Ark: Survival Evolved Sale

maflynn

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Thanks for the heads up. I'm not sure if that's a game I could get into, but for 9.99 its a risk I'm willing to take a chance on :)
 

Plutonius

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Thanks for the heads up. I'm not sure if that's a game I could get into, but for 9.99 its a risk I'm willing to take a chance on :)
Have you had a chance to play it and, if so, what do you think of it ?

I also bought it since it was $9.99.

The interesting thing is that there were two downloads.

Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival of the Fitest

I'm not sure if they are separate games ?
 

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I tried playing but it looks like an online game that required some sort of anti cheat app. I toyed worth it for a little while but I was unsuccessful in getting it going. I opted for a refund
I have no idea what that other app is and yeah I got that as well
 

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Have you had a chance to play it and, if so, what do you think of it ?

I also bought it since it was $9.99.

The interesting thing is that there were two downloads.

Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival of the Fitest

I'm not sure if they are separate games ?
I tried playing but it looks like an online game that required some sort of anti cheat app. I toyed worth it for a little while but I was unsuccessful in getting it going. I opted for a refund
I have no idea what that other app is and yeah I got that as well
It might be that the first is the game, and the second is the latest DLC.
You’ve guys not played this? I was big into it for over a year, still have it installed and could go back at it any time.

Some info:
  • See the ARK thread in this forum. :D
  • I have never played on a public server, never had to use Battle Eye.
  • It can be played on an online Public server or a private server hosted by your computer (I think it’s a form of game sharing), or you can rent a server for you and friends, or you can play it solo on a map stored on your computer. I have a solo game I go back to when I’m missing it.
  • The anti-cheat program, Battle Eye, is required for official servers, but for everything else it’s optional. Definitely not required for solo play. If you say yes to it, it is downloaded and incorporate as part of the game. As I recall there is an option to turn it off and uninstall it.
  • It’s an outstanding sand box I have enjoyed thoroughly. It involves surviving, building, crafting, and the primary AI are dinosaurs that are used fir a wide variety of purposes- number one is protection, but they are also used for collection and crafting.
  • There are outstanding mods that enhance game play.
  • There is no creative mode per sey, but collection grind can be reduced with use of the in-game console.
  • In Game settings and mods can reduce taming grind substantially.
  • Any questions, give a shout! :D
 
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Plutonius

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I tried playing but it looks like an online game that required some sort of anti cheat app. I toyed worth it for a little while but I was unsuccessful in getting it going. I opted for a refund
I have no idea what that other app is and yeah I got that as well
I was stuck for awhile too until I found solo gaming under host/local.

I ran around for a bit, the game told me I was cold, and then it crashed (under MacOS).

I guess it's time to read @Huntn's guide (thanks Huntn !!!).

As a guy though, I usually hate reading instructions / asking for directions :D.
 
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Huntn

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I was stuck for awhile too until I found solo gaming under host/local.

I ran around for a bit, the game told me I was cold, and then it crashed (under MacOS).

I guess it's time to read @Huntn's guide (thanks Huntn !!!).

As a guy though, I usually hate reading instructions / asking for directions :D.
A quick search revealed a thread, but not a guide. Hmm. I thought I had one posted here, but maybe it’s just a link to a google doc I put in that thread. Anyway, I’m playing it on PC. I remember under my MacOS at the time, the game struggled to run. Another possibly better option would be Bootcamp.
 

maflynn

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Any questions, give a shout!
I already got a refund, and its been uninstalled.

Tbh, even with what you wrote, its confirmation that its an online game that if you want to run singularly, you need to run on a localhost. The option was buried or at least not easily found by me.

Either way, the game is off my computer ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 

Plutonius

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The option was buried or at least not easily found by me.
I had to hunt around to find it.

I'm wondering if the single player was an afterthought ?

A complaint I have on the game is the map seems very useless since, unlike most games, your current position is not marked on the map (i.e. you have no idea where you are).

You see on the map where you die but have no idea how to get to your body (to salvage inventory) if you don't have line of sight to the small column of light.

Also, the game does not seem to indicate the possible resources when you mouse over them.

I end up walking through the woods while constantly hitting the E key to randomly grab resources until I get what I need.

I think that the game is worth $9.99 but I would not pay more.
 

maflynn

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I think that the game is worth $9.99 but I would not pay more.
I don't usually ask for refunds in steam, but I was under no illusions, I'd never play this game and yeah, I agree with you - the single player option does seem like an afterthought
 

Huntn

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I already got a refund, and its been uninstalled.

Tbh, even with what you wrote, its confirmation that its an online game that if you want to run singularly, you need to run on a localhost. The option was buried or at least not easily found by me.

Either way, the game is off my computer ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
No problem with me, but concerning that single point, I agree that local host is not as comvienent for saves And you can’t pause it. That said, the game auto saves every 30 minutes or so, and using the console, you can trigger a world save anytime you want, which would be my primary concern. You can also revert to a precious save and I keep backups of the Save folder just in case.

I’ve not tried it, but I think it will play in Steam offline mode.
 

Huntn

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I had to hunt around to find it.

I'm wondering if the single player was an afterthought ?

A complaint I have on the game is the map seems very useless since, unlike most games, your current position is not marked on the map (i.e. you have no idea where you are).

You see on the map where you die but have no idea how to get to your body (to salvage inventory) if you don't have line of sight to the small column of light.

Also, the game does not seem to indicate the possible resources when you mouse over them.

I end up walking through the woods while constantly hitting the E key to randomly grab resources until I get what I need.

I think that the game is worth $9.99 but I would not pay more.
There is a game sever setting that shows your position on the map. On your game, you can fix that. https://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/0/615085406676370420/. And you can pin positions on the map.

There is a very handy mod that show player death position as a beacon However note sometimes when you die, if eaten, there maybe no body, but usually you’ll find a bag of your gear, which without the beacon, or you remember exactly where you died , will be hell to find it. :)

The easiest thing to do as a brand new player is exactly that, run around and hit the E key for basic materials you need to make the first very basic stuff Tools and clothing. After you’ve made a hatchet and a pick, you’ll won‘t be doing that (running around) to harvest. Also note, that a both the pick and hatchet harvest different stuff from rock, rock versus flint, on trees it wood versus something (can’t remember). You’ll be targeting rocks and trees, and soon you’ll have dinos that will be the most effective way to harvest berries, tons of berries.

The first thing I usually do in my game is establish a pack of Dilos for self protection, which work as little tanks. The most feared dino in the early game is the raptor. I usually keep myself in a relatively clear area such as a beach, so I can see what is around me.
 
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