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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: 69 out of 158
  2. Negative: 63 out of 158
  1. Jan 31, 2022
    10
    Great game, though with many requirements. If your PC can be considered the "ultimate beast" at running things then this game I epic!!!
  2. Jun 24, 2021
    10
    Excellent!! The main reason why people tend to hate the game is because the lazy devs that control it. In reality the game is great in termsExcellent!! The main reason why people tend to hate the game is because the lazy devs that control it. In reality the game is great in terms if graphics, design, soundtrack, and even spawned good DLC. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Jul 23, 2021
    7
    Good game, it just needs a little bit more fixing, which is why I rated it a 7.0/10...
  5. Sep 3, 2017
    3
    What can i say about Ark? I was a day 1 EA purchaser of this game. The game was beautiful, with a amazing concept and an ambitious dev behindWhat can i say about Ark? I was a day 1 EA purchaser of this game. The game was beautiful, with a amazing concept and an ambitious dev behind it. For the first 6 months or so, this was the game to play. It was amazing. Very frequent updates, great communication from the developers, lots of community interaction.

    So what happened after that? Well, it's hard to say why, but at the start of 2016, the Developers attitude changed for the worst. Updates drew to a month or more a part, often days or even weeks late, and nearly always with the "meat" of that update missing. It was disappointing, but, issues only got worse. Communication stopped almost completely, community interactions stopped at best and at worst became negative. A number of times, a lead member of the development staff posted on reddit calling people liars, and being a complete jerk off. As time went on, things got worse and worse, the customer support got worse, major problems with the game were outright ignored, and in fact intentionally made even worse, the developers began to lie to the community, and they even released DLC while still in EA.

    The devs still to this day refuse to even acknowledge that their game has problems which leaves very little hope for the people on Official Servers. If you say the game is too grindy, the devs will laugh at you and tell you you're wrong. If you want to re spec your stats more than once at max level, the devs will tell you to buy the game again and level an entirely new character on a entirely different copy of the game (and in fact, TheRightHand (one of the lead developers) did say this and received quite a bit of backlash for it). They do nothing but deflect criticism and dodge the issues.

    So, why did i give this game a 3? Well, it's because of the developers. They keep compounding the problems the game has, and making already bad problems flat out worse. They treat the community like dirt, they lie, they could care less about anyone's actual experience playing the game. There is a good game here, but it's so bogged down with all the **** the devs keep piling on it that it's completely buried. Dig this gem out of the pile of **** it's buried in clean it up a little and it will shine, but the devs seem to have no interest in doing that.

    In conclusion, i will say that this game is incredibly grindy, repetitive, unbalanced, and unrefined, not worthy of it's $60 asking price, and the developers, Studio Wildcard, are not worthy of your trust. Because of what Studio Wildcard has done I can not and will not recommend this game or any game they produce in the future.
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  6. Jun 13, 2020
    2
    TLDR: This game is fundamentally flawed. It does everything to prevent you from enjoying it. It doesn’t allow you to explore, while makingTLDR: This game is fundamentally flawed. It does everything to prevent you from enjoying it. It doesn’t allow you to explore, while making exploration mandatory. If you want to play this: don’t play it alone, you’ll be in for a bad time.

    So I just received this game for free on Epic Games Store like many other people and as a fan of the survival game-genre (with base building, crafting and so on) I have looked at this game many times and found it interesting. But the fact that this is an MMO has always be off-putting for me because I simply don't like that genre all that much, I am more of a lone wolf when it comes to those kind of games, a coop-guy with friends at best.

    But getting this game for free I wanted to give it a shot since it CAN be played in single player as well. But as you can see with my rating: it's a horrible experience since it's fundamentally flawed. And after reading some reviews here where most of the high-rating critics wrote something like "You just have to learn how to play and git gud" I thought I'd give you my opposing impression, because those guys are blinded fanboys, nothing more.

    As I said, this game is fundamentally flawed and you start to realize that pretty early on. I only played this for 2 hours and while playing the only thing I learned from this is that the games doesn't want me to play it.

    A good game is self-explanatory or at least gives you a few guidelines, tutorials, a starting quest or whatever. All of this is absent in this title. There is a guide in the menu that tries to explain the basics but that's it. You get thrown into a world; you have this thing on your arm that seems to indicate some kind of plot but the game never tells you that there is any. You are left with exploring things on your own. And don't get me wrong: I like that. I am not criticizing the fact that this game has either no story or wants you to find it. I am in fact a huge fan of 7 Days to Die which does it in a similar way, but at least in 7 Days to Die you get an incentive: After 7 days you are overrun by Zombies. ARK has nothing of the sorts. It gives you an open space, lots of wood, stone, plants and dinos obviously and that's it. I think that's a bit lackluster but alright, I can get past that. My problem is a different one:
    So you find yourself in this vast but seemingly empty world to explore but the game PUNISHES you for exploring it. After setting up a small camp somewhere I started exploring only to be 2-shotted by the first bigger dino I encountered. That in itself wouldn't be too bad if you wouldn't lose ALL OF YOUR INVENTORY. But where most games (like Terraria or 7 Days to Die btw) offer you the option to turn this off, ARK has NONE of the sorts (there are options before starting the game, but this missing, you can however install a mod to fix this, but honestly? This shouldn’t be fixed by a mod…)! Your stuff lies around where you die so that you can pick it up but that means that you either have to run back to your corpse which is tedious or you leave your stuff behind and craft/gather everything you had anew which is also tedious! And even if you try to get your stuff back, chances are that you just die again and again and again, every time since you respawn with NOTHING and whatever killed you will probably just linger around the place where it killed you anyway. And it's not that this happened in a high-level zone. I started in the easiest zone I was offered. The enemies were level 2! But that seemingly doesn't matter in this game because they just either kill you in an instant or withing a few seconds anyway! Normally I would just avoid said area and explore somewhere else, but then again: what to do about the stuff you lost? You can easily see that this is bad design.

    And so you are left with the question: What to do in this game? And the only real answer is: Uninstall it and play something else because: You can only craft that much and crafting because boring after a while as well. So you want to start exploring but that only leads to you getting killed all the time because out of nowhere raptors jump in your face and kill you before you can even draw your weapon or turn around. And besides that: I am not sure if the game even offers you something for exploring it's world. I doubt that you can find weapons, armor or tools lying around.

    I mean: I guess it's an MMO in the first place and I am at fault here for trying to play it alone. But honestly? Why would I invest any kind of money into this game when it only offers player interaction, where non is wanted? If you want this as a single player experience: Don't waste your money, don't waste your nerves.

    And for those you write stuff like “git gud”: That’s not how a game should be designed. Also: How will you ever learn to play a game, when said game does everything in it’s power to stop you from learning it? This is bad design so stop defending it and face the truth.
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  7. Apr 10, 2022
    0
    It is a buggy trashy mess. I really enjoy the game but you have to pay for everything. Not to mention that you can't play without tether onIt is a buggy trashy mess. I really enjoy the game but you have to pay for everything. Not to mention that you can't play without tether on console. I didn't buy this to not be able to walk normally. I gut pushed into a ducking Vulcan bc the host was too far. Expand

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