I know many peo­ple have already played and been play­ing Ark on the PC and Xbox, I only start­ed play­ing Ark 2 weeks ago on the PS4. The PS4 ver­sion of Ark has been my first expe­ri­ence with the sur­vival game peo­ple seem to be lov­ing.

At first Ark is a dying sim­u­la­tor, first spawn­ing on the beach labeled as “Easy” on the island result­ed in count­less rap­tors and Allosaurus killing me short­ly after I was final­ly able to make my first tool, A Stone Pick Axe. 

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Allosaurus Are Com­mon On Ark Island, They hunt in packs and can even kill a strong lone T-Rex

Once I man­aged to meet up with my friends and start a tribe sur­vival got much eas­i­er, Like me my friends had nev­er played Ark before so we were going in com­plete­ly blind. Once we man­aged to make a bed and a small base with walls, we were able to start tam­ing dinos and estab­lish­ing our­selves.

The Game Play:

The game play in Ark is pret­ty sim­i­lar to oth­er sur­vival games, you must mon­i­tor both hunger and thirst and eat or drink accord­ing­ly or you will die, either from dehy­dra­tion, Star­va­tion or just pass­ing out from those things and being killed by a Dino. The game relies heav­i­ly on you tam­ing dinos to both fight oth­er dinos and play­ers and to make it eas­i­er to get oth­er mate­ri­als and food. There is a bit of a learn­ing curve but once you learn the basics it’s actu­al­ly pret­ty fun.

Ark fea­tures a build­ing and craft­ing sys­tem, all of which requires resources. All resources must be gath­ered and some of them, like angler gel, crys­tal and met­al are gen­er­al­ly found in dan­ger­ous areas, so do your research and scout­ing before you start min­ing.

When you die in Ark all of the items you had are still on the sur­vivor that died, leav­ing you 2 options, respawn and rush back to your body and claim your gear, or just make new gear if it’s too dan­ger­ous to go claim your gear. Nev­er take any­thing out with you if you aren’t will­ing to poten­tial­ly lose it. Always have back ups in stor­age. The Ark can be very unfor­giv­ing.

Being part of a tribe makes your Ark life much eas­i­er, I rec­om­mend start­ing one with your friends or find­ing one to join as soon as you can.

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The Dinos

Ark has a pret­ty large col­lec­tions of dinos, both friend­ly and unfriend­ly. Tam­ing a strong, fight dino is very impor­tant to do as soon a you can.  Here is a list of all the Dinos in the game across all 3 maps.

Flying Creatures:

Archaeopteryx
Argen­tavis
Dimor­phodon
Lyman­tria
Onyc
Pelagor­nis
Pter­a­n­odon
Quet­zal
Tape­jara
Vul­ture
Wyvern

SWIMMING CREATURES:

Angler
Cnidaria
Diplo­caulus
Dun­kleosteus
Ichthyosaurus
Man­ta
Mega­lodon
Mosasaurus
Ple­siosaur
Tuso­teuthis

LAND CREATURES:

Achati­na

Allosaurus

Anky­losaurus

Ara­neo
Arthro­pluera
Beelze­bu­fo
Bron­tosaurus
Car­bone­mys
Carno­tau­rus
Cas­toroides
Chal­i­cotheri­um
Compy
Dilophosaur
Diplodocus
Dimetrodon
Dire­bear
Dire­wolf
Dodo
Doedi­cu­rus
Dung Bee­tle
Gal­lim­imus
Gigan­oto­saurus
Gigan­to­p­ithe­cus
Jer­boa
Kairuku
Kapro­suchus
Lystrosaurus
Mam­moth
Man­tis
Mega­lo­ceros
Mega­losaurus
Meso­p­ithe­cus
Morel­latops
Moschops
Ovi­rap­tor
Pachy
Pachyrhi­nosaurus
Parac­er
Parasaur
Pego­mas­tax
Phiomia
Pro­coptodon
Pul­mono­scor­pius
Rap­tor
Rex
Rock Ele­men­tal
Saber­tooth
Sar­co
Spin­osaur
Stegosaurus
Ter­ror Bird
Thorny Drag­on
Ther­izinosaurus
Titanosaur
Titanoboa
Tricer­atops
Troodon
Wool­ly Rhi­no
Not all dinos are tam­able and both the Giga and Titan are very hard to kill with­out a lot of peo­ple, spe­cif­ic weapons and a lot of dinos. Ark is a scary place, you are nev­er the top of the food chain.

The Maps:

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The Island, The Orig­i­nal Ark Map

 

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Scorched Earth — The Sec­ond Offi­cial Ark Map
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The Cen­ter, The Third Ark map, start­ed as a play­er made map.

Ark offers 3 dif­fer­ent, dis­tinct worlds to play in. The Island is the eas­i­est world to start on while Scorched Earth is the hard­est to sur­vive on due to its heat, super pissed off ene­mies and lack of water. We cur­rent­ly have bases on both The Island and Scorched Earth. You can trans­fer your sur­vivor, dinos and your survivor’s inven­to­ry between any Offi­cial Ark Ded­i­cat­ed servers, So can play and build on all 3 maps.

The Bugs and Ugly Stuff:

Ark isn’t a fin­ished project. PC gamers and Xbox users already know that. Sony has not relayed this infor­ma­tion to it’s users very well. Expect lag and a lot of glitch­es, some are very frus­trat­ing. We have had tamed dinos just dis­ap­pear for no rea­son nev­er to be heard from again. On The Island map Ark crash­es and “Blue Screens” a lot on the ps4 caus­ing some frus­tra­tion and loss in our tribe. Lag and “rub­ber band­ing” hap­pen quite often mak­ing some activ­i­ties very frus­trat­ing. Hope­ful­ly they fix this stuff when they actu­al­ly “Release” the game.

The Bottom Line:

Ark is a chal­leng­ing, enjoy­able game that almost needs to be played with a group of peo­ple. The cost is $54.99 and comes with all 3 cur­rent playable worlds. If you like sur­vival and build­ing games Ark is right up your ally and you should pick it up. If you don’t like super chal­leng­ing games you won’t like Ark.