This game is rated PEGI 16
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018
Price: 33% off
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Players: 1-2 (70 online)
Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation
Accessibility: 24 features
Cross-Platform: You can play people on different systems: PC and Xbox One.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Use of Alcohol, Crude Humor, Blood, Violence.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. This is a tough game in survival mode. Younger players can enjoy it more in creative. Either way, you need to be able to collect and plan your use of resources and defend yourself from creatures and other players (if playing online).
Account RatingAccount required for online play that has 13 years old as minimum age.
Ark: Survival Evolved
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Ark: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition
Ark: Ultimate Survivor Edition
- Scorched Earth expansion pack
- Aberration Aberration expansion pack
- Extinction expansion pack
- The Center map
- Ragnarok map
- Valguero map
- Crystal Isles map
Instead of traditional difficulty levels, in the game you choose the difficulty by assigning it a number between 0.5 and 4 to fine-tune the challenge. The higher the difficulty, the higher level the wild animals will be, and will subsequently be harder to defeat. Additionally, the amount of loot you get in loot drops is decreased. For some of the fights, especially in higher difficulties, you'll need to be able to react fast to attacks and quickly launch a counterattack.
All of the in-game information is displayed as text, which is crucial to the understanding and setting up of the game. Most of it is quite small and cannot be adjusted. Additionally, it is overlaid over the gameplay, meaning on occasion it can be difficult to distinguish from the scenery. The same goes for the information displayed over interactive objects regarding how to use, pick up and its use.
You can use the map item to view the lay of the land, and also, if you enable it in the settings, to view your location. It can, however, be difficult to interpret the map, due to its style, which only clearly shows coastlines, rivers and hilly areas.
The game's visuals are generally bright during the day, with most of the game elements contrasting well. However, some animals can blend in with tree trunks or other parts of the environment. Furthermore, during nighttime, the game becomes very dark, meaning if you don't have a source of light it becomes very difficult to play. Some of the essential parts in the game, such as supply drops, rely heavily on colours that can be hard to distinguish for colourblind people and cannot be adjusted.
While you can remap buttons on the PC version, on consoles this is not an option.
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