Yeah that film is my only real reference for it, but i couldn’t remember the name because i kept being all ‘nah, Defiance is that shitty sci-fi show that’s a tie-in to a mediocre looking mmo’.
That happens in Ark too; but if you want to find water fountains they need to have been built and plumbed by a human. water tanks gather rainfall for drinking, cooking and irrigation, or you have to plumb in a water supply from a river or lake. clothing/armour degrade from damage and you have to craft new stuff.
It is highly moddable, and well modded, but thanks to the way UE handles mods (like source engine games), it downloads what you need when you join a server, or you can subscribe to stuff from the workshop in advance if you want to get larger stuff downloaded. There’s none of the faff of modded DayZ servers.
In addition, they run their own servers, like DayZ does, but there are separate pvp and pve servers, they’re well maintained (they stay up to date, don’t seem to get many outages), and you can find well/less populated ones as you like. Or run your own; there’s a set of tools for linux that takes the faff out of steamcmd, modding and running multiple servers/maps.
Endgame stuff; you can transfer between worlds. There are big obelisks around the world, and with the right stuff, you can use them to transport yourself to servers running the other maps (on the official, or hived/colocated unofficial servers).
You can tune to xp/resource gathering rates, the rate at which thirst/hunger become an issue and stuff so you can tune the grind to what you’re comfortable with, and taming helps further (the creatures all fulfill roles, many are better at gathering certain resources en masse).
There are endgame boss battles if that’s your thing.
There’re no microtransactions as far as i’m aware.
The game is complete enough to let you find a way to play it the way you want, with the people you want, and the amount of content at this point is really impressive.
If you give it a try let me know and i’ll download it tonight. with all the DLC, yeah, it’s a lot of disk space, and the UE patching thing needs sorting out if it hasn’t been (huge downloads with loads of redundant data, needing additional space to existing files before replacing them), but i believe those are UE issues rather than ARK specific, it’s just the scale of things in ARK exasperates it.
It’s not a perfect game by any means, and they got bad-press for releasing a paid dlc (albeit with a lot of content) before the base game actually reached v1.0, but i assume they have different people working on game engine/features vs content. And the content (scorched earth) was really good. But it’s a very big game with a lot to do and a lot of the stuff you can do is stuff we’ve enjoyed in other games in the past (dayz, minecraft).
Hammy, don’t worry about the mods, there’re plenty of vanilla servers and mods download automatically. The full size is only with all the DLC and maps installed, which you can forego in a lot of situations.