Ark: Survival Evolved early access just landed on PlayStation 4, opening the game up to a slew of new players. Those who have been playing it for a while are miles ahead from those who are just starting, but this also means that useful tips are already abound the internet. If you are a PS4 user who just got a copy of the game, here's what you need to know.
Minecraft-ing Your Way To Survival
The start of Ark: Survival Evolved is very Minecraft-ish. You wake up in a beach in an unknown place full of dinosaurs and other predators out for some human meat. If you have played the game, you know what to do: make a Pickaxe asap. You can do this by collecting some rocks and wood. This is where you start; then you can move on to crafting other tools, clothing and eventually a base.
Building a base is crucial in Ark: Survival Evolved. It's where your body rests while you're offline (because the Ark: Survival Evolved world still continues even when you're not logged in). It can also keep your tribe mates safe, but build a sturdy one ASAP (one that is not made of thatch).
It is also your duty to keep your Ark: Survival Evolved home safe as it is still susceptible to attacks. The most recommended area to build a base on is South Zone 3. Find the place where you will be mostly hidden from sight. If you see a dangerous animal, don't even attempt to fight it as it can deliberately go to your "nest" and destroy it before it comes for you.
You Can Loot Your Dead Body
Ark: Survival Evolved has a rather unique way of dealing with death. When you die, you are given the choice of starting over as a new character or continue using the one that just died. If you choose the latter, you will still have your current level, Engrams, skills and privileges. However, you will have to look for your inventory.
You have to find your dead body and loot it to get your possessions back. You have to watch out for predators, though, as they will sometimes stick around after you have died. You would also want to find your body quickly as it is subject to decompose. To help you find your body fast, better make some bed ASAP.
Respawn Points Are Everything
At the early stages of playing Ark: Survival Evolved, you will respawn randomly in the map, making it harder for you to find where you just died. But you can control where you respawn next time by setting up points. By investing into the correct Engram, you will have the ability to build a bed, which makes for a permanent spawn point.
If you can't have a bed yet, you can make a sleeping bag. It has the same use as a regular bed, but it can only be used for one time.
Pets Are All Around You
Well, you have to tame them first. The easiest dinosaurs to tame in Ark: Survival Evolved are the herbivores as they are obviously not interested in eating you. You can, however, make your way up to small carnivores and then the bigger ones. One important thing to remember is that it is a lot like catching Pokemon - you have to make them faint rather than kill them.
The most efficient way is by using a dull weapon. You only want to knock them out, not injure them or kill them. Next, you have to feed them to gain their trust. You have to make them eat Narcoberries (and Mejoberries for herbivores) to keep them down. You will know once the taming is done when the progress bar is filled.