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.
Excerpt: Galactic grudge matches between heavily armored space marines and parasitic alien species are nothing new, but Natural Selection 2's cool hybrid approach puts a fresh and exciting spin on the timeless conflict. This riotous online multiplayer game's aggressive matches blend first-person shooter combat with real-time strategy elements to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience.
Conclusion: Natural Selection 2 is a title that was ten years in the making by developer Unknown Worlds. Ever since the first release back in 2002, the concept of a PvP style game that wasn't just space marines blowing each other apart has intrigued people. Undoubtedly drawing inspiration from both Starcraft and Alien vs. Predator, Natural Selection 2 is quite possibly one of the most unique shooters to date (that's not really saying much with shooters though).
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
Excerpt: В запущенном техногенном бункере отряд солдат заваривает дверь; через несколько секунд подойдут жуткие монстры, лениво разорвут хлипкое укрытие и размажут военных по стене. С неба донесутся два голоса — один полон отчаяния, второй ликует и празднует. За экстравагантной концепцией Natural Selection 2 — многопользовательский онлайновый шутер пополам с примитивной стратегией — легко потерять главное; хотя оно всегда над головой.