Natural Selection II
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"Natural Selection 2 is a genius mash of CS and SC2." - Kotaku.com
Natural Selection 2 is an immersive, multiplayer shooter that pits aliens against humans in a strategic and action-packed struggle for survival. It seamlessly combines shooter and RTS/strategy gameplay.
Two Unique Sides: Whether you play as one of the elite marine Frontiersmen or the vicious alien Kharaa, you must use unique strategies and your abilities to win. Marines form persistent squads to find and destroy alien hives. Aliens can choose a wall-running Skulk, pudgy Gorge, flying Lerk, murderous Fade or gigantic Onos that can smash through doors.
Real-time Strategy: Commanders play from overhead to lead their team to victory. Build structures anywhere, collect resources and research upgrades. Marines buy weapons at an Armory or build sentry turrets and siege cannons to assault the enemy. Aliens build upgrade chambers, evolve special abilities and plant traps.
Dynamic Environments: Use a flamethrower to clear the spreading alien infestation. Aliens destroy power nodes knock out the lights and power down marine structures. Random start locations mean you must scout your enemy and before committing to a build. Every game is different.
Unlimited Variations: WYSIWYG graphical tools and powerful scripting allow you to create new weapons, scenarios or entirely new games. You’ll get all our tools (level editor, cinematic tool and more) as well as the full Lua source code to Natural Selection 2. Version 1.0 is just the beginning – ongoing automatic updates keep the game fresh by adding new maps, weapons and abilities. Steam Workshop support and auto-downloading makes playing and distributing mods automatic - and gameplay always fresh.
The true aliens experience.TETfromLondon | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »
Many people will remember watching the film 'Aliens' and wishing that there was a game that accurately recreated that atmosphere. Unfortunately, most of the actual 'Alien' games have failed to do so. However, Natural Selection 2 is as good as it gets for the genre. Both the creatures and the humans feel fun to use, but both are played in different ways. There is a great element of strategy involved, as if you split off from the rest of your team, or attack at the wrong moment, or as a human, if you wander off by yourself, you will probably die quickly. Adding to the strategy is the fact that both teams have a commander, so fans of strategy games such as Starcraft will feel at home in this role. If not, then there is no need to do it and you can just be a normal soldier or alien. The game also looks excellent and the environments are brilliantly designed. I would highly recommend this game to anyone.
Natural Selection II - reviewNeapolis47 | Oct. 24, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »
Natural Selection 2 is a first-person shooter mixed with a real-time strategy that sees soldiers opposed to terrible space aliens. Each side has its own peculiarities and can evolve in different ways during the game . The player is then called to create a strategy much more complex than a normal shooter , because he has to manage the future of the match, studying the situation and choosing which evolve your creature alien, or what weapons to use in combat with the soldier . There is also the role of the commander , or a supervisor of the team that has a very important role : manage tactically attack and defense. Through an interface is not very easy to master, the player / commander must monitor the map , giving instructions to the team via microphone , distribute healing items , directing scientific research, build various structures and so on. It is a game in the game. Natural Selection 2 requires the development of dear old skills, but also requires the ability to reason about their moves without the fray .
Cinematic Funlandsharky | Oct. 18, 2013 | See all landsharky's reviews »
I've found that when games try to portray/create the classic aliens versus marines scenario there always seems to be something lacking, something that doesn't make it feel real. Search no more my friends, this game captures truly cinematic moments that feel as if you are fighting for dear life to fend off waves of aliens. It's not just the marines, when playing as aliens you can feel the power you are capable of the second you spawn but also how easily that can be taken away. Both factions feel complete and balanced offering a slough of items, abilities, maps, and mods at your disposal for countless hours of fun and re-playability.
Initially the game will take some getting used to but the community is by far the best I have encountered and are more than willing to guide you along every step of the way.
Get this game.
Great fun, particularly as aliens.ZoraLink | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all ZoraLink's reviews »
I bought this game after being disappointed by Nuclear Dawn failing, hoping for more of the same. It is a fantastic mix of RTS and shooter elements, myself being a big fan of commanding in this game. I've never enjoyed the micro management side of RTS games, so having each unit I would normally micromanage have its own autonomy is perfect.... so long as they're competent. Every once and a while you'll get stuck in a game that is just a completely massive stomp, or with a commander who is either utterly clueless and doesn't listen to advice, or is just blatantly trolling and ruins the game before you can kick him/her out.
The actual mechanics of each side are fun, I enjoy aliens much more than marines, scuttling around as a Skulk is probably one of my favorite things to do when not commanding. I also enjoy that aliens are a bit more able to do things when alone in comparison to marines, who are very much team oriented, which can be frustrating when in public groups.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend it, I got my play time out of it easily. Whether you want to command or whether you want to be a foot soldier, each side is satisfying to play.
Lots of fun.crankafoo | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all crankafoo's reviews »
This is one of those games where every match can play out completely different from the last. It's got solid gunplay and it's a ton of fun to play as the aliens. You can be a mere minion/soldier or a commander for your respective team. The commander will set waypoints and direct the team to build things in certain places, along with managing resources for ammo and health packs for a team in need. Natural Selection 2 is a game where conquering the other team actually feels very rewarding and challenging. There's a lot of mod support which is always fantastic. It's also a blast with a group of friends, so find some buddies to sit down and play with. You won't regret it.