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Natural Selection 2

Natural Selection 2 review

Red In Tooth And Claw

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2 years ago

Boo! Natural Selection 2 Free To Play This Weekend

Halloween is an extra-special time of year for sci-fi FPS-RTS Natural Selection, as the birthday of both the original Half-Life mod and its standalone commercial sequel [official site]. In celebration, developers Unknown Worlds have opened up NS2 for the weekend and let everyone play for free. Battling aliens, knee deep in bacterial gunk, or chomping on the juicy heads of space marines seems fittingly frightful…

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3 years ago

Natural Selection 2 Development Ramping Back Up

Last year, Natural Selection 2 [official site] creators Unknown Worlds handed development duties on their aliens vs. space marines FPS-RTS over to a team of community volunteers, then themselves dived down into alien oceans to build Subnautica. Ah, but landlubbers will always pine for the shore (or for space?). A year-and-a-half later, Unknown Worlds are getting back into NS2, hiring some of those community folks…

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5 years ago

Marina, Aqua Marina: Unknown Worlds’ Subnautica

No-one in their right mind would have put down money on 'sandbox submarine adventure' being the next project from the creators of human vs alien FPS/RTS crossbreed Natural Selection. I did, however, and as a result I became a billionaire. Unfortunately I then put down a billion quid on Destiny turning out to be Frog Fractions 2 in disguise, and now I am poor again.…

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First-Person Pooper: Swallowed Alive In NS2 Combat

I do enjoy visiting horrible guts. I've leapt between the grinding teeth of The Many in System Shock 2, chainsawed a city-devouring worm's heart(s) in Gears of War 2, and admired a meatwizard's DIY skills in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. Now I'm keen to play Natural Selection 2: Combat, as developers Faultline Games have showed off its horrors of being devoured alive. Being swallowed…

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Prey Tell: Community Now In Charge Of Natural Selection 2

Well here's a thing. Unknown Worlds is (mostly) moving on from excellent humans vs aliens multiplayer FPS Natural Selection 2. It's a relatively small team, and Subnautica isn't going to build itself. NS2, however, will. Sort of. A community dev team has been given UW's official blessing, so expect to be gorging yourself on their creations soon. Details below.

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BioBuilding: Natural Selection 2 Mod GorgeCraft Released

Can any of us honestly say we have never dreamed of creating a beautiful garden from flesh and bone, bile and spit? I thought not. That's the problem with these 'Craft' games: they tend to use everyday building materials like stone and metal. Give me great citadels of bone draped in banners of skin, the absurd excesses of heavy metal album covers come to virtual…

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Natural Selection 2’s Combat Mod Going Standalone

Half-Life begot the mod Natural Selection, which begot standalone sequel Natural Selection 2, which together with NS1's Combat mode incestuously begot NS2's Combat mod, which now begets standalone game Natural Selection 2: Combat. It's all a bit like Chronicles with assault rifles. Faultline Games are taking their Combat mod standalone, they've announced, expanding and polishing it up as one would expect. Combat's a murder-oriented version…

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Too Humble To Handle: The Humble Jumbo Bundle

Are you tired of sales? Did Black Friday and Cyborg Monday beat your wallet to a penniless pulp? Well, TOO BAD. Games will continue going on sale from now until the end of time, and somewhere in between, you will cast off your mortal coil poor and probably alone. I apologize. That was too much. Sales just get me super amped up about mortality, is…

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6 years ago

Natural Selection 2 Needs Cash, Asks The Crowd

I started writing this story just to point out that Natural Selection 2 is going to have a free weekend over the next few days, and that if you hadn't yet bought it then you should take a look. It's a really good indie multiplayer shooter that managed to overshadow Aliens: Colonial Marines in every possible way, and they've just updated it with loads of…

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Hoo-rah: Natural Selection 2 Adding Female Marines

In Natural Selection 2, you can play as just about anything. Gigantic pairs of teeth with tiny feet attached, mutant god elephants, space pterodactyls, scythe-armed devil wraiths, and, you know, men. But not human women. At least, not yet. Thankfully, that's all about to change, as Unknown Worlds has unveiled a female marine design that's, well, pretty freaking great. Better late than never, I suppose.…

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Natural Caution: The Perils Of Cheap Game Keys

Here's a cautionary tale, and a stark reminder that digital goods are still the World Wide Wild West. While a majority of PC games these days seem to ultimately involve a Steam key (which is itself an understandably controversial state of affairs), ownership of one of those keys can be sold by any number of third parties. So we see online stores both reputable and…

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Gorge Yourself: Natural Selection 2 Free Expansion

When you look at RPS, wherever you might be, RPS looks back at you. We're a lot like The Void in that way. Fear not, however, for our uncanny glare should not intimidate you. Usually we simply squint through the screen and ponder what it is about our words and faces that attracts the most handsome readers of all. I can't confirm whether or not…

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Let’s Share Some RPS Community Video Antics

There are quite a few communities bustling away in the General Sociability forum, and some of those have produced of videos of their antics. I've embedded just a few of those below. There are many more, and I am sure others still I haven't seen. Are you doing video stuff with the RPS community? Link your work/play in the comments!

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Natural Selection 2 Jumps Its Own Gun

Imagine all the things you could do with seven hours. You could have a somewhat unsatisfying sleep. You could go on a plane flight that wouldn't quite get you to America. You could complete Dishonored fifteen times. You could clean up your Goddamn house. One thing you don't have to do with seven hours is spend them impatiently waiting for Natural Selection 2, which after…

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7 years ago

Selected For October 31st: Natural Selection 2

Unknown Worlds have sent word that their hybird FPS/RTS Natural Selection 2 will finally be released on October 31st. Natural Selection 2 is a sequel to the famed and enormously popular Half-Life mod, which was one of the most ambitious attempts to shake up the "Fortress" formula, introducing a top-down commander to bring a tactical-oversight aspect to the usual team-based combat. It was also, brilliantly,…

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Natural Selection 2 Selects October Launch Date, Naturally

True fact: natural selection, the "survival of the fittest" cornerstone of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, was named after Unknown Worlds' Natural Selection 2. Yes, that's right: Natural Selection 2 has been in development since the mid-1800s. Check a history book. It's the truth. But now, after generations of tweaking and perfecting its particular brand of asymmetrical aliens vs marines blasting/teeth-gnashing, the developer's ready to unleash…

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Natural Selections 2’s Exosuit Is “A Can Of Boom”

We all like robot battlesuits. Yes, even you, Steve. So it is with whirr-stomp gladness that we are able to reveal Natural Selection 2's exosuit. Yes, it's a robot suit, with a man inside, with guns for arms. And it is clearing away aliens like a leaf-blower at work in the park. Unknown Worlds explain the wider context of this auto-death machine: “Along with this…

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Aliens vs Presenter: Natural Selection 2 At Rezzed

Rezzed was twelve hundred million years ago, but there are still a few dev sessions left to share with those who couldn't make it down to lovely Brighton on the day. Here's Unknown Worlds chatting about and demonstrating their aeons-in-gestation FPS/RTS mash-up Natural Selection 2, including a whole lot of giant mouth-based action.

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