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  • Summary: Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate... and escape.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Games Master UK
    Oct 6, 2017
    85
    It'll delight you, it'll make you despair, but ultimately Ark will leave you with a real sense of satisfaction. [Nov 2017, p.76]
  2. Aug 29, 2017
    80
    Ark’s ambition pulls it in the right direction with more force than its clunkiness tugs it the other way. It’s always more enjoyable to spend time with a game that tries something new and exciting, stumbling along the way, than a game that tries to tick focus group-inspired boxes. If that game also happens to simulate an entire prehistoric ecosystem, and produces bewildering emergent scenarios like clockwork, all the better.
  3. Sep 1, 2017
    77
    When I’m having a good time in ARK, I’m having a really good time. The problem is that those moments are usually one part to every nine parts menial grinding and crafting - especially at the later tech tiers. Having to repeat so much work after failing an attempt at a boss feels far too punishing, and some really dumb dinosaurs can take a lot of the challenge and sense of danger out of the many primal locations. Even with all of those quirks, however, I’m still hungry to play more after the 60 hours I’ve spent so far.
  4. Sep 3, 2017
    70
    In its best moments, Ark is the dream game of every Dino fan. But bugs and the grind-based game-mechanics often spoil the fun.
  5. Oct 9, 2017
    70
    Like so many survival/crafting games, from Minecraft to Subnautica, ARK presupposes a player with a lot of time to dedicate to the experience, a high tolerance for repetition, and a fondness for chaos and the unexpected. With its sci-fi inflected single player campaign, ARK at least offers a solo player the chance to get the gist of the game without the threat of anti-social humans ruining whatever progress has been made. For the past two years, ARK has been helping to shape the genre and now that it's finished, it feels like the genre is due for the next stage of evolution.
  6. 70
    ARK is an ambitious project that, at the moment, lacks in optimisation: bugs, glitches and crashes happen too often and affect the gamer experience. The potential is enormous, but the devs should concentrate their work to solve all the issues and to fix what is already done, instead to produce new contents. Beware: the PvP servers are full of awful people, that's why you should buy the game if you are oriented to a PvE experience only.
  7. Sep 1, 2017
    50
    Ark: Survival Evolved is a game full of rough edges. It's also a game full of some amazing moments over my total playtime. It's the kind of experience that has a lot of boredom and tedium, and a great deal of looking the other way in the face of bugs, but also some clear water cooler moments. There's something very cool buried in here, though I can't tell if that's because of some developer decisions or in spite of them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35
  1. Oct 24, 2017
    10
    While it has its problems, I can't justify giving this game anything less than a 10. I have over a thousand hours in it. A THOUSAND HOURS.While it has its problems, I can't justify giving this game anything less than a 10. I have over a thousand hours in it. A THOUSAND HOURS. That's ~41 days of nothing but playing this game.

    It's fun, but incredibly un-optimized. Even if you have a good card, be prepared to turn those settings down to medium or low to get playable fps.

    A lot of the bugs people have mentioned have been fixed since well before EA, I'm not sure what they're going on about. Yeah the game's support is genuinely terrible, but I only had to use it twice, once when I got a dinosaur stuck underneath the terrain (back in early access - and this only happened once) and second when I messed up with tranferring tribe ownership. Couldn't get any help with the first one because I couldn't remember the dino's name and it had been a few days (it was dead, jim), but the second one got resolved speedily.
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  2. Mar 31, 2018
    10
    One of the best games i have ever played. Of course it has its problems here and there but what game doesn't? I mostly play singleplayer andOne of the best games i have ever played. Of course it has its problems here and there but what game doesn't? I mostly play singleplayer and have fun with console commands and world settings, so i don't know much about multiplayer. But if you want a game that you can have fun with for quite a long time (And you have "very decent" pc) and you don't care much about multiplayer, then this game is for you! Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2018
    9
    lo único malo es el precio de sus dlc y la optimizacion .
    en resumen un muy buen juego de survival con dinosaurios
  4. Nov 22, 2017
    5
    No no. This is not how to develop a good game. The gameplay is slow and boring. Sure there are dinosaurs but i dont like them. I dont evenNo no. This is not how to develop a good game. The gameplay is slow and boring. Sure there are dinosaurs but i dont like them. I dont even know why i bought this game. Lol Expand
  5. Nov 18, 2017
    3
    Ok I am writing this review as a new player, I have not read any other reviews, this is my personal experience playing on 11/17/17-11/18/17.Ok I am writing this review as a new player, I have not read any other reviews, this is my personal experience playing on 11/17/17-11/18/17.

    I tried 8 different NA servers 4 being PVE and 4 being PVP to make sure it wasn't just a "One time" occurrence.

    Firstly the game IS NOTHING LIKE ADVERTISED. NOTHING. Literally no one gives a f*** if you are a new player they will kill you and grief you on a PVP server because they can.

    Forget taming dinosuars, you will NEVER get the chance on a PVE server. Older players have made it their life mission to royally screw you over as a new player. You get to choose spawn locations from a tab, first logging in you will be surrounded by bases of other players. Why? Because they are d***s. The mechanics in the game don't allow you to build near anyone's base, so the low level area with hardly any carnivores? Ya they have them locked down to make it impossible for you to level, progress, and respawn when you die. It's also intentional. They will build small nods inbetween their bases to prevent other players from building. So you are forced to move into the higher level carnivore infested areas to do anything.

    All in all if this doesn't detour you from buying the game you've been warned. It's nothing like it's presented on youtube, by people that have been in the game since day one, with huge tribes, and private servers.

    In all honesty No Man's Sky was better than this game.
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  6. Sep 13, 2017
    2
    Great game, so much that you can do, riding a dino, create your own base, exchange, selling or buying dino's. But with poor support, all theGreat game, so much that you can do, riding a dino, create your own base, exchange, selling or buying dino's. But with poor support, all the issue you get after every new update, they dont listen to your question, sending a ticket, but answer is that they dont tread it,where it sometimes takes hours before you can on a server where your base and dino's are, there are more issue, but the issues destroy the fun for this beautyfull game. Expand
  7. May 8, 2018
    0
    Belongs in the top 5 worst games i haver ever played. Not to mention Devs who arent even Devs just in Disguise since 3 other teams areBelongs in the top 5 worst games i haver ever played. Not to mention Devs who arent even Devs just in Disguise since 3 other teams are actually developing it and they cant develope either. Its running on an very old Unreal Engine 4. you read right its not an actual Engine. Thats why it runs like crap. Expand

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