A multiplayer, sci-fi themed RTS/FPS hybrid with two unique teams (Aliens and Marines), each with their own play style and strategies.

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At what rate do players and commanders receive resources per resource node?

How many resources does a player get per second (on average) per resource node captured? How about for the commander? Does it differ between aliens or marines?
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How do you counter sentries and whips?

Frontiersman sentries and Kharaa whips are annoying. As a melee-ranged skulk, sentries target you instantly from across the room and nail you with precise and heavy damage. As a marine, whips are ...
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Okay, I've got a welder now. What can I do with it?

I thought that maybe welders were needed to do things like build structures and capture resource nodes, but it seems that I'm at least 50% wrong on that. What is the welder used for?
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What are some tips for playing commander?

Similar to this question for Nuclear Dawn. How do I know what I should spend my resources on at any given time? In fact, I'm not even sure what all my options are sometimes. Tips for both alien and ...
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How do I capture a resource node?

I started playing Natural Selection 2 tonight, first as a marine and then as an alien, and I had no idea how to actually capture resource nodes for my team. How do I do this?
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What does being a “Rookie” involve?

With the recent influx of new players in the game and resulting flood of green text, I'm wondering what being a Rookie involves. Specifically... How long does the Rookie period last? Are some ...
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What does infestation do?

Does the Kharaa's infestation do anything other than change who can build there? Is there any improved regeneration, hive sight provided, or other subtle effects that I'm not noticing?
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What are the most efficient ways of downing the mighty Onos?

As the Frontiersman, it's a moderately terrifying experience to hear the roar of a Kharaa Onos rumbling down the halls towards your base (and your face). Many times, in that situation, my team has ...
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Switch to side arm or reload?

When you have a skulk or other alien on top of you at point blank range and you just spent your last lmg bullet, is it better to try and get some space and reload or switch to pistol? Is it ...
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What do the 'X', 'I', 'II', etc. options on the main menu do?

On the main menu there are a series of buttons just above "Play" with rather inscrutable labels: ("Adversity" is my Steam profile name) They light up when I hover over them as if to indicate they ...
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How does a Hive heal?

When injured, Kharaa lifeforms can move to a Hive and be healed. Damaged Kharaa structures in the vicinity of a Hive will also be healed. During game play, it appears that the Hive heals differently ...
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What are the keyboard shortcuts (binds) when playing commander?

One of the most important things to being efficient in an RTS is learning the key-binds. However, I don't see a list of key-binds in Natural Selection 2. What are they? Does it differ for ...
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What determines spawning rates?

Waiting in the "Waiting to spawn" queue, I've often wondering what exactly I'm waiting for. There must be some calculation and/or queue equation that determines how long I have to wait before I can ...
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When respawning as a Skulk, do I have to re-mutate?

I enjoy playing as a skulk, and towards the latter part of the game you can mutate with upgrades (extra armor, regeneration, extra energy, etc). When I die and respawn, do I keep those upgrades, or ...
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How do you play as commander as an alien (Kharaa)?

This, erm, may be a stupid question, but how do you play as the commander on the alien team? They don't have a structure to enter like the marines - I assumed it would just involve pressing 'e' on ...
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How are resources gained, distributed, and spent? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: At what rate do players and commanders receive resources per resource node? I'm unclear on how resources gained by aliens and marines are gained and distributed to the ...
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Can Skulk parasites destroy mines?

I've noticed that shooting a deployed mine with a parasite will deal 10 damage to it, but after firing two or three I've always been shooed away by pesky gunfire (if there are Marines around) or opted ...
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What determines whether or not aliens show up as red dots on my map?

Sometimes enemies show up as red dots on my map. Sometimes they don't. I'm not real clear on why they appear, and whether or not there are ever circumstances in which I can feel safe because I don't ...
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When does a resource node drop off some profit?

As I am playing as a commander sometimes I always ask myself this question: Where is the point, when a resource node starts to create profit? When does it actually makes sense to build a mineral ...
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Can I get personal resources somewhere other than res nodes?

How do I get more res? If I kill a lot of enemies, if I heal/repair a lot, if I travel a lot. I seriously don't know how to be more efficient in this game and how to get resources more than my ...
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Do Onos or any Kharaa take locational Damage?

When shooting an Onos or any other Kharaa where should I aim? Is there different location damage like on a marine?
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How do you counter Camouflage first?

As marines, how do you counter the aliens rushing camouflage? A handful of camo Skulks can walk into the main (or any location that the marines are trying to build) and kill everyone before they ...
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How to hide view model (weapon) in Natural Selection 2?

Is there some console command to hide view model, a weapon that is drawn in first person view. Can be a cheat command. I just need it to do some screenshots