It’s interesting how two of the biggest genres in gaming at the moment are all about survival. Where battle royales are all about being the last person standing, the truer survival genre is all about persevering, and then thriving, against the odds.
Ark: Survival Evolved certainly fits into the latter category. It’s about crafting, building, foraging, and all the other Bear Grylls fantasies that the genre thrives on. It has two aces up its simple cloth sleeves though.
First, it’s got dinosaurs. And second, and perhaps most importantly, it doesn’t instantly try and murder you. Where some survival games tighten the noose around your neck from the word go, Ark at least wants you to stick around for a few hours.
After waking up on a desert island, you start a tutorial of sorts that shows you the basics of survival in this new and strange land. You’re building fires, making weapons, and trying to find some layers to cover the pants you’re stumbling around in.