ARK: Survival Evolved Preview early-access

PC survival game in a prehistoric setting with tameable dinosaurs and other extinct beasts

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    Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8.1

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  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Full Version
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    7.7 (1125)

How many games are you aware of that require you to survive and not being eaten by dinosaurs? ARK: Survival Evolved lets you play a game more built up than Minecraft. Considering the endless possibilities for creativity in Minecraft, ARK has a lot of opportunity in the game. You start out with your arrival to an island filled with dinosaurs. You have one mission to discover the story behind what happened to the dinosaurs. ARK also offers an Online Mode, which is where you have a more Minecraft type of game. You search for resources, create items through the crafting system and build shelters and structures to protect yourself. Be wary, a wooden shack will be stomped to pieces in the event of a T-Rex encounter.

ARK: A Distinguished Game

Where ARK Survival differs from the other games in the genre is they have dinosaurs. You have "Long Dark" and "The Forest," and while both have you living on your own in the wild, ARK has a distinctly Jurassic Park fantasy vibe. You can tame a pterodactyl and take to the skies. You can also arm yourself to fight off a ruthless pack of velociraptors. Where ARK goes above and beyond what past titles have done is how you can even conduct underwater expeditions where you encounter a dangerous 50-ton megalodon.

Early Access: What It Means

The game lacks in content and some of the playability systems have not worked out the kinks and errors of the game. One of the interesting and frustrating glitches you might encounter is taking down a T-Rex with your buddies. You might struggle with the kill only to have the dinosaur ascend into heaven, making him an unreachable prize. In addition, ARK requires a top-notch PC to play, or you will endure frequent freezes and jolts. The developer has not completed the optimization of dinosaur island. ARK suffers from the traps and pitfalls of many early-access games, and it can glitch at random.

Creating Your Character

Before you begin, you will have to create a character, and you can choose between a male and a female. You have tons of options for customization. For example, you can choose a lot with shape and size, and the results can be interesting, to say the least. It makes for an interesting game. You can meet some rather mutant variations of humans with stubby arms and giant heads. ARK: Survival Evolved has many similarities to DayZ, and you have numerous effects like extreme cold, which can damage your health while the heat has an impact on your hydration levels. If you have a powerful enough PC, the graphics look breathtaking, and it's a fun game to check out.


  • Captures the vibe of Jurassic Park
  • Tame your own dinosaurs
  • Lots of options for customization
  • Online mode can be a lot of fun


  • Lags and needs astounding computer performance to make this early access game more accessible

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