As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing & starving on a mysterious island, you must hunt, harvest, craft items, grow crops, & build shelters to survive. Use skill & cunning to kill, tame, breed, & ride Dinosaurs & primeval creatures living on ARK, and team up with hundreds of players or play locally!
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Release Date: Jun 2, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“ARK is a huge game, in terms of geographical space, scope of content, features, technology, and just about every other metric. We're a veteran team with some major hits behind our leads, and much of the core challenge is already met, but this is still an ambitious one for us. We want the player community's help to 'evolve' ARK into the dinosaur world game that we've been dreaming about since the days we played with plastic green T-Rex toys during elementary school recess, since we shed a tear to 'The Land Before Time', since we wistfully imagined the towering cities of 'Dinotopia', and since we nearly choked on our popcorn to the thrills of 'Jurassic Park'. We love games, and holy smokes do we ever love dinos (along with all sorts of other extinct creatures/natural sciences), and through interaction and iteration with the ARK's community, we think we have the best shot at creating the be-all, end-all long-term prehistoric universe that we want to live and thrive in. We have a great start, and with your valued input and contributions, we will take it all the way together!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Approximately 1 year, with a full release planned for June 2016 coinciding with the console versions.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“While we have the foundation of our game at Early Access launch, there are many currently-planned features and content additions we will be adding over the year from EA to full release. Beyond such planned features, will be adding TONS of aspects suggested or iterated on by the community, hence the point of Early Access!

Planned Core Features include, among many other things:

- Mac and Linux versions
- Procedurally Generated ARK's
- 40+ more creatures to reach well over 100, with essentially every major category of extinct animal represented in some way
- More saddle types including saddle armor tiers and saddles with powerful weapons mounted on them
- Gas-powered Vehicles
- Human/Dino Body-Paints
- Enhanced building mechanics to evolve ARK into one of the best straight-up builder games out there
- More underwater biome/ecosystem complexity, including support for vacuum-sealed underwater bases
- Lots more items, weapons, armors and further advanced tech tiers
- More item skins, limited run event skins
- More bosses and the end-game cycle including the Ultimate Life Form & Ascension
- More biome types, including deserts, snow regions, swamps, and more.
- Steam Economy Support for Statistical Items (Need some Steam API functionality for this from Valve!)
- Way more plants and more detailed plant biology systems/farming systems
- More statistical modelling of status illnesses/diseases (both player and creature)
- Better SFX, more Music, Better UI's, Better Gamepad support (i.e. UI button shortcut callouts), Better VR support (i.e. HMD gun-aim option)

In addition to zillions of bug fixes, intensive performance improvements, mega iterative polishing, and what have you. The game will sparkle like a shiny diamond before it is considered ready for Full Release, and even then we plan on a long-term post-Release content lifecycle, with specialized ARK's on the drawing board.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Everything described on the full Features List is in the Early Access version right now -- not all 100% polished, but designed to be fun. Over the next year, the game will be rapidly iterated on with updates usually coming 3 times per week, almost always including new features, balance and polish improvements, and bug fixes. We are extremely fast at development, and will continue to push forward with maximum energy to make the game ever-greater on a daily basis. We live and breath game development, this is what we do.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, the game will be lower priced through Early Access, relative to its final full-version retail price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will have a Trello roadmap at Early Access launch, as well as massive & intense Forum interaction by the development team to gather ideas, feedback, and issues, along with a bi-weekly Q&A / Reddit AMA to involve everyone under the sun who wants to give us their 2 cents on how to make this game everything it can be! Essentially we view ARK's Early Access player community as our primary benefactors -- we're making this game to serve you. Join us on the ARK :)”
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June 24

ARK Digest 35 and Community Crunch 53!

Coming this July to an ARK near you!

Hello Survivors!

As the ARK continues to evolve throughout it's development process, something we've wanted to do is to make sure that we're able to introduce new features and gameplay mechanics that are not only beneficial and enjoyable to you as survivors, but also add to your immersive experience. Better grab your gear cause this July you'll be able to take to the seas and try your hand at catching a fish!

This patch will also include some new friends;

And of course we’re super excited about the Official Launch of Primitive Plus!
If you’d like to check out the full upcoming patch notes, with more to come, you can do so here:

Season One: Summer Cup Semi Final!

We’re excited to tell you that the date for the Semi Final match for the Season One: Summer Cup will take place on:

Sunday, July the 3rd at 11AM EST

The winning teams from the Semi Final Match will be invited to be flown out to the ARK Survival of the Fittest Season One: Summer Cup in Shanghai, China at ChinaJoy 2016 and get the chance to compete for over $40,000!

June Survivors League Championship

The ARK: Survival of the Fittest June Survivor League Championship matches will take place on 11 am EST to 2 pm EST on Saturday, July 2nd, with a bounty of more than $65,000 in prizes to the winners!

Both the Summer Cup Semi Finals and Survivor League Championship match will be streamed on and shoutcasted by SotF expert, typeForced! We invite all ARK fans, and the newly curious, to come watch the epic battles and the chance to compete for thousands of dollars and an invite to the Summer Cup finals in China!

To those competing for a qualification spot: may fortune smile upon you, brave Survivors! And may the fittest survivor be victorious!

And for all the extra details, check out the announcement we made, here:

ARK Digest Q&A

Here is our question and answer session with Lead Designer, Lead Programmer, Co-Creative Director of ARK: Survival Evolved, and Co-Founder of Studio Wildcard: Jeremy "Drake" Stieglitz!

Survivor, Mendoza asks, “Will we see different moon phases like a new moon, solar eclipse , lunar eclipses? and if so, will they make some nights darker than others and also affect dino behavior?”

Sounds like a great mod. It may be beyond the scope of our current work a little bit. Though, maybe we’ll get around to something rather like that for this year’s Halloween event and see how it goes over. Lycanthropy, anyone?

Survivor, SassinPr0ph3cy asks, “Would it be possible to have a multiple select feature in the inventory? Like if I have a decent amount of berries, meat, fish it would be much easier to select all and transfer them to Dino or food bin.”

I’ll look into doing a drag-box and shift-multi selection, those would certainly be useful for advanced item management. However, I’m also going to make “folder rules” about items going into specific folders (basically, in an inventory, you’ll be able to tag an item class as “default” to the folder, and all subsequent new item pickups will then automatically go into that folder!).

Survivor, Neizan asks, “Can we have a option to "hide learned engrams”?”

Sounds useful, I’ll do that ;)

Survivor, Rofelo asks, “Will there ever be a refrigerated food trough?”

Tek Tier

Survivor, Rulin asks, “Are we still getting the "no fog" server-feature for unofficial servers?”

Yep, I’ll add that in v244.

Survivor, Rulin also asks, “Do you have plans for tougher glass structures, or at least an optional boost option for unofficial servers? Currently we can only boost all structure types at once.”

Sounds like a good idea, I’ll add a per-Structure stats multiplier.

Survivor, Rulin also asks, “Can you please give us an auto-flight/run mechanic please (maybe via num key), so traveling long distances gets a bit more convenient?”

Yeah, I’ll do a run toggle option.

Survivor, Shadowenigma250 asks, “Will we get things such as animal bones or animal/creature blood (other than leech blood) as resources? Or perhaps milk production by female mammals?”

I do plan to add more animal-centric resources in a second resource-focused pass towards the later stage of development.

Survivor, Zachywilson asks, “With xbox cross platform play coming can we host a server with our PC and play on the Xbox with all the features, mods, etc.?”

Initially at least, Mods won’t be supported when using the Windows-to-XboxOne cross-play feature.

Survivor, Lo’ruke asks, “Will we get banners or flags that are attachable to non-platform saddles similar to what is in Survival of the Fittest? (Maybe with an option to hide / unhide the flag like the raft sail)”

Yes, I plan to add that this summer!

Survivor, jazzop asks, “Can we have the camera zoom out more when driving a raft i like to build extravagant rafts but can never see where im going”

Yep, I’ll go ahead and make that change.

Survivor, gabessdsp asks, “Will you ever offer proper support for eyefinity/nvidia surround setups? I love gaming across my 3 monitors as to many others out there. I'd love to have proper support for this game.”

Indeed, I’ll try to make sure we have better support for those implementations soon.

Survivor, Ruenan asks, “Tech question for you guys. With the recently announced Project Scorpio, and Playstation Neo is there a possibility will we be seeing you guys use the power theses consoles will bring to the table to improve the game on the console side? We know there many many months away over a year that is and you guys still don't have an official release but if so what ideas may come to you guys that you may want to improve and target on these more powerful consoles?”

If we get the support from Sony and Microsoft to make it happen, I’d love to do so.

Survivor, Illuvater asks, “Would it be possible to make the RB button on xbox more usefull when mounted, maybe to switch the camera view from third person riding to first person riding and back? Cause if you are mounted the RB button do nothing and we have to go to the options to switch third person riding to first person riding.”

Yeah, definitely, I’ll have it switch the camera mode.

Survivor, Tomtoyer asks, “What species of fish we can catch? And the fishes will do animations to jump and trying to escape? How it will work the bait?”

Coels and Salmon currently. And yes, they’ll try to escape, and yep, there will be multiple kinds of bait that have different effects. Leech Blood is one!

Full Digest & Crunch

If you guys would like to check out the full announcement with all the Community Content, head on over to our hub at survivetheark!

Community Crunch 53 & ARK Digest 35

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June 22

Redwood Biome and Spotlight: Titanosaur!

Biome Update: Snow Extension & New Redwood Forests!

ARK v243 brings forth many changes: The Island, as it has come to be known to its inhabitants, has undergone a new makeover, with the addition of the Redwood Forest and the extension of the Snow biome! 

Littered throughout the Redwood and Snow biome are new Ruins, which will later contain collectable story notes about the history of the ARK.

Take refuge among the Redwood trees with new Wood and Metal Tree Platforms! Live like a Furry Forest Creature in these massive trees! Tap into the massive redwoods to extract their sap for healthy concoctions using the new Tree Sap Taps. Reach new heights with the Retractable Rope Ladders. Extend or retract these flimsy ladders, which are good for letting allies onto your ramparts while keeping the enemy out. There is a whole new way of life to explore!


This gargantuan creature -- potentially the largest ever in a multiplayer action shooter -- potentially the largest creature ever in a multiplayer action game -- slowly roams the ARK, and is neither friend nor foe. Whichever Tribes can successfully tame the beast -- which is no easy feat -- can gain a massive benefit to their forces.

Unable to be tamed like a traditional creature you may be used to, and being extremely rare, the Titanosaur will certainly be a prized possession to any tribe who can successfully claim one.

Alongside the biomes and the new creature, players will be able to take advantage of more new items including:

The Gas Mask! Wearing this protective breathing apparatus will help Survivors avoid Diseases and poisonous gas.

The Chain Bola Ammo for Ballista Turret! You've experience the regular bola, but now you can bring huge creatures to their knees, temporarily, by entangling them in these gigantic metal bolas.

Update v243 also includes a long list of other awesome features, fixes, and improvements:
- New Mechanic: Custom Tripwire Alarm Notifications via (E-mail and Forum). Optionally Tribes can post to arbritrary URL, if they have a custom system! Now if someone's raiding your base, you can get on top of it!
- New Item: Herbivore "TastyCakes", help your herbivores regen health faster
- GroundClutter effect extended 50% further and +20% more GPU efficiency
- Balled Doed's are no longer invincible to Tamed Dino melee attacks -- now just very, very resistant to them.
- Magnfiying Glass now displays creature Torpor stats (on Wild creatures too).
- Tribe Alliances now disabled in Offline Raid mode (too complex to determine if anyone in an Alliance is around), C4/Traps can no longer be placed near Offline-Raid Protected Structures, and Offline-Raid mode now forces all Structures to be Lockable so that players can "Lock" Crop Plots to prevent their turrets from being disabled.
- New Server Option: "?PreventTribeAlliances=true" to prevent tribe alliances
- Engagement with Wild Naturally-Fleeing & Small creatures (tiny bugs etc) no longer trigger combat music
- Tamed Dinos that are following a submerged allied Target will not attempt to float to the surface of the water, but rather will attempt to stay at the depth of their allied Target. (helpful when deliberately going deep-diving your tamed land Dinos). However, Dinos that are capable of suffocating will try to surface if they are out of Oxygen regardless!
- Vaults can no longer be dropped onto saddle platforms
- Transfer-All/Drop-All methods now only drop/transfer what is currently disabled in the inventory, respecting any filters/folders you may have active (so for example, if you're within a folder, it will only transfer those items, or if you have a text filter active, etc).
- Fixed an issue where pillars were not being calculated correctly as foundations when building pillars downwards
- Massive +33% rendering gains with any translucent rendering (particles, greenhouse windows, etc).

We're very excited for you to get your hands on these new biomes, features, and the Titanosaur. Good luck in taking on the Titanosaur, I think you're going to need it. ;)

All the best,

Wildcard Jen & The ARK Survival Evolved Team

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About This Game

As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!

The following features are in the game on its Day-1 Early Access release. We have many more aspects and refinements planned for the long-term development roadmap, and here's what you get to experience right now in ARK:

Dinosaurs, Creatures, & Breeding! -- over 60+ currently at Early Access and 100+ planned for final release -- can be tamed using a challenging capture-&-affinity process, involving weakening a feral creature to knock it unconscious, and then nursing it back to health with appropriate food. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your Pet, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. 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, and larger pets can be ridden and directly controlled! Fly a Pterodactyl 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 T-Rex! 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. Pets can also be mated with the opposite gender, to selectively breed successive generations using a trait system based on recombinant genetic inheritance. This process includes both egg-based incubation and mammalian gestation lifecycles! Or put more simply, breed & raise Dino Babies!

You must eat and drink to survive, with different kinds of plants & meat having different nutritional properties, including human meat. Ensuring a supply of fresh water to your home and inventory is a pressing concern. All physical actions come at a cost of food and water, long-distance travel is fraught with subsistence peril! Inventory weight makes you move slower, and the day/night cycle along with randomized weather patterns add another layer of challenge by altering the temperature of the environment, causing you to hunger or thirst more quickly. Build a fire or shelter, and craft a large variety of customizable clothing & armors, to help protect yourself against locational damage & extreme temperatures using the dynamic indoor/outdoor insulation calculation system!

By chopping down forests full of trees and mining metal and other precious resources, you can craft the parts to build massive multi-leveled structures composed of complex snap-linked parts, including ramps, beams, pillars, windows, doors, gates, remote gates, trapdoors, water pipes, faucets, generators, wires and all manner of electrical devices, and ladders among many other types. Structures have a load system to fall apart if enough support has been destroyed, so reinforcing your buildings is important. All structures and items can be painted to customize the look of your home, as well as placing dynamically per-pixel paintable signs, textual billboards, and other decorative objects. Shelter reduces the extremes of weather and provides security for yourself and your stash! Weapons, clothing & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.

Pick seeds from the wild vegetation around you, plant them in plots that you lay down, water them and nurture them with fertilizer (everything poops after consuming calories, which can then be composted, and some fertilizer is better than others). Tend to your crops and they will grow to produce delicious and rare fruits, which can also be used to cook a plethora of logical recipes and make useful tonics! Explore to find the rarest of plant seeds that have the most powerful properties! Vegetarians & vegans can flourish, and it will be possible to master and conquer the ARK in a non-violent manner!

By bringing sufficient rare sacrificial items to special Summon locations, you can capture the attention of the one of the ARK’s god-like mythical creatures, who will arrive for battle. These gargantuan monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced groups of players and their armies of pets, and will yield extremely valuable progression items if they are defeated.

Create a Tribe and add your friends to it, and all your Pets can be commanded by and allied to anyone in your Tribe. Your Tribe will also be able to respawn at any of your home spawn points. Promote members to Tribe Admins to reduce the burden of management. Distribute key items and pass-codes to provide access your shared village!

All items are crafted from Blueprints that have variable statistics and qualities, and require corresponding resources. More remote and harsh locales across the ARK tend to have better resources, including the tallest mountains, darkest caves, and depths of the ocean! Level-Up your player character by gaining experience through performance actions, Level-Up your Pets, and learn new "Engrams" to be able to craft Items from memory without the use of blueprints, even if you die! Customize the underlying physical look of your character with hair, eye, and skin tones, along with an array of body proportion modifiers.

Everything you craft has durability and will wear-out from extended use if not repaired, and when you leave the game, your character remains sleeping in the persistent world. Your inventory physically exists in boxes or on your character in the world. Everything can be looted & stolen, so to achieve security you must build-up, team-up, or have pets to guard your stash. Death is permanent, and you can even knock out, capture, and force-feed other players to use them for your own purposes, such as extracting their blood to for transfusions, harvesting their fecal matter to use as fertilizer, or using them as food for your carnivorous pets!

The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment, composed of many natural and unnatural structures, above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully exploring its secrets, you’ll find the most exotic procedurally randomized creatures and rare blueprints. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the creatures and backstory of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a Compass or GPS coordinates to aid exploring with other players, whom you can communicate with via proximity text & voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet.. how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the ARK? A definitive end-game is planned.

On the 100+ player servers, your character, everything you built, and your pets, stay in-game even when you leave. You can even physically travel your character and items between the network of ARK's by accessing the Obelisks and uploading (or downloading) your data from the Steam Economy! A galaxy of ARKs, each slightly different than the previous, to leave your mark on and conquer, one at a time -- special official ARKs will be unveiled on
the World-map for limited times in singular themed events with corresponding limited-run items!

You can play single-player local games, and bring your character and items between unofficial player-hosted servers, back and forth from singleplayer to multiplayer. Mod the game, with full Steam Workshop support and customized Unreal Engine 4 editor. See how we built our ARK using our maps and assets as an example. Host your own server and configure your ARK precisely to your liking. We want to see what you create!

The over-the-top hyper real imagery of the ARK its creatures is brought to expressive life using a highly-customized Unreal Engine 4, with fully dynamic lighting & global illumination, weather systems (rain, fog, snow, etc) & true-to-life volumetric cloud simulation, and the latest in advanced DirectX11 and DirectX12 rendering techniques. Music by award-winning composer of "Ori and the Blind Forest", Gareth Coker!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 40000 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: 20000 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu Equivalent Distro
    • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: 20000 MB available space
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Shogun Viking
( 802.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
One of the best games (maybe the best) and most complete I have ever had the opportunity to play. In other words I love ARK: Survival Evolved. However, with great sadness I have to not recommend this game. Technical problems, the famous "bugs" are many and hinder considerably the experience. Every new official patch out other mini-patch's just to correct what the first spoiled. It really is frustrating. For one who read my analysis is an advice: do not buy the game now, wait until it is finalized. Just an example of what can happen: You will lose hours taming and caring and a sudden your pet disappears because the respawn of a tree, stone ... and there is nothing to do.

Um dos melhores jogos (talvez o melhor) e mais completos que já tive oportunidade de jogar. Em outras palavras eu amo o ARK: Survival Evolved. Contudo, com muita tristeza sou obrigado a não indicar esse jogo. Os problemas técnicos, os famosos "bugs", são tantos e atrapalham de forma considerável a experiência. A cada novo patch oficial saem outros mini-patch's só para corrigir o que o primeiro estragou. Realmente é frustrante. Para aquele que ler a minha análise fica um conselho: não compre o jogo agora, espere ele ser finalizado. Só um exemplo do que pode acontecer: Você vai perder horas domando e cuidando e de uma hora para outra o(s) seu(s) animal(is) desaparece(m) por causa do respawn de uma árvore, pedra e etc e não há o que fazer.
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( 5.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
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( 1.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
It sucks
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Why can I write review I dont even own this game
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( 454.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
very nice
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( 441.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Meh, it's alright.
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( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
I bought this game because it steam recomended this and it LOOKED fun. It was on sale for 16.99 so I demand a refund. It did not launch at all. Thanks for wasting my money rip offs.

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( 3.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
As much as this game is pretty fun so far, this game is not at all balanced in the beginning of the game, how am I suppose to survive the first few days without hiding in an exploit, behind rocks or in the water, this is Ark S U R V I V A L, you mean to tell me dieing 8- 20 times in the first few hours of creating a character is part of the game, cause thats what people seem to say, "just pick up stuff and craft to level up, dont build/craft anything important untill you are fairly leveled to kill common enemies around you" so I grind and die till im good to actually survive ? ..... HUH???????

It would be nice if you spawned near a cave or something that way you dont respawn next to gaint snakes that kill you in 2 hits or spawn you in the snow where you freeze to death trying to get out of it, like come is that any fair for beginning game, and I get that you pretty much can easily recover most basic primal tools and buildings but, serously its annoying.

But after doing all that, you do end up being able to actually play the game and survive , you make a thatch hut pretty much and you are good to go honestly, once you make one it keeps you warm and also protects you if your being attacked, but it sucks that i can understand why alot of people are lured away from this game from experiencing that, and the minecraft argument is stupid, you CANNOT compare this game to minecraft in any shape or form, and one or the other being better isnt the case. HOWEVER.... minecraft deaths are alot more balanced then this game, id rather lose everything and my level and start from scratch when i wasnt paying attention to my surroundings or just get creeped by a creeper, then not being able to help getting killed by things you cant avoid most the time, and keeping your level making dieing in the beginning pointless to resist " oh im getting hungry - drowns self" "im in a bad area - lets something kill you" it makes deaths pointless

All and all, this game is really fun, its a bit broken right now but understandable its a BETA, they really need to fix early game, cause its stupid if i just except dieing to grind to a good level, i wouldnt like to survive and actually get to play the game without just running around picking up stuff and cutting down random trees and spam crafting to level up to get good things, i honestly think some the abilities that you unlock in the game should be part of you character when you spawn, I dont think you should have to spend ur hard work leveling up for the first time just to get the basic tools, basic tools should be able to be crafed in the game, primal club and axe should be the 2 other things aside from the primal pickaxe that you CAN craft in the beginning without using ur points to unlock them, thats stupid, everything else seems fine, just the fact its funny that i have to level up once to get the basic tools and sacrifice getting a spear and or clothing to help me survive when basic tools should be part of the starting game , thats just my opinion, but like i said, this game is good, could be alot better, and hopefully some day it will be perfect

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( 60.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
This is the only game I've ever encountered that seems to have been coded so bad you can't connect to servers. Just a small tiny % of the servers are shown.

The gameplay the few times you can connect and enjoy with friends are good but the frustration of trying to connect and absolute zero ♥♥♥♥s given to this issue by the devs earns it a solid big fat no.
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( 539.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Currently the most time I've spent on a video game as of recent.

Ark: Survival Evolved is a pretty solid game even under the "early access survival" branch that of which usually consists of horrid "games" comparable to various different eldritch horrors. The game has a seemingly endless amount of content due to the sheer amount of ways you can do the same thing differently many, many, many times in succession. The devs also roll out updates quite frequently, which leaves a good impact on the community since most indie devs that work on "insert gimmicky unfinished early access survival game here" leave their projects behind at a crucial point in their development.

-Can build practically anything; limited only to a fairly distant skybox and invisible walls outside the map.
-If you can see it, you can tame it. Aside from a few brainless mobs that wouldn't have purpose anyhow.
-Slav Simulator. Cheeki breeki iv damke.
-Make friends with smelly, downright putrid African foot-lickers.
-Slaughter smelly, downright putrid African foot-lickers.
-Ridiculous character creation. If you've ever wanted to look like a synthol addicted Donald Trump, you sure as hell can.
-Bugs are patched quickly. When I started playing there was a ragdoll glitch that turned dead bodies into astronauts. It was also quite enjoyable though because they'd sometimes stretch out and fill parts of the sky. This was fixed, but I just wanted to share that type of thing with any new players lurking the reviews.
-Big ol' doggos.
-Occasional homoeroticism.

-Have fun getting raided daily unless you're friends with everyone. Good luck learning to communicate with your Russian neighbors that moved in while you were asleep, comrade.
-"It's a PvP server. KOS is reasonable."
-Doing ANYTHING in this game on an official server will take you weeks. The game is much more enjoyable on an unofficial server where the settings are changed by an admin. On the contrary, the one time I played on an official server was probably one of the best times I've had playing ARK, but everything happens (literally) at a snail's pace.
-Bigger tribes can and WILL rule a server.
-Not many people on PvE. Those servers practically have you playing solo.
-♥♥♥♥ optimization, though this will probably change in the future.

If you like building, surviving, male bonding, IRL pokemon simulator, and ТОВАРИЩИ РУССКИЕ, then this is the game for you. If none of that interests you, look elsewhere.
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Posted: May 31
So .... I shoulda wrote a review along time ago...Started playing ark 10 months go!! Best 2,310 hours ever spent...playing with friends raiding and most of all taming ..OOOPS... failed to mention loot ( drop ) hunting :P Pvp or Pve Ark hands down is the best Dino Survival Game ♥

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Early Access Review
Posted: May 29
110 hours so far in this game...Stumbled upon this randomly in the steam store and my god was that the best thing ever!!!
My hours on this game will only go UP UP UP UP AND UP from here on out!!! 110 hours feels like nothing in this game.

-Dinosuars...a vast amount of them..
-CONSTANT updates!!
-Brand new map for free! Which AMAZING and i've seen next to NOTHING of it!!
-Base building surival in dino time! ALWAYS wanted this!
-They are insanely active in their community
-They definitely do research to keep all dinos in a historical reference
-It has a weird unknown story behind why you're there and what your objective is
-FREE ROAM WHEREVER YOU PLEASE, unless a mean and scary dino says other wise!
-Stabbed a turtle in the eye with a spear, spear was stuck inside his eye and i lost my weapon cause i couldn't pull it out.
-Took a dino egg, the mother NEVER stopped chasing me (anklyosaur)
-I knew nothing about this company and took a risk on them, BEST thing i've ever done before! I fully support this company after this game.
-Wardrums, have yet to bang them but i must bang! NEED to bang them, imma bang them so hard when i make a set. character poops in situations when id definetly poop myself, 10/10 realism
-Stego/Spino! My favorite dinos!
-Entertaining multiplayer, great with friends. (Characters save on ONE server, you can transfer saves through the mystery of the obelisk)
-Baby dinos coming sometime!!!!

-Poorly optimized, the new map seems to be insanely better though! They are working to smooth the performance out
-CURRENTLY (GTX 1080 FE INBOUND!) i cant reach the max settings, i play with a GT640 (lol..) and it performs 'ok' i feel like im wasting potential amazingness with the current card
-Dinosuar painting, its a great concept but so far...the paint looks HORRIBLE on them!
-Character saves need to be directly transfered to another server, if a server shuts down and never starts up again goodbye save, or you cant get to an obelisk in time.

HIGHLY recommend this game if you have a card like mine or better, keep in mind the performance is still an issue and they are working on it, unless you have a crazy hardcore card it won't look like a pro youtubers video (my first impressions was that)
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Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
Well I have put in over 1,000 hours into this game so I don't need to tell you that I enjoyed the game, but I will anyway.

Before I dive into the actual game I want to talk cons.
This game requires fairly constant attention if you play with other people. On Lan servers/Solo play this is not as much of an issue, but there are timers on a lot of things that will reset if you don't play often enough. Buildings will be able to be destroyed/auto demolished after a certain number of days. After a set number of days pets will become claimable (this allows other players to take your pets before they starve to death), and then if left unclaimed they will starve to death. If you don't have time and/or a lot of friends to play with it may be hard to keep up with the timers. Thatch houses give you 3 days, Wood gives about 7. pets are usually claimable at the time that wood buildings are allowed to be demoed (PVE) without attacking (PVP). On Private servers/solo play these can be turned off and some are automatically turned off, but in official servers they are unchanging.

Now on to pros.
I love how open this game is. I can do what I want, when I want, and wherever I want. If I want to build a castle on top of a mountian I can do just that. If I want to tame a T-Rex, or Quetzalcoatlus (giant flying reptile) I can simply set my sights on that and tame one. I would reccommend starting on an official PVE server and learning the ropes from the helpful sorts that tend to gather there before heading over to any PVP servers. If you start on a PVP for the first time don't be surprised if players destroy your "loot pinata" (house built with easy to break materials like thatch and to a much lesser degree wood) for the easy and free items they can get out of the building.

Keep in mind this is a survival game. However, unlike some survival games ARK does not penalize you if you die. If you die and don't find your equipment after a while your equipment will disapear, but everything else you have built will not (unless there was a giga attacking your base camp, even then you keep all of your level ups and engrams so it is a lot faster to rebuild.) Go into this game expecting to die. If you are not dying on a regular basis before you reach level 20-30 you are either lucky or have had help. Joining a tribe can help make it easier to stay alive, but is not necessary (I got my first character to level 70 with around 100 pets before I joined my first tribe). I am now on my fourth character (I got bored of demolishing everything on the island with my pet gigas on 3 of the prior 4 and 1 of them I accidentally deleted).

Also keep in mind that this game is not yet complete. There will continue to be changes made to the game until it is officially released, so be warned that the game is not optimised (may run slow/not at all on mid cost computers), and there are going to be glitches and or things that break between now and completion. We are here testing the game to help them find game breaking bugs, so be sure to report any that occur.

There are quite a few mods for this game, and many of them are great. I would however reccomend taming all the way up to at least a T-Rex before you start to mod the game. Some of the mods take away from the over all gameplay.

Hope my review is helpful, and I wish any who play good luck. FYI Official PVE servers are probably the best starting locations for new players.
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Posted: June 4
I am a 30 year old father of 2 and husband. Just letting you know to give some perspective before I review. After 451 hours invested in ARK I have decided "I'm done" for the last time. I have been playing hundreds of different games of all different styles, genres and difficulty levels since I was...i wanna say 4 years old? I have never hated a game more than I do ARK: Survival evolved.

Lets start with the positive ehh? Theres a lot to like and i can see why its so popular for sure. The game is graphicly phenominal at maximum settings.

-Really breathtaking, If you have a high end gaming rig I can see investing money just to check that
out! Seriously! Beautiful!

-Its fun playing the game and dying a bunch, leveling up, learning how to build new things, and taming dinos.

-The stats and build you chose has a real impact on what you can and cant do, as you get further in the game you realize that points carelessly thrown into health, melee damage or speed could be more useful in carry weight or fortitude or oxygen(which is manditory if you want to progress into underwater exploration). some stats are still useless though *cough*food*cough*.

-Theres a lot to be said for the potential social aspect of the game, you can make a lot of friends in ark, weather you're friendly and peaceful or a jerky raiding D bag, you can easily find people with common interests, and you will need to in order to accomplish anything of significance.

Now for the cons.

-Time consumption. my god... the words time sink just dont do it justice! people spend THOUSANDS of hours playing this game and many of them havent even seen everything ark has to offer. they get hung up farming materials to build the endless number of things you need to protect your base or breed/tame dinos. I personally have neglected my home life and family getting sucked up in ark things. which brings me to my next con.

-Chores. this game literally has chores, that you have to keep up on, every day...if you dont want your things to all die off or get stolen. if you are in a large tribe the load is lightened but this is SERIOUSLY time consuming if you're solo or in a small tribe. If bob forgets to close the dino gate or forgets to refuel the power generator before logging out you're probably losing a lot of stuff.

-PvP. It drives the game! its fun! its imbalanced. the game rewards the strong and punishes the weak. raiding mid level tribes while theyre offline is the most efficent way of getting things you need to progress your own base. this promotes people to crush hours of time investement of everyone weaker than them, simply becasue theyre tired of farming materials. The strongest tribe on the server is probably going to remain the strongest tribe forever once they wipe out all the runners up a couple times and steal thier supplies. Theres tons of exploits and lag spikes that make pvp feel kinda ♥♥♥♥♥♥.

-Dinos(taming). They are fun to ride and are ESSENTIAL for you to run a proper base. That said, why do they take hours and hours to tame? Literally, taming work or hunting dinos can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 4 hours depending on what kind of food you're giving it. This is time that has to be spent babysitting a stationary helpless beast in the middle of a swamp or jungle or ocean swarming with preditors that will eat it the second you look away.

-Dinos(care). The AI is the real problem here. The dino AI takes over whenever you're not riding a dino and it can be given commans to follow you or sit still and seperate commands to either defend themselves when attacked,Attack your target, or sit and do nothing. There are many overlooked problems with these basic commands. Dinos defending themselves will be lured into the middle of nowhere when the attacking dino flees for its life, and it wont return to base when the thing dies... it just sits in the middle of the wilderness waiting to die untill you log in and realize its not there and fly out to try and find it and sometimes waste hours doing so. Dinos will attack things that are much much much stronger than them and get slaughtered, unlike wild dinos they wont even try and escape when weak.

-constant loss. Threre is no avoiding it, sometimes things die. If you're carless, or simply unlucky, you may lose things on a regular basis. dinos,gear,structures. Its all pretty fragile TBH. Everything you build or tame or gather in ark is a time investment and often its a massive time investment. When you lose things it really sucks...

-BUGS. there are far too many bugs and glitches in ark to list here. yes it is early access(despite the fact that its a year old) and yes some bugs are to be expected in any game you play. The problem is nature of most of these bugs gets things destroyed and killed on a regular basis. I think i have lost many more dinos and items to glitches and stupid AI than I have to poor playing or rash decisions. tons of glitches are well known by wildcard and they are "waiting to for full release to resolve them". Dont even get me started on the way some of these glitches are exploited by players!

-Lag. all of the server rubberband lag. badly. some worse than others. but its a real annoyance.

-Addictive. yes this is under cons. If you have an addictive personallity, this game can be literally harmfull to your health. There are ALWAYS more things that have to get done, always promises of new things in the next patch and your tribemates "really need your help" to accomplish the next landmark or goal. This game demands your constant attention and upkeep. even after you lose everything to a raid! Your tribemates want revenge and so do you so you build it all back up over again cursing and swearing the whole time over all the stupid annoyaces of loss and glitches and lag. This game eats your time like no other! it slaps minecraft or WoW out of your hands and says NO ♥♥♥♥♥! THOSE PLAYERS ARE MINE NOW! It grabs hold of your eyes and force feeds you its ♥♥♥♥ until hours later, you realize what youve been eating... and you feel sick.
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Early Access Review
Posted: June 5
ARK, its Survival, Build, Craft, Dinos and a whole lot more! If you love MineCraft, H1Z1, are gonna love ARK! Give the game 3 hrs and you`ll be hooked!

- Breath taking graphics!
- Tameable Dinos!
- Expansive craft set and recipes
- Build it your way
- Many ways to play
- PvE, PvP, Single player, Private server. Official server, Unofficial server, etc
- Customized gameplay through private server access. Play it your way!
- Wildcard interaction with community through steam
- Huge Maps
- Ever increasing assortment of Dinos added on a regular basis
- Dinos have perks when tamed

- Game runs great but still core needs a little more improvement
- Still in Alpha stage
- Newer content (Leeches, etc) undesirable!

Overall, I highly recomend this title by WildCard Studios and have been having a blast playing! Worth getting it now as the price is right!
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8.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 22
DO YOU LIKE 1 FPS GAMEPLAY (I have a good computer that runs the game fine so dont complain about this)
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Early Access Review
Posted: June 11
Ark. This game in my opinion is truly amazing. Every aspect of it is just mind blowing. You can do so many things that you just don't know where to start.. Well you can start by punching some trees and dodos but you get the point. When I first saw the game I fell in love but I was kind of hesitant to buy it because of the bad things I was hearing about the optimization. I decided to go ahead and buy it and I played it with a buddy for 3 hours. We didnt like it because we had the settings on high (big mistake when you have a 750ti :P) and we didnt know what we were doing. My buddy retured the game and I was about to but I decided on giving it another shot, and boy am I glad I did. I start watching YouTube videos and started experiencing the game myself. Its just amazing how good it is.

You can tame dinos, feed them, make tribes, build bases, pvp/pve and more! I felt like I was playing a true RPG Survival. I would definetly recommend this game to other people but I do have to say that you need a decent - good graphics card to run it. I am upgrading my 750ti to a 960 SSC for this game.

Without optimization issues added: 10/10

With optimization issues added: 9/10
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1,700.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 11
Best survival game that i've played, alot of fun whether played with or without friends. Great craft system, and Dino breeding enhances it alot. Might get lost in it for thousands of hours eventually.
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Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
ARK: Survival Evolved.

Well I've got 100 hours in ARK, I guess I should write a review. While 100 hours seems like a lot, in ARK I still feel like a newb. The game offers a huge open world where you craft, fight, tame, and breed Dinosaurs. For this review I'm focusing on my experience in PVE on the |OG| dedicated server. Vanilla settings in this game are a grind, so you will want to adjust your settings, or find a server that has already done so (my strong advise).

The Pros:

*Huge open world with day-night, weather cycles, and many types of biomes
*Large variety of Dinosaurs and creatures to hunt, or tame. (More are still being added)
*Excellent crafting system, that's earned by leveling up your character.
*Multiple ways to play the game, from farming, hunting, crafting, building.
*Endless possibilities for what you can do. The sky's the limit.
*Tribes, and shared experience make co-op a blast. The game is best played with friends
*Tons of groups, and dedicated servers to play on. Official, Unofficial, PVP, PVE, Etc
*The Devs continue to provide support, and new content. No DLC, just free.
*Full controller support done right. You'll be just fine on a pad if that's how you play.

The Cons:

*The game is brutal at times. Don't get too attached to your pets, or structures.
*The game is still early access, there are bugs, some of them are very annoying
*Player customization could be a little better. You tend to look like clones
*The game has a steep learning curve, and your on your own to figure most of it out.
*Some tasks can get repetitive, and almost feel like a job rather than a game.
*The game is a persistent world, so keeping your animals alive will require you to check in.
*Even though the game offers a LAN server, you still need an internet connection to play (OK, that probably only bothers me)

The Verdict:

This title came out of the blue, and took PC gaming by storm. Its now even crossed over into consoles. There's a reason people play ARK. Its extremely addictive! The more you play, the more you get, the more you can do. This is a very rewarding system. All in all, I have to rate this game 4 out 5 stars. Its not for everyone, but I think most will find it a great play.

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Early Access Review
Posted: May 30
I have mixed feelings on this game.

It is a great game if you play on your own, or with people you know, on a private server. It's a blast.

Public servers, on the other hand, are the worst. On PvP servers you get trolls having a laugh harrassing the lower levels, so you can't play on there without an extraordinary amount of patience. PvE servers are not much better, with every starting area blanketed by player-made structures so there's nowhere for someone new to an established server to actually start.

I like this game. It's enjoyable when I play by myself, or on a friend's private server. That's the only way I can enjoy the game. It is not fun being trolled constantly while trying to dodge dinosaurs that can easily kill you, while trying to avoid starvation and get your first basic essentials. Avoid the public servers like the plague.
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