Ark: Survival Evolved is an action adventure survival game that developed by Studio Wildcard. The game will be available for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in August 2017. Ark: Survival Evolved had over 1 million in sales within the first month of its early access release. By August 2016, the game had over 5.5 million sales.
Ark: Survival Evolved puts the player as a naked man or woman that is freezing and starving on the stranded shores of a mysterious island called ARK. The game is played from either a third-person or first-person perspective. In order to survive, the player must harvest resources, craft items, hunt animals, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters. The player can hunt, tame, and breed the Leviathan dinosaurs that roam the island.
In its Early Access, Ark: Survival Evolved shipped with over 70 dinosaurs and creatures. There are more than 100 planned for the final release. These dinosaurs and creatures can be tamed and used as Pet. The pets can be trained to battle, carry inventory, equipment, or even carry the prey back to the settlement. The players can also fly a Pterodactyl, lift over enemy walls, or even race through the jungle with a pack of raptors.
Because this is a survival game, the player’s character must eat and drink in order to survive. The different kinds of plants and meats have different nutritional properties. The player needs to ensure that the character has a supply of fresh water. All physical actions performed come at a cost of food and water. The more items the character has in his inventory, the slower he is and hungrier he gets, and the additional day/night cycle with randomized weather patterns add another layer to the challenge. To build a shelter, the player must gather and craft structure components such as floors, doors, windows, and more. To ensure that there is plenty of food, the player has to lay down plots and plant seeds that were gathered from the wild vegetation.
The island itself is filled with mysteries. The more you play, the more activities and enigmas surface in the open. There are hidden caves scattered across the island, guarded by ferocious creatures. These caves are a home to many rare resources. While the three enormous alien looking obelisks that float in the sky do not make things any clearer, there is a random green beam that drops a supply crate. It seems that the survivor is a part of a science experiment.
Ark: Survival Evolved comes with both singleplayer and multiplayer mode. The game also has full Steam Workshop support and customized Unreal Engine 4 editor. The player can also create a Tribe and add friends to it. The player can share their Pets between the tribe, and they can be commanded by anyone in the Tribe.
Ark: Survival Evolved is a great survival game that is definitely worth playing, especially considering its surrounding hype.