play. From shooting aliens to chomping marine scum, I have had the pleasure of playing NS2 for a while, through its low phase of small player count, and into what is now a fine time to purchase the game, as people are once again active and the servers are finally occupied. NS2 to a stranger hosts a team of marines, who play a standard (from a control standpoint) FPS game with a birds eye RTS commander, and a team of aliens with their own RTS commander. Both teams struggle to earn resources, both for the commander to place structures and assistance to players (tech, medpacks, etc), and for the players who need to buy weapons and stronger aliens. As the marine experience is more standard, and is not the most unique and in need of description part of this game, I will describe only the aliens in more depth to save you time reading this. The free one (the skulk) walks on walls, the others include a flying bat like creature with poison bites and spikes, a blade handed creature who can "teleport" short distances, a tubby hippo with healspray, and a giant gorilla rhino thing. The learning curve is steep for marines, steeper for aliens, and the steepest for commanders, but once past it, the game opens up into a unique, unforgettable experience.

Here is what NS2 is to me though:
-Crawling through an airvent as a marine and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ yourself when a cloaked skulk bites you and you spray and pray like nothing else.
-Running away as a gorge from a marine that is pelting your behind and begging your teammates to save you.
-That one guy who buys a flamethrower and everyone judges.
-Beginners learning how to play as a higher alien lifeforms and thinking they are immortal (spoilers, they are not).
-That marine who gets his exosuit for the first time, then screams "I NEED WELDS" when he loses 15 HP.
-Commanders who care about their teams and strive to win, yet lose respectfully (most of the time).
-A community that makes the stereotypical FPS community weep in jealousy...so many people who aren't pointlessly disrespectful and irritating.
-Rookies (and people in general most of the time) who listen to advice, play hard and have fun. No matter what.

In short, I 100% recommend this to anyone who enjoys strategy, FPS, and gaming with people who are mature (most of the time), intelligent team players, especially if in need of a unique twist or change of pace.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I haven't had as many problems with the community as all the reviews are giving. Just join a rookie only server and play the game! Of course there will always be players that are better than you, but if you stick with it these players force your own skill to improve.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
MOST FUN I HAVE HAD IN A WHILE.

This game is fun and lives up to its 10$ price tag. With freinds this game can be a blast and evenmore fun when your team has a good commander.

Buy this game and you will have tons of fun.

PS: Dont buy skins on the market, unless you want to waste money!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Ok, so this is gonna be the first game that i´ll ever review. Can i recommend it? The answer is pretty short, yes i can. It has one of the most interesting game ideas ive ever seen and a pretty good graphic. The gamplay feels nice and smooth, the atmosphere is really great and both races (Marines and Aliens) are pretty even so no race can be called op. Personally i like the community (sure there are always some people that behave like idiots) and would love to see new players in Ns2.
So if you read this and consider buying it, i can only say that these are some well invested 10 euros. And if youre able to get this in the summer sale for 5 euros why are you not playing already?

For people that dont like reading: Should you buy it? -yes you should.

cheers Syntexx
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,293.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Excellent FPS-RTS-hybrid with a strong focus on the FPS part. Initially you have to invest some time since there is so much stuff to learn about, but it is very rewarding afterwards. Certainly one of the best games I know.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
As I've often summed up (since the days of NS1), this is like the first person shooter version of a StarCraft battle between marines and the Zerg.

In Natural Selection 2 it's not all about twitch reflexes (though this is faster paced than most); victory requires dynamic strategy, tactical combat, communication and team work.

The strategic element to this game makes it a unique gem. It's far more engaging and complex than anything offered by Battlefield, Team Fortress, Counter Strike and similar games.

The community isn't huge, but this game has no equal. Highly recommended.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Fun to play, but game quality varies for each server. Commanders are often verbally assulted if they do not play up to par. I would recommend playing as a foot soldier to allow for a more stress free play. If you like RTS games then the commander chair is for you. Be sure to do some research on it before you play, because it can be overwhelming for first or second time commanders. While the first few games can be confusing, once you get the hang of it the game becomes pretty entertaining. Learning the hotkeys for pings and audio chat would be useful as well to ease communication between you and your team. Overall fun game, and can be really fun for a long time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
122.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Game is unique and amazing to play, the newest updates really brought it to life with great refinement. Too bad very few people still play it with very few servers, at least inside the acceptable ping for my region. It still is a great competitive team vs team game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
great game for players wanting to play alien vs predator online. Misleading game for players wanting to play the darwin award simulator.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Natural Selection 2 is a really good game. It is a MOBA like where the ennemy team has to destroy all of the ennemies command things to win. It is a multiplayer game wich you either play as a marine or an alien. Both teams have a commander that has a top down view, while the other players play in first person. The marine commander supplies the marines with ammo, health packs, weapons , etc and can put infrastructures as an armory, a tech machine thing, "generators", etc. While the aliens commander puts dow pods that create infestation ( that is nescessary to build aliens things ) and other structures that inhance aliens stats ( for some ). I tried to describe the better I could but you should look it up on Youtube to have a better look at what it really is.
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