Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Nov 5, 2012
    91
    Natural Selection 2 is one of the best FPS online of the last years. It blends FPS and RTS perfectly. Buy it.
  2. Dec 5, 2012
    90
    Evolutionary shooter that creates an involving, sometimes terrifying, tactical battle between two distinct races. Brilliant.
  3. Oct 29, 2012
    90
    If you're a fan of online shooters on PC, then Natural Selection 2 not only comes highly recommended, but essential, and should sit right alongside other classic entries into the genre.
  4. Dec 5, 2012
    88
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Dec 8, 2012
    87
    Once you get into the rhythm of each faction's style of play, Natural Selection 2 opens up the throttle on one of the most interesting and intense multiplayer experiences you'll find on PC.
  6. Dec 18, 2012
    86
    The results are fantastic. NS3 is tactical and tense, but sometimes the emphasis on teamwork can mean you're stuck on a long losing slope if your pals are rubbish. [Jan 2013, p.86]
  7. Dec 12, 2012
    85
    Tightly designed version of the eternal struggle, aliens versus space marines. Maps make it too easy to lose one's bearings and biting/hitting a marine could use some visible feedback.
  8. Nov 13, 2012
    85
    It's a game that combines both real-time strategy and first-person shooter in a unique blend of both, the likes of which you aren't likely to see anywhere else. Sure, it could benefit from an interactive tutorial, fixed Explore Mode, and perhaps some optimization for load times, but what is here is still an incredible team experience.
  9. Jan 14, 2013
    80
    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.
  10. Jan 9, 2013
    80
    Captivating, strategic and, despite the monstrous aliens, oddly welcoming. [Jan 2013, p.102]
  11. Dec 30, 2012
    80
    Despite some less-impactful tweaks, Natural Selection II remains a hardcore, quintessentially PC multiplayer shooter. [Jan 2013, p.78]
  12. Dec 14, 2012
    80
    Natural Selection 2 is an interestingly tactical and multiplayer game for patient and thinking gamers. Currently, however, it suffers from the initial pain, and one of the reasons is a lack of new content. But all will be changed with the updates and with the gamers' creativity along with their mods of their liking. Still, the important thing is the game content right now, not only for its mechanics, but for its atmosphere and its loyal community that are fascinating as well.
  13. Dec 6, 2012
    80
    Natural Selection 2 is a 100% multiplayer game, which makes it very difficult to learn its mechanics and intricacies.
  14. Dec 5, 2012
    80
    Just as unique and innovative as the original ever was, and now's the time to get involved. There's something special here, you just need to look underneath all the copies of Call Of Duty to find it.
  15. Nov 23, 2012
    80
    Natural Selection 2 has quite a few things to be nitpicky about. Pared down strategy elements, scanty arsenal of weapons, lack of single-player missions and decent tutorials – yep, it's all there, but, in contrast to shooters that come off big assembly lines, the developers put love and effort into making of this game.
  16. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    Natural Selection is a fascinating mix between Aliens and StarCraft that deserves the attention of FPS and RTS fans alike.
  17. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    Natural Selection 2 is a fresh and wonderfully unique multiplayer game which simultaneously struggles with that very mantle. Because it's unfamiliar, players aren't able to just slip into it, and there is a significant knowledge gap between a new player and an old.
  18. Nov 12, 2012
    80
    In keeping with its title, the steep learning curve is a form of natural selection of its own. If you're not willing or able to drop the badass space-marine demeanor you have been conditioned to adopt by other titles, you'll regularly play a huge part in the downfall of your team. At the same, it's a hugely satisfying experience to act as a well functioning military unit or monstrous collective. I'm sure this form of intergalactic Darwinism will continue to thrive in its own little biotope.
  19. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    It's a game that asks a lot up front, but offers some incredibly rewarding moments for those who are willing to stick around. Be patient and just take it all in -- you won't be disappointed.
  20. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    Natural Selection 2 is a fantastic-looking FPS/RTS hybrid that's an in-depth and involved experience for those who enjoy cooperative and team-based games, although it does come with a steep learning curve that'll turn some players off to the strategic side of the game.
  21. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    Natural Selection 2 isn't great only because it's different, but because it does asymmetrical multiplayer so damn well, offering up a variety of experiences in one small game.
  22. Feb 6, 2013
    75
    I am sure Natural Selection 2 will gather a group of devoted fans. After all it’s a good, surprisingly original game. [CD-Action 02/2013, p.50]
  23. Nov 20, 2012
    75
    Natural Selection 2 is a mix between StarCraft and the multiplayer of Alien versus Predator. This real-time strategy shooter works excellently, but does require teamwork and a social leader. Both aren't guaranteed when playing online, which makes the game either very exciting or totally one-sided. This sequel just doesn't feel like a complete, modern game.
  24. Nov 19, 2012
    75
    Natural Selection 2 is an interesting multiplayer FPS with an important RTS section, decisive for the final victory. It offers great variety but is highly competitive and features just a single game mode.
  25. Jun 10, 2013
    71
    Certainly not for newcomers in the genre; but it’s a blast for hardcore gamers that crave for action instead of the classic FPS mechanics and want matches that last something between a Counter-Strike and Battlefield 3 battle. [March 2013]
  26. 70
    Originality doesn't know any boundaries. Fast and furious multiplayer shooter Natural Selection 2 adds real-time strategy elements to spice up the game play. And it works! [Jan 2013]
  27. Feb 15, 2013
    60
    Natural Selection 2 is unquestionably a unique title, but its bar to entry is incredibly high for the average FPS player. For the hardcore strategist, it has its appeal, but its complexity severely limits the enjoyment in matches that aren’t significantly populated by experts at the game.
  28. Nov 7, 2012
    60
    Natural Selection 2 offers a promising combination of strategy and first-person shooting, but disappointing execution holds it back. [Editor's Note: this quotation and score are from the original GameSpot review. Metacritic, per long-standing site policy, only accepts a publication's first review/score for a given game.]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 588 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 217
  1. Oct 31, 2012
    10
    Based on a 10 year old Half-Life 1 mod, the developers set out to create a standalone sequel, company, and their own engine (The Spark Engine) to one of the most popular Mods ever created. No small feat. What they have accomplished has been nothing short of incredible. Not only is the game more fun and more accessible to new players than the first game was, but their source code & tools come with the game, so ANYONE can make their own mods in a simple scripting language called Lua. Teamplay is encouraged by the game mechanics themselves, which forces players to play together, encouraging a friendly vibrant community. With the community's backing, the amazing game and technology you get for such a low price, this might just make NS2 one of the most important games of recent times. Not just for how amazingly fun the actual gameplay is, but for what it could mean for Modders and total conversions in the future. This game might just spawn the next Dota. A truly spectacular achievement for such a small company. Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    10
    I used to be a fanatic old school gamer, with games like TFC and NS1 being played daily. But ever since i got addicted to WoW for 5 years and lost my interest in every game that got released within 5 minutes.. until NS2! What a great game, fresh gameplay, actual teamplay, and moddable, can't wait for total conversion mods to pop up ( Warcraft fps/rts mod anyone ? ). Great bunch of developers, dedicated to update the game for years to come! Full Review »
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    10
    Great game, but for some reason crashes my computer quite frequently (twice in an hour) when BF3 on ultra doesn't. Very fun, very innovative, tons of replay value. Full Review »