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natural selection

3 years ago

Feature: FPS-RTS antics

Have You Played… Natural Selection?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I'm sorry if you haven't already played Natural Selection [official site]. I'm sorry that you missed out. You'll never know some of the greatest multiplayer gaming I've known. Natural Selection is a sci-fi FPS-RTS released for Half-Life as a free mod first in…

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5 years ago

Darwinning: Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution

I think if this footage of Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution shows anything, it's that gamers should not be allowed anywhere near a first-contact situation. What happens in this sandbox natural selection sim, where you watch species evolve rapidly as they deal with the changes in the climate and food chain, is just a little bit genocidey. Everything is going fine: the creatures crawl from…

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9 years ago

The Year Ahead, Part Three

Once we get past early summer things get a little hazy. We enter a nether-realm of shifting dates and unclear prophecies. By then we'll also have a whole bunch of games I haven't previously mentioned show up in the intervening months, stuff that we didn't have release dates for to place them in our line-up. This final post in our preview attempts to survey them…

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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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