Ark: Survival Evolved

REBECCA JACQUES | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

My brother and I love playing video games together when we get the chance. We began with the very first PlayStation and, after a few years, on a Nintendo DS. Since then, we’ve played on everything from our phones, tablets, computers and Wii. Most recently, we bought an XBox One. We’ve played a lot of “Fortnight” and some “Sea Of Thieves.” With one game in particular, we were both amped up for its release. We had both loved watching YouTubers play the game so we were excited to be able to play it for ourselves.

Ark is a survival-based game that takes place on five different maps: The Island, The Center, Scorched Earth, Ragnarok and the most recently added one being Aberration. Between the two game modes, player vs player or player vs environment (PVP or PVE), your sole task is to survive. The environment, creatures and, in PVP, other players are all put against you as you work to find resources and shelter. You’re not necessarily on your own though. You can form tribes with friends and other player to assist one another in survival. One of the unique aspects of this game is that you have the ability to tame most of the worlds’ creatures. Some are passive tames that you only have to feed a few times while others require you to knock them out to be able give them the food they need to be tamed. However, there are a few that you can’t tame but can instead steal their eggs.

Aberration is a very neat map and it’s interesting to watch. It is unique because most of the game takes place in an underground cave due to an unlivable surface. This map has some interesting creatures as well. Shoulder pets (pets that you can carry around on your character’s shoulder) provide light like the Bulbdog, Featherlight, Shinehorn and Glowtail. Ravagers are weird dog-like creatures that travel in packs. They can be hard to tame but can go on ziplines, an important thing to use in this map, unlike all the other creatures. But Aberration also requires the purchase of an expansion pack for you to be able to play on this map. That’s why we’ve been playing on the Ragnarok map. The map has a wide variety of environments so it also has a variety of different species. The dragons, more specifically wyverns, are better than the species of dragon, Rock Drakes, that are in Aberration.

After seeing, playing and lots of somewhat accidental deaths, I think everything about this game is quite amazing. The maps are absolutely beautiful and the animation of the different creatures is very well done. The one downside to the game is that it can tend to be laggy at times due to it being played online with many other people. I’d award it four stars, mostly due to lagging and a few other minor things. 

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