Summary: The original Natural Selection came out a decade ago as a Half-Life mod. It was one of the handful of mods that managed to stand out from hundreds of others thanks to its unique blend of real-time strategy and first-person shooting. After years of development, the sequel is finally out as its own standalone product. If you've been waiting a long time for its arrival, it has absolutely been worth the wait.
Excerpt: Natural Selection was among the mods for the original Half-Life to become so popular it took on a life of its own, emboldening its creators to form their own studio and release a sequel ten years later. Since that time, there hasn’t been a gaming experience quite like it: a fusion of real-time strategy with the traditional trappings of a team-based, online shooter.
Conclusion: Natural Selection 2 is one of the first games I’ve played that doesn’t just boast a teamwork mindset but actually delivers on it. Games like MAG made teamwork and leadership seem important but couldn’t make the idea of listening to other players enticing enough. With the small game by game basis and one commander that isn’t always in command Natural Selection 2 makes leadership and following your leader feel right.
Conclusion: By keeping, in a similar fashion to StarCraft, the two controllable races not only visually distinct but fundamentally, adds exponentially to the play experience and longevity of Natural Selection 2. It’s clear that a lot of time was spent on the core mechanics of Natural Selection 2 with very little left over for superfluous elements like single-player modes, cut-scenes, or complex progression systems seen in EA’s Battlelog or Activision’s Call of Duty.
Pros: A seamless blend of shooting and strategy, Timeless sci-fi art style and setting that feels like Aliens meets StarCraft, Regular community and developer support, Great price point and steam integration with mod support
Cons: No real tutorial mode outside of going to YouTube, Steep learning curve for the commander portion of the game, Commander UI needs some tweaking both visually and functionally
Conclusion: Natural Selection 2 est à n'en pas douter un des jeux de l'année. Mêlant à la perfection stratégie et FPS, le titre met en avant le travail d'équipe et procure des sensations rares grâce à un équilibre parfait entre les deux races, pourtant si différentes par leur gameplay. Il faut la jouer tactique et fourbe, tenir son rôle et rester à l'écoute de ses équipiers pour s'en sortir correctement.
Excerpt: Når dagligdagen trykker, og chefen konstant giver en ordrer om at rydde op i papirarbejdet, er det godt at man kan lette trykket ved at modtage ordrer fra en 14-årig i stedet. Ordrer om at løbe ind ad helvedes porte for at starte generatoren til ens kommende base, og hjælpe til med udryddelsen af den igangværende invasion fra rummet.