So this isn’t a review. Its a brief comment a game that is VERY early in development but even so, if you have the time and money you should check it out.
To start with I want to reiterate that this is not a review, it’s not done yet, it would be like reviewing flour and eggs and saying its a cake review. Having said that I think it is possible to talk about the game in this early stage without reviewing it so I am going to try and do that.
I don’t think I could do this with many titles in early access because it would be so unfair as there is too much missing or the nuts and bolts aren’t there but with Ark, it feels complete, it feels ready to play, it feels good.
On launch day I was really disappointed with the frame rates but after a week of constant updates the game ran pretty well, not great but much better and I think the amount of updates since then show that these guys mean business.
The game begins as you wake up on a beach, you have a strange implant on your arm. Around you are various prehistoric creatures and you are in danger from the off. On my first play I was immediately attacked by a dipsiphilodont and was blinded so I accidentally punched a Triceratops and was then killed by it. After that I quickly got to grips with the control methods and found that the game is immense fun if at the time a little under optimised.
Since then I have played it pretty exclusively. I am currently trying to lone wolf it in a local game for two reasons. One being I want to see whats possible to achieve alone and the other being that I would like to open up a lot of skills and explore alone for a little while before getting in to the full online tribal battles.
I know that seems odd but I think its nice to discover a great game yourself, I don’t want to be told anything yet, I don’t want help to tame an animal or to build a base, I want to explore and discover secrets alone.
You may be reading this because you are thinking “Should I buy this game?” Well my answer is a resounding yes, the game has been out less than a month at the time of writing and its so much further along that other titles that have been in development for a very long time (DayZ I am talking about you) that you could mistake it for a full release but there is a lot more to come despite its feeling of completeness.
And there in may lie its downfall, the gaming community is a fickle bunch, they may move on to the next big thing when they feel they have accomplished “everything”. Its not easy taming an animal, especially a big one but there are people with fleets of tyrannosaurs already, enormous bases, communities and everything the game promised to date.
I hope they don’t move on before this game is complete, its awesome, I can’t wait to actually review it, I can’t wait to tell you all about the game. I won’t write a full review until the game is complete, until then you could check out my YouTube channel and watch the videos I make on the game. There will be many more to come.