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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: 32 out of 92
  2. Negative: 45 out of 92
  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. Jul 11, 2020
    10
    Its amazing.
    Me and my friend play this all the time, although we are not quite there yet.
    120+ Creatures to tame or kill Definitely Recommend
    Its amazing.
    Me and my friend play this all the time, although we are not quite there yet.
    120+ Creatures to tame or kill
    Definitely Recommend Buying
    Many DLCs too
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  3. Sep 21, 2020
    9
    Such a beautiful game, if you want to have 3x fun, just play with your friends! It's a bit laggy, you should have a good PC to run atSuch a beautiful game, if you want to have 3x fun, just play with your friends! It's a bit laggy, you should have a good PC to run at Low/Medium settings, and it have a lot of bugs, but the amount of content you have on this game, is unbelievable, 8+ maps to play (half is DLC, but worth the money) and, if that's not enough, you can also play on servers, which are a bit stressful for some people, if you don't like the servers, there's mods too, hundreds of mods and some extra maps made from the community. Its a fantastic game, with good graphics, a lot of content and things to do, and some bugs. Expand
  4. Apr 10, 2020
    5
    ARK: Survival Evolved is not something to say it's good. It starts off like it's going to be a fun game, but as you progress, it gets quiteARK: Survival Evolved is not something to say it's good. It starts off like it's going to be a fun game, but as you progress, it gets quite boring. 50/50 game that is not worth paying for. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Jun 28, 2019
    0
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  7. Mar 1, 2020
    0
    Unoptmizied piece of garbage thats not even worth the 5€ i spent on the damn game. RTX 2070, Ryzen 3600X and this game runs like a load ofUnoptmizied piece of garbage thats not even worth the 5€ i spent on the damn game. RTX 2070, Ryzen 3600X and this game runs like a load of crap, and this was released on 2017, one of the worst games i ever bought. Constant server issues, cant even invite my friends to join my damn server. Expand

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