A.R.K: Survival Evolved

Hello, folks, it’s been a while! I’m really sorry for the long absence. I grew disinterested from writing this. Felt no one read, or no one cared. I recently realized who cares? It doesn’t matter. I write these because I enjoy the games I play. So, I’m back. I hope to write at least once a month on games I enjoy.

So on to the first game of the year!

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ARK: Survival splash load screen

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Winter ARK Menu Screen

A.R.K. Survival Evolved is a fun game that I owe a co-worked a great big thank you for talking me into getting. It is an Early Access game which means it can have bugs but it is regularly updated and added.

From their official blurb:

ARK Survival Evolved
As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called “ARK”, use your skill and cunning to kill or tame & ride the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land. Hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements, while teaming up with or preying upon hundreds of other players to survive, dominate… and escape!

Tame, Train & Ride Dinosaurs, in a living ecosystem

Dinosaurs and Creatures: With over 100+ different Creatures planned for final release each of which be tamed using a challenging Capture & Affinity process. Pets, which can continue to level-up and consume Food, can also carry Inventory and Equipment such as Armor, carry Prey back to your settlement depending on their strength. Fly a Pteranodon over the snow-capped mountains, lift allies over enemy walls, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, tromp through an enemy base along a gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging Tyrannosaurus! Take part in a dynamic ecosystem life-cycle with its own predator & prey hierarchies, where you are just one creature among many species struggling for dominance and survival.

I haven’t figured out what the ‘escape’ part means yet. But currently there are over fifty dinosaurs, as of 01/01/2015, with the latest one coming today. But you really do have a million options on what you do.

The game is played on servers, either the official servers that ARK runs or privately held servers that can range from pure PVP to RP to some combination of PVP/PVE/RP. Most are tagged on the server screen page as to what they are. Each server has it’s own rules for what is expected including what gear is allowed to be crafted. Some, like my own server, are primitive, while others allow you to run the full gamut and ride dinos with full on assault rifles, or turn a plesiosaur into a semi-submarine

For any dinosaur purists out there, none of the dinosaurs are the exact replica of their real world counterparts. Most are conglomerations of a few similar dinosaurs to make up the ones in game.


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Pteradon stuck in a house

The actual game starts out with creating your own character on the server. If I had one major complaint about the game, it would be this aspect. There’s not much of a character creation. You have one face, and different aspect ratios and that’s it. You can choose skin color, hair color…and not much else. Hopefully before finally release later in 2016, this is an aspect they plan to fix.

Once you create your character, you are then tossed onto a beach with just some undies on and a weird implant in your left wrist. Good luck! And watch out for the dinos that think you’re a good snack.

You can start gathering immediately and build basic tools to build houses, and progress from there. You also tame dinosaurs, level them up and if you’re on a server, compete or work with other players to survive.

Build yourself a stationary base or tame dinos to caravan across the ARK. Or a boat to sail it’s waters. It’s all up to you how you survive.

Of course with this game being in Early Access, there are some issues with the game. Occasionally there are lag spikes. Again, the character creation is limited but there are plans to update that with a full character creation module. There are at times clipping issues, as with any game.

With an active development team, and a strong community and fanbase, I definitely feel this is a game worth buying. And I’d recommend getting in now, during early access while the game is priced low and often on sale, before the final, official release.

Enjoy some gorgeous screenshots from the game: most are taken by me. Also a few from my tribemate: Kynta, aka the Super Hobbit.

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ARK: Survival Evolved: http://www.playark.com/

Buy it on Steam: ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam

Also currently available on Xbox One. Coming to PS4.


3 thoughts on “A.R.K: Survival Evolved

  1. I’m looking forward to playing this but I can’t justify it for the price, although being downloadble it’s not going to drop in price, so I think I’ll just suck it up and buy it before it gets even more expensive. Nice insight into the game, good review 🙂

    • Keep an eye on sales. It often goes on sale for 25% off the 24.99 sticker price. I believe during the winter sale it was 17.99. Now this is in USD, so I’m not sure how that’s converted on other countries. I feel that it’s worth it and what the devs have in mind with features coming, will definitely make that a steal.

      And thanks for the compliment.

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