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Ark Survival Evolved

January 22, 2019
By Ya BRONZE, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Ya BRONZE, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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I’m sitting there, waiting for the game to start. Then suddenly, the screen comes to life with a blinding light coming from it! As the character adjusts there is a blue sky holding the sun and some clouds. The character sits up seeing a diamond engraved into their wrist, they scratch at it, but only to receive no reaction. Then the game lets me take over, having free rein to do whatever I want. Ark Survival Evolved isn’t any normal survival game where the only objective is to survive do is try and survive.  Surviving in Ark varies greatly depending on the player’s style of how play. With endless possibilities who knows what will be discovered in the wild world of the Ark.

The Storyline of the Ark wasn’t isn’t a big part of the game. In fact, there isn’t any sort of story mode. Although for those who do want to venture out and figure out the origins of Ark, notes can be found across the map from previous explorers of the Ark. Basically there are three characters Helena, Mei, and Rockwell, who’s notes can be found. You can follow the journey throughout all of the DLC maps, including the custom maps “Ragnarok” and “The center”.The basic story is that the environment is unnatural and seems that it is being controlled by something. The three eventually end up getting aboard what appears to be an alien ship overseeing and controlling the world below. I didn’t follow much of the story past of this point. In my opinion the story is more of an optional thing, however when I did find notes it did grant me ingame experience.

When talking about any Video game, Graphics is always in the picture. From my personal experience of playing Ark I can say that the graphics are truly stunning. Wildcard, the creators of the game, truly went above and beyond when making the game. From the shimmering grass to the delicate leaves on the trees blowing in the wind, the sheer amount of detail that went into the game is incredible.

When I play a game I want all of the parts to function exactly the way they are supposed and for it to be done smoothly. Ark is available on the following: PC, Xbox, and Playstation. When I started playing Ark, on Xbox, It was difficult to learn some of the buttons but after I playing for 20 minutes or so it became much more effortless. The basics of Ark are considerably simple. When I first spawned in, I had to make sure my food and water stay at a reasonable level, and try not to get ripped apart from a pack of raptors, a common death I face. Once I moved past the “trying to survive stage” stuff becomes a lot more complicated. At level 20 I learned that I could start crafting with metal instead of stone. The only reason I figured this out was because of my friend who had been playing the game for over a year and knew this kind of stuff. This is just the beginning of a steep slope I had to climb before I reached the top.

Ark’s gameplay is almost entirely based on two of the most unique features about it, the customization and dinos. Survival in this game is largely based on dinosaurs, which are literally everywhere I went. When taming a dino, the following are the 4 basic steps: knocking the dino out, putting food in it’s inventory, make sure it stays asleep, and wait until the taming meter is at 100. Wow, I just tamed my first dinosaur! Although it was only a dodo. Taming a dodo bird is one thing, but taming a T-rex, that isn’t quite as easy. Taming speed is based on the type and the level of the dino. Another thing to consider is what the dino eats. For example; a dodo will eat berries, while a T-rex eats meat. That brings us into the next big thing about Ark, customization.

My favorite element of Ark is the customization. Customization is everywhere in Ark. It is even available before the game starts. At the screen where I could choose what world I would load into was, there is a settings tab. With just that alone I could choose how challenging  the game was going to be. At first I didn’t think much of it, after all most games have a difficulty setting. That was until I realized I could change specific features about it. For example, if I Thought that wild dinos have to much health, I would turn that down. Difficulty settings is just the tip of the iceberg. Other adjustments can also be made. The following are just a few of the items: taming speed, stats per level, and the growing speed of plants. Players and dino stats are another thing I was able to decide as my dinos and I leveled up. Every time my dino level up I could choose an attribute to up enhance. Some of them may be near useless like food or water, others like weight are a very important one that is needed. Other than dinosaurs being able to customize has to be my favorite thing about the game. Although Ark is a great game, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

The game does have a lot of problems. Some of them aren’t as big a deal as others. Small glitches would be some type of audio or visual problem. For instance sometimes when I hit a rock or tree it won’t make the sound effect is usually does. Obviously this isn’t something that is going to be break the game but it is very common. With the size of Ark, about 67 gigabytes plus any DLCs, the game does crash every once in a while. The most impactful glitch I have come across is the one when it kicks me out of my tribe after I get off and back on again. What this means is I or anyone else in my tribe couldn’t access anything we has built when we were in the tribe, not to mention all of our dinos were gone. We had to purge the world and start anew. Ark may be a great game but is does have some problems to clean up.

There is a couple of options when Ark as far as multiplayer goes. The first option being to play on a custom world with only people I would invite. This along with going solo has been my go to style of play. The second option is to play on a public server where I wouldn’t be able to customize anything like the difficulty settings. This also puts me in a world with other players I don’t know. This can be difficult to deal with especially when there is much stronger people than myself constantly killing me. If you are a new player I would suggest playing by yourself or with friends on a custom server.

Overall I would say Ark is an excellent game. With stunning graphics and the unique feature of dinosaurs, it goes above and beyond most other free roaming survival games. Even through all of its greatness, there is things to improve upon. The biggest thing being the many glitches the game has. Ark’s gameplay mechanics, customization, and other things that are truly something only Ark has makes it one of the best in its field. Even if Ark isn’t exactly the type of game some people wouldn’t be into, I would still recommend it.



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