When comparing Natural Selection 2 vs Kerbal Space Program, the Slant community recommends Kerbal Space Program for most people. In the question“What are the best games on Linux?” Kerbal Space Program is ranked 11th while Natural Selection 2 is ranked 64th. The most important reason people chose Kerbal Space Program is:
There's [a plethora of mods](http://www.slant.co/topics/706/~what-are-the-best-kerbal-space-program-mods) available that can change every single aspect of the game.
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Pro Integrates RTS elements on top of a shooter
The game has two completely different factions - the humans and an alien race called Kharaa. One player in each team can become a Commander, who then issues orders, RTS-style.
Pro Teamwork is essential
To really advance and do well in the game teamwork is essential.
Pro Kharaa can evolve into 5, highly distinct classes
There are 5 different classes that the Kharaa can evolve into.
Pro Community driven development
From the very beginning NS2 has had a very passionate community - they've contributed maps, designs and even core features (such as the Spectator Mode). And since build 265, the game's development has been handed off completely to a 14-man community development team (with oversight from UWE).
Pro In-depth choice of equipment
There is a wide range of weapons for each side that allows for plenty of choice for the player.
Pro Dynamic environments
During play levels will change and react, making for dynamic levels and environments.
Pro Developed to be heavily modifiable
By utilizing LUA files the game is highly moddable.
Pro Linux support
Natural Selection 2 has full Linux support.
Pro Huge modding scene
There's a plethora of mods available that can change every single aspect of the game.
Pro Teaches orbital dynamics & rocket design fundamentals in an accessible manner
The physics engine does a reasonably accurate job of replicating the fundamentals behind both orbital dynamics and rocket design, so by going through the tutorials and experimenting, you're actually learning some real rocket science.
Pro You don't get bored with it, and you will learn a lot
Build rockets, space planes, space stations, rovers, landers, probes. Explore planets, moons, capture asteroids. With the addition of mods you can even test warp drive, set up a communications network, colonize a planet, mine for resources and much much more. It can even simulate our solar system (the in-game one is very similar, although smaller to encourage new players.
Learn orbital mechanics. Inspire yourself to learn about space and space travel history of human. This game is not only fun - it is inspiring.
Pro Construction sandbox for building and launching rockets
Kerbal at its core is a rocket building and launching sandbox.
Pro NASA working on a mission pack for the game
While not released yet NASA is working on a mission pack for the game.
Pro In constant development
KSP is a shinning example of early release done right. The currently available game is fun to play, and the developers are constantly adding new major additions.
Pro Fun sandbox mode to experiment with rocket designs
The rocket designer lets you experiment with as many different rocket designs as you can think up. The designer is based on components such as engines, fuel cells, structural elements and various other items such as parachutes.
Con Really long loading
10 minute loading times to join matches is way too long to wait.
Con Learning curve
The learning curve for Natural Selection 2 feels unapproachable at times.
Con Steep learning curve
Kerbal Space Program is not really a pick up and play title. There is much to learn before grasping the core concepts of the game,
Con Graphics are not the most detailed
The graphics of KSP are not the most detailed but they work non the less.