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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 36
  2. Negative: 18 out of 36
  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. Sep 21, 2017
    4
    WARNING this game can be fun surviving & building and taming, BUT!!!!! its like why would you want to spend so much time building up yourWARNING this game can be fun surviving & building and taming, BUT!!!!! its like why would you want to spend so much time building up your char, your base, your tames and then either someone comes and destroys everything you worked hard for. OR better YET!!! how about your flying around on your favorite tame and CRASH. Ahh the ark past time CRASH CRASH CRASH this game was designed by the devil to build your hopes & dreams up ONLY to CRASH them down. Even after you try hurry and log back on to see if you and your favorite tame are still alive. It wont let you log on for min. 6 mins. Hey what about when your stuff just disappears for no reason. Ya this game could be good but after OVER 2 YEARS in beta it got release & is still broken & every update can break it MORE!!!!!! Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2017
    3
    One of the industry's most promising titles turned into the single most heinous, unplayable, gruesome piece of software in history. ThisOne of the industry's most promising titles turned into the single most heinous, unplayable, gruesome piece of software in history. This pathetic game studio have over the years finely tuned a CIA torture and interrogation purgatory that would render terrorist groups speechless and in envy.

    From blatant refusal to resolve horrendously broken core game mechanics for two years straight, to releasing full price DLC midway through the most pathetic Early Access process I've ever seen, to stretching themselves hair-thin across editions, expansions and console versions, constantly making useless content additions while the game's functionality went down the toilet, to not being able to wait until going out of Early Access before charging full price, to not even having a finished product on their hands when getting out of EA and finally making content modifications reinforcing ARK's focus on assaulting players through exhaustion and psychopathic degrees of grind, I not only believe ARK goes down as one of the most disappointing titles in history, but also, the team behind it are a bunch of sick, deranged individuals.
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  6. Sep 14, 2018
    2
    The devs are ignoring legacy issues (many, many bugs) to churn out DLC for even more money. If the DLC contained even a few fixes for theThe devs are ignoring legacy issues (many, many bugs) to churn out DLC for even more money. If the DLC contained even a few fixes for the base game, it would be somewhat acceptable, however all the DLC does is introduce more bugs, increase grind time, and insult your intelligence. The official servers are toxic, as are the forums, with people who have spent thousands of hours in this "game", and are rationalizing that it must be good for that reason alone. It could not be that they were suckered into paying $60 for something that should still be considered Early Access, and cannot afford another game. The best legacy bug is still the disappearing Dino that you spent a hundred of hours grinding for (no exaggeration), only to log in and find out it glitched so hard the server wiped it. Also be warned that this is one of "those" games where you will spend an ungodly amount of time reading a wiki to learn how to do anything. Of course if you do this you will learn all the gimmicks built into the game that defy logic and allow you to become OP, at least until the bugs catch up and smack you back to your starting point, or you try an official server and lose everything in a raid while offline when the attacker utilize one of the many glitches to bypass your defenses.

    Most of the game design seems to have be the by committee version, but then they apparently wrote all the ideas and put them in a hat. For some reason though, they only drew 80% of them back out. So nothing ever seems completely thought out, or well implemented. Tiny animals drop items 3X their size, or magic being prevalent on one map, tech on another, with no explanations to cover the gap considering this is supposedly all the same planet.

    At this point it seems that this has become a dump project, where adding random ideas to continue pushing new DLC is their only goal. For this reason this is not worth getting until they patch the major legacy bugs (clipping X 100), if ever. This also extends to their new game, which is likely going to suffer from the same issues in management and quality control. You also need to factor in the server costs, DLC costs, and that unless you want to be at a sever disadvantage, you will need at least three friends to play with. There is virtually no story, so you need to do a lot of role playing. You will also need to get used to the fact that the devs assumed you would min-max with the wiki knowledge, so they spawn a tonne of animals together that mostly only want to eat you. Immersion is not one of their goals, just making as much money as possible, in the shortest amount of time, with the least amount of work.
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  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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