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ARK: Survival Evolved

Post by ScottyB » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:31 pm

Does anyone have this game or have any thoughts on this? I've only recently heard what it's about and it sounds pretty cool. This is what is involved;



As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!


TAME, TRAIN, BREED AND RIDE DINOSAURS IN A LIVING ECOSYSTEM

Dinosaurs, Creatures, & Breeding! -- over 70+ currently at Early Access and 100+ planned for final release -- can be tamed using a challenging capture-&-affinity process, involving weakening a feral creature to knock it unconscious, and then nursing it back to health with appropriate food. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your Pet, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. Pets, which can continue to level-up and consume food, can also carry Inventory and Equipment such as Armor, carry prey back to your settlement depending on their strength, and larger pets can be ridden and directly controlled! Fly a Pterodactyl over the snow-capped mountains, lift allies over enemy walls, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, tromp through an enemy base along a gigantic brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex! Take part in a dynamic ecosystem life-cycle with its own predator & prey hierarchies, where you are just one creature among many species struggling for dominance and survival. Pets can also be mated with the opposite gender, to selectively breed successive generations using a trait system based on recombinant genetic inheritance. This process includes both egg-based incubation and mammalian gestation lifecycles! Or put more simply, breed & raise Dino Babies.
FOOD, WATER, TEMPERATURE AND WEATHER

You must eat and drink to survive, with different kinds of plants & meat having different nutritional properties, including human meat. Ensuring a supply of fresh water to your home and inventory is a pressing concern. All physical actions come at a cost of food and water, long-distance travel is fraught with subsistence peril! Inventory weight makes you move slower, and the day/night cycle along with randomized weather patterns add another layer of challenge by altering the temperature of the environment, causing you to hunger or thirst more quickly. Build a fire or shelter, and craft a large variety of customizable clothing & armors, to help protect yourself against locational damage & extreme temperatures using the dynamic indoor/outdoor insulation calculation system!

HARVEST, BUILD STRUCTURES, PAINT ITEMS

By chopping down forests full of trees and mining metal and other precious resources, you can craft the parts to build massive multi-leveled structures composed of complex snap-linked parts, including ramps, beams, pillars, windows, doors, gates, remote gates, trapdoors, water pipes, faucets, generators, wires and all manner of electrical devices, and ladders among many other types. Structures have a load system to fall apart if enough support has been destroyed, so reinforcing your buildings is important. All structures and items can be painted to customize the look of your home, as well as placing dynamically per-pixel paintable signs, textual billboards, and other decorative objects. Shelter reduces the extremes of weather and provides security for yourself and your stash! Weapons, clothing & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.
PLANT, FARM AND GROW

Pick seeds from the wild vegetation around you, plant them in plots that you lay down, water them and nurture them with fertilizer (everything poops after consuming calories, which can then be composted, and some fertilizer is better than others). Tend to your crops and they will grow to produce delicious and rare fruits, which can also be used to cook a plethora of logical recipes and make useful tonics! Explore to find the rarest of plant seeds that have the most powerful properties! Vegetarians & vegans can flourish, and it will be possible to master and conquer the ARK in a non-violent manner!

SUMMON THE ULTIMATE LIFE FORMS

By bringing sufficient rare sacrificial items to special Summon locations, you can capture the attention of the one of the ARK’s god-like mythical creatures, who will arrive for battle. These gargantuan monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced groups of players and their armies of pets, and will yield extremely valuable progression items if they are defeated.
TRIBE SYSTEM

Create a Tribe and add your friends to it, and all your Pets can be commanded by and allied to anyone in your Tribe. Your Tribe will also be able to respawn at any of your home spawn points. Promote members to Tribe Admins to reduce the burden of management. Distribute key items and pass-codes to provide access your shared village!

RPG STATISTICS

All items are crafted from Blueprints that have variable statistics and qualities, and require corresponding resources. More remote and harsh locales across the ARK tend to have better resources, including the tallest mountains, darkest caves, and depths of the ocean! Level-Up your player character by gaining experience through performance actions, Level-Up your Pets, and learn new "Engrams" to be able to craft Items from memory without the use of blueprints, even if you die! Customize the underlying physical look of your character with hair, eye, and skin tones, along with an array of body proportion modifiers. As you explore the vast ARK, you'll find clues left by other Survivors who have made the ARK their home in ages past, in the form of collectible detailed 3D "Explorer Notes". By uncovering all of these, you can begin to piece together the true nature of the ARK, and discover its purpose!
HARDCORE MECHANICS

Everything you craft has durability and will wear-out from extended use if not repaired, and when you leave the game, your character remains sleeping in the persistent world. Your inventory physically exists in boxes or on your character in the world. Everything can be looted & stolen, so to achieve security you must build-up, team-up, or have pets to guard your stash. Death is permanent, and you can even knock out, capture, and force-feed other players to use them for your own purposes, such as extracting their blood to for transfusions, harvesting their fecal matter to use as fertilizer, or using them as food for your carnivorous pets!
EXPLORE AND DISCOVER

The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment, composed of many natural and unnatural structures, above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully exploring its secrets, you’ll find the most exotic procedurally randomized creatures and rare blueprints. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the creatures and backstory of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a Compass or GPS coordinates to aid exploring with other players, whom you can communicate with via proximity text & voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet.. how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the ARK? A definitive end-game is planned.





I've read some reviews by gamespot and IGN and they say there is a bit too much grinding to get certain things done but lets be honest, the majority of games are like that now, I just wonder if the rest of the game makes it worth it.

At the moment it's still a full priced game so I will wait until it goes on sale. Who else would be interested in this game? I don't think it'd be very enjoyable without friends so that will most likely be my deciding factor on getting it.

So who's got any interest in this game??
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Post by Braldy » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:07 am

50 aussie bucks for black Friday sale.

Im dloadin this now so hopefully its done before im home this afternoon.

Looking forward to it. I have to many games i like playing right now but its great when your not up for one to have options and enjoy the variety.
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Post by Skorpion » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:45 am

have had this for about a year now and have been playing a lot the past 2-3 weeks. its a decent game and Scottys post is a pretty accurate review. There arent any obvious objectives but there is an endgame which will be a challenge as a group. other than that its pretty much just survive and build.

multiplayer can be done on official ark servers which i find are always either too crowded or dead, or by renting a private server. theres also the option of connecting directly to a friend hosting from their console, however theres a range limit and must stay near the host in this mode which is very limiting.

server hosts (including for single player) have a huge range of control over server settings. from difficulty to the amount of damage you, wild dino, and tamed dinos (each as a different sliders), health, harvest speed and amount, everything down to how fast your corpse will decompose and how often you poop. even how much each skill point effects each stat when applied.

it can be a bit of a grind but with full control it can be made better or worse just by returning to main menu and making some changes before reloading.

i honestly just enjoy building with near limitless imagination and creativity. but the real fun would be doing it with friends.
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Post by Braldy » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:15 pm

Im looking forward to this. sounds similar to 7 days to die but with dinosaurs/players rather than zombies and even the settings being so in depth.

I really like the building in 7 days and get hooked on minecraft with the kids when they get me to play it so should enjoy that to.

Cant sait to sink my teeth in. Or have my Dino do it for me 😑
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Post by ScottyB » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:56 pm

I’ve just got this as well. Sounds like it should be a lot of fun with the building side and as always it’ll be much more enjoyable with friends so I Can’t wait 😁
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Post by Skorpion » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:07 pm

Braldy wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:15 pm
I really like the building in 7 days and get hooked on minecraft with the kids when they get me to play it so should enjoy that to.
Ive played minecraft including online back when it was just released. ARK is pretty much the same thing but with more detail and much better graphics.

Send me a message if you guys are playing at any time. Id be happy to join. or if you see me on there feel free to join. ill switch my id to appear online when i get online next.
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Post by Braldy » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:39 am

@Mzerin we are really liking this game. I wonder if you might to. So much like the Sims but with dinosaurs 🙌
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