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  • urban 12 Mar 2011 16:56:28 10,942 posts
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    Gameplay Trailer

    Tickle my excited.

    I'm sure some of you remember the original Half-Life mod, well it looks like this is getting close to launch. It's looking pretty polished. Surprised they've managed to continue development for this long (at least 3 years) and very little funding from what I've seen.

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    Two Unique Sides

    Whether you play as one of the elite marine Frontiersmen or the vicious alien Kharaa, you must use unique strategies and your abilities to win. Marines form persistent squads to find and destroy alien hives. Aliens can choose a wall-running Skulk, pudgy Gorge, flying Lerk, murderous Fade or gigantic Onos that can smash through doors.

    Real-time Strategy

    Commanders play from overhead to lead their team to victory. Build structures anywhere, collect resources and research upgrades. Marines buy weapons at an Armory or build sentry turrets and siege cannons to assault the enemy. Aliens build upgrade chambers, evolve special abilities and plant traps.

    Dynamic Environments

    Spreading alien infestation deforms hallways and causes space station power failure, turning off lights and shutting down marine powered structures. Use a flamethrower to clear infestation or weld a bulkhead shut for a last defense. Every game is different.
    Unlimited Variations

    graphical tools and powerful scripting allow you to create new weapons, scenarios or entirely new games. You'll get all our tools and Lua source code we're using to build NS2. Ongoing automatic updates keep the game fresh by adding new maps, weapons and abilities.
  • Architect_z 19 Jun 2012 12:00:18 2,385 posts
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    I always remember the horror of running down a corridor and turn the corner to find myself face to face with a massive Onos. It was scary stuff NS, but so much fun.
  • urban 6 Jul 2012 15:56:27 10,942 posts
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    It's looking very polished indeed!
  • Lukree 1 Nov 2012 08:14:24 159 posts
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    Isn't this out now? Has anyone tested yet?

    Seems pretty interesting mix!
  • Tiger_Walts 1 Nov 2012 10:20:12 16,587 posts
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    Bit of trouble getting onto servers (lots of 'Unable to establish connection' errors) but it does appear to be a well balanced game. Has the same feel of the original but with lots of improvements.

    You do need someone in the commander's seat and with a lot of new players you're likely to enter a match where one or both commanders are either crap or non-existent. Pro tip: If you are the commander and you aren't always placing structures, assigning research, or dropping health/ammo, then you aren't doing it right.

    There are a few rookie servers out there, I suggest joining those for your first few games. Marines are gong to be the most familiar to play, so start with them. Then, when you understand the mechanics, give the aliens a go.

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  • mikew1985 1 Nov 2012 10:27:46 12,672 posts
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    I've had a mate playing this for the past two months (around the time of BL2 release).

    I was wondering why I'd heard nothing about it, must have been in the beta, he was certainly extolling it's virtues. I mostly didn't listen as he tends to like different types of games to me so feigned interest.
  • urban 4 Nov 2012 14:54:02 10,942 posts
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    OK so the game is great, it's the players that are the problem. There seems to be a real problem with team stacking, I've not had a game that truly seemed to be two sided.
  • Zaiz 7 Nov 2012 19:22:45 370 posts
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    This game is pretty awesome, I endorse it.
  • DugBriderider 26 Feb 2013 17:01:21 528 posts
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    Bump to say the new "Gorgeous" Patch is coming out this Thursday to add Rail guns, Gorge Tunnels & Descent Map.

    If unaware check out the 500+ videos on the NS2HD Youtube channel
  • DugBriderider 28 Feb 2013 07:30:51 528 posts
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    Update is being released tonight 11pm GMT along with a 50% steam sale.

  • Metalfish 22 Mar 2013 20:16:07 8,818 posts
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    FREE WEEKEND!

    I have been munching many faces.
  • hypoBla5t 22 Mar 2013 21:27:43 1,395 posts
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    Is this any good then? May go for a cheeky d/l to see if it's worth a pop.
  • Metalfish 22 Mar 2013 21:37:26 8,818 posts
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    It's damn fine.
  • Metalfish 22 Mar 2013 21:38:22 8,818 posts
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    But a little complex if you go beyond the "doing what you're told, shooting/munching" mechanics. You'll be fine.
  • aeschylus 22 Mar 2013 23:08:23 446 posts
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    Great thx mate for tip off, I am waiting for a sale on this before pulling the trigger, but will play this weekend
  • Adamical 28 Jun 2013 20:20:00 314 posts
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    So this is only 6.45 on Steam at the moment. I bought it, natch.

    Does anyone here play it? Admittedly, the single-page thread isn't a good sign.
  • Metalfish 28 Jun 2013 20:42:00 8,818 posts
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    munchmunchmunch
  • Rhaegyr 30 Jun 2013 13:03:50 1,588 posts
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    Loved the original, been waiting for a price drop.

    Buying it now - always up for a game, though I imagine it'll take a while to get used to all the different systems again.
  • RedSparrows 30 Jun 2013 14:11:49 22,332 posts
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    I gots it, RedSparrows on Steam. Suck at it though - not a clue what's going on.
  • Rhaegyr 30 Jun 2013 15:11:38 1,588 posts
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    Brilliant - bought the game and just realised you need a 2.6Ghz CPU minimum to play it, which my Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz falls just short of :(

    I need to learn to overclock or buy a new CPU :/
  • Rhaegyr 22 Jul 2013 18:02:42 1,588 posts
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    I take it back - the minimum specs are way out of line.

    I decided to boot the game up just to see how bad it would run and found I was getting around 60FPS regularly with only the above CPU and a GeForce 560Ti 1GB.

    Thought I'd mention it in here in case anyone was sitting on the fence - there's a load of people playing at the minute due to the Steam Sale which is great fun.
  • Rhaegyr 4 Dec 2013 11:47:36 1,588 posts
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    Bump.

    Hopefully people will give this a try as a result of the new Humble Bundle. Really is a fantastic game and more importantly something different in the online FPS world.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 4 Dec 2013 11:59:03 25,653 posts
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    Yeah, I grabbed it. Will have a crack this week.
  • Rhaegyr 4 Dec 2013 12:01:43 1,588 posts
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    @StarchildHypocrethes

    Warning - it has quite a high learning curve. I'd definitely stick with marines for your first few plays and avoid the commanders chair at all costs. A microphone is practically a must but the community is great in helping rookies learn the game so it's not essential.

    Hope you enjoy it!
  • StarchildHypocrethes 4 Dec 2013 12:06:37 25,653 posts
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    Top tips, cheers! :)
  • xuiton 4 Dec 2013 12:19:12 297 posts
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    i got a spare copy of this game if anyone wants to trade.
  • Wavey 4 Dec 2013 12:44:48 373 posts
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    got this in the bundle too. :)
  • Rhaegyr 4 Dec 2013 12:49:28 1,588 posts
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    If anyone fancies a game in the evenings or just wants some general tips/advice feel free to ping me a question on here or add me on Steam.

    ID is Cindern
  • INSOMANiAC 4 Dec 2013 15:03:58 3,829 posts
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    Had a quick go and was surprised to learn people were actually playing the game properly!

    Seemed to mainly consist of standing around while some Cockney told us what we could already see on the map and occassionally shooting a little bug like alien, didnt exactly grab me by the balls, probably need to put more time than Im prepared to do into it though

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