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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: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 2, 2017
    80
    I felt like I have grown along with the game, however, the constant graphical issues and glitches do pull it down to a point of annoyance that couldn’t be ignored.
  2. Aug 29, 2017
    73
    After a long time, Ark Survival Evolved arrives as one of the best survival games. Its a pity that developers have not fixed the performance problems, because it affects the experience quite a bit, but if you like dinosaurs and you don't care about performance, you will love it.
  3. Sep 8, 2017
    73
    A highly deep, varied and compelling survival game, but after two years in Game Preview this final version still feels like an early access game, with several technical problems and requesting gamers to pay for DLC even if it's now more than three times original price.
  4. Sep 8, 2017
    70
    Amazing things are possible in the ARK — the gun-wielding soldier set high atop the most badass predator of all time comes to mind — but the experience is clouded by the best ones being locked behind excessive grinding, boring farming and the need for a large group. System commands and customizable settings can ease some of the pain, but the base concept remains a chore. A messy UI and the lack of a tutorial leave you alone in the dark, forced to spend hours researching on your own in order to figure out what's what. But there's no denying that if you're willing to put in the time, you will be rewarded with some incredible gameplay moments, especially if your friends join you on the ARK.
  5. Oct 17, 2017
    70
    Ark: Survivor Evolved is not a game for everyone. But if you have patience, and are willing to learn the basics the hard way the payoff is huge. A bit clumsy control on the consoles aside, this is one of the most addictive games this year.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 21, 2017
    60
    Performance issues and progression complaints compromise this survival fantasy. [Nov 2017, p.86]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 40
  2. Negative: 16 out of 40
  1. Apr 8, 2018
    10
    The low score for this game was done when it was an early access title full of bugs. Its an exceptionally ambitious title and understandable aThe low score for this game was done when it was an early access title full of bugs. Its an exceptionally ambitious title and understandable a difficult one to get right, the sheer freedom in this game is unmatched from the building to the combat to pvp diplomacy and the interactions with the fauna it is all amazing. The warning I do have however is that it is an anarchy simulator! some people will be crushed and will not be able to handle it, but for those that can rise to alpha status they will have a blast with the freedom that Ark provides. Expand
  2. Jan 12, 2021
    10
    Improved over the years in performance and spectacle, this remains one of the best survival games of all time.
  3. Dec 3, 2020
    8
    After the 3rd chance to get into, i really started to like this game in singleplayer. Played surely 30+ hours, without thinking to stop. EvenAfter the 3rd chance to get into, i really started to like this game in singleplayer. Played surely 30+ hours, without thinking to stop. Even after already finished Subnautica a year ago and thinking i have seen enough good survival game mechanics, this game has a pretty good different experience to offer. Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2019
    7
    This game is fun but hard. I enjoy playing with friends on their servers, but single player is super hard because I keep dying. It might justThis game is fun but hard. I enjoy playing with friends on their servers, but single player is super hard because I keep dying. It might just be a me thing. Let me know. Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2018
    3
    I really tried to enjoy this game, but the constant bugs, lags, grind and pure **** put me off quick.

    Me and my friends bought this game
    I really tried to enjoy this game, but the constant bugs, lags, grind and pure **** put me off quick.

    Me and my friends bought this game about a month or 2 ago and at first we were optimistic about it, although the first thing i noticed was the horribles framerate and picture quality. This was the first thing that put me off. After learning the basics, dying and failing many times, we got a small stone base set up near a metal deposit. After a short while we were soon greeted by a naked man with only a club (keep in mind we had metal armour and guns) The first thing i noticed was that the guns feel awful to play with on this game, so hard to aim and hit someone. One of the naked men took 2 shotgun headshots, 3 pistol shots and a longneck rifle shot which on any other game should kill you. But no. The naked man managed to take on 2 fully geared men with rifles with just a club.

    After days of playing, we got into a constant cycle. We would play all day long and build up a medium-sized metal base, and then the next morning wake up to it all gone-nothing left. At first it was frustrating but after this happened a couple times we just got used to it and just dealt with it as best as possible. The game just made us mad and usually causing arguments amongst each other as we kept losing everything after grinding all day. I wanted to love this game so much it made me stay inside day in day out just to try and find a good moment in this game, but there never was. What im getting at is that it became to much of a grind for very little reward or fun.

    The game has been out for just short of a year and bugs and exploits haven't been fixed, the developers are so greedy they would rather put their time into making more dlc than fixing the core game and making it worth the staggering price that it is. I think the skill points system should be completely removed as it makes the game stupid and frustrating. For instance, as i was talking about before, the naked man with a club upgraded nothing but his strength, movement speed and health, which basically meant he ran super quick and was just a bullet sponge and his strength made him kill us or knock us out easily and making it way unfair on us who spent days grinding for the gear that we had. The guns in this game are literally useless.

    The community is SO CANCEROUS. Constant griefers and mic spammers make this game even more annoying, someone can just knock you out and lock you in a cage for HOURS. Or just swing by your base and kill all your pets for NO REASON. Or you would have the alpha tribe sitting outside some poor noobs base all day just door camping him cos they had nothing else better to do.

    The lack of servers on this game make it really unplayable. Here are your choices:
    -Play on official servers where everything is 100 levels above you and kills you instantly
    -Play on 1000x modded servers were everyone has everything and they run around at 90 mph
    All other servers are completely dead which makes it an effort just to find a good server with a decent population.

    One thing that also annoyed me was how difficult the game was to learn. To have to learn how to craft, tame or survive you needed to search around youtube for some crappy tutorial that some 10 yr old made. The game tells you literally nothing on how to survive. You join a server and you are plonked naked on a beach wondering what to do.

    However, the game, on some maps, does take us to some quite unique locations with some nice graphics (on PC) and offers some enjoyment in fighting dinos and the music is pretty fitting and cool for the game that its in aswell as the tribe system, which it does really well unlike other games such as rust ( although rust is way better in my opinion)

    In conclusion, the game is a great concept but excecuted so poorly with bugs, B.S, and because of the fact that you need to play it 24/7. I think the game could be amazing if the devs just put time into fixing the game and not being money whores, but frankly the game has been out for almost a year and nothing about the game has been fixed. I was so dissappointed realising that I had just wasted my money on a game that fooled me with its trailers.
    DONT BUY THIS GAME UNTIL IT IS FIXED
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  6. Aug 24, 2020
    1
    How bad is this game? I created this account just to talk about it (lol). The situation: I wanted another split-screen game to play with myHow bad is this game? I created this account just to talk about it (lol). The situation: I wanted another split-screen game to play with my eight-year-old son; I read Ark: Survival Evolved, and I had already downloaded it through the Gamepass because it looked cool, I just hadn't played it yet.

    So picture this: we're eager to play, full of excitement, okay, start up the game. First problem: how do we play split-screen? Not a huge problem. Split-screen is often a kind of throw-away feature for games that actually do include it, so I don't blame them if it's not a prominent option...But the UI screen just to start a game seems unnecessarily complex, as if they tried to shove 100 options into one screen for no particular reason. I'm a programmer, btw, so this poor starting design already seems unimpressive. Even if a game is complex, there's no reason to overwhelm first-time users with needless options. You want new users to have a clear, quick path to starting the game and learning how to play. Anyway, it turns that to start a split-screen game, you...need to select Single Player. Um, yeah, that's intuitive, right? I select single player to play multiplayer, okay...

    A character creation screen: cool. Except for some reason I can't change any of the options except my name and gender. Well, whatever, we start the game. Great graphics, for the most part. We're on an island, there's dinosaurs, awesome. Now what? I punch some trees and get thatch/wood. If I can find stone, I can craft an axe. How do I get stone? I'm trying to punch small rocks on the ground but nothing happens. Then my son is killed by a dinosaur and respawns at a random location...which, umm, makes me respawn at a random location too. Wtf? But okay. At the top of the screen it says "You are freezing, find warmth immediately." Awesome, how do we do that? I look through crafting options, or at least I try to, but it's as if the devs said to themselves: "Hey, let's figure out the most intuitive way to move through menus and pick options, and then let's do the total ****ing opposite!" I'm still trying to figure out how to craft things and looking for stone to craft a pickaxe when I realize my character is freezing to death. But I can't make a fire, and I don't have clothes, and the warm area of the island is nowhere to be seen. Death #2.

    Life 3: We spawn next to a level 26 dinosaur, which immediately kills us. It doesn't help that my guy seems to be stuck in the ground on spawning, so I can't run or attempt to move before dying.

    Life 4: We spawn in the cold again and decide to run for a warmer area, since we can't make a fire without flint and I assume you get flint with a pickaxe, which I can't make because I can't find any stone. A dinosaur runs after my son and kills him, causing us to both respawn again.

    Life 5: I watch my son spawn between a mammoth and an alligator. He turns around and dies. We start laughing, because this game is starting to get funny.

    Life 6: I end up with a pickaxe after leveling up, and I'm chipping away some stone, but then a raptor kills us. Pickaxe gone.

    Life 7 through ~20 through uninstall: we spawn so many times next to dinosaurs that kill us, or are killed while experimentally attacking a lvl 2 creature that kills us in two hits, that the game is now unintentionally hilarious. I don't care enough to decipher the arcane menus or the control scheme anymore. The game has already shown me that it doesn't try hard enough for anything to matter. If you're not going to invest enough time to prevent players from spawning next to something that will immediately kill you, I'm not going to invest any time at all learning any more about how to play. And although funny, the game is also a huge disappointment. I tend to like survival games, but I can't see any point in this one. How hard would it be to give some timely info or directions for starting players other than "You're freezing, find warmth immediately." And I'm not talking about linear missions and hand-holding for newbs, I'm talking about a "You can pick up stones by pressing B" type message. Making something arbitrarily difficult by withholding information, creating un-intuitive menus, or giving the player a lack of any directive is just idiotic, and I can't believe they released this game with so many poor design choices. This game is just terrible.
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  7. May 14, 2020
    0
    Visually is stunning but the mechanics are awful. I had this games since it was in the Preview stage and all I can say is that it should haveVisually is stunning but the mechanics are awful. I had this games since it was in the Preview stage and all I can say is that it should have never been released the way it is now. Button mechanics do not work, whistle literally does nothing and you have to spam for an action to work properly. The game lags every 5 seconds and can also freeze your game and you will still take damage and lose everything and won't be able to do anything. This game is not worth $40 the way it is now and should definitely be worked on. After 2 hours of playing this game you are going to wish you played something else. Expand

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