How`s NS today?

old NS fanold NS fan Join Date: 2009-01-25 Member: 66173Posts: 3Members
I want to play again!
I downloaded NS first on the very same day it was released. The game was very complex and hard to learn, but I kept playing and, in the end, I realized that it was probably one of the most awesome things ever created. I even played in a clan and had a very good time. I loved every aspect of the game and commanding a good team was simply awesome. No other online game before, or since, has been so much fun.

Then, one day, I quit. I think it was shortly after some major update (2.0?) that introduced the new game mode (can`t recall the name, but it was a simplified version of the classic game mode). I just didn`t feel like playing anymore. But now I would love to get back. How has the game changed after I left? Is there any players anymore? Should I give it a try or am I just going to be dissappointed by the lack of players and lack of fun?

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  • SecuritySecurity Join Date: 2005-01-07 Member: 33133Posts: 279Members, Constellation, Squad Five Blue
    For me, NS is still one of the best, if not the best multiplayer game ever made. wink-fix.gif

    There have been more people playing, but theres still a very stable playerbase. 32 Servers full of people right now.
    With some luck, NS 1 could be released on Steam soon aswell:

    http://www.unknownworlds.com/ns/forums/ind...104992&st=0
    http://www.unknownworlds.com/ns/forums/ind...104663&st=0
    We are currently waiting for a status update.

    A lot of things have changed and the most servers are running all kind of plugins, but it's worth getting used to it.
  • old NS fanold NS fan Join Date: 2009-01-25 Member: 66173Posts: 3Members
    Sounds great. I guess I`ll download NS right away. Small community of players has its advantages, too. Even if there isn`t that many servers full of people, at least the players are more experienced and dedicated. At least that`s what I hope.

    See you all in the game.
  • exoityexoity Join Date: 2003-03-17 Member: 14620Posts: 608Members, NS1 Playtester, Constellation
    There is plenty of servers still up. I would recommend going to G4B2S or 187|combat.
    NAPT : Former PT-Lead
    Game Developer.
  • bl1tzbl1tz Join Date: 2007-12-23 Member: 63242Posts: 37Members
    Well the two main NS servers are the <BAD> clan server and the G4B2S server. Seeing as you don't like combat, you probably wouldn't want to play on 187 combat.
    On the <BAD> server (the name says enough about them already) just about everyone is awful and those who aren't attempt to stack on the winning team every game (ironically the majority of them being members of the BAD clan.) After coding the most horrible stacker plug in that I've ever seen created they decided to rid of it after awhile and random teams every round with little to no success. The admins are more lenient than the ones at G4B2S but equally retarded I have found.
    On G4B2S, the players on a whole are probably better, there is less stacking, less plug ins. The only problem is that the people who run G4B2S will ban you at the drop of a pin and the admins are retarded as stated earlier.

    My advice: Play in G4B2S and keep your comments to yourself.
  • TheWizardTheWizard Join Date: 2002-12-11 Member: 10553Posts: 1,646Members, Constellation
    QUOTE(old NS fan @ Jan 25 2009, 08:44 AM) »
    I downloaded NS first on the very same day it was released. The game was very complex and hard to learn, but I kept playing and, in the end, I realized that it was probably one of the most awesome things ever created. I even played in a clan and had a very good time. I loved every aspect of the game and commanding a good team was simply awesome. No other online game before, or since, has been so much fun.

    Then, one day, I quit. I think it was shortly after some major update (2.0?) that introduced the new game mode (can`t recall the name, but it was a simplified version of the classic game mode). I just didn`t feel like playing anymore. But now I would love to get back. How has the game changed after I left? Is there any players anymore? Should I give it a try or am I just going to be dissappointed by the lack of players and lack of fun?


    Wow, I just came back as well. I loved playing NS back when it first started, and I'll be picking it up again shortly.
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    I had a sig? --TheWizard
  • TinCanTinCan Join Date: 2006-12-11 Member: 59010Posts: 268Members
    It's still a fun game.
  • PrefixPrefix Éirinn go Brách Join Date: 2006-12-31 Member: 59353Posts: 452Members, Constellation
    <BAD>, G4B2S, and 187 Combat are yank servers.

    If your a euro hit up NS Talent, Able, or VH2.
    Personally I find the two Talent server to be the best, always playing classic, minimal plugins, and lenient admins.

    That reminds me, what ever happened to YO Clan?
    - Autonomy
  • marksmarks Join Date: 2008-07-28 Member: 64720Posts: 331Members
    YO shut down their NS server a while back (thank god).
  • radforChristradforChrist USA Join Date: 2002-11-04 Member: 6871Posts: 531Members, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Subnautica Playtester
    Both (BAD) and G4B2S stack horribly, but generally are the ones with players regularly on them. Don't worry about complaining about it, it's just a fact of life in NS. When I join the euro servers (high ping doesn't matter, I suck either way) there's generally a higher level of play and less stacking. VH2 has friendly fire enabled, which I like (reminiscent of LunixMonster and FR31NS).

    Welcome back!
  • That_Annoying_KidThat_Annoying_Kid Sire of Titles Join Date: 2003-03-01 Member: 14175Posts: 5,578Members, Constellation
    ns these days is co

    and it makes the baby onos cry


    occasionally I get some awesome ns_ goodness
  • old NS fanold NS fan Join Date: 2009-01-25 Member: 66173Posts: 3Members
    I`m european and talent servers seem fine to me. At least you don`t need to play combat. NS seems like a fun game still, even though I really suck in it. I guess I have to learn almost everything again. smile-fix.gif
  • TheGlowTheGlow Join Date: 2002-11-22 Member: 9650Posts: 325Members
    Jeez, I aint played in a bit either. I just checked the forums and my last post is from 04.
    Oh well. Computer wont play new games and Im too broke to buy updates. Until I coax my friend to give me his video card or another friend to loan me one of his sli cards, im stuck.

    So were there anymore updates to the hl1 world for graphics enhancements?
  • PistachioPistachio Join Date: 2005-05-26 Member: 52481Posts: 141Members
    QUOTE(That_Annoying_Kid @ Jan 29 2009, 03:53 PM) »
    ns these days is co

    and it makes the baby onos cry
    occasionally I get some awesome ns_ goodness


    I agree. CO is fun and all, but classic NS is really where it's at for me.

    It feels like every update since release has made the gameplay faster, so I guess CO is only a natural result of that. I remember when NS games would take an hour or more, and I loved it. The slow pace of the rounds compared with the fast pace of the battles was perfect for me.

    NS is still great though. Few games have kept me coming back so consistently.
    ~Otis B. Driftwood
  • IjustwannaknowIjustwannaknow Join Date: 2002-12-19 Member: 11121Posts: 8Members
    QUOTE(Pistachio @ Feb 6 2009, 08:03 PM) »
    I agree. CO is fun and all, but classic NS is really where it's at for me.

    It feels like every update since release has made the gameplay faster, so I guess CO is only a natural result of that. I remember when NS games would take an hour or more, and I loved it. The slow pace of the rounds compared with the fast pace of the battles was perfect for me.

    NS is still great though. Few games have kept me coming back so consistently.



    gave the game a go again uninstalled. I dont know what happened to this game its gone into hyper mode.
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  • spellman23spellman23 NS1 Theorycraft Expert Join Date: 2007-05-17 Member: 60920Posts: 3,365Members
    QUOTE(Ijustwannaknow @ Feb 14 2009, 02:03 PM) »
    gave the game a go again uninstalled. I dont know what happened to this game its gone into hyper mode.


    Because one day you too can be an Onos and die to Lv3 HMG Jetpackers. =]
    helping bring perspective and learning since the olde days

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    <Mexican> For a while, I thought it was 'Oh ######'!


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  • RideRide Join Date: 2003-11-11 Member: 22511Posts: 173Members
    Just had winxp installed and I really dig NS again. Even though I kinda suck if I were to hit a little more skulk-garbage it could feel like there has never been any ns-downtime.
    OH NOES TEHY GOT FAEDZ!! ALL F4 NOWW!1!!!11
  • pacopaco Join Date: 2003-08-14 Member: 19708Posts: 27Members, Constellation
    it's so awesome to see there's still so many people playin this game! I quit like... 4(?) years ago to play WoW. I finally quit that game and decided to reinstal NS last night. I played a few rounds on G4B2S and was terrible, haha! The game is as fun as i remember back in 1.04 or whatever it was biggrin-fix.gif
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  • FirewaterFirewater Balance Expert Join Date: 2002-12-12 Member: 10690Posts: 2,090Members, Constellation
    I would recommend playing on the <GUD> server aka www.evolvens.com , a lot of old NS pros and competent players regular that server. Its a pretty lax server, with pretty decent admin base (of course I am biased, wink-fix.gif ) but at the same time there are a lot of close competitive games. Any one can earn a reserve slot, and there are no donation fees to obtain a reserve slot. All we ask is that you just register on the forums before you ask for a reserve slot.

    We are always looking to expand our community, and the server really has been populated quite well in the past few weeks. I highly recommend becoming a member of this excellent community.

    You can register on the forums at http://www.evolvens.com
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    Join the <GUD> Server for a competitive public experience.
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  • ZiGGYZiGGY Join Date: 2003-01-19 Member: 12479Posts: 3,039Members
    edited February 2009
    yeah the <gud> server's not bad for a laugh (if you be yank)
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  • nsaky777nsaky777 Join Date: 2009-02-22 Member: 66509Posts: 1Members
    hello, I'm an old (French) NS gamer too.

    I didn't play since 3-4 years (played Warcraft 3). But I always gone on unknownworlds/NS website to be "up-to-date"

    Happy to see I'm not alone smile-fix.gif, I just installed STEAM/HL/NS yesterday and hope I could play this evening.

    But no more non-official NS french web site seems to be alive...

    NS it's the best ever game I never played. The idea of the command "box" is awesome !!

    Waiting for the "unknown worlds"...
  • PGU5802PGU5802 Join Date: 2009-02-26 Member: 66554Posts: 3Members, Constellation
    same here... i just reinstalled today. good times
    Moo!
  • BadMouthBadMouth It ceases to be exclusive when you can have a custom member titl Join Date: 2004-05-21 Member: 28815Posts: 1,018Members
    I just re-started my NS 2 months back. I'm from Singapore and it's pretty sad to say that NS in south east asia is dead. The closest server is in China and the people there play absolutely horribly. No tactical sense whatsoever and only 1% can comm decently. Aliens almost never drop RTs and marines always cry for weapons like babies. Probably the worst thing is going into a 26 player server and they vote changemap to CO. It's just sad.

    But I don't think anyone would be interested in this anyway.
    From the Shadows...
  • ZiGGYZiGGY Join Date: 2003-01-19 Member: 12479Posts: 3,039Members
    edited February 2009
    the Chinese servers are funny, you can easily go 15-0 as an non-upgraded skulk with our feeble European pings pinging 500 tounge.gif but that being said it was just as easy to go 15-0 as a vanilla rine on most Aussie servers (though skulks another story) which for reasons I cba to understand had lower pings despite being geographically further away tounge.gif Bigbanana is the fiend who introduced me to the guilty pleasure of playing on said Chinese server and I whole-heartedly recommend people playing on there at least twice tounge.gif

    on a more practical note you might wanna try playing on USWest servers, they're probably closest for you with any tangible sense of gameplay OR I guess you could try playing on the Korean servers but I really don't know how that'd ping plus speaking Korean might be a major problem too ;p Anything sub 200 ping you could probably get accustomed to though it might not be the greatest game in the world wink-fix.gif
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  • Silencer91Silencer91 Join Date: 2009-03-13 Member: 66728Posts: 21Members
    The best server was the SEK2000 - a server from germany.
    It had a more than just excellent game managing plugin running.
    It'd improve the resource system, remove resources for kills,
    detect noobs and griefers and kick/ban them, allow good players
    to achieve higher ranks and gain privileges to start map-/kick-/ban-
    votes and do a proper teambalance by reminding a players stats
    and judging their skills from it. Also you had to wait a minute be-
    fore the round'd start, so people actually have time to communicate
    and think. Every round would end with "Good game!", no matter
    whether one lost or won the match. Always perfectly balanced.

    The server went down somewhen in 2007
    because people started playing combat only.


    Before SEK2000 I'd play on TBS#4 from the "Chaoskrieger"-Community.
    Hilarious and good times, but that community is now dead as well.
    Setting things up again is all a question of money. A real shame.



    If there is something that really spoiled NS for me it'd be the change in
    the resources system. Gorges no more get the most from the resources
    pool and you get 3 resources per kill, which results in less organisative
    teamplay and strategy but more seek'n'destroy, hacking, cheating and griefing.
  • 2_of_82_of_8 Join Date: 2008-06-27 Member: 64515Posts: 5Members, Constellation
    QUOTE(radforChrist @ Jan 29 2009, 09:14 AM) »
    Both (BAD) and G4B2S stack horribly, but generally are the ones with players regularly on them. Don't worry about complaining about it, it's just a fact of life in NS. When I join the euro servers (high ping doesn't matter, I suck either way) there's generally a higher level of play and less stacking. VH2 has friendly fire enabled, which I like (reminiscent of LunixMonster and FR31NS).

    Welcome back!

    Oh my god it's rad4Christ. Hi.

    I'm actually re-downloading HL1 and NS right now, will play in a bit. Excited! ^_^ and, weird. I just realized. The first time I played NS, it was 2 computers ago... P3, 533mhz. Wow.
    Same person as 2_of_Eight
  • redrumrummorredrumrummor Join Date: 2006-12-11 Member: 59015Posts: 14Members
    i havent had a proper game of NS since 2004 when i played with a clan on their server really.
    ive tried it since then but the player scripts, plugins, lame tactics, 15 min long classic games, co dominated server list and all the other garbage have made it feel pointless and unfun for me.
    ah well i might give it another go since source engine games/mods are getting a tad repetitive.
    but these days playing something like NS is like seeing a supermodel who you knew from years ago, now in her 80s...
  • radforChristradforChrist USA Join Date: 2002-11-04 Member: 6871Posts: 531Members, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Subnautica Playtester
    QUOTE(2_of_8 @ Mar 14 2009, 07:08 PM) »
    Oh my god it's rad4Christ. Hi.

    I'm actually re-downloading HL1 and NS right now, will play in a bit. Excited! ^_^ and, weird. I just realized. The first time I played NS, it was 2 computers ago... P3, 533mhz. Wow.

    Wow, hi 1/4! Check out the <GUD> server, really decent skill level (way better than I'll be in constant loss land), and decent people. There's a lot of competitive players, but overall enjoyable. All consti's get RS, and it's pretty easy to get one if you're not, as long as your a competent player.
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