Natural Selection v3.0 Beta 5

Unknown Worlds Entertainment has released another beta version of Natural Selection, their popular Half-Life modification (press 'read more' for changelog). A dedicated server is available as well. Local Download:
  • Natural Selection v3.0 Beta 5 Dedicated Server (140 MB)
  • Natural Selection v3.0 Beta 5 Client (152 MB)
  • Beta 5 has many important bug fixes which will help facilitate new features coming in future builds. This build marks the correction of some long-standing bugs as well as some bugs which were reported by the community. There are also some significant balance changes in regards to combat Beta 5 Changelog: Gameplay changes: O Players who issue the 'kill' command in console cannot restart the timer by issuing 'kill' again O Commander can now click on switches to activate a door or elevator. O "slowresearch" cheat now slows down recycling of buildings. O Alien attacks apply a reduced knock-back effect. If a player is in the air and receives knockback damage the effect is 50% of what it was in beta 4a, if the player is in Heavy Armor (HA) the knockback is reduced an additional 50%. O Changed knockback of Skulk Bite from 300 to 225. O Increased jetpack maneuverability, jetpackers are now immune to stomp, and carried items/ammo affect lift less O Knockback never affects friendly players. O Parasite and Xenocide now get damage boosts from primal scream. O Weapons reload exploit fixed. O Marines are prevented from putting anything but Resource Towers on Resource nozzles. O Reduced time it takes to throw hand-grenades (thanks BrigadierWolf!) O Changed hand grenade so it is thrown gently when crouched. O Movement chamber range increased from 400 to 500. O Alien resource nodes don't play gurgling sounds until a minute into the game. (prevents commander from listening for starting hive) O Movement chamber energy bonus increased from 10% to 25%. O Changed healing spray effectiveness vs. players: changed from 16 to 13 + 4% of target max health. (both for healing friendly players and attacking enemy players) O Increased Gorge armor from 40 to 50. O Increased Onos carapace armor bonus from 150 to 350. (makes it closer 50% like all the other aliens) O Changed hand grenade physics to make them more effective at attacking indirectly. O Increased redemption chance from 35% per second to 45% per second. (still happens when at or below 40% health) O Increased spit damage from 25 to 30. O Grenade launcher cost lowered from 20 to 15. O Ammo packs now drop when a weapons is dropped (intentionally or upon death) Combat Specific Gameplay changes: O Aliens always respawn as skulk, even if they were previously a higher lifeform. O Dying with a larger lifeform gives you back the points spent on it. O Unchained alien lifeforms, like regular NS: - Gorge costs 1 level - Lerk costs 2 levels - Fade costs 3 levels - Onos costs 4 levels O Lifeform evolution times set to a smaller percentage of those in regular NS. O Aliens can now only choose a lifeform once per life in Combat. O Players spawn in waves, with a maximum wave size of 5 players O A wave starts when there is no wave in progress and a player dies O The wave finishes when 5 seconds + (number of dead players - 1)*4.5 seconds have elapsed. Game mechanics changes: O In NS:Combat, all weapon and armor upgrades will now be correctly assigned to the user who upgraded for them. O When devolving from a higher alien lifeform to a lower lifeform it was possible to have 0 health but still be "alive". This has been corrected so you start with the correct health/armor for that class . O Aliens no longer take negative damage (gain the damage back as health) when they have 4 or more hives. O Parasite flag is now removed from players when they die instead of when they spawn. O Aliens who are healing while evolving will emerge healed to the correct percentage. (Also goes for damage while evolving) O Fixed flashlight so it’s no longer possible to run out of energy. O Players can no longer enter a Comm Chair while it's recycling. O Aliens can now evolve on slopes without having to jump. O Fixed problem with alien regeneration, where aliens could sometimes get more health than they were supposed to. O Alien players should now be able to always evolve provided there is enough room. O Blast effect from Onos gore and Xenocide no longer affect teammates. O Build circle restrictions no longer remain for mapper placed buildings that are destroyed. O Fixed the bug with the ‘startbuilt’ flag for mapper placed offense chambers, they will now be fully functional when the round starts. O Motion tracking blips no longer show on minimap when there are no more observatories. O Fixed bug where players dropping straight into water are invulnerable. O Turrets now track and fire at underwater aliens. O OCs will no longer fire at digesting players. O Walking aliens no longer uncloak while strafing or if they have upgraded to celerity. O Resolved issues with the Phase Gate headroom checking routine. O Multiple buildings can no longer be placed on the same physical ground-level location. O All non-standard weapons (including LMG) dropped upon death. O Tweaked the way gestation space checking works. O Improved the way deployment of Phase Gates is handled (code-side). O Issue with grenades being selected when you drop your other weapons resolved. Cosmetic changes: O The sound when an alien building is placed only plays if the building is successfully placed. O Visual reference of a parasite will now be removed when a mapper placed building is destroyed. O Known issue resolved where 'needs health' message was being spammed due to variable inconsistencies. O Added new shotshell.mdl for shotgun ejection O Aliens will no longer show up on motion tracking if they are dead. O Use key has been disabled for commanders. (prevents phantom use sounds playing) o Added new jetpack sounds O Fixed bug where the hive take-damage animation interrupted itself O Added new NSGuide icon (from amarc) O lastinv no longer plays sound when used. O Welder redone, its now possible to tell when you're not welding, welding or finished welding, just by listening to the sound. O Alerts now play when a 'friendly' gorge attacks a building with FF on. O Silence upgrade now prevents the primal scream response from players if they have silence. O Added an offset shotgun crosshair, which correctly represents the center of the damage field for the current shotgun. O Digesting sounds are now affected by the silence upgrades. O It is no longer possible to place/keep a waypoint on a cloaked alien. O Fixed a bug that stopped the sound that normally plays when an aliens spends points from playing. O Hand Grenade no longer plays the same sound for different actions. O Tweaked hand grenade sounds from MaDMaXX. O New hand grenade model from BrigadierWolf. O Motion tracking blips no longer appear on aliens that you can directly see. O Digesting players no longer show up on SoF or Parasite. O Digesting a jetpacker removes their ability to “fly” so trails won’t be seen. O Phantom Phase Gate sounds will no longer play. O Long server names will be truncated gracefully as opposed to abruptly on the scoreboard. O Correct arm models will now be displayed when exiting the command chair as HA. O Improved animation for hand grenade, including synching up grenade creation with throw. O Aliens now display the correct amount of res they actually have. It was being shown (24/99) even though you had 25/100. O Score is now calculated correctly for weighted kills. O Lowered chat text visually on-screen. O New ammo pack models Server Changes: O Game directory changed from "nsp" back to "ns", now that nearly everyone has moved to the beta O STEAMIDs now appear on all applicable log messages. O Updated method of locking cvars to be more efficient. O Added missing newline character in log message. O Fixed log messages for "Game reset started" and "Game reset complete" from sometimes having weird characters. O Locked r_detailedtextures to 0 to prevent exploits. O Changed mp_limitteams default from 2 to 1 (in server.cfg and listenserver.cfg) O Added some sprites to mp_consistency precache. O Numents and entityinfo commands now work with sv_cheats set to 1. o Changed Linux development platform to gcc-3.2. Client Changes (non-gameplay related): O Removed ex_interp from cvar locks. O Added lightgamma to locked cvars. Value cannot be set below 2.0. Changes for those who Mod NS: O Code for Chat box now sends strings as a single argument rather than multiple arguments. Spectator changes: O Spectators should be able to see cloaked alien buildings when spectating in first person. Map Changes: O Added ns_altair by KungFuDiscoMonkey O Added co_sava by Mendasp O Updated ns_nancy from Lazer - New route to Mother Interface. It's experimental right now and will probably changed around later. - Some corridor spacing issues resolved (example: Onos can not leave Mother without ducking) - Double door bug FIXED O Updated ns_metal - More infestation/Tweaks - Optimized surface access - Fixed 3 build exploits - Removed weldable pipe (shortcut) - Added bulges in vents to allow passing - Lowered cieling in MS - Ladder weldable moved to Storage D promenade - Added resource node to Surface Access - Moved heating room resource to north end of room O Updated ns_agora - Added two missing sounds O Updated ns_bast - Reduced size of the vent on top of feedwater so marines have to crouch - Fixed button on the Engine Door - Fixed a lot of areas where the comm shouldn't build (this includes all the weird feedwater spots) - Raised Feedwater hive to avoid exploits and making the access to the vent easier - Moved the Feedwater resource a bit so you can get behind it - Moved engine and added a second exit to the hive - Moved the res outside of Refinery to Water treatment - Made the revolving door unusable (like the one on the other side) - Lowered Marine Spawn closer to the cargo level and removed the elevator - Added new area between the Marine Spawn and the Engine corridor - Moved the new res on the bottom of the main aft lift closer to Tram Tunnel. - Reduced excessive brightness in some areas (lights over the nodes, feedwater, marine spawn) - Added vent between Feedwater and Tram Tunnel - Tweaked the Tram so the Onos can fit without crouching - Fixed strange clipping holes and errors (this includes some stuck issues too) - Added lights to the underwater tunnel - Added vent in Refinery O Updated ns_hera - Added missing titles - Added a resource node in north-west corner of the map, by the weld to the rock cavity. - Removed a node from Holoroom - Removed ground path from Cargo to Holoroom - Added in a balcony overlooking the Holoroom, accessible from the upper level of Cargo. - Moved the node in Cargo back to it's original place - down in the pit beneath the door. - Re-routed Maintenance Access' Cargo exit to beside the cargo life next to MS. (Just so the exit doesn't come out at the resource node) - Enlarged the general area around the CC, as well as fixed the getting stuck problem around it. - Fixed being able to see into the vent hive as commander with no marines around. - Added a vent between Archiving hive and North Corridor (heralocation_ncorridor). - Added a vent from broken security door to Cargo lift. O Updated co_core - Enlarged marine start - Fixed small clippingclipnode errors - Decreased water in hive room - Reduced overall elevation changes - Broke up line of sight in south hive exit - Enlarged hive room slightly - Decreased line-of-sight to hive from northeast hallway - Several minor geometry changes and fixes O Updated co_ulysses - Fixed bug in Hive ramp - Changed and added detail at Cargo Bay, Marine Spawn and Hive. - Added a new window to space at Cargo Hive. - Modified some lights along the map to make it more atmospheric O Updated co_daimos - fixed stuck issue in Lower Sewer (bug #0000590) - grates can now be shot through (bug #0000692) - added a vent from Hive Area to Upper Tram to allow Alien to fall into the Marines' back there. - added a vent from Hive Area to Exactly above the PG welding point. O Updated ns_lost - Fixed crashing problems - Marine start redesigned to eliminate the CC pit - "Closet" resource node removed - Several weldable vents added - Window to siege room in Equilibrium now breakable - Los Paranoias resource node removed - Added a resource node on Beta Deck - Reworked weldable into Alpha Continuum hive - Fixed anomalous flooring outside Eternal Requiem - Fixed several exploit build areas As always, please remember that this is a beta version of Natural Selection. Things are subject to revision at the development team's discretion.