Analysis of ARK Survival Evolved. The lost World

Survival Evolved
Written by Kamran Haider

Hunting for dinosaurs! … and other players if you wish. What is one of the most successful survival adventures of recent years, finally, premieres final version on PC, Xbox One and PS4 with a huge variety of playable content to enjoy alone or in the company of friends but, as we will see in the analysis of ARK: Survival Evolved, also with some errors and performance problems that affect the final result.

You run in the middle of the night aimlessly. You just want to escape, run away from a dreadful prehistoric predator, which does not get tired! That does not cease its efforts to become a rich snack. And when you thought you had left him out of nowhere, a Dilophosaurus appears that strange dinosaur with the ability to spit a poison capable of blinding its prey, which puts fear back into your body. “I’m going to die,” you repeat again and again; “Everything is lost, I no longer have the strength to run.” What happens, and much, in the challenging world of ARK: Survival Evolved, one of the most popular survival adventures of recent years in which death is a faithful traveling companion, but there is also room for miracles. When everything seems lost other players they can enter the scene, end your enemies, heal your wounds, equip you with better weapons or simply accompany you in your tragic end so that at least your death has a certain halo of romanticism; That is not nonsense.

It is what I like most about this video game developed by Studio Wildcard. His ability to create great adventures out of nowhere, exciting fiction stories that you’re dying to tell your acquaintances. Survive the attack of a T-Rex in the worst imaginable conditions, tame a Pterodactyl to cross the skies next to this winged beast, conquer the base of other players or simply grow your own food! There seem to be no limits in an adventure that treasures an amazing capacity to surprise with new challenges even though, in essence, it is tremendously faithful to the canons of the genre. Collect resources, first with your hands, then with more and more elaborate tools that you design using recipes, here known as Engrams, which you unlock with the experience points you gain when you level up … and along the way you fight, build and explore a world dominated by dinosaurs. A long, expensive process, but one that knows how to reward you with extraordinary game situations.

The world is mine!

There is nothing like going on the back of a T-Rex equipped with laser cannons while shooting right and left without anyone doing anything to stop your bloody outbursts of excessive fury. From calm to absolute chaos there is only one step in the crazy world of ARK: Survival Evolved, and it is something that I love. Bumping into other players without knowing exactly what they want, if they go for you or just want to collaborate to survive, it is an agonizingly delicious sensation. It is worth it that sometimes you can meet fools of caproate, people who enjoy showing the world their stupidity, but in general, the Studio Wildcard video game knows how to motivate you to explore its inhospitable lands with the illusion of a child; with the illusion of one capable of marveling at the simple image of a dinosaur. And in this sense the game is great.

It’s fantastic how creatures’ behavior has been recreated that swarm around the islands to the point that you feel the real, living beings that are often worth killing. But you have to do it. Basically, because you need his meat to feed you and his skin to create some of the most important videogame tools. So, really, in ARK you act like a true survivor; someone forced to do anything in order to remain on earth one more day. It is not always easy, and the game does not do much to facilitate things in the sense that their tutorials are somewhat sparse in detail. At the end, which is common in this kind of game, you turn to the Internet, to the guides of other adventurers to discover how to make certain objects or where to extract specific raw is mine

Everything is possible in a video game that promises not to stop growing in the coming times

. To what extent is the change noticed? There are still certain performance problems especially on consoles, where on the maps with the highest graphic load the game suffers at times notorious slowdowns; but let’s play and in the case of the PC, with mid-range equipment, you can enjoy its action with a good level of detail. It’s great progress considering how hard it was to explore the world of ARK: Survival Evolved in its origins. Unfortunately, I have also encountered some occasional error that affects the final result. One of the funniest, but at the same time annoying, has to do with the weather. In this adventure, you need to eat, drink, regain strength … but also protect yourself from the cold or cool off if the heat whips hard. What happens? That there are times when you go from the deadly cold to a hellish heat by moving just a couple of meters, which makes no sense. There are also textures that take time to load, options that do not work as they should, and animals that will act strangely, attacking our structures uncontrollably, or blocking with stage elements as if such a thing. There is still a long way for the game to show its best face and this is something that not everyone will willingly tolerate.

The control system on consoles, and the user interface itself, also does not convince me. It is not that it is played badly and, perhaps, the custom of enjoying it with keyboard and mouse has made that walking on the backs of some dinosaurs is not an experience as intuitive as I expected. Nor do some actions or manage inventory objects. Practice issue It’s a maxim in ARK: Survival Evolved. At first, it may be difficult to survive, that dinosaurs, however small, may end up making our dust, but in the end, you learn, evolve, and get to defend yourself better from all these threats. It is, as I said before, what I like most about the video game. The feeling of adventure, of being lost in a wonderful world where everything is possible. You can enjoy the experience alone, or form a tribe with other players and let the imagination fly by building imposing bastions, exploring the deep sea, furrowing the skies, or tame dinosaurs while creating an arsenal of futuristic weapons and let yourself be seduced by a story that, although it does not have a primary weight in the action, if it raises the most interesting enigmas translated into Spanish, with challenges designed for a single player that includes the fight against dangerous bosses and a frankly attractive final dungeon.

The feeling of walking lost on an island full of dinosaurs is amazing and exciting.

Everything is possible in a video game that promises not to stop growing in the coming times but has a price. One that has created controversy among fans for considering it excessive given the content offered by ARK compared to other titles of the style. Enjoying the base experience costs 69.99 euros on PS4 and Xbox One, or 59.99 euros on PC, which gives access to two gigantic islands with their own challenges. In parallel, an expansion of content is already available, Scorched Earth, which expands the game with a desert region that is frankly interesting for the creatures you find in it. Paying 39.99 euros you will get with a Season Pass which includes this DLC plus two additional expansions, each with 300 hours of extra play. A barbarity, of course; and also with frankly promising ideas as evidenced by the newly announced episode Aberration, second great DLC, with new adventures and game options. Despite this, I feel that some of these contents could have been part of the main game.

Is it worth it then ARK: Survival Evolved? The evolution of this survival adventure is commendable because since the beginning of its Early Access it has not stopped growing, adding new content and improving substantially in all areas. It is not an especially original title in his game mechanics and, in some aspects, he does not finish offering his best face, making his action somewhat repetitive. However, the feeling of walking lost on an island full of dinosaurs is amazing and exciting; It is wonderful to find new creatures, study their behaviors, try to tame them, or go hunting with other players. For all that, and even despite its failures, this is a trip worth living.

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It’s easy to have a great time with ARK: Survival Evolved thanks to the epic of its action and its extensive game options. Surviving in a world full of dinosaurs is a dream come true for many !, and Studio Wildcard draws gold from this situation, allowing us to even tame these creatures. It’s fun, challenging and if you play as a team, a fantastic adventure, but also something repetitive and lacking emotion in certain aspects. On the other hand, its future is very promising with the arrival of new content in the form of expansions with more islands to explore and new creatures to hunt.

  • Getting lost on the island and bumping into dinosaurs is an incredible experience.
  • Extensive game options: hunting, exploration, crafts, role, etc.
  • Tame dinosaurs and live adventures with other players
  • The artificial intelligence of dinosaurs is usually quite bad
  • Progression is somewhat slow. Sometimes the game gets a bit boring
  • Performance issues and some technical errors affect the final result

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