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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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
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  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 157
  2. Negative: 62 out of 157
  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. Aug 5, 2021
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A fun experience with beautiful visuals though a painfully hard one aswell ESPECIALLY when playing PVP with players higher levels constantly raiding you. But if you play single player with a friend then the game is great! Expand
  5. Dec 27, 2018
    4
    The game is fine alone in gameplay, however, runs like it's on a potato on even high-level GPUs. Playing alone is plain annoying. The officialThe game is fine alone in gameplay, however, runs like it's on a potato on even high-level GPUs. Playing alone is plain annoying. The official servers are mostly thousands of days in but that's not all. Hours, even DAYS of progress can be, for all intents and purposes, deleted, because some **** is able to take a completely overpowered fantasy dinosaur from a DLC that you don't have and transfer it through to a server on the base game's map, the island, and go on a rampage destroying everything because they're simply a **** sociopath. All in all, unless you play on a private server with your friends or on a newer unofficial server, I don't recommend this at all. There's no stopping anyone from ruining your entire progress using a completely broken tame if you're on an official server, not even the ones that say "No ark data downloads" because that means **** Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2018
    2
    A broken time sink of a game, a grind with no payoff. Your biggest enemy in the game isn't the dinosaurs; it's the poor optimization,A broken time sink of a game, a grind with no payoff. Your biggest enemy in the game isn't the dinosaurs; it's the poor optimization, unreliable servers, rushed content, and the developers themselves.

    Bumping the price from $30 to $60 for the "official release" without fixing anything beforehand is criminal. Three years after initial launch, this game shouldn't be considered as anything more than a mess of an early access title, as it's still needing constant updates. The developers are unprofessional and have been known to ban players that raid clans that have devs as members. They ban players for playing by the rules of their own game, no glitches or cheats required. They wiped the servers of everyone who played for the first 2 years to make room for the new customers for the "official release". They released new maps before they even had skyboxes, textures, proper collisions, or working servers.

    The only redeemable thing about this chore of a game is the variety of creatures and the animations for them. Regardless if you'll play single player or multiplayer, avoid this game, and don't support it either. This is coming from a longtime player of the game.
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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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