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Ark: Survival Evolved

KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
Thought I saw a thread for this before, but couldn't find it. Was recently turned on to an alpha version Steam game called Ark. It's basically Minecraft on crack with actual graphics, and dinosaurs, and alien technology. You're dropped of pretty much naked and alone on a prehistoric island with this implant in you, and you have to survive and thrive.

If anyone wants to give it a try, I'll be at this server playing with friends:

http://ark-servers.net/server/7945/

Here's the site for more information on the game:

http://www.playark.com/

And here's a trailer:



If you've played Minecraft, the mechanics are similar. Gather materials, build shelter, get food, stay alive, etc.


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  • TreyTrey Posts: 4,503Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I want to play it, but right now can't afford any really frivolous expenditures, and games fall under that. 

  • DarktalonDarktalon RomePosts: 169Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    edited August 2015
    Here is a warning though - If you have only played on official servers then the lag free dinos on a private will be brutal. They hit way more often, so it is much tougher. Which is good, but some people aren't expecting it.

    Good game though. Amaranda, Lannah and I have been playing a lot of it.

    Edit - Whoever built that huge building on a mountain, in the trailer, should be wiped out by the server. Killed so many spawns for metal!
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I enjoy playing on our unofficial private server. It's slowly building up and with the new content becoming a lot of fun. Also, in that trailer, that was likely done on a private server with admin mode. Unlimited supplies via admin controls.


  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Riding Raptors:



    Have to be careful, because there are packs of wild raptors roaming about. Taking to the skys is usually a good mode of travel:



    People playing with flares:




    Liyane
  • JonathinJonathin Grand Rapids, MIPosts: 3,197Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I was considering picking this up, but I don't really want to pay $30 for an alpha. D:

    (Mudlet Clan): Nylian says, "Mosr's on the case. Fix incoming."

    Tutorials and scripts  The Repository

    Praxides
  • DaeirDaeir AustraliaPosts: 6,259Member, Secret Squirrel @@ - Legendary Achaean
    It is very, very good. I'm on OC159 with a tribe of friends and we have nearly complete hegemony over the skies.

    I ride a 210 argentavis called the Almighty Toucan which can tear apart dinosaurs of all sizes in seconds.

    Definitely worth the money, just make sure you play it with friends or join a pubbie tribe - it isn't AT ALL friendly for solo players. Doable, but not friendly.
  • AhmetAhmet Wherever I wanna bePosts: 3,301Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Jonathin said:
    I was considering picking this up, but I don't really want to pay $30 for an alpha. D:
    After DayZ standalone? never again.
    Huh. Neat.
    Praxides
  • LeviticusLeviticus Posts: 244Member ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    I said the same thing. No way I am buying this game for 30 bucks. Then I decided fine (cuz I love dino's). It was/is worth every single penny. 180 hours played. I am looking for a good amount of people to play with.I hate offical servers. I spent a week taming and level like 20 dinos to have them killed by offline raiding was such a heartbreak so I only play on unoffical servers.
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Daeir said:
    It is very, very good. I'm on OC159 with a tribe of friends and we have nearly complete hegemony over the skies.

    I ride a 210 argentavis called the Almighty Toucan which can tear apart dinosaurs of all sizes in seconds.

    Definitely worth the money, just make sure you play it with friends or join a pubbie tribe - it isn't AT ALL friendly for solo players. Doable, but not friendly.
    My thoughts exactly. I was a little iffy shelling out $30 for an Alpha game, but a buddy streamed his gameplay for me and I made up my mind quickly enough. Since they just released their Survival of the Fittest gamemode, they've even put it on sale for 20% off on Steam:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/346110

    Leviticus said:
    I said the same thing. No way I am buying this game for 30 bucks. Then I decided fine (cuz I love dino's). It was/is worth every single penny. 180 hours played. I am looking for a good amount of people to play with.I hate offical servers. I spent a week taming and level like 20 dinos to have them killed by offline raiding was such a heartbreak so I only play on unoffical servers.
    I'm playing with friends on a growing server they started. No off-hour raids (really no raiding at all right now since it just started; giving people time to build). But it's definitely looking for more people and more tribes so that we can work on getting some PvP started. Server info is in the first post. It's PvPvE.


  • TaelTael Posts: 1,197Member @ - Epic Achaean
    I gave it a try, but the game ran like molasses on even medium settings - whereas I can usually play anything on the highest settings without any problems.

    Thank goodness for Steam returns. I guess I'll give it a try if it ever makes it out of early access and they get around to optimizing it a little bit. Right now, at least with my computer, it's pretty much unplayable.
    Silas
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Tael said:
    I gave it a try, but the game ran like molasses on even medium settings - whereas I can usually play anything on the highest settings without any problems.

    Thank goodness for Steam returns. I guess I'll give it a try if it ever makes it out of early access and they get around to optimizing it a little bit. Right now, at least with my computer, it's pretty much unplayable.
    There are different memory settings you can run on. Most people will start it on Extremely Low Memory and it works fine. I play (right now) with 8gb ram and an Nvidia 635 and it plays just fine, and that's nearly a low end computer. Definitely can't play on a toaster though.


  • TaelTael Posts: 1,197Member @ - Epic Achaean
    edited August 2015
    Kresslack said:
    Tael said:
    I gave it a try, but the game ran like molasses on even medium settings - whereas I can usually play anything on the highest settings without any problems.

    Thank goodness for Steam returns. I guess I'll give it a try if it ever makes it out of early access and they get around to optimizing it a little bit. Right now, at least with my computer, it's pretty much unplayable.
    There are different memory settings you can run on. Most people will start it on Extremely Low Memory and it works fine. I play (right now) with 8gb ram and an Nvidia 635 and it plays just fine, and that's nearly a low end computer. Definitely can't play on a toaster though.
    I have 16gb of memory, so that was definitely not the issue.

    And it's not really a toaster - I was running it on an i7 4770k and a GTX 680 (not brand new, but hardly underpowered) and it was noticeable laggy on medium. It even chugged at points on low.
    Praxides
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited August 2015
    I'm running it fine on an i5 with 8gb of memory and an Nvidia GForce 635. When you start it up it gives you options to run it on various settings. I'm currently using Extremely Low Memory mode and the game plays fine. Doesn't look half bad either. Soon I'll be doubling my memory and upgrading to the GTX 980 and will be able to play at full settings easily. The card makes a lot of difference.


  • MishgulMishgul ROTHERHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMPosts: 5,305Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Tael said:
    Kresslack said:
    Tael said:
    I gave it a try, but the game ran like molasses on even medium settings - whereas I can usually play anything on the highest settings without any problems.

    Thank goodness for Steam returns. I guess I'll give it a try if it ever makes it out of early access and they get around to optimizing it a little bit. Right now, at least with my computer, it's pretty much unplayable.
    There are different memory settings you can run on. Most people will start it on Extremely Low Memory and it works fine. I play (right now) with 8gb ram and an Nvidia 635 and it plays just fine, and that's nearly a low end computer. Definitely can't play on a toaster though.
    I have 16gb of memory, so that was definitely not the issue.

    And it's not really a toaster - I was running it on an i7 4770k and a GTX 680 (not brand new, but hardly underpowered) and it was noticeable laggy on medium. It even chugged at points on low.
    You might need to disable hyperthreading if you are using an i7

    -

    One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important

    As drawn by Shayde
    hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae
  • TaelTael Posts: 1,197Member @ - Epic Achaean
    Mishgul said:
    Tael said:
    Kresslack said:
    Tael said:
    I gave it a try, but the game ran like molasses on even medium settings - whereas I can usually play anything on the highest settings without any problems.

    Thank goodness for Steam returns. I guess I'll give it a try if it ever makes it out of early access and they get around to optimizing it a little bit. Right now, at least with my computer, it's pretty much unplayable.
    There are different memory settings you can run on. Most people will start it on Extremely Low Memory and it works fine. I play (right now) with 8gb ram and an Nvidia 635 and it plays just fine, and that's nearly a low end computer. Definitely can't play on a toaster though.
    I have 16gb of memory, so that was definitely not the issue.

    And it's not really a toaster - I was running it on an i7 4770k and a GTX 680 (not brand new, but hardly underpowered) and it was noticeable laggy on medium. It even chugged at points on low.
    You might need to disable hyperthreading if you are using an i7
    Does Ark cause some bizarre problem with hyperthreading?
  • MishgulMishgul ROTHERHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMPosts: 5,305Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Hyperthreading sporadically causes issued with random games (usually older ones, or games built on older frameworks). It has something to do with the virtual processor not handling the game properly when the processing load shifts from processor to virtual processer and back again. I think the main solution is to open task manager and set the affinity of the game to a non virtual core. You can google it and look for solutions.

    -

    One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important

    As drawn by Shayde
    hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae
    Silas
  • TaelTael Posts: 1,197Member @ - Epic Achaean
    I haven't had an issue with hyperthreading in a game in literal years. The only one I can think of in recent memory was one of the Battlefield games, but those games are coded using  Shakespeare typewriter monkeys. I googled around and can't find any evidence of anyone having problems with Ark and I already returned it, so I think I'll just await further optimisation.

    One other thing I'm curious about though - if anyone is following the devs more closely, does it seem like they actually have a plan for the "finished" version of the game (in the sense that the game is complete, not that they stop working on it or adding things - a 1.0 if you will). That was my other hesitation given that virtually every other survival game in early release remains unfinished - it seems they always build a progression up to a certain point, and then run out of ideas and everyone just tries to content themselves with repetitive, fairly shallow, largely unrewarding (because you're already at endgame) "raiding" of other people's bases.
    Praxides
  • JonathinJonathin Grand Rapids, MIPosts: 3,197Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Once the game hits a later stage, I'll definitely look into getting it and then rebuilding my pc (because this laptop has a Radeon 4500 HD with 512MB of vram).

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  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Tael said:
    One other thing I'm curious about though - if anyone is following the devs more closely, does it seem like they actually have a plan for the "finished" version of the game (in the sense that the game is complete, not that they stop working on it or adding things - a 1.0 if you will). That was my other hesitation given that virtually every other survival game in early release remains unfinished - it seems they always build a progression up to a certain point, and then run out of ideas and everyone just tries to content themselves with repetitive, fairly shallow, largely unrewarding (because you're already at endgame) "raiding" of other people's bases.
    From what I've seen, especially on official servers, there's no worry about running out of content or gameplay for a very long time. Unofficial servers you'll see people bumping up the resource harvesting to like 3x and the dino taming to like 5x just so they can rush boss content and play around, but on official servers it's all the same level (as far as I know), so it will take anyone hours upon hours just to learn the 'survival ropes' of Ark and not get killed by a roaming raptor or dilo every five minutes.

    So far, this game has been one of genuine challenge, which can be frustrating at times, but it's also always providing a challenge and something to aspire to. There are bosses released and still planned for the current map, The Island, but they're also planning other maps as I understand. It's also rumoured there will be the ability to travel between them on a planner level or something along those lines. Either way, I've seen nothing but good things from this, even in Alpha stage.


  • DaeirDaeir AustraliaPosts: 6,259Member, Secret Squirrel @@ - Legendary Achaean
    It's a pretty great game all around though, especially for something still in early access.

    I'm not often legitimately surprised by the quality of video games, but ARK took me completely out of the blue.
  • AesiAesi Posts: 1,210Member @ - Epic Achaean
    Oh sweet moses this is like Terra Nova the game.

    PURCHASING!
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited August 2015
    Took down a Sarco (crocodile) and are in the process of taming it to help guard our base.




    Chris Pratt, eat your heart out.



    Home Sweet Home:




  • JacenJacen Posts: 2,243Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I'd get it of we did an Achaean private server
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    Mishgul
  • MishgulMishgul ROTHERHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMPosts: 5,305Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I agree with Jacen

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    One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important

    As drawn by Shayde
    hic locus est ubi mors gaudet succurrere vitae
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited August 2015
    If someone wants to set one up, I'll throw money at it and help manage it. I say that because it would have to be a dedicated server hosted off someone's machine, and I don't (currently) have the hardware to accommodate that. More info here:

    https://survivalservers.com/wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Create_an_ARK:_Survival_Evolved_Dedicated_Server_Guide


  • AesiAesi Posts: 1,210Member @ - Epic Achaean
    VPS would likely be a good choice/fit , I would volunteer some cash to maintain it.
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Unpredictibility and frustration and it's finest, just to show the challenge of this game. After spending (a lot of) time taming this Argentavis (basically giant eagle/vulture, really good for hauling stuff or killing things), an alpha raptor came along at the last moment just before the taming process finished and killed it.



    Server is staying busy. If anyone cares to join (non-kill on sight and no raiding people who are offline), feel free.


    Praxides
  • SilasSilas Posts: 2,529Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I had the same problem trying the game with it just absolutely chugging along even on lowest settings. I'll try changing the memory tonight when I get in and see if it plays any less terribly.

  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesPosts: 5,635Member @@ - Legendary Achaean
    This is the menu that should come up before running:



    Unless you're running a GTX 900 series or something comparable, probably going to want to go Low Memory or even Extremely Low Memory. I play on the latter with no issues as of yet.


  • TaelTael Posts: 1,197Member @ - Epic Achaean
    edited August 2015
    Kresslack said:
    This is the menu that should come up before running:



    Unless you're running a GTX 900 series or something comparable, probably going to want to go Low Memory or even Extremely Low Memory. I play on the latter with no issues as of yet.
    Your graphics card has absolutely nothing to do with the memory it's talking about here. Unless there's some massive bug in the game, you want to set this depending on how much RAM you have, not what graphics card you have.
    Praxides
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