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 ???????


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!

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.

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.

ARK Patch v245

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!

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, 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 40000 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: 20000 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu Equivalent Distro
    • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: 20000 MB available space
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0.5 hrs
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Posted: August 29
laggy as shiz on a a mac so f this game and i cant press anything in the survivor editor.
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179.3 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
This game makes for great stories:

Me and my friend found ourselves on the northeast corner of the island, lost and afraid. We came across a curious creature - the Dodo bird. We began to worship this creature as a god, and our tribe was henceforth dubbed "House Dodo". Camp was set right on the beach, as we had no worries of predators. What fools we were.

It was when we were doing our daily run of sabertooth hunting near the small island of sabertooths to the south of our camp when he came... Out of seemingly nowhere, a red glow breaks through the trees of the dense forest. Then, fast as lightning, an Alpha Raptor starts attacking us. We were in a panic, as we had not dealt with a predator this intimidating before. We ran, trying to make a break for the camp, but that was the biggest mistake. Not only were we killed by the ferocious creature, but that beast took all we had with him... He destroyed the entire camp, we were left with nothing, just as we started.

There became a trend of the raptor coming in when he felt like it, and killing us again. So to that we named him Jormungand, the Great Serpant in Norse mythology. His relentless attacks forced us to come up with a plan, but since we had no ideas, we took it to our Dodo Deity. The Dodo spoke, not in words but more through our minds. The Great Dodo told us to go to the pink tree to the north and speak with the Godess Aphrododo. So we went, and there was the pink Godess herself, and she told us that we must take the path of the sea, and sail to a place of worthy settlement on the opposite side of the island. So our goal was to build a raft. We were near having enough resources to build the raft when we realized that it had been a while since the last attack of Jormungand. Was it the Dodo gods to thank for that? Either way, we took to the sea the next day.

Our small raft had everything we needed: food, supplies, tortchlight, and a bed for respawn. We had made it to the swamps before encountering any danger, but it always comes. It was night, the waters were cold and black, you could not see two inches down. The raft was going full speed westward when I see a large silhouette behind us, as I could magically see myself from a thirdperson view while steering the raft. I informed my comrade, and he took up arms. I told him to hold fire, I was sure that we were faster. And I was right. But... We were not fast enough for the giant crocodile that jumped onto the raft, knocking my unknowing companion into the dark waters to be fed to the megalodon tailing us. I was not exactly sure what to do, but I took out my bow and shot at the beast while it was destroying what little we had on the raft. When the monster fell back into the blackness of the water, I made full haste with the raft, getting the hell out of there. It was extremely lucky that the bed was the only thing left on the raft, allowing the Dodo gods to respawn him on the raft that he was taken off of. From then on we kept a more watchful eye of the waters. We continued our journey.

The next noticable thing in sight was the foretold Obelisk that holds the secrets of our existence in it, but next to it was something of more intrest, as well as evil... We had flashbacks of the red mists... Death, destruction, devistation... All of these things could be seen in that cove next to the tower. Swimming in the water just under a cliff, for whatever reason, was an Alpha Rex. Of relation to Jormungand, no doubt. The monster had not noticed us climb up the cliff and draw our bows. We loomed over the cliff, looking down right at it, thinking of the monster of our homeland. We held our fire until we had perfect shots, but luck was not with us. I slipped off the top of the cliff, falling into the cove, right next to the monster. I did not expect it to be such a good swimmer. It chased me down without effort, and took me out in one foul swoop. I spawned back and had a plan. My friend would distract him while I went to get my stuff back. Killing him was no longer on the agenda.

It more or less worked out, but was not interesting enough to be put into the story, so, skipping ahead a couple chapters, to what will be the end of the story:

We found a perfect area to settle, a forest area next to a waterfall. But it was on the other side of the river that we found the reason Aphrododo told us to come to this place on the western side of the island. It was a forest of the pink trees of Aphrododo, with only herbivores living there. That became a sacred forest. And just next to it, on the other side of the river atop a cliff, was our house. We had come all this way, and now we were safe.

Now I'm going to do something to distract me from the fact that I spent over an hour making this...
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325.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
Amazing game! Way better than other survival games eg Rust
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84.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
Survival Evovled: should you play it?

When I looked at this game in early access, I thought it was going to be a survival game cash grab that threw in dinosaurs in place of zombies. I imagined them selling a million copies, and then leaving the game in a state of decay while walking away with the money. My judgement of this book by its cover could not have been more wrong.

This is quite possibly the best survival game I have ever played. The graphics are beatiful in texture, but the screenshots don't do it justice. The devs have clearly put in love into tuning the creatures movements and noises to make them feel and sound alive. The world feels lived in, and the eco system is convincing.

Aside from how the game looks, the game has a level of depth I did not expect. Each dinosaur has a use that you can exploit. The technology progression goes from stone age to modern. You have to work hard for each step of progress, but it is very rewarding every time you get there. You really can play the way you want to, as evidenced by the players in my tribe. We all have different builds and skills, tailored to our individual styles of play. The tribe system was crafted to make living in multiplayer feel... tribal. The game has built in local voice chat, so you can actually talk to other people if you want to. If you tame multiple dinosaurs, you can have as few or as many as you want follow you at the same time.

Quite possibly my favorite thing about the story is its vagueness and open ended script. There is enough there to make you ask questions, and some clues; however, the story is your story. After a while, you stop caring how you got there or what the place is. It becomes about your experiences while you are there.

I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a value buy in terms of hours/dollars ratio. If you like survival games, or RPGs, OR Jurassic Park, this game will take you away on a journey and keep you there. I would not recommend this to people who want short gaming sessions, or instant gratification. This game is a grind to survive, as it should be. It is painfully brutal and unforgiving. You can spend hours taming a dinosaur, and days interacting with it after that. You will grow attached to your dinosaur. It will have a name. You will have adventures with it. Then it will die a horrible death, and you will be sad.

10/10 would recommend.

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255.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
This game is addictive!
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Lion Heart
236.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
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122.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
I was craving something new with gaming. ARK delivers! Seeing this is an early access game, I wasn't expecting too much. But to be honest, this is the best game I have played in a long time. Expect to get killed ALOT, until you get a foothold with building decent shelter(s) and resources. There is so much to keep track of and learn, which makes this game incredibly immersive and addicting. If your machine can handle it, graphics set to epic with max view distance and resolution scale is breathtaking! It truly feels like you are in another world. I have over 120hrs in and have only scratched the surface of exploring these two HUGE worlds (the island and the center). The server I mostly play “...thecenter596” is a PVE (players vs environment) and has some veteran players willing to help newcomers as needed. I suggest staying away from PVP (player vs player) until you have a good grasp of the game, otherwise you may be resorting to rage quits as your hard work and effort gets undone (happens enough in PVE). You will laugh, you will cry, you will be putting other games aside to play this one because frankly, this is the best survival adventure open world game to be had. Definitely worth the $30 spent, so good I'll have to buy another so my son can play with me. :)
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106.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
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536.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
It's still buggy, it's still poorly optimised, but it's a really enjoyable game, though playing on official servers will of course bring you into contact with the public, and all that entails!
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Bones 88
33.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
This is the game i've been wanting for years. With all the survival mechanics i've been hoping for. Really good tribe system, a huge open world, and then freaking dinosaurs! Loving it!
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
8.4 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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98 of 151 people (65%) found this review helpful
70 people found this review funny
607.8 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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77 of 117 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 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.

- 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

- 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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40 of 60 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
64.6 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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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
60.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
Note: this is a review of the SINGLE-PLAYER mode only.

What is it?

ARK: Survival Evolved is, as its title suggests, first and foremost a survival game, and a very good one! If you've ever seen the TV series Naked and Afraid, then you'll have a good idea of what you're in for, but with dinosaurs and other long-extinct species to make it either more fun or more nightmarish for you - depending on how good you are!

Single Player

I don't really play multiplayer games and so didn't buy ARK for the longest time, but solo (local) play has evolved since the game's beginnings and it is FUN! You have the option of joining one of hundreds of official servers all with their own rule-sets, you can start your own locally-hosted server to invite friends, or you can play alone on your own PC.

What the game offers

All the best survival elements are included. You need food and drink, you need to manage your temperature, and you need to be able to fortify or defend yourself. Base building is superb, starting with fragile thatched huts, wooden shelters, solid stone, through to great metal walls should you evolve those. You are awarded experience (XP) points for exploring, hunting, gathering resources and discovering new species, and these points are used to unlock new tool and building blueprints in the game as well as level up various RPG-style sliders for health and strength.

As if the survival aspect wasn't a full game in itself, you then have the unique element of interacting with dinosaurs - the biggest part of this game. It won't be unusual to find some great mean-osaurus tucking into your latest home (followed by you as the next course) and you WILL die often. You will respawn at some random point on the map where you will hunt in vane for your last body so as to recover your inventory, but your body only remains for a few minutes so there will be times where you will have to regather all those resources and build a new shelter if you can't find your previous home (you do keep all your blueprints, so a death-respawn isn't too bad). For permadeath fans, you can opt to create a new suvivor instead of respawning.

Dinosaurs can be tamed as pets with varying qualities, bred, trained and even ridden! Right now, I have a tamed and rideable Parasaur (it is SO cool to be able to do this), and I have smaller pet dinosaurs who follow and attack my attackers (who needs PvE or PvP here?!); quite frankly, I'm having a riot!

Finally, the game also has a thriving mod community through Steam Workshop, together with countless detailed user guides on different aspects of the game such as taming dinosaurs and such.


The game has an overwhelming interface leaving you to stumble about, picking berries until you probably die of starvation! I REALLY recommend a great (and short) beginner's guide here on Steam How to Single Play ARK: Evolved by Tenebryos. It's only a page but it gives you enough of a starter (how to feed yourself and clothe yourself, build your first weapon and tame a dino) while not spoiling any of the discoveries.

You can use a controller if you prefer, but I found that keyboard and mouse were by far the better choice (an MMO-style mouse with number buttons on the side like the excellent Razer Naga and Chroma mice really pay off here). The game is Early Access and so the controls might yet be refined, but for now it seems Kb/M is the way to play.

The game has a fantastic array of configurable difficulty sliders, including how much food you'll consume, what your strength is and how strong the dinosaurs will be, how long it takes to tame a dinosaur, how long the more dangerous and less fruitful night-time will last. The user guide I recommended above gives ideal beginner settings to get you started, making the game an altogether easier experience to acclimatise to.

Early Access

The game is updated regularly by the developers. There are already a giddying number of dinosaurs and extinct species, with the promise of more to come. The island is lush and belivable, and the graphics are gorgeous. The dinosaurs actually interact with the environment, and carnivores will attack smaller species or will attack you for the Kentucky Fried Dodo you were about to prepare. Or they'll just attack you because YOU taste nice. If you choose to respawn and happen to find your former location, chances are the beast that killed you is poking at your shelter and waiting for your return. Unlike many other games with wandering species, these creatures have good and belivable AI.

There are bugs. By far the most common one is getting stuck behind boxes or furniture, and then not being able to move at all (even if you destroy the obstruction). Luckily, the game always saves your exact last point and reloading gets you out of stuck situations. I've had two crashes but that's out of 25 hours' play - so that's not much of an issue. Collision is a bit off too, with dinosaurs able to poke their heads through your stone wall and spit poison at you, or generally get stuck in or on your buildings (I have a terrifyingly-big Brontosaurus currently stood (stuck) over one of my shelters), or entities that you should be able to reach (like a small creature trying to escape your pick-axe) not being hit when they should have been. This is at its worst when in the heat of attack. Defensive blows are all about timing, but there seems to be no exact science behind when to swing your strike, so work is needed there to refine it. Lastly, the inventory interface is both brilliant and awful. You can filter blueprints by any text word you type in like 'stone', and you can divide them into folders (excellent) but the blueprints still sit in the root folder too (they are only copied to your sub-folders) and it soon becomes unwieldy to manage (not so good). BUT, as said it's Early Access so these things are to be expected and will hopefully be refined.


ARK: Survival Evolved's single-player mode is already a superb survival dinothon! There is so much to do and work towards, and it feels like a really great survival title with the added bonus of full taming and interacting with dinosaurs. TOTALLY recommended for all survival fans and for anyone who has longed for a GOOD game featuring dinosaurs.
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1,647.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
Amazing and addicting
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
41.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 1
You don't wanna get this game at its current stage UNLESS:
1. You have a few good friends who like playing survival
2. You have a really nice PC that can run most games at MAXED OUT GFX

The devs keep adding new content (which is really good infact) but they don't fix bugs or optimize the game for lower end PC's.

Hope this helped. :D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 29
My First Two hours of ARK.
>Make Hercules in the Charcter Creator
>Spawn In, know absolutley nothing.
>Girl Flies in on dinosaur, doesn't shoot me immediatly.
>Gives me a pick axe, start getting trees, she leaves.
>Five minutes later she comes back carrying a very Large black man
>Become Friends.
>Girl Explains the game to us
>We begin building house, girl flies off.
>Guy from girl's clan comes by, knocks both of us out for giggles, flies away.
>We don't know how to get Thatch
>Spend 1 hours getting thatch to make basic hut
>Learn PickAxes get more Thatch
>Friend Dies of Starvation
>He tries to find me while I work on house.
> House almost finished, but more than 5 allosaurs are climbing around on top.
>Manage to sneak into house, Put up door and last roof piece.
>Message Black Friend that I'm about to get off for night.
>Before I can Type the Message, Allosaurs realize they are on my house.
>Hear Roaring and Crunch, roof caving in and walls cracking,
>Wait about 2 minutes until imminent death.
>House destroyed Me eaten and Black man is lost.
9/10 Could use a tutorial
10/10 Would spend 2 hours building house and getting eaten by dinosaurs again.
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136.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4
ARK: Survival Evolved is something special. Now, I happen to have a computer that can run it properly, unlike most reviewers, so I can give my opinions without bringing lag spikes into it. Why is ARK something special you ask? You can have countless hours of fun, and follow it up with cold, hard ragequitting. Let's start with the bright side: It's a in-depth game full of creatures and items all with specific uses and is easy to get in to. Especially while playing with friends, you can find yourself pouring tens, if not hundreds of hours into this game. Now, the downsides. Yes, this game is in open beta, but that doesn't stop the developers from adding new features rather than fixing horrendous bugs and glitches. It's easy to find yourself losing all your progress because you might've gotten stuck in a rock, fell 5 feet and lost 200 health, got dropped out of the sky by your Argentavis, or many, many more death sentences. I'll be honest with you, this game is frustrating and sometimes infuriating, but it's just so addicting that you'll find yourself playing more.

Although I rarely find myself getting lag, I do agree with most people that the game is poorly optimized, but keep in mind that the visuals can be stunning.

Despite the glitches and frustration, I still thoroughly enjoy this game.

(or 2/8 after the salt kicks in)
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177.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 30
I don't know where all the hate is coming from. This game is awesome. Yes at first you get your ♥♥♥ kicked, but you are a man among dinosaurs.

I didn't play PVP but that's because I can't log on everyday to contribute to a tribe or keep my stuff safe. Played PVE met up with a cool tribe and started lvling up. I had blast until I realized how long it takes to tame things. (Jesus)

Rented a server for me and a couple buddies. Increased the taming speed to 8x and boom perfect game. We really had fun but after awhile you have everything you want tamed and you run out of building ideas. I played for 170+ hours so it's worth it.

As for people saying it isn't optimized I don't get it. My rig was only $400 and I have a GTX 750Ti. It runs great with most settings set to high and view distance set to epic.

Anyway I fully recommend this game. Especially if you got friends who can come up with only $6 a month for a server :)
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