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TheHunter : Primal

Beginners guide – simple version

 

Step 1:

Once you Spawn in beside your pod (that pings VERY LOUDLY!!), VERY QUICKLY press “e”, drag your bow and arrows into weapons slot 1, drag the map fragment over onto the picture of your tablet thing named a settlermate.  Press “e” again

 

Step 2:

Run like hell to the nearest cover and press “ctl” twice to go prown

(Note: Movement is the usual mouse+”w-a-s-d” keys, you can sprint for a few moments by holding down the “c” key while moving, but you run out of stamina very fast…quicker than it took to read this in fact)

 

Step 3:

( 75% of time) Hide there and get eaten by the  T-rex or pack of raptors that saw you anyways. You can make it more interesting by actually shooting your twig & string at them but the results are the same, an impromptu tour of a dinosaur’s digestive tract. (Oh by the way, see those bushes with the pretty pink/purplish flowers? DON’T HIDE IN ONE!!)

 

(25% of time) Hide and wait until the big nasty things get board and go away, then crawl around aimlessly until you find a random crate, (which pings VERY LOUDLY!!) open crate by pressing “e” grab the normally useless junk inside, press “e” again and return to step 2

 

Step 4: (yes there IS one!)

Now that you know what the inside of a T-Rex’s tummy looks like, go download the Bleeping map that shows you the settlements where the actual GOOD stuff is, (very carefully) go find guns, ammo and camo gear and finally, after hours of crawling and hiding in the bushes, you can actually go from hunted to hunter…kinda… Note: in our entire hunting game time we have made only 2 one shot kills, both on Raptors, once a opened mouth charging headshot at a few meters with a .700 and once a freak shot with buckshot at near 50 meters…I have no idea how that one worked… Most things you hunt here take several well placed shots to drop, or more usually, every scrap of your ammo in a hail of hastily aimed “Oh FUCCKKKK! KILLITKILLITKILLIT!!!” shots at something that wants to see if you’re crunchy or chewy.

 

TheHunter : Primal

Beginners guide – advanced version.

 

Step 1: either get a friend to play with you or join a open server because this game is totally wicked when played with teammates. It is playable and even fun when playing alone but it’s also a ton more stressful and can lead to huge painful teeth-marks in various portions of your anatomy.

 

Once you spawn in, run…there’s nothing worth a damn in the pod anyways and it only gives you away, and I swear the game is programmed to make sure there are dangerous dinos close by when you spawn, I have very rarely come into a fresh game (or re-spawn from death either) where there was NOT something big and nasty within 50 M of me

 

Get near a settlement, which are sometimes right in the middle of prowl grounds of some dino or other, not always dangerously so but keep aware. A good place to start is Madam Celeste’s Lab which is on the lower right-hand side of the map, on a hillside plateau near the end of the creek. I’ve always found at least 1 firearm and ammo there….also lots of T-Rex’s, which is actually a plus as they keep the raptors away and are easier to avoid/hide from. (I was once so close to one T-Rex that it pooped ON me. But it  never saw me.)

 

There are also a lot of other settlements in that vicinity that you can hit in a round robin pattern repeatedly and gear up properly. Exit the game after each circuit. Note that you cannot re-spawn IN the settlement so find a nice place to safely log out about 100m away as you generally will re-spawn within a few meters of your log out point when not in danger. Once you have some good camo (there is a variety of grades of camo gear from rating 0-5, 5 being the best), a couple decent weapons, lots of ammo and a few health sprays, now it is time to hunt!

 

In order to kill Dinosaurs you need a weapon!

 

Weapons:

Bow & Arrow – near useless…you CAN drop a raptor with them if you have a bazillion arrows and/or are damn lucky. Other people have taken down Trikes and T-Rex with them but it’s not worth the effort unless your part of a team and that’s your thing. Arrows spawn like mayflies, and are about as useful.

 

.44 magnum handgun: weakest of the firearms, but not useless. A few well placed shots drops a Raptor before he can chew bits off you. VERY well placed shots can take down near anything from close range if you can get them in the heart and lungs or a spine shot. The best thing is the scope, I use mine more for longer distance viewing than shooting. The ammo is fairly common to find. I was lucky enough to have a close up side on shot at a Trike and dropped him with 5 rounds to the vitals with my .44

 

.12 guage shotgun: has a choice of ammo, double ought buck and slugs.  Double ought is great for fending off raptor packs or up close and personal shots on Trikes. T-Rex doesn’t seem to know these things hurt. Slugs can and will take down anything at close range with just a few well placed shots.  We have made a couple T-Rex kills with slugs as it charged us. Trikes can take a few more shots but usually bleed out fairly quick. Slugs will drop raptors at moderate ranges as well. It can take a red dot sight which makes those “Oh Shit!” shots easier to place. Slugs seem to spawn less often than buckshot but both are readily findable.

 

.308 hi-powered rifle: this is the weapon you want to be using for long range hunting of everything. Put the scope on it and you can shoot anything before it generally knows you’re there. However it is not a one shot weapon so be ready for follow up shots! One nice thing is that its ammo seems to be more common than the gun is.

 

.700 double rifle: the Big badda-boom! This thing can kill a T-Rex with a couple well aimed shots, but you only have 2 rounds per reload and it reloads a bit slowly. The Ammo seems harder to find than the actual gun.  No scope for this that I know of for this one but the iron sights seem to be spot on at 25m or so.

 

Things that can kill you:

 

    1.       Tyrannosaurs Rex – It’s the Top line predator, and if it attacks, your lunch. It is easily avoided though it doesn’t see very well and if you’re prown, in good camo and not moving it will more often than not miss you entirely. Some of them seem to have hunting grounds staked out around certain settlements.  They will hunt or follow the other dinosaurs but I have not seen any actual dinosaur on dinosaur predation yet, although that would be a wicked addition to the game.

 

    2.       Utah Raptors – these things are vicious, they usually travel in packs and are attracted to any noise you make, including gunshots. They see much better than the T-Rex and also seem to hunt by scent.  They cannot kill you with one attack so fight back if you can; My Hunting partner and I have on occasion taken down whole packs of them without injury. They will pack hunt the Triceratops and They avoid the T-Rex’s whenever possible. They can and will also hunt YOU if they get a good idea of your whereabouts.

 

    3.       Triceratops – not aggressive but will attack if provoked or injured, they are fast but do not turn very well.

 

    4.       Pink/purple flowered bushes – they are everywhere and will cause you to cough and gag, eating up health and possibly betraying your position.

 

    5.       Falling down long distances – cliffs are not your friends, if it looks too steep, it usually is. Rule of thumb is if grass and/or ferns are growing on the slope you can traverse it in a crouch or lying prown…usually….Note that the dinosaurs seem to be able to go down slopes that will kill you but do not seem to be able to go up the same one it came down.

 

    6.       Drowning – deep water is also not your friend. You can drown if you fall into deep water. If you can’t see the bottom it’s too deep. Usually you cannot wade out into deep water but falling from a cliff into it is fatal – I have seen a raptor run underwater  for quite a distance before it just vanished, I don’t know if it drowned or if it just de spawned.

 

    7.       Other players on PVP servers can also kill you.

 

Things I’d love to see in the game.

 

More Dinosaurs:

More dinosaurs are reported to be added, with 2 more slated before release. One is probably the pterosaur shown in some publicity shots of the game, but I have no clue what the other may be. I’d love to see some smaller predators and more mid-sized herbivores though.

 

New maps:

 This is where they can make their money, releasing new maps players can buy for a modest fee. Each map could include something unique, like a map exclusive dinosaur to hunt or a piece of gear you can’t collect anywhere else. Making your gear transferable between maps would be cool as well.

 

Dinosaur predation:

Imagine the thrill of taking bead on a Trike, only to have a  T- Rex crash out of the forest and attack it, leaving you in a battle of giants with only your weapons and wits to save you!

Improved player abilities:

I imagine this will be added in game soon, but to be able to tree up or jump over stuff and swim across moderate sized bodies of water would be very welcome. More stamina would be cool too.

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Dual Raptors by falcon01
Dual Raptors
twin raptor kill in Thehunter Primal, dropped with a 12 guage
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Yet another Game review by the ol foxy!

 

I started playing another game on Steam this week, this one is a Hunting sim called TheHunter: Primal made by Expansive Worlds

Game  premise is basically another hunting game…..with Dinosaurs. Of course it’s a hunting game, it’s made by the people who made TheHunter, so it IS most definitely a hunting game, but unlike their other offering, this one does not require spending cash over and over to play, buy it once from steam and you can hunt everything from the get go … In fact it very much reminds me of the (very) old Primal Prey game By Sunstorm Interactive, but without the gimmicky “time travel” shtick, bad graphics and stupid  dino AI,  and more importantly, without the need to earn  in-game credits to upgrade your gear, and the tiny map they had.

While Thehunter : Primal has the same general  feel as Primal Prey did , it has all the things the other game lacked, it has a HUGE map with a multitude of environments to hunt in, day/night cycles that are very realistic, and the dinosaurs AI is very good so far… needs some tiny tweaks but that’s to be expected of an early release steam game and while you start out with a simple Bow & Arrows, getting better gear is only a matter of finding it in chests randomly scattered throughout the map, and that gear includes clothing, health items and weapons. The immersion factor is awesome, you get lost in it and feel like you’re really hunting (or being hunted BY) dinosaurs. Another bonus factor is it supports multi player both Online and via LAN networks which is good because my 2nd oldest daughter also loves this game and we are currently running a joint hunt together.

Dinosaurs – so far you can hunt 3 dinos, the T-Rex, the Utah Raptor and the Triceratops. All three types wander throughout the map but behave in a manner you’d expect from them, the Predators are quite often found near the prey ones,  but not always. I have not seen any actual dinosaur on dinosaur predation but I do get the feeling that it could be happening by the way they act. In fact I’d love to see that in-game, it would add to the immersive feel it already has, which is very immersive to begin with.

The Raptors and T-Rex can and will hunt YOU as well, and the Raptors in particular are very good at it, both seeing and smelling (I think) you very easily, even when under heavy cover.  The T-Rex can be avoided fairly easily, they do not see very well if you’re still and under reasonable cover.

Gear – well it’s a hunting game, and since you’re not likely to punch a T-Rex to death, you gota have weapons, and they have some very nice ones…and some not so much.

Scattered throughout the map at places called “settlements” are chests containing gear and weapons. Chests also will spawn in random locations but all I’ve ever found in the random ones is ammo and health items.

You start the game with a device called a selttelermate, a kind of computer tablet that tracks your inventory and keeps track of your location on a map, shows close by chests and possible locations of big nastys and such… and a bow &  10 arrows, which are exactly as effective on the big beasties as you’d think it is…Not totally useless, you can kill things with it but it takes either a very lucky hit or a ton of arrows. 

Stepping up from there is a .44 Magnum handgun, which can be equipped with a scope. It’s good at close range on the Raptors with a few aimed shots and can take down a T-Rex if you can hit a vital spot.

The next up is the 12 guage shotgun which can be loaded with either slugs or double ought buckshot. The Slugs can drop a Raptor in it’s tracks with the right placement, and can ruin a T-Rex’s day with a few well placed hits.

Next up is a double barreled .700 hunting rifle which may or may not be able to take a scope, if so I haven’t found one yet. It will actually one-shot a Raptor with a headshot and 2 shot him near anywhere else. I have hit a T-Rex with one but it was not a kill-shot and I ended up with an impromptu tour of his digestive tract. I would imagine with proper placement it would drop one with a couple rounds. 

The last but not least gun is a .308 high power rifle. It can be scoped and has a really nice range. I have one but have yet to actually shoot anything with it so I can’t comment on it’s lethality yet. Note even critical hits with the most powerful weapons do not always drop a target, and you may have to spend time tracking them down.

You will note that in the above, I have not mentioned the effectiveness of any of the weapons on a Triceratops. Those things are bullet sponges, I know you can kill them but I have only killed one that was glitched into a tree and I had to use every weapon and scrap of ammo in my inventory to drop it.

Which brings us to my biggest gripe with the game… Ammo stacking. The game currently does not have ability to stack ammo into either 1 inventory location or at least into same sized reloads. It makes no sense to have a stack of 3 shells and 1 shell when your firearm can hold more rounds than that. Say you have the .44 magnum, holds 6 shots. If I find 6 single rounds, why can’t I stack all 6 into 1 reload? Why do I have to reload the gun 6 times and fire 1 shot per?  I don’t mind finding singles or short stacks but let me load them ALL into the firearm  at once please?

Other gear – You can also find health sprays of various levels of effectiveness, and camouflage clothing that make hiding from all those sharp teeth much easier. You can also find map fragments which can be loaded into your settlermate device and will show you bits of the map you may not have explored before.

 

All in All I have loved this game so far and am eagerly awaiting future updates and more content and I can highly recommend getting in on the early release on steam!

Update: the .308 rifle is wicked! good stopping power and great range to boot!

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As I sit at work and write this, there are many who also have to be away from their families and friends. People like Firefighters, Police officers, Military Personnel, Doctors and Nurses. The people who keep watch over us and keep our society and way of life free and safe. 

And others, the common people who work the holidays simply because they were asked to, or because they have families to feed and bills to pay. 

To all those people out there, whatever nationality they are or belief they may have:

Happy Holidays.

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TheHunter : Primal

Beginners guide – simple version

 

Step 1:

Once you Spawn in beside your pod (that pings VERY LOUDLY!!), VERY QUICKLY press “e”, drag your bow and arrows into weapons slot 1, drag the map fragment over onto the picture of your tablet thing named a settlermate.  Press “e” again

 

Step 2:

Run like hell to the nearest cover and press “ctl” twice to go prown

(Note: Movement is the usual mouse+”w-a-s-d” keys, you can sprint for a few moments by holding down the “c” key while moving, but you run out of stamina very fast…quicker than it took to read this in fact)

 

Step 3:

( 75% of time) Hide there and get eaten by the  T-rex or pack of raptors that saw you anyways. You can make it more interesting by actually shooting your twig & string at them but the results are the same, an impromptu tour of a dinosaur’s digestive tract. (Oh by the way, see those bushes with the pretty pink/purplish flowers? DON’T HIDE IN ONE!!)

 

(25% of time) Hide and wait until the big nasty things get board and go away, then crawl around aimlessly until you find a random crate, (which pings VERY LOUDLY!!) open crate by pressing “e” grab the normally useless junk inside, press “e” again and return to step 2

 

Step 4: (yes there IS one!)

Now that you know what the inside of a T-Rex’s tummy looks like, go download the Bleeping map that shows you the settlements where the actual GOOD stuff is, (very carefully) go find guns, ammo and camo gear and finally, after hours of crawling and hiding in the bushes, you can actually go from hunted to hunter…kinda… Note: in our entire hunting game time we have made only 2 one shot kills, both on Raptors, once a opened mouth charging headshot at a few meters with a .700 and once a freak shot with buckshot at near 50 meters…I have no idea how that one worked… Most things you hunt here take several well placed shots to drop, or more usually, every scrap of your ammo in a hail of hastily aimed “Oh FUCCKKKK! KILLITKILLITKILLIT!!!” shots at something that wants to see if you’re crunchy or chewy.

 

TheHunter : Primal

Beginners guide – advanced version.

 

Step 1: either get a friend to play with you or join a open server because this game is totally wicked when played with teammates. It is playable and even fun when playing alone but it’s also a ton more stressful and can lead to huge painful teeth-marks in various portions of your anatomy.

 

Once you spawn in, run…there’s nothing worth a damn in the pod anyways and it only gives you away, and I swear the game is programmed to make sure there are dangerous dinos close by when you spawn, I have very rarely come into a fresh game (or re-spawn from death either) where there was NOT something big and nasty within 50 M of me

 

Get near a settlement, which are sometimes right in the middle of prowl grounds of some dino or other, not always dangerously so but keep aware. A good place to start is Madam Celeste’s Lab which is on the lower right-hand side of the map, on a hillside plateau near the end of the creek. I’ve always found at least 1 firearm and ammo there….also lots of T-Rex’s, which is actually a plus as they keep the raptors away and are easier to avoid/hide from. (I was once so close to one T-Rex that it pooped ON me. But it  never saw me.)

 

There are also a lot of other settlements in that vicinity that you can hit in a round robin pattern repeatedly and gear up properly. Exit the game after each circuit. Note that you cannot re-spawn IN the settlement so find a nice place to safely log out about 100m away as you generally will re-spawn within a few meters of your log out point when not in danger. Once you have some good camo (there is a variety of grades of camo gear from rating 0-5, 5 being the best), a couple decent weapons, lots of ammo and a few health sprays, now it is time to hunt!

 

In order to kill Dinosaurs you need a weapon!

 

Weapons:

Bow & Arrow – near useless…you CAN drop a raptor with them if you have a bazillion arrows and/or are damn lucky. Other people have taken down Trikes and T-Rex with them but it’s not worth the effort unless your part of a team and that’s your thing. Arrows spawn like mayflies, and are about as useful.

 

.44 magnum handgun: weakest of the firearms, but not useless. A few well placed shots drops a Raptor before he can chew bits off you. VERY well placed shots can take down near anything from close range if you can get them in the heart and lungs or a spine shot. The best thing is the scope, I use mine more for longer distance viewing than shooting. The ammo is fairly common to find. I was lucky enough to have a close up side on shot at a Trike and dropped him with 5 rounds to the vitals with my .44

 

.12 guage shotgun: has a choice of ammo, double ought buck and slugs.  Double ought is great for fending off raptor packs or up close and personal shots on Trikes. T-Rex doesn’t seem to know these things hurt. Slugs can and will take down anything at close range with just a few well placed shots.  We have made a couple T-Rex kills with slugs as it charged us. Trikes can take a few more shots but usually bleed out fairly quick. Slugs will drop raptors at moderate ranges as well. It can take a red dot sight which makes those “Oh Shit!” shots easier to place. Slugs seem to spawn less often than buckshot but both are readily findable.

 

.308 hi-powered rifle: this is the weapon you want to be using for long range hunting of everything. Put the scope on it and you can shoot anything before it generally knows you’re there. However it is not a one shot weapon so be ready for follow up shots! One nice thing is that its ammo seems to be more common than the gun is.

 

.700 double rifle: the Big badda-boom! This thing can kill a T-Rex with a couple well aimed shots, but you only have 2 rounds per reload and it reloads a bit slowly. The Ammo seems harder to find than the actual gun.  No scope for this that I know of for this one but the iron sights seem to be spot on at 25m or so.

 

Things that can kill you:

 

    1.       Tyrannosaurs Rex – It’s the Top line predator, and if it attacks, your lunch. It is easily avoided though it doesn’t see very well and if you’re prown, in good camo and not moving it will more often than not miss you entirely. Some of them seem to have hunting grounds staked out around certain settlements.  They will hunt or follow the other dinosaurs but I have not seen any actual dinosaur on dinosaur predation yet, although that would be a wicked addition to the game.

 

    2.       Utah Raptors – these things are vicious, they usually travel in packs and are attracted to any noise you make, including gunshots. They see much better than the T-Rex and also seem to hunt by scent.  They cannot kill you with one attack so fight back if you can; My Hunting partner and I have on occasion taken down whole packs of them without injury. They will pack hunt the Triceratops and They avoid the T-Rex’s whenever possible. They can and will also hunt YOU if they get a good idea of your whereabouts.

 

    3.       Triceratops – not aggressive but will attack if provoked or injured, they are fast but do not turn very well.

 

    4.       Pink/purple flowered bushes – they are everywhere and will cause you to cough and gag, eating up health and possibly betraying your position.

 

    5.       Falling down long distances – cliffs are not your friends, if it looks too steep, it usually is. Rule of thumb is if grass and/or ferns are growing on the slope you can traverse it in a crouch or lying prown…usually….Note that the dinosaurs seem to be able to go down slopes that will kill you but do not seem to be able to go up the same one it came down.

 

    6.       Drowning – deep water is also not your friend. You can drown if you fall into deep water. If you can’t see the bottom it’s too deep. Usually you cannot wade out into deep water but falling from a cliff into it is fatal – I have seen a raptor run underwater  for quite a distance before it just vanished, I don’t know if it drowned or if it just de spawned.

 

    7.       Other players on PVP servers can also kill you.

 

Things I’d love to see in the game.

 

More Dinosaurs:

More dinosaurs are reported to be added, with 2 more slated before release. One is probably the pterosaur shown in some publicity shots of the game, but I have no clue what the other may be. I’d love to see some smaller predators and more mid-sized herbivores though.

 

New maps:

 This is where they can make their money, releasing new maps players can buy for a modest fee. Each map could include something unique, like a map exclusive dinosaur to hunt or a piece of gear you can’t collect anywhere else. Making your gear transferable between maps would be cool as well.

 

Dinosaur predation:

Imagine the thrill of taking bead on a Trike, only to have a  T- Rex crash out of the forest and attack it, leaving you in a battle of giants with only your weapons and wits to save you!

Improved player abilities:

I imagine this will be added in game soon, but to be able to tree up or jump over stuff and swim across moderate sized bodies of water would be very welcome. More stamina would be cool too.

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