You wake up on a beach no idea where you are or what happened. If you were unfortunate enough to join a PVP server you may see torches in the distance.
These torches slowly start coming closer, the closer they get the more obvious it is what is going on.
These people are here to kill you.
And here you stand, not a clue what to do or where to turn. You have literally soiled your loincloth at this point, and haul ass down the beach.
You turn around only to see there are people riding raptors chasing you. They ride you down like a dog in the street, and let the raptors feast on your corpse.
This was my first impression of Ark, a terrifying and humbling experience to say the least.
Now if you were smart enough to join a PVE server, the beginning scenario plays out about the same, minus the torches and pack of pet raptors.
Dinosaurs everywhere, still no idea what is going on, and now you are starving to death! If you have survived long enough to start building things and hunting, you are way ahead of the game.
After establishing a base of operations you feel confident to start exploring, which turns out to be a bad idea.
Two miles down the beach from your base a T-Rex comes crashing out of the woods, and boy is he hungry. After the T-Rex has finished eating your corpse you realize — where did all my items go?
That’s right, all of your items are on your dead body. Right next to the always-hungry T-Rex.
You return to your home base and find it in shambles. If you have persisted this long you must be curious as to what’s next, and what else could go wrong.
The answer is everything.
There is danger lurking around every corner, and in every river. Any step you take could be your last.
Ark has captured, in a video game, the most realistic survival experience I have ever seen.
If you are up for a challenge and don’t get discouraged starting from scratch, Ark is the game for you. Wether you choose Player vs Player, or Player vs Environment it doesn’t matter, you are in for very authentic prehistoric treat.
Still in its alpha testing phase, Ark is still a work in progress unfortunately. With the constant updates and fixes it seems to be a worthwhile investment.
New dinosaurs, new craftables, and new servers make for an ever expanding game. I, for one, can’t wait to see the finished product.
I hope you all have as much fun as I did playing “Ark: Survival Evolved,” and the game preview still available on Xbox One.