Hunt - Explore - Survive The most realistic prehistoric survival game ever created. Featuring a huge Cretaceous environment populated by horrifying dinosaur all-stars, such as T-Rex, Triceratops, Utahraptor, Velociraptor and Quetzalcoatlus.
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Mixed (31 reviews) - 58% of the 31 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (2,972 reviews) - 63% of the 2,972 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2015

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October 6

Game Update 6th October

Hi Primal hunters,

The patch with some long-awaited fixes is finally here! We are really sorry we kept you waiting, but it took us longer to find and solve the problems than we had expected. The patch notes are below. Let us know whether everything is back to normal for you.

Happy hunting!

Patch 2016100601

* Fixed server communication issues

* Fixed loot table issues with weapon and ammo.

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About This Game

Hunt - Explore - Survive

Welcome Pioneer!

Step into a huge Cretaceous world (24 km² / 9.3 mi²) where the very environment will test your survival skills to the max. This is the planet of Primal Eden. Help us reclaim, subdue and eradicate the savage wilderness so that we may plant the seed of civilization in its place. If you are successful, we will permanently erase your criminal records. If you fail, your dead body's nourishing of wild plants and animals will be seen as treason against the Expansive Galaxies Corporation and your extended family will be volunteered as Pioneers.

There should be some supplies in your drop pod to get you started. In order to survive, you will need to explore the world in search of more powerful weapons, clothing and ammo. Sounds easy? Well, not only is the island littered with poisonous plants, but deadly dinosaurs roam the island looking to feast on the weak.

Planet Primal Eden is inhabited by 5 different dinosaur species, including the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex and the much-dreaded Quetzalcoatlus, a.k.a. Menace of the Skies. Careful planning, cooperation and backpacks filled with ammo and weapons are crucial to your survival.

theHunter: Primal is a new instalment in the highly popular and critically acclaimed theHunter franchise, created by Expansive Worlds and Avalanche Studios. Since its release, the original game has grown into a 5 million strong player community, and is still growing rapidly.

theHunter: Primal offers both single player and multiplayer modes, with the option of creating private gaming sessions. If you are looking for a serious challenge, turn on the PVP function, team up with your friends and let all hell break loose. If you prefer cooperative hunting, you can turn off the PVP function and join your friends and other players in an effort to bring down the beasts of planet Primal Eden.

The game features a persistent inventory system, which means that everything you’ve collected in one game session will remain in your inventory in the next one. But it comes with a price. If you die, all your equipment is lost. If you are fast enough you can pick up your lost backpack before another hunter loots your stuff.

Happy hunting!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows ® 8/7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Intel 3 GHz or AMD Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400 (NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
838.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
i have close to 1k hours on this game. It really is fun, its sad that the devs gave up on it. If they update game, it could be great. I miss playing pvp, before people started cheating. If they ever update i will play again, i would probably pay for expansion.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
73.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Literally a day after the "update" fix, the servers are breaking again. Nice fix guys, its amazing.
*Fixed server communication issues
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
In all it is a beautiful game. The difficulty is pretty up there. My only complaint is, YOU CAN'T HEAR A T-REX UNTIL IT'S ON YOU! But still good game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
79.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
I really wish I could give this game a good review. It's a hunting game. With DINOSAURS. Who couldn't love that?
Well, how about bugs? Do you love those? Because that should be this game's actual subtitle. TheHunter: Insects Flying Right at Your Face.

The bugs are appalling and abundant. I'd say you lose one out of every five trophies to a bug these days. There's tons more bugs too - getting stuck in death state, server crashing when you come back alive to get your stuff, rexes sometimes don't come off aggro when you die and start running in a straight line towards where you respawned to kill you AGAIN (hilarious to watch when you're not being chased!), animals get stuck on terrain constantly, and half the time the game server is down so you can't play. People are also leaving after the last update, I've noticed. After almost a year of silence, the devs returned with the shortest patch notes known to mankind, and now the servers are down AGAIN thirteen days later. And the fixes they did implement? "Bug fixes" which no one has really noticed, and they fixed the system saving negative numbers (for cheat reasons.) Meanwhile, they just introduced a huge new map and several new animals on their pay-to-actually-play sister game.

If you don't take your game seriously, your players won't either, so of COURSE they're gonna cheat! The game itself is poorly balanced between how much is in the game, how much ammo you need to bring down a dinosaur, and how much you can carry. You're not hunting dinosaurs, you're hunting ammo. Always. Hunting. For ammo.

The dinosaurs themselves are actually pretty well-modeled and animated. I love the textures as well. The rex is legitimately terrifying when you see it and you're not prepared. Usually you can tell where they are because they're loud, but I've had several sneak up and eat me without a sound (bug?) which doesn't seem fair. The trikes provide a nice challenge. I'd really like to see some more dinosaurs though. Three predators, an herbivore, and a flyer isn't much. Why not some more herbivores, like a real ecosystem would work? The Queen is a rewarding challenge, though. Too bad even if you do 80% of the damage, the kill is still awarded to whoever fired the last shot, even if they're shooting a puny .44 or just a ramshackle bow and did 1% damage.

Don't support devs abandoning their games. Don't support buggy, poorly balanced games. If you're dying for a good dinosaur game, this one at least runs better than Ark and is a more fun and rewarding challenge than The Isle, so for $10 you get what you pay for. It's cool for the first few hours, trying to level, trying to find weapons and ammo and you'll die a few times. You think it'll get more fun when you're a higher level, maybe, or they'll be some perks. Barely. Not anything you couldn't just find in a box elsewhere on the map.

3/10 Still runs smoother than Ark. Most of my reviews include better alternatives to the games. In this case, an all-around better game is Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn. It has parasaurolophus, triceratops, ankylosaurus, stegosaurus, gallimimus, ceratosaurus, tyrannosaurus, pterosaurs, multiple maps at visibly different settings, you can jump right in and hunt, there's fewer bugs (but then again, a restaurant in Detroit has fewer bugs than this game) and the dinosaurs are MASSIVE, as they would actually be. It really does feel like hunting giants. This? This is a great idea done spectacularly, spectacularly poorly. If the devs would pay theHunter: Primal a quarter of the attention that the REAL moneymaker (see: the more expensive) game gets, there would be a tiny fraction of the bugs and there would be more positive reviews. I sincerely hope the developers bother to read these reviews, but based on their maintenance on the game, I very much doubt it. So this review is to you, the consumer. DON'T BUY THIS. Don't support the neglect of games. Don't support buggy games with no fix in sight. And don't support shoddy business practices, like putting out a game to grab money and then walking out, only to return sporadically once a year to say a couple words and leave again. They're game developers, not my dad - we have a higher standard of them than that, and your money is better than that.

You should take your $10 and instead use it to go buy yourself lunch. More love went into your McDonald's meal than goes into this game.

I bought this game when it first came out. For $20. They have since dropped the price. Gee, I wonder why.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
117.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Product received for free
This game was super fun and hard when they were constently updating it me and my friends would all play it for hours saying this game is great it gave u that scare facer that other games lacked. Then they had us take a servay on what we would like to see in the game and we were coming up with all sorts of ideas. The last update was January and now they updated finaly that they fixed bugs and made it sound like the two things that they fixed were super hard to do .... it took u guys 10 mouths to figure that ♥♥♥♥ out ? this game can still be saved and the players that loved it will come back if the devs finaly get there act together and start adding and updating the game more u had a sevay witch ppl took so u have ideas get going already we want this game to have more in it plz we want this game to be better then the unfinished product it is today.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
This game is not worth dirt. It is not fun at all and offers nothing to the player.

But If you enjoy it then why are you reading the Reviews and not playing.

happy hunting I Know didn't :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
You'll never regreat playing this awesome game ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
317.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
A warning for people that are thinking of Buying this Game DON'T it crashes and gliches all over the place and now you can't play the dam game at all. If you have paid for it get a refund quick.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Dissapointed in this game.. Maybe its because I die every couple minutes, and never get anything done..
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Refund works...
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168.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
The servers are crashing down again, please fix them
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 15
***DON'T BUY!!!***

Game pauses and crashes before it even gets to the menu. I have reinstalled the game multiple times and verified the cache for the game but nothing works. I dont want people to waste their money on a game that wont work. I bought this game about a year ago and nothing has changed.

***DONT BUY!!!***
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 5
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