ARK: Survival Evolved is a survival game that has you stuck on an island fighting or fleeing dinosaurs and other creatures. Alone or with friends, you solve mysteries, gather items, and build to stay alive.
You'll begin the game as a man stranded alone on an island. You'll be hungry, naked, and cold. The only way to survive is by figuring out how to hunt, grow, build, and fight.
The additional layer of the story unveils as you go through the game. Apart from very survival, you'll investigate the island lore and learn its history.
The game mechanics are quite realistic, forcing you to eat, drink, and rest to be able to keep your energy levels and perform tasks. Other items you'll need are food and shelter, as the game follows a day-night cycle.
Learn how to survive
The number of tasks for you to perform range from developing fighting skills to more mundane actions such as procuring land and creating clothing.
The excitement grows as you progress, as your main mission is to tame, heal, or fight a total of 50 island creatures. If you make them your pets, they'll help you last longer. You may even ride a dinosaur over the island.
The interface is quite old-fashioned, but the mechanics and graphics are still impressive. Your surroundings and weapons will become much more modern as you hone your skills.
Play with friends
You can play this game in singleplayer mode, and it does have a detailed campaign as a story for you to follow. However, this approach isn't ideal. There are many more games, such as The Forest, that offer a more engaging solo experience.
The multiplayer alternative puts you in a world where opponents are playing simultaneously. You can team up with them or fight them.
Engaging and flexible
ARK: Survival Evolved does follow the pattern of classic survival games such as Rust and 7 Days to Die, but its flexible gameplay, expansion maps, and impressive graphics do make it an exciting title to try.