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Lost Ark Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated yesterday.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lost Ark is an online role-play fighting game set in the mystical realm of Akrasia. You work alone or in teams to fight enemies, complete dungeons and upgrade your characters. It combines Lord of the Rings (and Indiana Jones) fantasy adventures with hero-led battles and a vast array or gear and upgrades to collect. There are other similar games, but this stands out for requiring a combination of skill, practice, persistence and collaboration with other players.

You play the long-awaited and prophesied chosen one, hero of Akrasia, on a quest to find the Ark, which can seal away the demonic darkness. You learn of long-ago wars between the divine and demon worlds, and that the Ark was split into seven pieces, by its seven ancient guardians, to protect it from the greed of man. Your quest thus becomes reuniting all seven pieces of the ark, and sealing away this new rising darkness forever, before it destroys all the world.

While the main story features lots of side quests, combat and missions, it's only after you've beaten the campaign that the game really opens up; for many the draw is these later missions that reward you with upgrades, better gear and in-game money. You can complete the story multiple times using a variety of different classes of characters to utilise a range of play styles.

Gameplay revolves around defeating enemies using the different weapons that are collected and upgraded by completing dungeons. There are daily dungeons you can complete, challenging raids where you fight off hordes of enemies, and lots of other different ways to play, meaning there is something for everyone. While most of these modes can be completed by a single player, team play can allow deep collaboration to make these challenges less overwhelming.

It's a unique and expansive game with a wide array of content on offer; difficult boss battles and dungeons, an engaging story, side quests and collaborative and competitive multiplayer modes, that make it a novel and hugely popular offering.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/12/2019, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: AMZN Game Studios (@AMZNGameStudios)

Players: 1 (1000 online)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 45 hours to complete. A single playthrough of the main story will take on average about 20 hours, but there is also lots of content to play after completing the story, and to unlock everything, you'd need to beat the main story several times and then spend many hundreds of hours on top of that.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game. While there are thousands of people playing the game concurrently, you split off into teams of four to complete quests and missions, although some quests do require more than one team.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence. This rating has been given because it features violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters and motiveless killing of innocent characters. Violence during gameplay results in reductions in characters' life bars. Responses to violence are minimal although there is sight of blood effects. Some enemies explode when defeated but disappear soon after. Cinematic scenes feature stronger violence, including characters being shot and cut down, as well as a scene in which a character is held in the air by a magical force, choking as he clutches his throat. There is also a cinematic sequence in which a group of unarmed villages, including women and children, are executed by a group of archers as they are herded against a rock face. The characters plead for mercy and are unable to escape.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

The Steam Mature Content Description states, "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Strong Language, and Use of Alcohol."

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Lost Ark

Steam Store PC Free
 
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. There are lots of items you can buy, including weapons and gear that will help you progress through the game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Lost Ark Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
There are no difficulty settings, and many areas of the game can be very difficult, requiring precise, rapid button presses or holding down buttons. You can use aim assistance, but there are still a great many controls to use.

There is an expansive amount of information that needs to be conveyed in menus, inventory screens and other such areas, which can be overwhelming to new players.

You can add an outline to your player, but not to anything else. You can also adjust the size of the HUD, the opacity of the map, the size and colour of your mouse pointer and more. Lots of the text, however, is very small and of low contrast.

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