Attempting ARK Survival Evolved:
Something that I enjoy when I’m not stressing about the next story is playing video games. Usually, my go-to is the Sims.
Something I can pay half-assed attention to while I’m watching whatever television show I’m currently binging. But on occasion, I do tend to play other games. Like recently I’ve attempted to play Ark: Survival Evolved.
I know the games been out for a few years but if you haven’t heard of this game think Naked and Afraid on steroids. You spawn on this island (or whatever map you choose.) and you’re left to your own devices. There’s no tutorial. No hint button will show you what the next step is. (There is a guide to all the controls in options but who pays attention to this when you’re playing the first time.)
Nah, you’ve got to figure out how to create weapons, gather food and survive the weather all while keeping an eye on the DINOSAURS!
I believe that’s the main appeal of the game is that you are living in a world of dinosaurs. Where you can hunt and tame them. Use them to take over other tribes or just find yourself a little piece of land and farm and breed them. Just whichever you decide. Most of them can be tamed. In fact, I believe the higher level you are, you can tame just about any one of them. As long as you can remember which dinosaurs are herbivores and which are carnivores. So there’s that slight educational premise if you’re into that sort of thing. I am. I love it when I can learn something from a game or a book.
Except maybe the poop slinging one, that one I tend to just run from.
No siree. I ain’t even attempting that one.
That’s the gist of the game.
Or so I believed.
I’ve seen people play this game off and on over the past year, it’s popular over on Twitch, and believed that was the appeal. Just improving your skills to build better houses and weapons and just surviving. Sometimes with groups of people since there is a social aspect to the game in that you can play with other players and create a tribe to take on other tribes. Or you can play it in single player.
Whichever you prefer.
I’ve even seen people actually collect some of the more rare creatures or items in the game and reproduce the products to sell off to other players. (Yeah, that’s right. This game is so popular people can use it as a form of income by selling off products. Not that I’ve got the patience to do so, but it’s an option if someone else does.)
It wasn’t until I was looking up how-to guides on Youtube that I realized there’s a storyline to this game and possibly a boss to beat. That completely changed the game for me because now I’ve got something to work up to besides just running around this island, ( which I’m constantly getting lost on because I can’t even see my in-game map because I’ve gone from 1st POV to 3rd POV and can’t seem to get back,) and try not get eaten by the piranha’s every time I head into the water for a drink.
So, I’ll give the game a go. Try to figure out this story aspect and attempt to build a bow and arrow. Maybe even a fort and start farming on this island. You know, give the game a go and possibly beat the main monster. I don’t know. We’ll see.
And yes, I know, I did mention I played Sims and that doesn’t really have an end goal in mind when you first start it up unless you’re playing a challenge but whatever. The Sims is relaxing. Being chased by a T-Rex in your underwear isn’t exactly relaxing.
So, that’s my initial thoughts on the game. If you are interested in trying this game for yourself, it is available on Steam, Xbox, Ps4, and Windows. Sometimes it goes on sale, which is why I purchased it, but something to check out if you’re into RPG games that don’t hold your hand and force you actually pay attention.
Have you played this game? If so, any fun experiences?
And are there any other games you like to play?
Until next time.