ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED

headerARK: Survival Evolved was released on June 22, 2015 by Studio Wildcard. The game was developed by  Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Efecto Studios and Virtual Basement.   ARK: Survival Evolved is a dinosaur based action shooter game.

This game is on Steam Early Access. The game has been patched several times since release.

The game is largely played first person with third person possible in certain circumstances.

As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate… and escape!

To survive, players must establish a base, with a fire and weapons; additional activities, such as taming and feeding dinosaurs, require more resources.

The game is set on an island which is a common game world idea. The island is roughly 48 square kilometers, 36 of land and 12 of oceans.

To build a base, players must gain structure components — such as floors, doors and windows built with the resources littered throughout the world — which are earned as they progress and gain levels.

There is a crafting system as well.  Players can create any structure, as long as they have the logistics and resources. Metal are the most durable and only explosives and the titanosaur can damage them. Players can also craft items in the game, such as weapons, which can be achieved by collecting the resources and technology required for crafting.

You must eat and drink to survive, with different kinds of plants & meat having different nutritional properties, including human meat. Ensuring a supply of fresh water to your home and inventory is a pressing concern.

All physical actions come at a cost of food and water, long-distance travel is fraught with subsistence peril! Inventory weight makes you move slower, and the day/night cycle along with randomized weather patterns add another layer of challenge by altering the temperature of the environment, causing you to hunger or thirst more quickly. Build a fire or shelter, and craft a large variety of customizable clothing & armors, to help protect yourself against locational damage & extreme temperatures using the dynamic indoor/outdoor insulation calculation system!

Overall the game is rich enough to blur the line from role playing to action shooter. As you play you move up to level 67 which is the maximum when this review was made. The game is fun. It has Dinosaurs.

The NVIDIA HairWorks is seen in this game. The logo shows a dinosaur with a head of hair which is now starting to become more widely used as video cards become more powerful.

MULTIPLAYER

This game has multiplayer problems. The developer should have used Steamworks and their VAC solution.

Best bet is to use a private server with your friends.

PERFORMANCE

This game runs on 8th generation consoles so expect to have a PC at least as powerful.

Windows 7×64 or better. X4 CPU with 4GB or more memory. DX10 video card with 1024MB VRAM or better.