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Natural Selection 2

Natural Selection 2 review

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7 years ago

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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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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8 years ago

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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Natural Selection 2 Selected For Rezzed, Naturally

Another quick Rezzed update for you - joining the increasingly mighty throng of games'n'devs attending the PC games show in Brighton, UK next Month are Unknown Worlds and their long-awaited multiplayer alien-vs-men epic Natural Selection 2. Hugh Jeremy from Unknown Worlds is going to do a stage demo of the Half-Life mod-gone-pro and audience Q&A at 5pm on Friday 6th July.

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Oh Yes: New Natural Selection 2 Trailer Is Pure Chaos

I feel like having your eyes located inside your mouth - just behind a jagged row of teeth that probably uses live sharks as dental floss - would pigeon hole you a bit from a career standpoint. Such is the plight of Natural Selection 2's Skulk aliens, and yet, they seem to do rather well for themselves within their small area of chompy expertise - at…

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Flight Club: Natural Selection 2’s Jetpacks

Some days you click on a trailer and realise the developers have mapped out your life for the two months following their game's release. Assuming Team Fortress 3 isn't squeezed out in Summer of this year, I'll be jetpacking around on Natural Selection 2, Unknown Worlds' Aliens-inspired FPS/RTS multiplayer game. Here's why.

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9 years ago

Natural Selection 2 Is “Dynamically Infested”

Dynamic infestation is not pictured in this picture, which pictures aliens being fought by soldiermen. But it is pictured in a new video diary from the Natural Selection 2 beta developement thing. Excitingly, I have used 21st century internet technology to make it visible in the extended version of this blog post. Unknown Worlds' Charlie Cleveland told us: "As you may remember, we got a…

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Meet The Natural Selection 2 Team

Unknown Worlds superfan channel Natural Selection 2 HD has been charting the progress of the FPS/RTS hybrid with meticulous detail over the past few months, and most recently the man behind it made a trip to the California-based studio to meet the team and find out some more about the team and the game. I've posted the "meet the team" video below, for your viewing…

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Yes: Natural Selection 2 Beta Game Footage

Ooh, we've got the first official game footage trailer from the Natural Selection 2 beta! The hybrid RTS-FPS multiplayer sequel is in pre-order-based beta at the moment, where it is being tweaked and honed and squeezed into shape by the testers and developers alike. For those of us who haven't dared dip in, however, it's not been clear quite how this thing plays. Unknown Worlds…

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Natural Selection 2 Beta Begins

Hybrid FPS strategy game Natural Selection 2 - which is threatening to be dangerously good - has begun a closed beta. Accessed via Steam, this stage of the beta will be available to the first 10,000 people who preorder. You can do that here, should you be so inclined. I've posted the most recent trailer, which features the teleporting "Fade" alien class, below. Unknown Worlds,…

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10 years ago

And Some Natural Selection 2 News

Unknown Worlds appear to be creeping towards the final stages of the epic development of their RTS-FPS multiplayer hybrid sequel, Natural Selection 2. The $20 pre-order is going to give folks access to an alpha test from the 26th of this month. Apparently 12,000 people have already pre-ordered, so you should have no shortage of people to "test" things with. Pre-ordering also unlocks the SDK,…

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The Darwinner Takes It All: Natural Selection 2

Crikey! At last. Following their winning of the best upcoming indie game in the ModDb award, they've uploaded some better quality footage than what was used in the award reel. It's still pre-alpha, they stress, and they wouldn't normally release this into the community in this state, but they're in a celebratory, sharing mood. Frankly, it looks fine to me.

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Crayon Physics: Pay What You Bloody Want

Goo did it. Radiohead did it. Even educated independent PC videogames do it. This time, it's Petri Purho's Crayon Physics deluxe - yours for however much you care to pay for it. 10p or 10 pentasquilliongillion Venusian sex-dollars, whatever you feel it deserves/are comfortable with. It's a strategy that worked out pretty well for 2D Boy when they did the same thing with World of…

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Naturally Selected Screenshots

None of your artificial ones here. Though, that said, these are the fruits of NS2's budding modders' experimentation rather than straight-from-the-source stuff - but they're a useful demonstration of what Unknown Worlds' still-mysterious new engine may be capable of. They rather evoke Doom 3, but obviously a lot more amped up and mega-detailed. I found the dark, ominous metal corridors oddly beautiful in a way…

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The Making Of Natural Selection

Seven years ago to this very day, uber-Half-Life mod Natural Selection was released. Man! Aliens! Man vs aliens, in a real-time-strategy-in-an-FPS-perspective kinda way! In that time, it's become something of a landmark in terms of just how far you can stray from the source technology (pun not necessarily intended), just how successful a group of a have-a-go home designers can be, and quite how much…

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11 years ago

Natural Selection 2 Monster Mash

Time to check up again on upcoming Half-Life mod-goes-pro Natural Selection 2: is it still bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and wet-nosed? Its creators Unknown Worlds have been dribbling out a stream of bestial teasers for this long-time coming multiplayer shooter. Natural Selection's big draw has always been man vs aliens - with the neat twist that those aliens are playable. And they're really not just A Man…

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Natural Selection 2: Unknown Worlds Explain All

Well, not all, but a healthy "some". Mostly regarding that recent teaser trailer for the long delayed standalone sequel to the classic Half-Life mod, which delighted and confused in equal measure. I had a quick chat with Unknown World's Game Director Charlie Cleveland about the most salient points raised by the trailer. Does the game really look that good? Is it really coming out this…

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Natural Selection 2: Naturally Selectionier

The acclaimed man vs aliens FPS-RTS Half-Life mod done good is something I don't believe we've mentioned on this silly old site of ours before, and the same's true of its impending sequel. Curse our grasshopper minds. Let's correct that, with a link to a fairly dry but handy fundamentals-establishing interview with the dev team, Unknown Worlds, over on Nofrag. Perhaps more importantly, I've conveniently…

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