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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August 15

Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????



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What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what creature it is?

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July 28

Primitive+, The Center, Allosaurus, Pelagornis, and the Fishing Frenzy Free Weekend!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8w5O0xoG4o

Now available as a free DLC in the ‘ARK Official Mods Program’, Primitive+, created by Cedric Burkes, is playable as a functionality mod on all Official ARK Maps and challenges players by altering the available tools, weapons and structures in the game to reflect what humans could realistically create using primitive technology and resources. This does not simply remove advanced technology from ARK, but instead replaces it with a multitude of new resources, engrams and systems.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/508150/

Players will need to specialize in specific roles and work together to complete their goals. Hunters, farmers, cooks and builders can band together to create a new, functioning society where diplomacy and even economics can matter. In Primitive Plus, you will not only cope with human society’s limitations, but unlock its potential.



As well as the release of Primitive+, this huge patch also covers a large expansion to The Center! The Center, has now been expanded to include new biomes, islands, caves, and a completely new boss arena for survivors to explore, as well as the addition of a wide variety creatures to tame and be hunted.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/473850/

ARK Patch v245

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRYl8iznKvc





Pelagornis is one of the island's most versatile mounts because of its ability to fly, walk, and surface-swim. It has a wingspan rivaling Argentavis, and possesses a beak filled with tooth-like projections for snagging fish and webbed feet for paddling upon the ocean surface. Though it’s versatility comes at a cost, the same webbed feet that allow Pelagornis to serenely maneuver along the ocean's surface prevent it from snatching prey from the ground, which may limit its appeal to some survivors.





Allosaurus, smaller but faster than Tyrannosaurus, larger but slower than Carnotaurus, Allosaurus is the island's resident pack-hunting theropod. While most aggressive theropods are relatively solitary creatures, Allosaurus lives in groups of three. One Allosaurus is the Pack Leader, while the others are its mates or a beta male. The Allosaurus has evolved to hunt in packs. Its saw-shaped teeth leave its prey bleeding and maimed, making escape difficult. Once an Allosaurus slows a creature with its cutting bite, the rest of its pack quickly close in for the kill…



Additional Update v245 Content Includes

  • New Item: Fishing Rod + Fishing Mechanic! Be a pro fisherman as you apply varied bait, cast the line, wait for a fish to become ensnared, and then succeed at a mini-game to reel the fish and claim copious rewards!
  • New Structure: Industrial Grinder that grinds items into a portion of their crafting resources, then converts resources into simpler resources
  • New Structure: Spiral Staircase (Stone/Wood/Metal)
  • New Mechanic: Optional Hitmarkers for ranged attacks (server can toggle them, as well as client if the server allows it)
  • Building Attack/Destruction Tribe Logs
  • UI Option to colorize item name texts based on quality level.
  • Offline Raid Protection mode now disables PIN Locking, and Structures in Caves no longer get ORP.



Steam Free Weekend and Epic 50% Sale!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/346110

From Thursday through Sunday, July 28-31, 2016, ARK: Survival Evolved is hosting a Free Weekend on Steam where all survivors can invite their friends to start to tame, train, breed and ride Dinosaurs in this open-world action-adventure survival game. ARK: Survival Evolved also is on sale for Steam players at 50% off (retail $29.99) from Thursday through Wednesday, July 28 - August 3, 2016.

The Summer Cup!



We’re excited to announce that the finals for the Summer Cup will be taking place today! The qualified teams were flown out to Shanghai, China to play at ChinaJoy 2016 and get the chance to compete for over $40,000!

The top 10 qualifying international teams -- eight from Europe and North America, two from China -- have flown in for the tournament taking place on the expo floor of ChinaJoy 2016. The three one-hour matches will be shoutcasted by popular streamer typeForced and Studio Wildcard Jen starting at 6:30 pm PST, Thursday, July 28, 2016.

All matches will be streamed on the ARK Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/survivetheark at the following times, with the Award Ceremony immediately following the last match:

Round 1 – 6:30 pm PST, Thursday, July 28

Round 2 – 9:30 pm PST, Thursday, July 28

Round 3 – 11:30 pm PST Thursday, July 28 (ending no later than 3 am PST, Friday, July 29)

Have fun and keep on surviving, 

Wildcard Jat and 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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ASP
1,169.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
First of all, this is an amazing game.

Pros:
* Is just how you think it is.

* Every prehistoric animal you can think of, and lots more you may not know.

* Babies! Raise your own baby, be it a T-Rex, Raptor, or Bronto. Who does not want to cuddle a baby Raptor??

* Each dino has its own talents, be it gathering stone, metal, fighting, etc.

* As a suvival game, it has pretty much nailed it. I cant think of anything they can do to make it better.

* Sea creatures too! Personally this is one of my fave points about this game.

< Note >
Most of the cons here are based on the current content. The game is still in alpha, as they are adding more content all the time.


Cons:

* Is just how you think it is going to be. Yes I said this as a pro, but:

* There is alot of sadistic people out there, who get their fun from causing you problems. On offical servers there is LOTS of griefing.

* Lack of balance. There are perticular animals that can just about one hit everything and can break all structures apart from metal *Giga*.

* Alpha tribes. On every server there is a tribe who is much stronger than any other, because they are stronger they can stop smaller tribes from growing.

* Tame griefing. Some people like to sneak up on you while you are taming and kill you, not only kill you but kill or steal the kibble you are taming it with.

* Lack of PvE end game content. So you have got the best animals, built massive castles got the best gear. Now what do you do? This is the point where people stop playing or grief weaker tribes and solo players.

* Poor farming system. You need to go around picking up animal crap then put it in a box or feed it to a beetle. That makes fertiliser which is needed to grow crops, each one lasts about 10h or so so you spend lots of time playing with crap. Not what I find fun, but I know there is some kinky people out there.

* Lack of aesthetic difference in structures. With Primitive+ they have improved this greatly, but personally I think there needs to be more.

* Prisonor Simulator. Have you ever wanted to to be knocked out, drugged, handcuffed then put in a cage? ♥♥♥♥ off the wrong people and they will make you their ♥♥♥♥♥. They also can force feed you your own crap. The only way you can get out is if they feed you to their dinos or you starve/dehydrate, but they can make you eat/drink.

* Lots of people acting nice, then raid you right after. NEVER trust anyone from other tribes.
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SirWaffletonIII
1.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
Got game. Too laggy. Realized i needed a dual core proccessor. MASSIVE FACEPALM. Soon getting gaming pc good enough for game. (I checked it does have a 3.80Ghz Dual Proccessor) Do reccomomend playing this game though. Just check if you have a beffy enough computer.
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#MANIAC
1,163.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
I love ARK
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roary_pond
633.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
So, as you can see I have a lot of hours logged and I can attest to the fact that this is a far from perfect game but I do feel what it does outshines what it fails to do or is lacking in. I've 'quit' this game several times and I always find myself coming back.

That all being said, I would not recomend this game if you plan on playing on an official server unless you like supremely grindy games full or mindless farming, and I understand that can cathartic for some people, so if that is for you knock youself out on the official servers.

pros of official servers
-more stable server population
-usually more competative
-less server srash issues

Cons of official servers
-Usually one or two alpha tribes
-more greifing (as per my experience)
-servers can get crowded

However, if you are like me and like a game that doesn't take 200 hours to feel like you've accomplished anything you might like the unnofficial servers. Personally I got tired of getting wiped out on a server if I wasn't on for a week or so, so I ended up renting a 10 slot server that I play with a few friends on and I have never been enjoying this game more, and I realize not everyone can do this, but it is my suggestion if you really want to play.
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egbeese
435.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
This is a great game, but I would hate it if I didn't have a group of friends to play with. I have only played on one official server, so my experience may be a bit limited in terms of alphas, top tribes controlling resources, griefing, etc.

My experience playing on TheIsland pvp server 439:

Pros:
+ Beautiful game
+ Very social atmosphere
+ Cooperative gameplay
+ Fun to ride dinos and explore
+ Taming effectively with kibble makes high level tames less time consuming
+ Monthly updates introducing new dinos and content
+ Underwater exploration is stressful and exciting at the same time
+ Currently no alpha tribe, so all resources are equally accessible
+ Plays great for early access

Cons:
- Easy to die and lose chunks of progress due to lag or server disconnects (although these are rare)
- Takes a lot of time invested to remain competitive
- Raiders/griefers can steal your work, and very rarely does someone of equal power raid you
- Takes an above average computer to run with average settings
- More powerful tribes can control whole server politics/rules
- Relies on having friends, or making friends, to be able to play effectively
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Accused (comp ban 3 days left)
916.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
Dinos dinos dinos.
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Eskimofo
915.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
Welcome to Ark : Grinding Evolved.
To beat your opponent you have to spend more time in the game than him or her.

So if you have no job and you don't like sleep,welcome aboard,captain!
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chazzer123
115.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
im sorry 2 say but my game ceeps crashing
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Robb Stark
323.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
Worth the money still getting hours of fun out of the game, better with friends but still a good game to play on your own
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jawtoa
153.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25
all i say is i LOVE IT its my secont favrot game i think its going the right way :) just a bit laggy
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Not Recommended
237.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 28
Part of me loves this game. Part of me hates this game.

This game has the "survivor feel" nailed. It will play with your emotions as you wander about trying to survive. You can explore in bewilderment, flee in terror, die in horror, and occasionally triumph in daylight.

I don't recommend this game for a few reasons, one being time spent. You can play this on unofficial servers where things don't take as long to accomplish, but either way it leads to my primary problem. Those that spend more time than you will always beat you, regardless of your skill. There is such a large spike of power as you progress gaining access to certain dinosaurs and breeding/eggs.

The three servers we have played on have one to three "alpha tribes", aka the orignal inhabitants of the server. They are quite friendly to noobies, even gifting you awesome gear for your status. Once you become somewhat of a threat they become hostile and start imposing "rules" or some form of control.

At this point you are forced to their will or you get erased. I have a prime example. The server my friends and I play on had this happen yesterday. There is one alpha tribe of the server. "Some one" killed the leaders flying mount. He gets a Titanosaur and literally erradicates the two most advanced tribes on the server simply because he can. Their characters will maintain their levels, but all their manifested work is 100% erased because some guy got mad. They lost literally 100's of hours of work.

I played UO, I love the threat of losing "work" because it makes gameplay exciting. This game you don't have a chance of beating the big boy on the block. Say you are both max level. If you have played 100 hours, and he has played 500, he has 5 Gigas and you have 1. You literally don't have a chance. If you can start pouring in more time than them, they will probably attack you. Most alphas have 1000's of hours played already.

The overlord of my current server has 13 tamed gigas(probably perfect tames + bred) an uncountable amount of other things. Every underwater cave is his. Every river is barricaded. You can't tame a Quetzl without his permission. He has more resources hoarded than you could possibly gather in a month. If you make him angry he will tame a Titanosaur and erradicate you. So what does one do? You can either unite every other person on the server and still probably not even make a dent against him, server hop (as we did 3x now), or quit playing as I have.

**Added after original on 8/18**
First, I want to say the original review is not edited and only this was added. Second, thank you very much for the polite invite to PvE servers and those that tried to remain constructive with other options. I want to PvP a lot so PvE only is just not for me. For the rest, what follows is for you.

I honestly did not want to outright bash this game because I did not want to offend anyone, but the gloves are off. This game is GARBAGE. UI/storage/crafting are beyond GARBAGE. Net coding and registration of attacks are GARBAGE. You are honestly going to tell me spending 1000s of hours in left click simulator is fun? Are you good at spamming left click and using Google? Well you can master this game!

Combat is AWFUL. This is sub par Skyrim with no abilities or specializations at all. Want to fight in melee? Spam left click and abuse terrain! Want to attack from ranged? Abuse terrain and spam left click! Once you tame your Dino, you spam left click and SOMETIMES even a right click! I have played games all my life and this doesn't even come close to being fun.
Not only is combat dull but takes HOURS of prep to get there unles you want to throw primitive weapons at dinosaurs.

Now for PvP. This game literally discourages PvP. The odds of me running into some one of my strength is EXTREMELY rare. In fact, with 240 hours played I got in a total of 10 fights at MAX. Only 2 of them were somewhat entertaining, running into a fellow noob and having a jolly chase through the woods with bows and arrows. I came for PvP, and 2 good fights in 240 hours? This game is flat out awful. If I kill a member of a tribe larger than mine, guess what happens? As far as trying to beat an alpha tribe, I've got better things to do with my life than spend 1000s of hours to beat a nolife. I don't have the time nor the patience for this trash. I am a massive nerd and love games, but this is repulsive.

The only way I personally see people like this is if you are an unexeperienced gamer or cannot get over the psychological thrill of progression and exploration. Seriously take a step back and think about what you are doing next time you play. Left click simulator, huuurrrrraahhhh.
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231 of 283 people (82%) found this review helpful
111 people found this review funny
Recommended
219.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 28
Pros :
+ Dinos
+ Hunt
+ Harvest
+ Craft
+ Build
+ Explore
+ Tame

Cons :
- Time Consuming
- Time Consuming
- Time Consuming
- Time Consuming
- Time Consuming
- Time Consuming
- Time Consuming especially in PVP, feel the griefing
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47 of 64 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
343.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
Spend more than 300 hours with ARK until today, but will stop for now.

Pro's:
- Fairly unique concept for the survival game genre
- Nice graphics - if your machine is capable of displaying it
- Highly addictive (I want to ride the next dino)
- I played on a very friendly server! Great community there, thanks to all the helpful people

Con's:
- Horrible stability (memory leaks, glitches, crashes, lags)
- Every (large) patch is an nightmare. 'What will be broken this time, what of my stuff is still there?'
- Partially very bad balance (some dinos are useless)
- Dino control is tricky (when I say follow I mean follow)
- Major parts of the (end) game are not accessable for single players

My wishlist/expectations:
- Improve stability and performance
- Strengthen single players
- An intro/tutorial would be very helpful
- Bring some story line content

Be careful - if a game remains too long in early access (alpha stage) it might never make it to release ...

Cheers, Konrad.
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66 of 105 people (63%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
590.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11
This game is awesome.

I can't help but laugh when I see negative reviews like:

Trash Game. Can't run it. Bugs everywhere. Not Recommended...With a casual 600+ hours into the game. It was really fun for 599 hours, and it ran fine until then. That 600th hour? Nope, it's trash now.

Come on.
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Not Recommended
502.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 27
Do you enjoy spending hours upon hours doing mindless things that barely affect the game, only to have them destroyed in a matter of seconds by game bugs, malicious players, or random things that spawn directly on top of you? If so, this game is for you.

If, on the other hand, you are a fan of development studios that work to improve their game - such as by fixing year-old game bugs present since day 1 release, making gameplay more fun, or allowing you to do something other than stare at an unconscious dinosaur for 10 hours - then you should go play something else. You certainly won't find any of that with ARK.

Despite the "early access" tag, this game has hardly changed since its initial release, except for different flavors of dinosaur. The development studio has not fixed any bugs in 14+ months - the day that it was released - even severe and common ones, such as falling through the world or animals literally sticking 80% of their bodies through walls. The studio has instead elected to put in new pieces of structures and dinosaurs and ignore game-crippling bugs. All new content is gated through progressively increasing time requirements. I am not exaggerating about 10+ hour times to tame a single dinosaur, and I am likewise not exaggerating how frail any actual progress in the game is - purely due to bugs. This is well-beyond any actual difficulty found in survival games.

Further, performance is horrible. Even top-end systems find themselves struggling due to the exceptionally poor optimization; the game features zero geometry culling, for example, which means that every polygon of every object within range is rendered, whether you can see it or not. This is most noticeable on PvP servers, where you can usually see the inside of other players' bases before you can see the exterior walls. Like every other bug, this has been reported many times by players and was even prioritized for fixing by the development studio - then quietly removed from any sort of priority lists and forgotten completely.

Playing on remote (non-LAN) servers is also an exercise in frustration, as rubber-banding is ceaseless and caused by somewhere between 5 and 10 separate bugs. You will often find yourself fighting against dinosaurs that pin you inside rocks or their own bodies thanks to a lack of proper collision handling. Harvesting corpses is likewise plagued by the same issues, which may find you wandering around swinging your tool at empty space in the hope of finding the location where the server thinks the corpse is located. Oh, and let's not forget the official servers, where the severs freeze for 10-30 seconds roughly every 5 minutes, warping you back and re-queuing whatever actions you tried to perform during that time - which may involve interacting with buildings that you are no longer near. To make up for the very obviously exploitable behavior of ARK's client-server interaction, they chose to implement an anti-cheat program rather than fix even a single piece of the underlying problem.

This game is not worth your time.
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28 of 42 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
This game is pretty bad if you don't have friends to play with, Without friends survival is harder
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53 of 88 people (60%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
490.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 28
While I've spent hundreds of hours in Ark, a majority of that took place between July and November of 2015. This was no coincidence, as the game progressed quite well during that period, with content updates almost every few weeks. However, the developers decided to undergo an Xbox One version of the game, which severely crippled the rate of content patches of PC. This trend continued when the developers also launched a failed free-to-play game in Ark: Survival of the Fittest. With so much on their plate and being a small, inexperienced development team, it's no wonder the game still suffers from bugs, poor optimization, and lack of new substantial game mechanics since its early access launch.

Of the 2015 early access games, Ark's development record has been poor compared to the likes of Dirt Rally and Ashes of the Singularity. If you'd like an example of poor development practices, I'll give you one. A new mechanic titled "Breeding mechanics: phase 2" was supposed to release in a content patch back in February. It was constantly pushed back in future patches, only to be split in half, with the meat of the mechanics renamed "Breeding mechanics: phase 3." This is still yet to be released, so you're looking at a 5+ month delay in something that the developers have listed in every content patch since February. I could give you many other examples, but you get the idea. Most content patches include new creatures and items, which are the least-demanding assets for developers to include.

Another issue with the game is that it's poorly optimized. You'll often get the "but it's early access" excuse from the ignorant segment of the community, but it's been in early access for over a year and the developers have failed at implementing substantial optimizations. Early access is no excuse, especially since it's been so long. This is coming from someone with two GTX 980 Ti's and an i7 3930K at 4.6GHz, so clearly my hardware isn't the issue. The game has progressively gotten worse in performance as well. It's unplayable inside of the buildings of my "mega base," which is essentially the experience of a slide show. It wasn't like this a few months ago. Also, the developers are too inexperienced to implement DX12, which they said would be in the game over a year ago. Perhaps they should focus on a game people already put their money into rather than focus on producing new games and take on more than they can handle. They clearly don't understand their own limits.

Aside from all of the development and optimization issues, this is a fun game. Once you build a "mega base" though, there isn't much to do. Survival isn't an element at that point and you'll only find yourself coming back to Ark in order to add new dinos to your collection. I do not recommend this game if you're looking for a smooth and refined experience. Ark is far from that.
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42 of 75 people (56%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
271.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
Edit: For those saying that my PC is not powerful enough, or that they can run the game on their old craptops, great for you - I'm glad things are fine for you. This has been the case since the game first came out on early access; unpredictability in performance that seems to make no sense. People I know with awful hardware can run the game decently well, but several people I know with monster PCs can't get above 40 fps. This is why the game needs optimization and performance updates. There's no rhyme or reason as to why things don't work it just doesn't like some people's setups, that's the only explanation I can think of. Again I'm glad you can run the game but please don't act like just because your game runs fine, everyone else's computer must be terrible. Your comment will be deleted because quite honestly you sound like a ♥♥♥♥♥.

In short: Those people looking to buy, you might get lucky and the game will run fine. Buy it on sale if you really, really have to play it. Do not buy it for full price because there's a good chance it will run like ♥♥♥♥, and nobody can give you a good answer to why. It's LUCK.


Sadly I cannot recommend this game due to a complete disregard for performance updates. This is the only game I own that I cannot run on higher than medium-low settings due to poor optimisation. This has been the case for about a year and a half, and shows no signs of change. It's a great shame, because the game itself is good - just unplayable due to terrible performance. It's occasionally buggy as hell, but I can deal with that. Bugs that are not game breaking can be ironed out later on.

For now, I can safely say that Ark is probably not worth your money. Stay away, please speak with your wallet. A game in this state that is as popular as Ark has become cannot be given a free pass because of Early Access. It's a copout. Content updates need to be put on the back burner for a while.

EDIT: The only real challenges to this have been "Lol bad PC" or "Early Access, give it time!". My computer is not the problem, believe me. I should be able to run this game on at least medium if not high settings. Early access is not an excuse either - it's been in this state for a year and if anything it's got worse. If you put your game out there for people to play, early access or not, you must make it playable to an extent. Doesn't have to be consistent. There can be bugs. The game can be light on content. But it has to be playable. It's as simple as that. I repeat: Early Access is not an excuse.

This is my review, I will not be responding to comments from angry people that insist that the game is fine. The game is not fine, even if you really like it. Believe me, I love it too - I wish they'd focused more on performance so that any of my friends could play it with decent FPS... but none of us can. I'm sorry but the exceptions to the rule are not people that can't play fine, they're people that can play fine. The second performance is improved to the point where I can get decent performance (even if it's buggy as ♥♥♥♥ or something!) I wil be changing this review. I promise. I want this game to succeed.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
10/10, would get lost again.

Went around to explore, fell off a cliff and died.
Respawn to continue exploration, murdered by a Killer Bird.
Respawn, trying to get my stuff back, killed again by said bird.
Respawn in the arctic trying not to freeze to death, freeze to death due to lack of ressources.
Respawn next to a pack of Wolves, get murdered.
Respawn right in said pack of wolves.
Respawn on a piece of ice, no ressources anywhere, freeze to death.
Respawn, killed by a Rex right next to me.
Respawn close to ressources, begin to build torch to prevent freezing to death, Rex comes again and eats me.
Respawn, bunch of Sabreteeth close, somehow manage to escape onto a rock in the water, freeze to death.
Friend tells me I can choose a spawn region, respawn in the south next to 3 different kinds of dangerous looking dinosaurs, get scared hide on fallen tree not daring to move.
Looking for an escape route, see river behind me with giant dangerous looking fish in it. Decide to make said fallen tree my residence.

Send help!

Update 1: It began to rain. I am freezing again.
Update 2: Tiny Raptor like looking dino just hungrily looked up at me. It turned away. Phew...
Update 3: One of the big dangerous looking dinos walked up to me and awkwardly inspected the weird fruit growing on a dead fallen tree. It seems to be friendly. But some big bird thing just showed up.
Update 4: Friend is shooting flares trying to find me.
Update 5: They found me. I am told it is a swamp and there are snakes. Ewww...
Update 6: Their flying dino picked me up out of nowhere, considering an overdose of Narcoberries to calm down my heart.
Update 7: I fell in the ocean. Sharks ate me.
Update 8: Respawn next to two tiny dinos. They have sharp little teeth.
Update 9: A third tiny dino with monsterous fangs showed up. Together they mustered the courage to engage. One bit my right big toe. It hurts.
Update 10: I found my old hiding tree again. Those tiny monsters hungrily stare at my legs. Apparently I am tasty.
Update 11: Evacuation imminent.
Update 12: Built a house on a mountain top.
Plan: Upgrade to large ace tower with large ace guns as soon as possible. Those tiny fussers won't dare to show up again.
Afterthought: Do big dinos like mountaineering? I should dig myself in.

Conclusion: Didn't have as much fun in ages. Would buy again. Recommend personal inspection of the game in case of existing interest.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
239.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 31
See, I love this game. It's an amazing game. I'm so excited for Primal and I can't wait for everything its coming out in a month and- wait, what? They pushed the date back to Halloween? Again? ♥♥♥♥. But whatever I can still play right? I'll just log on and get onto the official server I play on with five other people and- wait, hold on.. the ♥♥♥♥ happend? All of our dinosaurs are dead and our place is demolished? What? Oh, yeah, the alpha tribe said nobody could have big dinosaurs and we miraculously tamed a bronto. Ah, well, it's only 200 hours for such a little house and next to nothing. We can just go find another official server with another alpha tribe because there isn't a single damn one without them. Well, let's try out an unofficial server! Hold up.. there's barely any that don't have something bumped up! While I'm not opposed to a little help, one of the guys I play with doesn't want that. Alright, cool, we'll make our own! 75$ for an unofficial hosted server! Not that expensive, right? We got this. We're playing and everything is cool. Huh, looks like some people join. Whatever, they seem ok. Lemme just go collect some thatch.. Hold the ♥♥♥♥ up. Where's my megaloceros? Lemme check the logs.. They ♥♥♥♥in killed my deer. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥it..

TL;DR
The official servers need to be wiped. It isn't fair that there is alphas that cannot be rivaled. Yeah, they worked hard, but they're level ♥♥♥♥ing 500's and have every engram and the new level cap is 150 or something. It isn't fair. But, alas, the devs said the servers would never willingly be wiped. R.i.p. us. Someone tell me when Primal comes out, if it ever does.
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