Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, Xbox One, OS X, PC
- Publisher: Studio Wildcard
- Developer: Studio Wildcard
- Release Date: Aug 29, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Action-Adventure, Survival
- Players: 1 (Multiplayer Online)
- Official Website: http://playark.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
ARK: Survival Evolved plays a lot like other survival games if we were being honest. The ones that come to mind are titles like Rust, The Forest and Minecraft just to name a few of the big survival games. Players are thrown into randomized worlds and in randomized biomes and are then tasked with surviving. It’s a simple idea and we’ve seen it before but ARK: Survival Evolved does a few different things than most traditional survival action-adventure titles. Though not all of these ideas works in its favor.
The first thing you’ll notice in ARK: Survival Evolved is there is no help system or guide. That’s right everyone, after you make your character—which we will say is a very robust character modeling system—ARK: Survival Evolved lives up to its name by throwing you into a world and told nothing but you need clothes. In one way we loved this as we here at Honey’s Anime always desire a challenge from our games—especially ones that deal with survival gameplay—but the issues with ARK: Survival Evolved begin here. Games like Minecraft and Rust are pretty easy to figure out as the menus are simple the core mechanics work even without a helping hand. In ARK: Survival Evolved, while crafting is simple enough and picking up items is easy, the menu itself is just confusing and weird. Too often we struggled to figure how to equip an item or how to move it over from another source and this is just one of the major complains about the lack of help. We don’t mind hard games folks but games that are hard because the interface is lacking just means poor choices made in the design department.
The lack of explanation continues to hurt when you look at the various world issues you’ll be facing. ARK: Survival Edition loves to tell you when you’re cold and or hot but it doesn’t show why this is. There are times where you could be standing in a spot on the desert and be completely fine only to move slightly forward and be told you’re hot. This isn’t a huge issue to fix on your own—just move away from the areas you’re told are bad—but an explanation as to why these areas are hot and or cold would be nice. ARK: Survival Evolved really just could have had a bit more explanation to avoid issues like this from even being a problem.
Now graphically, ARK: Survival Evolved doesn’t look bad at times. When you first wake up in the desert or the island areas you’re going to be awed by some impressive visuals. Developer Studio Wildcard clearly put some time into the graphics of the main areas and environments. However, with certain environmental structures and some of the dinosaurs, ARK: Survival Evolved doesn’t look that impressive. We know that games as big as ARK: Survival Evolved can’t run everything with super high end graphics but it does kill the immersion at times when you see a weird looking rock after seeing a beautiful ocean or mountain. Plus there are a lot of odd lighting issues that make some environments look really overly shiny or just plain fake.
We’ll wrap up this review by also mentioning a few more elements from ARK: Survival Evolved. In terms of the online, we’ve heard a few issues with connection issues. According to other reviewers and gamers, ARK: Survival Evolved can at times run poorly and while we can’t speak on our end of having these issues, it’s just something we should mention as multiple sources have run into this problem. We did enjoy the first DLC for ARK: Survival Evolved in the form of Scorched Earth and we love the dragons and new creatures to explore as well as the weapons. We do figure this might be why Studio Wildcard charged full price for ARK: Survival Evolved but that’s only a theory and not proven. Though we just notice that at times ARK: Survival Evolved feels like it needs more updates to be complete as there are a lot of odd glitches and sometimes weird effects, a perfect example of this is when we were hitting a dinosaur for 2 minutes and not having any feedback but apparently we were doing damage.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Tons of ways to survive and play
- Tough survival challenge
- Various landscapes to explore
- Creative survival gameplay
- Strong environmental graphics
- Visuals at times can be bland or meh
- Controls aren’t very intuitive
- Annoying user interface at times
- Online runs pretty rough
- Feels like an incomplete game at times
Honey's Final Verdict: