Dinosaurs. Humans. Predator. Prey. Survival. These things meet in a surprisingly refreshing way in the video game Ark: Survival Evolved. Before I get too deep, I’m going to warn you now – there is no tutorial for this game, not really. It’s…well, it’s a survival game, and as such, you have to learn on the go. It begins with you creating your human, male or female, ginger or brunette, whatever your preference may be. You’re deposited somewhere on an island where dinosaurs freely roam. It’s up to you to…basically not die by the wrath of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, build and maintain your own shelter, eat and drink water regularly, and survive the hostile territory that is to become your new home.

I’m not going to lie to you all, survival games really aren’t my forte. In fact, the only one I ever got attached to was Minecraft, and even that game can only be played in small doses in my opinion. That being said, I found Ark to be fascinating. Maybe it was my inner child, begging to play with the triceratops, or my weird love of the Flintstones as I longed to slide down the neck of a Brontosaurus. (Which I don’t think is an option in this game; How rude.) Regardless, from what I’ve played of this game, I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone in search of a solid survival game. On top of living solo among the dinosaurs, players can also team up and create a tribe which, when working together, will heighten the players’ survival rates in this vast open-world video game.

Ark: Survival Evolved is available on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Linux, and Microsoft Windows platforms. and was actually released earlier in December 2016, so it’s still extremely new. On that note, I should also mention the fact that, when I played it, it still seemed a little buggy – but I’m sure these bugs will be fixed relatively soon. Even it’s early stages, I still have to rate this game at a solid 5 out of 5 glasses, and truly hope you guys check it out for yourselves! I know Xbox One offers a free trial on the game, so if you want to try it before you buy it, that’s the way to go! Thanks for reading, Happy Holidays, and tune in next week for another TGON Plays!