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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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 27

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June 22

Redwood Biome and Spotlight: Titanosaur!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVw2vd4h0ho

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!

Titanosaur!



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 SurviveTheArk.com (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

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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Unpr3dictabl3
( 230.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
Wow thanks ark, thanks for forcing me to kill my giga because you can't fix your dinos clipping into everything they touch, and then thank you for letting me connect to every server except the one I'm actually playing on and raising another giga with almost 100% imprinting resulting in me losing pretty much all my imprinting %
GG WP ark uninstall for you lol; and everyone says yeahhhh its alpha theres gonna be bugs, yeah you dont say, but usually the devs actually manage to fix the bugs regardless, with a game like this it's gonna stay in alpha for probably +2 years, if it will actually ever go into beta, and with the speed that they are fixing the bugs compared to the speed that they are adding new content (which means more bugs) they are gonna have to sit for a year alone fixing the bugs.
Sorry ark I loved you, but getting the same bugs now still which I've been getting ever since I started playing, and then some more from all the updates, has totally killed any hopes I have of you progressing towards a stable build any time soon... RIP
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kenshena
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
Sadly my computer can not handle this game....that being said, when it came to xbox one i was thrilled that i could finally play it. And i was right to want that, this game is amazing. There is so much to do and so much to explore. I explain this game in a very simple way to people who havnt played it. If you dont eat you die, if you dont drink you die, if you get to hot you die, if you get too cold you die, if your unprepaired when dinos come at you then you die, if your prepaired then you still may die. This is asurvival gameand its ment to make you survive.
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Considering
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
OMG OMG! Even in single player you can enjoy this! Love it!
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Lord Malla
( 1,093.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
Epic game you can play solo but in my opinion way better with friends. Very collaborative and lots of content, it would be good to see some quest/story line in there at some point. Also don't worry if you're lacking in the friends department, there are many to be made in the game itself. Finally, be aware of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s, every server has at least one. Lol
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❤KissKan Pops❤
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
Grate Game would buy on sale again
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Sweet Snag
( 26.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
Fun game..
Play w/ friends..
or the dinos if you dont have any :(
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ZenFFrostz
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
10/10 Very Recommended
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dillyhop
( 87.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
You will sink hours into taming a dinosaur just to find yourself knocked out by a naked guy with a club.
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brockwellsps4
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
it a great game everyone should get it
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Ari88
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1
i love the game, just wondering if anyone out there wanna team up and play together if so add me on steam and mesage ill be glad to play,.. need new friends
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165 of 183 people (90%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,007.4 hrs on record
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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244 of 346 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 22
HEY KIDS DO YOU LIKE MINECRAFT
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE DINOSAURS
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE FUNNY LOOKING CHARACTERS
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE HARD ♥♥♥ GAMEPLAY
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE MACHINE GUNS
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE TROLLS KILLING YOU EVERYTIME YOU JOIN A MULTIPLAYER GAME
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE 1 FPS GAMEPLAY (I have a good computer that runs the game fine so dont complain about this)
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE EARLY ACCESS GAMES THAT TAKE FOREVER TO MAKE IT TO FULL VERSION
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE FANTASTIC GRAPHICS
"YEAH"
DO YOU LIKE GAMES WHERE ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO START OUT
"YEAH"
WELL THIS IS THE GAME FOR YOU MY FRIEND
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1,042 of 1,580 people (66%) found this review helpful
321 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
520.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
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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Recommended
28.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 5
ARK, its Survival, Build, Craft, Dinos and a whole lot more! If you love MineCraft, H1Z1, etc...you are gonna love ARK! Give the game 3 hrs and you`ll be hooked!

PROS:
- 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
- MODS!
- 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

CONS:
- 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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Recommended
148.9 hrs on record
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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Recommended
1,700.4 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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Recommended
392.9 hrs on record
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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Not Recommended
1,344.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
I have over 1000 hours on this game and I will give a completely, raw, and honest review.

I hate it.

If you have any kind of life, any kind of job, like to sleep, and like to have a social life, then this game is not for you.

It's nothing but addicting and time consuming. This game will eat away at your life.

NOW BEFORE YOU SAY PRIVATE SERVERS EXIST WITH CUSTOM SERVER SETTINGS, YES, I KNOW THOSE EXIST. I KNOW YOU CAN MODIFY SETTINGS BUT I AM REVIEWING OFFICIAL SERVERS ONLY.

Material Gathering
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Getting materials to build takes hours, especially some of the later materials. One structure could take more than a day to make even if you have no real-life activities going on that day. It's tiring and after a while, it doesn't even feel like it's worth it.
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TAMING
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The maximum time that it takes to tame a dinosaur is past 5 hours with the best taming gear you could have. Seeing that an average person is awake for about 16 hours of the day, that consumes almost half of their day. And it's boring. Some dinosaurs you can knock out and just leave but MANY of the animals you need to check up on or even babysit for hours on end. Taming is exciting and fun when you're knocking them out. It's a project and it's certainly a challenge when it's a large animal like a Quetzal or a Mosasaurus. The adrenaline gets you pumped, but after that, it's a slow decline. It's boring having to pump narcotics into the animal to keep it from waking up every 10 minutes and if you don't starve the animal and it wakes up, you lose all of the progress you've made and any items that were on that animal. It's a long, drawn out, and boring process that is necessary to really enjoy the game. And it shouldn't be.
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BREEDING
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Breeding has become an entirely different story with the new imprinting mechanic. The longest time it takes to raise a baby is 2 WEEKS, taking over 24 HOURS to raise to the point of where you could leave it on its own. Back then, when that baby got to 10% of its maturation progress, you were done. Just fill up a feeding trough, check on it every now and then, and go on with your life. While it wasn't too bad at first (and I'm saying that with a huge grain of salt), it has become torturous now. To get better stats on that baby, the imprinting mechanic has come in. Every time you imprint on a baby, its stats will raise and it will raise every time you imprint on it until it's an adult. But imprinting for a god-like dinosaur has drawbacks in again: Time. Every 3-4 hours, a baby wants care from one player, and THAT PLAYER ALONE. It will not accept care from anyone else in your tribe. That means that the person raising that baby needs to be online to care for it every 3-4 hours and if they miss one imprint, ALL OF THE IMPRINTING PROGRESS IS GONE. The buffed stats are gone, and your time is gone. While imprinting is optional, it is desired by many players but is not accepted because of how it will mess with your sleep schedule, your days, and your life.
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From Game to a Chore
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At the start of the game, the game feels like a game. You get your first animal, get a hut, and settle in. But once you become more advanced and move up to become an established player, the game aspect fades and turns into a chore. On PvP you need to worry about raids and back then: offline raiding. On PvE you need to worry about structure and animal timers which is what this will get into. An animal has roughly 7 days of its owner or tribe's inactivity before anyone else on the server can claim it. If you do not want to lose precious animals that you have invested in, you need to log on every 7 days to refresh their timers to ensure that no one can claim them. And if you, for some reason, do not have any animals, the maximum time a structure has is dependent on the structure. Stone is the most common structure found on PvE so let's use that. It has roughly 11 days until it is demolishable. Once it is, the server will jump on it to destroy it. People will keep track of the expiration dates to ensure that they are the first to get your land and/or your animals.
And not to mention that you need to do daily upkeep on your animals. Your animals can starve and will starve to death after a few days if you do not feed them or have a tribe alliance member feed them. It's a horrible and heavy life invester and turns from a fun game to a chore in daily life very quickly.
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OVERALL
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This game is fun when modified. If you play on a private server where you can bypass all of what was said above, and maybe even more, good for you.
But for people who play on official servers, PvE or PvP, it is nothing but a life investment. ARK: Survival Evolved is an addicting, life consuming, investment with almost nothing to give. Developers seem to prioritize new releases over bug, glitch, and exploit fixes, and think that everyone who plays the game has no life. This game truly panders towards the anti-social gamer who spends days and nights on end in their room on the computer.

If you are that person, great, buy this game. It's for you. But if you are not, do not get this game.

I want to review this game positively. It's wonderful past the flaws above and has so much potential, but there is a solid brick wall preventing me from doing so.
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Not Recommended
148.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
You need the frustration resistance of the holy Dalai Lama himself !!!

Much to say, dont know where to start.

Taming: Holy mother of ♥♥♥♥

The vanilla rates are insulting!!!
Get ready to quit your job, your wife, your kids, and tell them to ♥♥♥♥ OFF!!!
From now on you have much more important things to do - to MURDER TIME!!!
You think World of Warcraft is time consuming?
Let me present to you... ARK!

You will WASTE hours - literally HOURS!!! - of your life, trying to tame your dinos,
just to witness getting them ♥♥♥♥ing killed 8 out of 10 times before you could finish!!!
EVERY aggressive animal within 500 meters WILL find it and KILL IT!!!
Angry birds, Raptors, snakes, wolfs, NO MATTER how hard you try!!!

- try to crush their skulls with your machete - they WILL run straight to your dino, ignoring all of your attacks and KILL IT!!!
- Annihilate every ♥♥♥♥ing sign of life within your line of sight to make sure no one dares to come close - hours later, almost losing the game of falling asleep, something will sprint out of nowhere and KILL IT!!!
- Build a wall around your dino - they will stick their heads through and KILL IT!!!

THEY ARE ♥♥♥♥NG PROGRAMMED TO!!!

That brings me to the model collision:

If you managed to successfully tame some dinos, you WILL spend 90% of your time to get them unstuck.
If they dont get stuck in rocks, hills, structures... they WILL on each other.
The model colliders have the size of an aircraft carrier. Blocking every inch of your base. Every door, every way, every ladder!
If you ride them by yourselfs its even worse!
If you are fighting, prepare to merge with your enemys, forming a new biogenetic uber-creature making even God jealous, and die in panic trying to rotate in every direction to free yourself.
I got myself stuck in the environment several times and would have died of starvation if an admin hadnt helped me out!!!
You even get stuck at knee high railings if you dont take an inrun and got enough horizontal momentum to jumb over. This could be solved by just adding the possibility to control your character in the ♥♥♥♥ing air!!!

As big as the colliders are, the tiny are the hitboxes.

Sometimes you make no damage although you see blood and hear the hitting sound.
Same thing with the corpses of animals.
Sometimes, because of the tremendous force of my testosterone driven muscle vehicle, the models of killed animals fly around like ♥♥♥♥ hitting the fan, but the invisible hitboxes to harvest them are still lying at the place where they got killed. This leads to a lot of confusion.

Let me tell you someting about the pathfinding.

There is no pathfinding.

Even if a tiny railing is between you and your parked Pteranodon or Argentavis,
they will relentless narrow-minded try to fly to you in a line, straight as He-Man,
just to get blocked, screaming for help and embarrass you in front of the whole tribe laughing at you.

Leveling:

As i said before. With vanilla rates, you WILL spend HOURS!!! farming experience with mindless building of crap again and again, not for the need of survival, but to advance in gameplay.
It takes forever to be able to unlock the most basic metal tools!!!

Resources:

The need of some resources is ridiculous.
You have to harvest tons of metal for ammunition, tranquilizer darts, armor.
Its easier to kill enemys with your machete, or close combat in general, in comparison to time and effort crafting one magazine for your assault rifle.
That makes no sense!!!

Building:

Oh my gawd...

The building mechanic is a pain in the ♥♥♥. It NEEDS to be improved!!!
If you like to build just 4 walls, its fine.
If your building style involves pillars or anything more geometric complex than 4 corners, you will spend most the time finding the right angle attaching ladders and avoiding every inch of the environment that will block your structures.
Why cant walls, ramps and floors slightely merge and align into the environment to FILL all the small corners, holes and FULLFILL my desire of setting everything perfect like the autist i am.

Apropos ladders:

The interaction menus are terrible.
You need to aim at the perfect spot to climb ladders and open doors. (my hint: works better if you are in panic and get chased by a vegan monster... trust me!)

Crafting:

The engram and crafting menus are confusing and unorganized as ♥♥♥♥.
At least you have the possibility to use a search function and create your own folders.
In the smithy for example, the crafting menu shares the same place in the inventory like your items.
WHY cant there be a seperate window/area?
WHY is everyting organized in sub-folders so i have to search and spend more clicks than necessary??
WHY do i have to ♥♥♥♥ my pants everytime i sneeze???

Performance:

It improved noticeable over the last year, but if i play since hours, got many pets within my base and traveled alot through the world, my fps still drop into the abyss of Beelzebub himself.

You ask: "If you dont like it, why did you spend more than 140+ hours playing this piece of crap?, you ♥♥♥♥ing dumb ♥♥♥!!"

Look at my screenshots YOU STUPID ♥♥♥♥!!!

This game has incredible potential.
It feeds the right psychological and neural mechanisms that every good crafting game does.

Taming Dinos is like playing Pokémon.
Many of them have special abilities that come handy harvesting resources.
You can tame, train, breed, build and fight armys with your minions.

The graphics and models are great.
The atmosphere and ambience is amazing!
The water finally makes me want to wash myself again after days!
You get XP for literally every ♥♥♥♥ you dump on the beach!

My advice:

Pay some friends, get on a high rate server, form your own tribe and get frustrated altogether!!!
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Not Recommended
787.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 3
If you are unemployed, never sleep, and don't mind occasionally getting shafted by poor communication from the developers or sloppy patches, then this game is awesome. Like Best Game Ever awesome.
If you have a job, like to sleep once in a while, or like to be properly informed before hours (or weeks) of your time are retroactively wasted, then best skip it.
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