I’ve been hearing a lot about ARK: Survival Evolved, a multiplayer survival game with dinosaurs! I’ve been interested in it for a while because I like dinosaurs (LOL “I like turtles.”), and the enthusiasm I’ve been hearing from my guildies and other people I know has motivated me to go ahead and spend the $24 to play.
After downloading, I immediately had some issues with the session selection screen. My guild has its own server, so I tried looking for that. Unfortunately, it takes forever to load, and it turned out that our guild server wasn’t even up this weekend because it has to be manually updated. While the game tried to load the session list, it didn’t let me click anything else in the meantime, so I was essentially stuck frequently trying to search and switch server types. I hit Alt-F4 quite a few times just to get out of there.
I ended up just choosing a random server to play on! I made a character and loaded into a spawn zone in the North, and it was nighttime! I didn’t take any screenshots of this, unfortunately. For some reason I don’t think to take screenshots, because I’d rather sit and enjoy the game, and not worry about showing or sharing what I’m doing with others. Anyway, it was nighttime, and the game kept telling me that my character was cold. I somehow ran into some huge dinosaur, and died within the first couple minutes of playing because I had no idea what I was doing.
I decided to load in the South instead, because I figured it would be warmer. I figured out how to do some basics with the help of a guide one of my guildies sent me. I gathered some materials by punching trees and picking stones off the ground, and I crafted a few tools as well. I was finally getting the hang of things in these first few minutes, when suddenly someone came over and killed me and took all my stuff. That was off-putting.
I decided to restart on one of the official PvE servers to attempt to avoid that sort of issue going forward. I ran into another player this time, who was geared out in a knight’s outfit riding a parasaur, but he left me alone. He probably felt sorry for me, as I was currently punching a dodo bird and experimenting with taming. YES, I TRIED TO PRACTICE TAMING ON A DODO BIRD. I must’ve looked stupid and ridiculous, haha.
I also learned how to cook on the campfire! At first I was confused about how to cook the raw meat (I even fed my character spoiled meat on accident), but once I had all the proper materials it was easy. One of the berries I had said it was good for cooking, but I couldn’t figure out a way to put the berry juice on my raw meat. Maybe this is a skill I will learn as I level higher.
Eventually, I was able to build my own little hut, but it seemed difficult to be able to find my way back, but I guess I wasn’t really using the map properly. I decided to try taming a parasaur for myself, which are fast dinosaurs that like to run away. I was able to punch one unconscious (still don’t understand how a little human is able to knock out a dinosaur with punches), but I still didn’t really know how to tame, and I only skimmed over guides about it. I transferred some narcoberries I picked up into the parasaur’s inventory, and the dinosaur just lied there. I read something online that said it took 20-30 minutes to tame a parasaur, so I impatiently decided to get up and do something in the meantime.
That wasn’t very smart! I got back a few minutes later and my parasaur was gone. I quit the game and decided to wait to play on my guild’s server so that they could at least help me not do stupid stuff in the game!
I thought the game was still fun, despite not knowing how to play, getting killed by another player that stole all my stuff and fail-taming dodo birds and dinosaurs. I’m excited to see what those huge towers and lights are in the distance, and playing the game knowing what I’m doing!
Have you tried ARK: Survival Evolved? What do you think? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @Heather_PLS!