ith Ark: Survival Evolved making the jump from early access to full release after 3 years I felt the game warranted dusting off and replaying for the first time in over a year.
The game makers, Studio Wildcard have received a mix of reviews from players world wide over the last 3 years and that mix is still occurring even though full release has happened. The reviews left on the gaming platform Steam range from angry to ecstatic and happy to sad. On average the game receives slightly more positive reviews than negative (67% of reviews on Steam are positive).
Most of the negative reviews surround performance problems throughout early access, which with the game being early access is expected, personally I have not encountered any game breaking problems on the PC or XBox One versions of the game but make sure you check the minimum specs against your PC if you intend on getting this game as it is very demanding.
The game starts off with you coming around from being in an unconscious state with no clothes, food or water on an island that is inhabited by dinosaurs. The goal of the game is to survive so you need to build shelter, find food and water and through a levelling system unlock better tools and weapons to make the survival process easier.
The dinosaurs are a mixture of aggressive and passive and all of them can be tamed to become your “pet” which you can then ride, get to carry resources or use in battles. When you first start you can tame smaller dinosaurs such as the Dodo and they range in size from there all the way up to the king of the oceans the megalodon, the master of coldness the mammoth, and the ruler of all the titanosaur, which is the biggest dinosaur in the game. Each dinosaur tamed has its advantages which include making resource gathering easier and quicker, transport and you can even build a mobile base on the back of a brontosaur. But be aware non tamed dinosaurs can and will often attack you and your base!
The PC version of the game has a heavy mod following which enables you to add more stuff into the game, new islands and even some new dinosaurs however the console releases are lagging behind on the mod front. Despite this, the game itself is better optimised and has fewer bugs on the console versions.
I have found during my time playing this game a mixture of emotions from frustration, when I get killed by a T-rex, to joy and a feeling of accomplishment when I have completed a new base or tamed a new dinosaur.
If you like survival games and open world games then you will enjoy Ark survival evolved but be aware the price has increased a lot since being released out of early access and personally I would wait until it goes on sale to buy a copy. But the question that needs answering here is do you have what it takes to survive the Ark?