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Introduction

The Options of the Main Menu of Natural Selection 2.

NS2Plus

NS2+ was a Mod that ran on every ranked servers but was integrated into the base game with the update 336 and most of its settings are now in the Advanced Options Tab.

Main Menu

Main Menu
CustomizationPatches (Natural Selection 2)Matched Play RewardsPlay MenuOptionsSkinsCreditsWikiNS2 DiscordMatched Play BalanceMain Menu Small.png
About this image
1: Left Side-Bar
2: Patchnotes & News
3: Right Side-Bar
4: Play
5: Options
6: Skins
7: Credits
8: Wiki
9: Discord
10: Balance Mod

1: Opens the Customization Screen
2: Opens the Patchnotes and News Screen
3: Opens the Matched Play Rewards Screen
4: Opens the Play Menu
5: Opens the Options Window
6: Opens the Customization Screen (same as 1)
7: Opens the Credits Screen
8: Opens a Browser Window with this Wiki
9: Links to the official NS2 Discord
10: Opens the Matched Play Balance Mod Changelog


Customization

The Customization Screen can be reached via the left side-bar or Skin button in the Main Menu. Here you can both select and buy different Skins for both Alien and Marine Teams. You can also select your Calling Card after unlocking the feature in Matched Play.

Frontiersmen[]

Marine Customization.png

Weapons[]

Weapons Customization.png

Armors[]

Armor Customization.png

Shoulder Patches[]

Shoulder Patch Customization.png

Exosuits[]

Exosuit Customization.png

Structures[]

Marine Structure Customization.png

Kharaa[]

Alien Customization.png

Lifeforms[]

Lifeform Customization.png

Structures[]

Alien Structure Customization.png

Tunnels[]

Tunnel Customization.png


Options

Legend of settings:

  • default
  • quality - for improved visuals
  • performance - for a better frame rate
  • advised - setting that give you an advantage compared to the other settings

General[]

Options Parameters Description
Show Hints On / Off Enables hints in game.
Show Damage Numbers On / Off Displays Damage done when attacking.
Physics Multithreading On / Off Use more CPU do increase FPS in heavy combat. Experimental - turn off in case of trouble.
Language English / ... Selects the game language.
Use alternate Nickname On / Off Nickname shown by other players.
Team Specific FOV On / Off Lets you have different FOVs for Marines and Aliens
FOV Adjustment 0 < 10 < 20 Increase for a wider-angle view of the battlefield!
Minimap Zoom 0 < 0.75 < 1 Adjust the zoom of the top-left corner Minimap (Marines only).
HUD Detail Minimal / Low / High Toggles how much is Displayed within the HUD. Therefore High shows more UI Elements.
Menu Background Default / Random / Metro / Summit / Descent / Unearthed / Eclipse / Tram / Biodome / Veil / Docking / Tanith / Derelict / Origin / Mineshaft / Kodiak / Caged / Refinery Changes the Background of the Main Menu.
Menu Music Random / Eclipse Remix / Frontiersmen / Natural Selection 1 / Exo / Beta Changes the Music of the Main Menu.

Field Player Bindings[]

Options default Bind Description
Invert Mouse Yes / No Reverse the vertical movement of the mouse.
Mouse acceleration On / Off Take into account how fast the mouse is moved when calculating how far to move the mouse.
Team Specific Sensitivities On / Off Lets you have different sensitivities for Aliens and Marines.
Lifeform Specific Sensitivities On / Off Lets you have different sensitivities for each Alien Lifeform. Overrides the Alien Team sensitivity option.
Mouse Sensitivity 1 < 2.5 < 20 Set the ingame mouse sensitivity
Move Forward
W
Move Left
A
Move Backward
S
Move Right
D
Jump
Space
Jump or queue your next Jump
Movement Special
Shift
Activates the Movement Special depending on your Equipment or Lifeform
Crouch
LeftControl
Primary Attack
Mouse0
Secondary Attack
Mouse1
Tertiary Attack
B
Reload
R
Use
E
Flashlight / Alien Vision
F
Drop Weapon / Eject
G
Next Weapon
MouseWheelUp
Previous Weapon
MouseWheelDown
Weapon #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
1
2
3
4
5
Change to weapon slot
Switch to last Weapon
V
Buy / Evolve Menu
B
Opens the Buy Menu or Evolve Menu
Evolve Last Upgrades none Evoles the last Upgrades
Request Healing / Medpack
Q
Request Enzyme / Ammo
Y
/
Z
Request Order
H
Show Map
C
Ping Location
Mouse 2
Scoreboard
Tab
Shows the Scoreboard
Push to Talk
LeftAlt
Everybody Text Chat
Return
Team Only Text Chat
Z
/
Y
Show Tech Tree
J
Shows the Alien Tech Tree or Marine Tech Tree
Taunt
T
Toggle Minimap Names none
Voicover Menu
X
Request Weld none
(Marine) "Covering You" none
(Marine) "Follow Me" none
(Marine) "Hostiles" none
"Acknowledged/Chuckle" none
Toggle Console
~
Go to Ready Room
F4
Join Marines
F5
Join Aliens
F6
Spectate
F7
Vote Yes
F1
Vote No
F2
Help Screen
K
Toggle Profiler Pause
Space
Used for debugging in conjunction with the profile Console Command

Commander Bindings[]

Options Parameters Description
Grid Spot1
Q
Grid Spot2
W
Grid Spot3
E
Grid Spot4
A
Grid Spot5
S
Grid Spot6
D
Grid Spot7
F
Grid Spot8
Y
/
Z
Grid Spot9
X
Grid Spot10
G
Grid Spot11
V
Go to Previous Location
Space
Increase Overhead Zoom
MouseWheelUp
Decrease Overhead Zoom
MouseWheelDown
Reset Overhead Zoom none
Movement Override
LeftShift
Allows the Commander to use
W
,
A
,
S
and
D
to move the camera.
Show Map
C
Shows the Map
Use Microphone
LeftAlt
Everybody Text Chat
Return
Team Only Text Chat
Y
Goto Previous Location none

Graphics[]

Options Parameters Description
Shadows Off / On
Bloom Off / On
Anisotropic Filtering Off / On Improves clarity and crispness
Reflections Off / On
Ambient Occlusion Off / On
Display Default / Display 1 / Display 2 Defines on what screen you play Natural Selection 2
Note: If you have several screens it is suspected that this makes issues while using
Alt
+
Tab
.
Resolution 640x480 / 720x480 / 720x576 / 800x600 / 1024x768 / 1152x864 / 1280x720* / 1280x768 / 1280x800 / 1280x960 / 1280x1024 / 1360x768 / 1366x768 / 1440x900 / 1600x900* / 1600x1024* / 1680x1050 / 1920x1080* * Matching aspect ratio. Default is native resolution.
Window Mode Windowed / Fullscreen / Fullscreen Windowed Fullscreen and Windowed Fullscreen act similar on the frontend.
Wait for Vertical Sync Disabled / Double Buffered / Tripple Buffered
Max FPS 30 < 240 < 1000
Texture Quality Low / Medium / High
GPU Memory Off / 0.5GB / 1GB/ 1.5GB / 2GB+ Pick the approx amount of VRAM your GPU has.
Anti-Aliasing Off / FAA / {{option|FXAA}|default} Smooths out the edges.
Particle Quality Low / High
Light Quality Minimal / Low / High Increases performance by reducing the amounts of lights.
Refraction Quality Low / High
Atmospherics Off / On
Atmospherics Density 0 < 0.15 < 1
Atmospherics Quality Low / High / Extreme
Decal Lifetime 0 < 0.2 < 1
Infestation Rich / Minimal Minimal Infestation helps to increase your Frame Rate and makes it easier to track targets.
Fog Off / Low / High
Gamma Correction (Brightness) 1.7 < 2.2 < 2.5
Colorblind Mode Off / Protanopia / Deuteranopia / Tritanopia Visual ajdustments for no / red / green / blue color blindness

Sound[]

Options Parameters Description
Output Device Default Set the input device for your Microphone
Sound Volume 0 < 90 < 100
Ambient Volume 20-100
Music Volume 0 < 80 < 100
Hit Sound Volume 0 < 0.25 < 1
Hit Sound Pitch -2 < 0 < 2
Input Device Default Set the output device for the sound you hear
Voice Volume 0 < 90 < 100
Microphone Release Delay 0 < 0.15 < 1
Microphone Gain 0 < 0.5 < 1
Microphone Level


Advanced Options

Formerly NS2+

NS2+ or NS2Plus was a mod (originally named Custom HUD), initially developed by Mendasp and later purchased by Unknown Worlds (UWE) in 2016, that aims to improve, fix and expand NS2 in order to bring players a better experience. It contains extra customization options and quality of life improvements. NS2+ also brings more players' information when you die and at the end of a round (see Stats UI in the Stats category below to enable or disable it). Near the end of the cursed year of 2020 (Build 336) most options provided by NS2+ were integrated into the base game. Most of these Options are found under the new Advanced button in the Options Window.

Press the NS2Plus X.png next to the option you want to manually reset, it isn't displayed when the option is already the default one.

Click on Advanced reset.png to reset all the options.

Legend of settings:

  • default
  • quality - for improved visuals
  • performance - for a better frame rate
  • advised - setting that give you an advantage compared to the other settings

UI[]

Options Parameters Description
Objective Banners On / Off Enables or disables the banners in the center of the screen ("Commander needed", "Power node under attack", "Evolution lost", etc.).
Research Notifications On / Off Enables or disables the research completed notifications on the right side of the screen.
Inventory Default / Hide / Show ammo / Always on / Always on + ammo Lets you customize the functionality of the inventory.
Alien Hive Status On / Off Enables or disables the Hive status display in the top left of the alien HUD.
Marine Health Bars On / Off Enables or disables the health bars from the bottom left of the marine HUD and only leaves the numbers.
Classic Ammo Counter On / Off Enables or disables a classic ammo counter on the bottom right of the marine HUD, above the personal resources text.
Low Ammo Warning Enabled / Disabled Enables or disables the low ammo warning in the weapon displays.
Initial Alienvision State On / Off Sets the state the Alien Vision will be in when you respawn.
Instant Alien Health Bar On / Off The alien health circle displays the current value instead of using animations when health changes.
UI Scaling 0.05 < 1 < 2 Changes the scaling for the UI. Note that not everything will adapt to this as not everything is using the same scaling function and some elements might break. Use at your own risk. This option isn't displayed if the UI Scaling Version is set to Old.

HUD[]

Options Parameters Description
HUD Bars (Marine) Disabled / Centralized / NS1 Style HL2 Style displays health/armor and ammo next to the Crosshair. NS1 Style puts big bars at the bottom on each side.
HUD Bars (Alien) Disabled / Centralized / NS1 Style HL2 Style displays health/armor and energy next to the Crosshair. NS1 Style puts big bars at the bottom on each side.
Killfeed Highlight Enabled / Disabled Enables or disables the border for your player kills in the killfeed.
Custom Killfeed Highlight Color Enabled / Disabled Lets you choose the color of the highlight border for your kills in the killfeeds.
Killfeed Highlight Color R:255 G:0 B:0 If the previous option is set on Enabled, allows you to choose the color of the highlight border for your kills in the killfeed.
Killfeed Scale 1 < 2 Lets you scale the killfeed.
Nameplate Style Default / Percentages / Bars Only / Percentages + Bars Changes building names and health/armor bars for teammates and structures.
Small Nameplates On / Off Makes fonts in the nameplates smaller.
Score Popup On / Off Disables or enables Score popup (+5).
Score Popup Color R:25 G:255 B:25 If the previous option is set on On, allows you to change the color of the Score popup.
Assist Score Popup On / Off Disables or enables the assists Score popup.
Assists Popup Color R:191 G:191 B:25 If the previous option is set on On, allows you to change the color of the assists popup.
Waypoints On / Off Disables or enables all waypoints except Attack orders (waypoints can still be seen on the minimap).
Pickup Expiration Bar All pickupables / Disabled / Equipment Only Adds a bar indicating the time left for the pickupable to disappear.
Dynamically Colored Expiration Bar Enabled / Disabled Makes the expire bar colored depending on time left.
Dynamically Colors Repair Icon Enabled / Disabled Makes the wrench on the marine HUD be color coded with the amount of damage received.

Damage[]

Options Parameters Description
Server-side Blood Hits Predicted / Server confirmed Disables predicted blood on the client and turns it into server-confirmed blood.
Damage Number Fade Time 0 < 1 < 3 Controls how long damage numbers are on screen.
Damage Numbers Scale 0.5 < 1 < 2 Lets you scale the damage numbers.
Marine Damage Numbers Color R:77 G:219 B:255 Changes the color of the Marine damage numbers.
Alien Damage Numbers Color R:255 G:202 B:58 Changes the color of the Alien damage numbers.

Map[]

Options Parameters Description
Marine Minimap On / Off Enables or disables the minimap and location name.
Map Background Opacity 0 | 0.6 < 1 Sets the transparency of the map overview.
Location Text Opacity 0 < 0.65 < 1 Sets the transparency of the location text on the minimap.
Friends Highlighting On / Off Enables or disables the friend highlighting on the minimap.
Phase Gate Lines Animated Arrows / Solid Line / Static Arrows / Animated Lines Customizes the look of the Phase Gate (Natural Selection 2) lines on the Map.
Map Key Behavior Hold / Toggle Lets you make the minimap map key a toggle instead of a holding.
Player Arrow Color Enabled / Disabled Lets you set the color of the arrow indicating your position on the minimap. Default is white.
Tech Point / Res Node Map Color R:0 G:255 B:128 Sets the color for the empty Tech Points and Resource Nodes on the minimap.
Map Marines Player Color R:0 G:216 B:255 Sets the color of marine players on the minimap different from the structures.
Map Alien Player Color R:255 G:138 B:0 Sets the color of alien players on the minimap different from the structures.
(Comm) Building Highlight On / Off Highlights the buildings of the same type that you're about to drop in the minimap in a different color.
(Comm) Building Highlight Color R:255 G:255 B:0 The previous option needs to be set on On. Selects the color of the building highlight.

Stats[]

Options Parameters Description
Stats UI Enabled / Fully Disabled / Only Voiceover menu Enables or disables the stats you get after you die and at the end of the round. Also visible on voiceover menu.

Graphics[]

Options Parameters Description
Map Particles On / Off Enables or disables particles, holograms and other map specific effects.
Minimal Particles On / Off Toggles between default and less vision obscuring particles.
Weapon Tracers On / Off Enables or disables weapon tracers.

Crosshair[]

Options Parameters Description
Hit Indicator Fade Time 0 < 0.25 < 1 Controls how long the Crosshair hit indicator will last after hitting a target.
Crosshair Scale 0.01 < 1 < 2 Lets you inscrease or decrease the size of your Crosshair.
Reload and Cooldown Indicator Only hidden viewmodels / On / Off Enables or disables a reload indicator around your crosshair. It also displays the cooldown status of some alien movement abilities. Useful for hidden viewmodels.
Reload Indicator Color R:0 G:160 B:255 Sets the color for the reload indicator.

Misc[]

Options Parameters Description
Streamer Mode On / Off Makes NS2+ use all the default values without overwriting your current config.
Alien Ability Select Method Default / Use Weapon Slots Lets you choose the way you select/activate alien abilities.
Weapon Autopickup On / Off Picks up weapons automatically as long as the slot they belong to is empty.
Autopickup Better Weapon On / Off Picks up better weapons in the primary slot automatically.
(Comm) Marine Click Selection On / Off Lets you disable click selecting for Marines.
(Comm) Alert Spacebar Filter All Alerts / Only Player Alerts Allows the spacebar alert queue to only respond to player requests.
(Comm) Research Time Tooltip On / Off Displays the time remaining when hovering over the research icon.
Draw Viewmodel Display All / Hide All / Custom Enables or disables showing the viewmodel. Custom opens new options and allows you to enable or disable to your liking the Marine, Alien (specific lifeform viewmodels can also be disabled) or Exo viewmodels.

This needs to be manually allowed by the server-operator

NS2_Advanced_Options_Showcase

NS2 Advanced Options Showcase

Mephilles also uploaded a Video onto YouTube explaining the Advanced options.


Player Controls

Marine Controls

Marine Player Controls
Movement Abilities Inventory Contextual
W
Forward
Mouse 1
Attack
1
E
A
Left
Mouse 2
Bash (with Rifle equipped)
2
S
Backward
R
Reload Weapon
3
D
Right
G
Drop or Pick Up Weapon
4
Space
V
Last Weapon
5
Shift
Sprint
C
Map
Ctrl
Crouch

Alien Controls

Check green.png Tip: All Alien Lifeforms require you to learn advanced movement techniques. For those see Movement Guides or Movement Techniques.

Skulk

Main article: Skulk
Skulk Player Controls
Skulk view.png
Movement Abilities Contextual
W
Forward
Mouse 1
Attack
E
Use
A
Left
Mouse 2
Leap
F
Alien Vision
S
Backward
1
Bite
B
Evolve Menu
D
Right
2
Parasite
C
Map
Space
Jump
3
Xenocide
X
Voice Overs Menu
Shift
Sneak
V
Last Weapon
Ctrl
Detach

Gorge

Main article: Gorge
Gorge Player Controls
Gorge mouth.gif
Movement Abilities Contextual
W
Forward
Mouse 1
Attack
E
Use
A
Left
Mouse 2
Heal Spray
F
Alien Vision
S
Backward
1
Spit
B
Evolve Menu
D
Right
2
Build Menu
C
Map
Space
Jump
3
Bile Bomb
X
Voice Overs Menu
Shift
Belly Slide
4
Babbler Bait
Ctrl
Crouch
V
Last Weapon

Lerk

Main article: Lerk
Lerk Player Controls
Lerk view.png
Movement Abilities Contextual
W
Forward
Mouse 1
Attack
E
Use
A
Left
Mouse 2
Spikes
F
Alien Vision
S
Backward
1
Poison Bite
B
Evolve Menu
D
Right
2
Umbra
C
Map
Space
Flight (tap), Glide (hold)
3
Spores
X
Voice Overs Menu
Shift
Roost
V
Last Weapon
Ctrl
Crouch Diving

Fade

Main article: Fade
Fade Player Controls
Fade view.png
Movement Abilities Contextual
W
Forward
Mouse 1
Attack
E
Use
A
Left
Mouse 2
Blink
F
Alien Vision
S
Backward
1
Swipe
B
Evolve Menu
D
Right
2
Metabolize
C
Map
Space
Jump
3
Stab
X
Voice Overs Menu
Shift
Metabolize
V
Last Weapon
Ctrl
Crouch

Onos

Main article: Onos
Onos Player Controls
Onos view.png
Movement Abilities Contextual
W
Forward
Mouse 1
Attack
E
Use
A
Left
Mouse 2
Stomp
F
Alien Vision
S
Backward
1
Gore
B
Evolve Menu
D
Right
2
Bone Shield
C
Map
Space
Jump
V
Last Weapon
X
Voice Overs Menu
Shift
Charge
Ctrl
Crouch



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