Ark: Survival of the Fittest

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Ark: Survival of the Fittest
Only the fittest of all PCs will be able to run this game.
Genre: Action
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Release Date: Early Access
March 18, 2016
Full release
August 29, 2017
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Developer: Studio Wildcard
Instinct Games
Publisher: Studio Wildcard
Franchise: Ark
Next Game: Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival of the Fittest is an action-adventure survival video game developed and published by Studio Wildcard. The game claimed to be the first MOSA (Multiplayer Online Survival Arena) game ever developed.

In early 2018, Studio Wildcard has launched a reworked version of the game titled ARK: Survival Evolved to replace Survival of the Fittest. The game was made unavailable for purchase and then bundled along with Survival Evolved.

Bad Qualities

  1. Bad game optimization: the game struggled to reach 15 FPS even with the best PC setup. The game will also occasionally freeze and crashes as well.
  2. The game is ridden with tons of bugs and glitches, such as random creatures stuck into the ground, wall clipping, missing/low-res textures, and much more.
  3. The resource system, while not to bad is fairly poor, as the resource drop amount is randomized. For example, you may occasionally get a small amount of logs from cutting a big tree, but instead get a huge amount from a smaller tree.
  4. The game UI, while it can be okay at times, is fairly clunky and unoptimized as well as confusing to navigate and use, a notable example including;
    • The developers added the engrams (skill tree) button during the early access launch of ARK: Survival Evolved. However, it is completely broken and useless since all of the blueprints (that you were supposed to unlock with engrams) were available at the start of the game.
    • If you're using a monitor with 16:10 ratio. Several buttons will clipping on the edge of the screen or even missing.
  5. Poor hit detection and syncing, for example;
    • Sometimes, you may score a headshot on the enemy/creatures and the game will registered that you hit the other part of their body.
    • You may occasionally (and randomly) gain a partial invincibility due to several attack were not registered as a direct hit. If you're lucky enough, you can survive a point blank shotgun blast while taking only a few amount of damage.
  6. Mediocre soundtrack consisted of generic "thriller action-themed" music.
  7. Despite the game was launched as an early access title, Studio Wildcard released several DLCs without fixing several bugs in the game, the fact that the game was released at the price of $20 ($40 with all DLCs combined) is unacceptable.
  8. Horrible long matchmaking time due to poor server connectivity, sometimes, it will took over 20 minutes just to start a single match.
  9. The Developers don't care about improving the game at all, as several in-game problem were remain untouched and support for the server is very limited, this will be made worse after the launch of ARK: Survival Evolved in which the developers completely abandoned the game and left it in an unfinished state.
  10. Distorted, yet poorly broken audio.

Good Qualities

  1. Good overall concept.
  2. The dinosaur and creature's design are overall cool, despite not being updated to their newer design.
  3. Decent graphics, and texturing though not as good as Ark: Survival Evolved.
  4. Some of the unofficial server game modes are fun.
  5. The music used in the opening, despite being generic is admittedly quite catchy.


The game was met with mixed reviews when it was first released, it currently has a 6/10 on Steam, the game strangely got positive feedback on Google, as it has a 93% rating from users, and critics.




4 months ago
Score 0
I like this game.

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