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Natural Selection 2

This game has to be one of my favorite games from 2012.  It is the perfect mix of animal like aliens and well formed groups of Marines. At first, I was a little skeptic as I am an avid Halo Fan and have always felt that games with Marines and Aliens were all knock offs. However, after taking the time to play, this game is in a league of it’s own!

 

There is only one major complaint I have about this game, you sit on the loading screen for awhile, but once you are past that you get put in a room where you get to choose who you want to play as. Aliens or Humans! I played as both so here’s a basic break down.

 

If you choose to play as Aliens, you spawn in a room that looks like some sort of Fungus took over. It reminded me of the Zerg caps in Starcraft. As you play more and get more points you can evolve into more powerful aliens. Your goal is to destroy the human basecamp and stay alive.  You have the option to climb walls as well as air vents!

 

Now, if you decide to play Humans you have an all new set of skills and upgrades available to you. You have the option of having an commander, that is like BattleField 4 where one person can see the whole map and gives directions and helps out their team to successfully guard their base from the evil aliens! You can use the points you get to but better weapons and other items used to repair damaged equipment.

 

The game in itself is very nice looking. Each area is very unique in its own way. A perfect example is when you start off as an Alien. As you wander further away from your spawn point, the fungus slowly vanishes and you’re back at the human military base. Everything and everyone in the game is very detailed, down to the rotten teeth inside the Alien’s mouth! I could almost smell the decay when I was an Alien.

 

The game play in itself was very easy to master quickly. One problem I had was, if you played Human you upgraded a lot faster than the aliens and the game play became very uneven very quickly. In the 12 bites it would take an alien to down a human, it would take one bullet after a few upgrades. It seems to be a very one sided game.

 

The community for this game is also very uptight. The game that I was in, my team commander was very demanding and got very upset easily. It almost made it unpleasant. It seemed that the Alien side of the group was more well mannered, and I wish I could have been one.

 

All in all, I really enjoyed playing this game even though I spent a majority of the time sitting on a loading screen staring at the map I was going to be on.  I give this game a 6/10. Paying $24.99 USD to sit  on the same screen forever, no matter the beauty and funa game has, is never fun for anyone.

 

Do you want to play this game?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/4920/

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