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Ark: Survival Evolved now available. Technically.


By Blackwalt - Posted on 16 December 2015

I say technically because...

    Important Note to start: a trial version is available which is what I am downloading.

So my download is at 96%. It isn't stuck, it is just at 96%. And while you would think that is not too bad, you are probably unaware that I started the download at 1:00 AM. That means the 29+GB was still downloading after 8 hours.

But it did finish and I finally started the game. And then...

More dismay.

A day one patch.

An 18GB day one patch. I may not be playing this today.

Again, this is the Trial Version. I expect to be upgrading to the full version once I test it out. I just have no idea when that might be as the update is only at 5% as I post this. Your download mileage may vary.

Stormblade's picture

This is a game that's going to take some research to figure out. There is no tutorial. It just throws you in. The graphics are ... so, so. Very obviously an indie game. Can't tell you if it's any fun because I was killed twice by a little dinosaur just trying to figure out what the heck I was supposed to do.

Don't have time to dedicate to it right now. Will try again.

Coxxorz's picture

I know this is an indie game and I expected some learning curve, but...

My first impression was of my own death. I quite literally spawned for the first time to a flashing red screen and my character screaming.

• Killed immediately by a giant boa constrictor's bites (irony, anyone?)

So I respawned at a random location (you can't choose), and spotted a giant brontosaurus nearby. THWACK.

• Killed by brontosaurus massive tail swing

Respawned somewhere random, and saw a relatively tiny dino coming towards me. Nice kitty!

• Killed by velociraptor

Respawned and ran towards the nearest rock to cower and hide (see? I am learning.) Flashing red screen, no apparent assailant.

• Killed by flying insect.

At this point I realized I could choose different zones in which to spawn, which the game classifies as "easy", "medium" and "hard". A choice not offered at first launch. This discovery allowed me several seconds of uninterrupted life in which to explore, at which time I came across a body on the beach. While attempting to figure out how to acquire the spear protruding from his chest, I realized I had two shadows.

• killed by human a-hole.

The next life I simply ran straight into the jungle, to live out my remaining 45 minutes as a hermit. That's when I found myself stuck against a tree. It was probably a hill clipping glitch, but couldn't move, jump, crouch, nothing. So...

• Killed by a tree?

In a fit of suicidal rage, started to punch the living crap out of the tree... which to my amazement quickly fell over, thus freeing me.

So to sum up my first impressions: you are a naked man of superhuman strength with little time to figure out why you're even alive before being killed by venomous dragonflies.

The full game will be better, right?

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Where death is a certainty....

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