Natural Selection 2

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Natural Selection 2 pits alien against human in an action-packed struggle for survival. Wield devastating weaponry as a Frontiersman marine, or become the xenomorph as a deadly Kharaa lifeform.

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 its 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.

Changelog Tweaks / Improvements Added a Top Bar UI toggle to the advanced options menu. The Observatory’s scanned Status Effect icon will always show for Aliens within range, regardless of HUD detail settings. (Similar to the Parasite status effect icon for Marines.) Re-added the Railgun Exo’s target outline HUD effect on all Aliens and resolved the performance issues when looking at something far beyond the effect’s maximum range. (Thanks Axtel!) Three additional status effect icons added: Nerv...

2022-06-27

Update 341 is now available on steam and includes multiple updates to maps and a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks to both the game and matched play. There are also additional updates to the balance which you can find in the in-game menu. Remember all sales of NS2 and DLC directly affect our development budget and allow our team to continue work on NS2. Changelog Tweaks / Improvements Death screen has been made smaller in overall size, hides when the map is opened, the fade to black lasts only 2 sec...

2022-02-03

This set of changes is targeted at refining some aspects of game pacing, making some quality of life improvements, and adds some new Matched Play exclusive changes that will only be employed when playing the Matched Play game mode. One of the key changes that will apply to both player counts is the reduction of p-res per tick. Now that servers have been playing with 10 versus 10 for some time, and with the introduction of Matched Play 6 versus 6, we felt this was the right time to re-introduce t...

2021-12-27

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/2256926/7d3029d2f1e0dbb284b61067ff2f83cbc33d4f64.jpg A precious but lost TSF resource once again comes into play, returning to TANITH! We are thrilled and excited to release this updated vision of the classic map from Natural Selection. Special thanks to Zavaro and the mapping team on this awesome addition to the map pool. With the release of TANITH we are also providing the next phase of the Match Play, Beta v2, in which we have made some bug fixes and added the ability to in...

2021-12-16

Update 338 includes fixes found with the initial release of MATCHED PLAY (read more here). MATCHED PLAY lobbies are once again active and ready for use. Some additional regions have been added/removed based on performance feedback. Your continued use and feedback on the system while in BETA will help us refine features while we move towards delivering the 1.0 version soon. Remember all sales of NS2 and DLC directl...

2021-08-17

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

Minimum:

  • OS:Windows Vista 64-bit or newer
  • Processor:Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66 GHz) or better
  • Memory:4 GB RAM
  • Graphics:DirectX 9 compatible dedicated 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
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

RECOMMENDED SPECS:

Recommended:

  • OS:Windows 7 64-bit or newer
  • Processor:Core 2 Quad Q9650 (3 GHz) or better
  • Memory:8 GB RAM
  • Graphics:DirectX 9 compatible dedicated 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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