Natural Selection is an action-strategy game for the PC. It is a "Half-life modification", which means it is written on top of the Half-life game engine. "Mods" are a new sort of underground game development that enables small teams to create games using the technology of existing games. This means less expensive and lower risk game development, which allows experimentation and innovation. This arrangement also implies that "mods" are made as art, not for making money. When complete, Natural Selection will be released for free to all owners of Half-life, which is required to play Natural Selection. Game summary Multiplayer-only Half-life mod where one team plays marines and the other plays aliens. The humans must keep their cool and work together to assault an alien-infested spacecraft or colony. Marines vs. marines and aliens vs. aliens scenarios are also supported. "First-person strategy" with a real resource model and consequences for actions....

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Natural Selection website has been updated with the next patch, 1.04. This changes are being tested but here is the full list: - Fixed exploit that allowed aliens to look like marines and fire marine weaponry - Changed max machine gun ammo to 250 (used to be 300, though it would only display 250) -

Posted by BlueWolf72 on Dec 25th, 2002

Natural Selection website has been updated with the next patch, 1.04. This changes are being tested but here is the full list:

- Fixed exploit that allowed aliens to look like marines and fire marine weaponry
- Changed max machine gun ammo to 250 (used to be 300, though it would only display 250)
- Fixed commander weapon exploit (using lastinv). Weapon commands in general (drop, switch, last) won't work for commanders.
- 3rd party entities are never propagated to client (ie, adminmod_ entities). This could fix an occasional crash (thanks Alfred)
- Moved auto-concession on unfair teams into server variable (mp_autoconcede: if set to greater then 0, then if teams are ever different by this many players, that smaller team loses immediately)
- Dead players can now talk to their teammates in both casual and tourny mode (needed to prevent team from getting an advantage by using external voice program in CAL)
- Fixed problem where ammo could be picked up while holding mines
- Aliens without any hives no longer take damage when the server is in tournament mode
- Add more triggers (for Psychostats and 3rd party program support)
- Added "player built x" (for commander and aliens)
- Added "recycled x"
- Added "started research x"
- Added "cancelled research x"

- Fixed visual problem where advanced armory had weird build circle
- Reduced radius of acid rocket splash from 200 to 165
- Reduced shotgun cost from 20 to 17
- Reduced welder damage from 10 to 7
- Armory can now give out ammo while upgrading to advanced armory (more intuitive)
- Increased cost of infantry portal from 15 to 22
- Increased cost of phase gate from 20 to 25
- Decreased health of phase gate from 3500 to 2000
- Increased scan cost from 1 to 3
- Reduced siege cannon range from 1250 to 1100

NOTES:
- The green circle that appears when the siege cannon is selected by the commander is using the old range, but this will be fixed in v1.1.
- This is the value siege range was for most of our internal playtesting (hence the bast and hera issues that suddenly arrived with v1.0)

- Siege cannon targets now must be sighted to be hit (in view of friendly player or scanned by commander)
- Hives now spawn with full health instead of having to heal up to full health on spawn
- Fix bug where advanced turret factories don't have full health
- The advanced armory now has 2400 health instead of 1500 (same as regular armory, this is a fixed bug, not a balance change)
- Fixed bug where tournament mode caused some damage to be reduced more then it should be (acid rocket vs. any alien structures)
- Fixed bug where hive would sometimes play wound sound/animation when it got hit but didn't take damage
- Removed lingering "organic" damage type for acid rocket and spore cloud (fixes bug where acid rocket wasn't doing damage properly to organic structures)
- Aliens no longer donate their points back to their team resource pool when they leave the team (exploitable)
- Fixed non-visible motion sensor and proximity "blips" (linux only)
- Defense chambers no longer heal themselves

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BlackPanther
BlackPanther Dec 25 2002, 2:36am says:

Is it me or do the marines seems to be getting screwed more and more every patch?

If anything, they should be made stronger, and lower costs for weapons. (I know the shotgun was just lowered, but the HMG should be as well.)

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holy_cheese
holy_cheese Dec 25 2002, 3:26am says:

obviosly u haven't noticed that the humands have like the best defense in the world, put up a siege and aliens can't build jack in the radius of it, that and when the marines do get hmgs its basically impossible for aliens to do jack, unless they have fades, in which caes marines will be kinda screwed, but if the aliens have 2 hives and marines have hmg only then its fair. all you need is a not so **** commander.

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Godwin
Godwin Dec 25 2002, 4:50am says:

gah, i still havent tried NS, gotta get HL...... feh

btw, why isnt this under "halflife" but moddb?

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jacksonj04 Staff
jacksonj04 Dec 26 2002, 11:12am says:

Re: Cheese

Nearly every server I played on since 1.02 was released the aliens owned totally. Now sieges only get a lock if there's a visual on the target marines are even more screwed. True about the commander though, there should really be bots ingame to allow for people to get commanding practiced. I know you can get RCB for NS, but it's not that brilliant.

Oh well, back to pwning as gorge...

Sudden thought: If marines had an extra building, a lighting tower that lights areas so aliens can be seen easier. It could also shine a light which interferes with pigments in the alien's skins so they glow brightly...

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