Ark, Survivor Evolved, created by Studio Wildcard is still considered an “Early Access” game. It’s available for purchase by the public but not officially finished. It’s a prehistoric survival game in which you basically fight for survival against dinosaurs. Obviously there’s much more to it than that.
You start off basically naked, no skill level, and practically useless. Even the lowest level of dinosaurs can kill you. Dodos are docile and they could probably off you.
You collect resources to craft tools, build a shelter and collect food. Most of the dinosaurs that i’ve seen are pretty calm. You can decide what zone you want to spawn in which basically determines the danger regarding carnivorous dinosaurs that want to eat you. There’s even Megalodons that hang around in the deep parts of water bodies. Those definitely freak me out. In the smaller water bodies you’ve got Piranhas, Saber tooth Salmon, and Crocodiles.
Choose your area in which you want to build your shelter, and go from there. There’s nowhere to go but up regarding levels, building experience and fighting to stay alive. One of the most fun details about this game is you can knock dinosaurs unconscious and tame them. Yes, tame them. You can have a dinosaur that wants to eat your leg that now becomes your pet. The bigger ones you can ride and they will fight to protect you. I personally think that’s a must
have for surviving. Its always easier to survive when you have something that will kill for you. You’re also able to find your pet dino a mate. They will create offspring and further down the line of offspring, you will eventually create tame dinosaurs. You could have your own dino colony.
They have life-like details like defecating, and hair growth. Everytime you
level up, you get given “Engram Points”. With those, you buy crafting recipes. There is only 1 recipe given to you to start and that’s a pick axe. Every other recipe you must purchase with points if you wish to build it.
Of course, because the game is still early access, it has a few bugs. Sometimes you can’t cut down certain trees or pick up rocks that you see. I’ve experienced friends in my world going invisible. The one thing I could definitely go
without is the exploration “limit” that keeps you from leaving the host within a certain distance. If the server host is running, and you go outside the limit barrier you will be transported to where the host is, no matter what you’re doing. Obviously it can get irritating if you’re off trying to collect supplies for yourself, but it didn’t deter me.
Over all the game is fun to play. I prefer to play with others but some may enjoy playing alone. The humor in watching your friends get eaten by a massive shark is pretty entertaining.
The creators are still providing updates, so the game improves little by little. I think once the little bugs are fixed, the player database will definitely increase.
Playing with dinosaurs and fighting for survival against prehistoric creatures is definitely a new one. Kudos to you Studio Wildcard, you’re definitely striving towards something with great potential.
And crazy dinosaurs. Lets not forget those.